June Camp Update

 

Thank you for your patience as we plan for a safe summer camp experience. Our top priority is the health and safety of your family and our Museum team.

With safety in mind, we have made the difficult decision to cancel camps for the following weeks:

June 8 – 12
June 15 – 19
June 22 – 26
June 29 – July 3

We assure you that we do not take the decision to cancel lightly. We truly apologize for the inconvenience.

The Museum continues to plan for in-person camps in July and August. We will be in touch in early June with an update on plans for those camps.

We, like many of you, are eager to return to a place where we and our children can go out into the world, meet new people, learn new things, and simply have fun! We promise to do our part to provide a space for your camper this summer that is safe, educational, and enjoyable.

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about the current status of our summer camps.

 

Why are June camps canceled? 

We are following the guidelines for conducting summer camps from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the CDC, and the American Camp Association. We will only conduct in-person summer camps when state and local health and government officials allow us to do so, when we believe the staff and grounds are ready, and when new safety measures and protocols are in place.

Unfortunately, we don’t believe that camps in June can adhere to these guidelines and standards. Again, we’re disappointed about this and wish we didn’t have to make this decision. We apologize for the inconvenience.

 

What about the camps that run from June 29 – July 3? Are they canceled?

Unfortunately, yes. June 29 – July 3 camps are included in our cancellations.

 

If/when in-person camps open later in the summer, what changes can we expect?:

  • Reduced camp sizes;
  • Reduced hours: 9 am – 3 pm, no early drop-off or late pickup;
  • Increased sanitation;
  • Face coverings for staff and increased hand-washing;
  • Social distancing;
  • Indoor camp activities will be limited; more outdoor activities as weather allows.

We will continue to update you should any of our plans change.

 

Now what? Do I have any alternative options if a camp was canceled?

We’re happy to announce a brand-new offering this summer: Camps@Home

We created this experience just for your camper at home. Our new Camps@Home programs offer daily sessions with three 30-minute face-to-face interactions and two hours of additional activities for your child to do on his or her own time.

Learn more about Camps@Home

 

What’s your cancelation policy?

To better reflect the uncertainty of this time, we are updating our cancellation policy.

Under our policy for this summer, you may cancel any camp for a full refund, provided that you make your cancellation before May 22. If you intend to cancel any camp this summer, it is helpful for our planning purposes for you to do so before May 22. 

To provide you additional flexibility, you may cancel or make changes after May 22, but these must be done at least two weeks prior to the start of your session.  Cancellations after May 22 will be subject to a $30 fee per camp session. Individual changes to a different session will be accommodated based upon availability.

In the event that the Museum should cancel a camp, you will receive a full refund for the session.

Any cancellations made for medical reasons after the two-week deadline or during the camp week will be handled on a case by case basis. In these cases, please contact our reservations department at reservations@lifeanandscience.org to discuss your options.

 

What if I have more questions?

If you have any additional questions, Davis Tate, our Program Manager of Camp Experiences, is here to answer them! You can contact him directly at summercamp@lifeandscience.org.

 

 

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