General Camp Information

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In order to have your first choice of camps it’s best to register early, though we regularly have openings throughout the summer.

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What's New This Year

Lunch Delivery

Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School delivers yummy, good-for-you lunches to camp. All lunches come with a sandwich from their Imaginibbles menu, seasonal fruit or veggie, and an organic juice box. Larger sizes available for bigger appetites. Bean appétit! Learn more about menus and pricing.

Junior Counselor Program

New Junior Counselor program for children ages 9 through 12-years-old. Each year, we have a crew of Discovery Camp pros who will graduate from our program; some of these friends have been coming to camp since they were just wee little 3-year-olds! This year, we invite alumni campers to apply to join our first class of official Junior Counselors. 

Inventing with Art

Experience our all-new art and innovation camp just for big kids! Using interdisciplinary art techniques, campers will work together to create an art installation at the Museum.

Additional Extended Care

We added one more extended care option after morning camp sessions – now kids can play for an extra hour from 1 – 2 p.m. Available for full week only.

Camp By Age

Camps are organized by grade level to meet the developmental needs of the children: 

  • Preschool Camp: 3-year-olds who are currently enrolled in a preschool program. Children enrolled in the Preschool Camp must be 3-years-old by June 2, 2014. We are not able to accept children in diapers or pull-ups.
  • Pre-Kindergarten Camps: Children ages 4 and 5 who have not yet attended Kindergarten. Please note: Children older than 5 who have not completed Kindergarten should enroll in the Pre-kindergarten group.
  • School-Aged Camps: Children who are entering first, second, and third grade (1/2/3) in the fall of 2014. 
  • Mixed-Ages CampsChildren who are eligible for pre-kindergarten or school-aged camps.
  • NEW! Junior Counselor Program: Discovery Camp graduates, ages 9 – 12, can return to help with their favorite camps of years past.

Our preschool and pre-kindergarten camps maintain an adult to child ratio of 1:4. Our school-aged camps maintain an adult to child ratio of 1:7.

Please note: adults are not allowed to attend camp with children. 

Camp Hours and Fees

AM Sessions: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Includes supervised lunch.  Lunch delivery may be added for an extra fee.    
Family Plus Members $325; General $350

Week of June 30 only
(no camp on July 4)
Family Plus Members $195; General $210

PM Sessions: 1 – 4 p.m.

Summer Camp Sampler
Family Plus Members $150; General $175

Week of June 30 only
(no camp on July 4)
Family Plus $90; General $105

Materials Fees

Fort Building $20
Imaginary Worlds $10
Super Heroes and Heroines $10

Extended Care Hours and Fees

Discovery Camps staff will watch your child for up to one hour before or after camp.

$10 per child each day for 8 - 9 a.m. or 4 - 5 p.m. only
$35 per child each week for morning and afternoons

Sign up for Extended Care at time of registration.
Pick-up times are firm. Please be prompt.

Emergency Care Fee

An additional $1 per minute care fee applies for all children remaining more than five minutes past their registered pick-up time. This fee applies to all emergencies without exception. When arriving late, please call the camp emergency cell phone at (415) 339-3961 to alert camp staff. 

Dropping off and picking up your campers 

Campers can be dropped off and picked up in the horseshoe driveway by the main entrance in front of the Museum. Summer camp staff will greet campers there. When arriving late, please call the camp cell phone at (415) 339-3961.

Authorized adults must sign-out children. Please bring a photo ID when you, or your child’s caregivers, pick up your child.


We provide a simple nutritious snack during each camp session. Please note that campers with food allergies or sensitivities should bring their own snack.

Supervised Lunch

Campers will eat lunch in their classroom with their instructors. Please note lunch delivery is available for an extra fee from Bean Sprouts Café & Cooking School.

Sign up for lunch delivery at time of registration; View a weekly menus & get more information. Although our café is nut free, please list any food allergies or sensitivities during the registration process.

Medical Forms

All of the necessary medical information will be supplied at the time of registration. Any special medical concerns must be communicated to the Public Programs Coordinator ahead of time; please contact Danielle Pitchford at (415) 339-3906, prior to the first day of camp.

Parents of children who require an Epi-pen must supply a form signed by their child’s doctor prior to the first day of the camp session they are enrolled in or we will not be able to allow the Epi-pen at camp.

Discovery Camp T-shirts

Each camper will receive a 100% cotton t-shirt included with your camp fees. Limit of one t-shirt per camper.


Please leave stuffed animals, trading cards, and other toys at home. Toys brought to camp often become lost or damaged.

Donate to our Scholarship Fund

Please consider making a donation to our scholarship fund when registering online. Simply select the button and designate the amount to contribute. Last season our generous donors helped 10 children attend Discovery Camps..


A limited number of camp scholarships are available. Download the application form: English (PDF) | Spanish (PDF)

Scholarships are awarded in the order received based on need. Please submit scholarship requests before May 2, 2014. You will be contacted by telephone if you receive a scholarship. In order to accommodate as many children as possible, we are limited to offering one week of camp per scholarship family.

Become a Family Plus Member

You can receive discounts on your camp fees by becoming a Family Plus Member, online or when registering by phone.  

Please note: only Family Plus Members at the $250 level and above will receive the discounted price.

Family Plus Member benefits include admission for your whole family and two guests; discounts on performances, programs and store purchases; members-only events and more. To join or upgrade contact, Lauren Cooper at (415) 339-3954.

Camp Brochure

Please download our Camp Brochure (PDF) for all camp related information in one place.

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