How often is Camp?
Day camp is hosted once a month during the academic year (September-May) on Saturdays.
Week long summer camp is held early June through Early August. See our calendar for available dates!
Are the camps the same each month?
Not at all! We are always changing our experiments to keep everyone (including our mentors) excited, eager and engaged. In fact, in the five years we have been running SMILE Camp, we have only repeated a handful experiments.
What should my child wear to camp?
Campers should wear lab-appropriate clothing. This includes: closed toed shoes, and a jacket in winter months. All safety equipment will be supplied.
How do I check-in on the day of camp?
Parents need to arrive 30 minutes prior to camp start time. Check-in occurs just inside the building in the front lobby. After checking in, new campers will pick up their lab notebook, pencil, and safety glasses. Campers will be directed to their assigned group. Before the experiments begin, campers will meet their mentor, other group members, and will carry-out team building exercises!
What experiments will my child do each month?
SMILE Camp is more about the experience than the individual experiments. Each month, we aim to do three (3) experiments. Since we are always creating new experiments, and rarely repeat prior ones, it is difficult to publish a list ahead of time. However, I can assure you all that all of our experiments are hands on and usually involve making or creating something that campers can bring home. We always rotate between the science disciplines (Chemistry, Engineering, Material Science, and Physics) so campers can develop an appreciation for all aspects of science exploration.
What are the times for Saturday camp?
Sessions for Middle and High schoolers (5th graders & up) are held during the academic-year (September-May) on Saturdays, in the morning from 10:00 A.M. to 1:00 P.M. or in the afternoon from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. You register for a morning OR afternoon session, as they are the same. Sessions for Elementary schoolers (2nd - 4th graders) are held during during the academic-year (September-May) on Saturdays are held from 2:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M.
What are the times for Summer camp?
Sessions held during Summer Camps are help Monday through Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 4:30 P.M. Early drop-off and late pick-up options are available for a minimal fee. If you need after hours care, please contact info@smilecamp.org.
How do I change my session dates or times?
To change dates and times, please send your request to info@smilecamp.org. Most requests can be accommodated.
How much does camp cost?
Academic Year for Elementary School Camps are $50.00 per session.
Academic Year for Middle School Camps are $55.00 per session.
Academic Year for High School Camps are $75.00 per session.
Summer Camps for Elementary Full-Day Camps are $495.001,2 per week-long session.
Summer Camps for Middle Summer Camps are $495.001,2 per week-long session.
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1 Includes morning snack, afternoon snack, and lunch
2 before and after care available (additional fee may apply)
What is your payment policy?
At registration, a $20 deposit is due for the academic-year camps. A $50 deposit is due for all summer camp sessions. There are various payment options, including payment plans available to all parents. Deposits are non-refundable, but can be transferred to another camp session.
What are your financial aid options?
Need-based scholarships are available for students to earn which will require community service hours as well as a genuine interest in the discovery of science. To apply, parents need to register their child for camp and request a scholarship in their application.
Please send any additional inquiries to info@smilecamp.org