Camp Logistics

Thank you for registering your camper for SCI Summer Camps! Please read through the details below for the information you'll need for a successful camp experience.

Health & Parent Consent Form

After you register for camp, complete your registration by filling out a Health & Parent Consent form*. This form must be filled out for each camper as soon as possible. Click the link below to fill out the form online. Health forms are good only for one calendar year.

Health & Parent Consent Form

Camp Schedule

Camps run from 9:00 am–4:00 pm. Camp drop-off is between 8:50–9:00 am and pick-up is from 3:50–4:00 pm. 

Field Trips:

Field trips are not included in every camp but are used to enhance learning where appropriate. Campers have explored airplane hangers, parks, farms, and water treatment facilities in past sessions. Feild trips use SCI vehicles driven by trained SCI staff. 

Extended Care

Extended care is available from 7:30–9:00 am and 4:00–5:30 pm. Extended Care costs $50 per session (am or pm) per week. Pay in full with your camp registration. If campers are not picked up by 5:30 pm, a $10 fee is assessed for every 15 minutes that each camper remains past the pick-up time. Please use the Iowa Learning Center (preschool) entrance for extended care drop-off and pick-up.

Lunch/ Snacks

Lunch is not included with camp registration. Hot lunches are available for $25 per week. Regular or vegetarian menu options are available, and all meals include veggies, fruit, and milk. Campers may bring sack lunches. (Please note: Refrigeration is not provided.) SCI provides two light snacks per day for all campers.

Allergies and special diets: Please note that the Science Center kitchen processes meat, dairy, and gluten. Our facility cannot accommodate diets beyond vegetarian and omnivorous. SCI Camps are tree-nut-free spaces.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

The Science Center of Iowa cannot accommodate full refunds or cancellations without a doctor’s note. An administrative fee will be assessed for all cancellations.

Pick Up/Drop Off

Camp pick-up and drop-off will be curbside, through the bus lane, to the northeast entrance of the science center. Please remain in your vehicle until you are approached by summer camp staff. Preschool camp drop-off and pick-up will be curbside at the Iowa Learning Center (preschool) entrance. 

Keeping you informed

Look out for a Parent Survival Kit email one week before camp starts with details about camp logistics. Specific camp content emails will be sent out the Friday before camp begins.


Please send your camper in carefree, comfortable clothing and footwear appropriate for play and various weather conditions. Camp staff will apply spray sunscreen to campers when they are going outside but applying SPF to campers prior to camp is appreciated. 

Good Behavior

Good behavior is a key component to each camp's success. Any camper hindering the overall experience will be removed, and parents will be contacted. If a camper is unable to honor the resolution agreed upon by SCI and the parents, he or she will be dismissed and a refund will not be granted. Camp staff will make every effort to make camp accessible for all campers but camp is a group environment and one-on-one care is not possible.