Summer 2021 Discovery Camps
Thank you for registering for Discovery Camp! We are so excited to have your camper join us as we bring science to life and amaze their brains. Please read through the items outlined below to ensure you have everything ready to make this adventure one your camper will never forget.
- Snacks/Lunch: We are unable to provide any food, so please remember to send your child with snacks and a lunch.
- Drop-off/Pick-up: Please make sure the person picking up your child(ren) is on the approved list and can provide a photo ID.
- Clothing: Please make sure your child has a mask and if your child is in second grade and below, please be sure to send them with a change of clothes.
- Policies and Procedures: Please read our Camp Policies and Procedures carefully prior to the first day of camp for all other important information regarding lunches, rules, emergency procedures, etc.
- Camp FAQs: Visit our Camp FAQs to review some of the most frequently asked questions.
- Contact Katie Gagnè, Discovery Camp Manager, at email@example.com with any questions.
Drop-Off and Pick-Up
Enter the drop-off circle off N. Field Street (on the northeast side of the Museum) during the following times to reduce congestion:
|Kindergarten||8:30 AM||2:30 PM|
|Grades 1-2||8:45 AM||2:45 PM|
|Grades 3-6||9:00 AM||
If you have campers in multiple age groups you may drop them off at the same time. Only campers and staff will be allowed in the classrooms. Sign In and Sign Out with ID checks will be conducted at our Field Street Entrance.
The temperature of all campers will be measured at drop-off before being signed-in; any camper exhibiting a fever of 100.4 or above will be sent home with their parent or guardian.
Adults picking up campers must be on the approved list to pick up and they must show a picture ID each day.
Safety - Modifications for In-Person Camp Programming
Please check back here for any updates to our procedures.
The health and safety of our guests is always our first priority. Discovery Camp has extensive health and safety procedures and staff training in place every year. This summer, in light of COVID-19, Discovery Camp has updated these procedures extensively, informed by current recommendations from local, state, federal health officials, agencies, and authorities, including CDC guidelines.
Social Distancing and Crowd Limitations
- Reducing the number of campers per classroom to a maximum of 10.
- We will not combine camp classrooms during the lunch period.
- No more than two campers per classroom table.
- Teachers and assistants will remind campers to remain separate.
- Only campers and staff will be allowed in the classrooms. Sign In and Sign Out with ID checks will be conducted at our Field Street Entrance.
- Guardians will drop off and pick up at our Field Street Entrance on a staggered schedule to reduce congestions.
- We strongly urge the advance online purchase of summer camp, and completion of waivers and releases to enable “low-touch” communication with staff.
- While on exhibit hall tours, campers will socially distance from all general museum patrons. Museum staff will monitor all public spaces to facilitate social distancing, control capacity; and have installed signage and floor decals throughout the facility to encourage and remind visitors to practice social distancing and hand washing and sanitizing.
- Campers will go on exhibit hall tours earlier in the day to avoid potential crowds.
- Staggered drop-off and pick-up times to reduce traffic at our Field Street Entrance are as follows:.
- 8:30 AM drop off and 2:30 PM pick-up for kindergarten.
- 8:45 AM drop off and 2:45 PM pick-up for 1st-2nd
- 9:00 AM drop off and 3:00 PM pick up for 3rd-4th, 5th-6th grades.
- The temperature of all campers will be measured at drop-off before entering the Museum and being signed-in; any camper exhibiting a fever of 100.4 or above will be sent home with their parent or guardian.
- We will send all children belonging to a family home if any child in that family exhibits a fever of 100.4 or above.
- The temperature of all employees will also be measured before entering the museum; any employees exhibiting a fever of 100.4 or above will be sent home.
- Do not send your child to camp if they have any symptoms associated with the COVID-19 infection, a confirmed case of the COVID-19 infection, a suspected case of the COVID-19 infection, or traveled internationally within the last 14 days.
- If a camper becomes ill with symptoms associated with the COVID-19 infection during the camp day, the Camp Manager will contact their parent or guardian and the child and any other camper belonging to that family will be sent home with their parent or guardian.
- If a camper is sent home with symptoms associated with the COVID-19 infection and that camper does not get evaluated by a medical professional and tested for COVID-19, the child is assumed to have COVID-19 and the child cannot return to camp until they have met the following criteria:at least 3 days (72 hours) have passed since recovery (resolution of fever above 100.4 without the use of fever-reducing medications); and the child has improvement in symptoms; and at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- If a camper is sent home with symptoms associated with the COVID-19 infection and that camper does get evaluated by a medical professional and tests positive for COVID-19, the child cannot return to camp until they have met the following criteria:at least 3 days (72 hours) have passes since recovery (resolution of fever above 100.4 without the use of fever-reducing medications); and the child has improvement in symptoms; and at least 14 days have passed since symptoms first appeared.
- If we are notified of a camper, or staff member with confirmed case of the COVID-19 infection, the Camp Manager will notify families that day via email. According to the State Texas Health Protocols the following are possible symptoms of COVID-19:
- Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
- Repeated shaking with chills
- Muscle pain
- Sore Throat
- Loss of taste or smell
- Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit.
Cleaning and Sanitization
- Upon entering the museum, campers must wash or sanitize their hands.
- Campers will wash or sanitize their hands often throughout the day especially before returning to the classroom from exhibit hall tours or bathroom trips.
- All staff who engage with campers will wear face masks.
- All campers will be required to wear a face mask.
- The museum has installed more hand sanitizing stations and has heightened cleaning protocols, including frequent environmental cleaning and disinfection of “high-touch” door handles, elevators, and restrooms.
- Classrooms will be cleaned and sanitized twice each day.
- Campers will have an assigned seat and space in the classroom.
- Campers will have their own set of basic materials for the week. Campers will be encouraged not to share personal supplies.