Camp Logistics

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

Camp Schedule

AM camps are 9:00 am–12:00 pm, and PM camps are 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Full days include time for lunch and supervised recess from 12:00 – 1:00 pm.

Extended Care

Extended care is available from 7:30 – 9:00 am and 4:00 – 5:30 pm. Extended care costs $8 per session (am or pm) per day. Pay in full with your camp registration or daily as needed. 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.


Lunch is not included with camp registration. Hot lunches are available for $30 per week. Regular or vegetarian menu options are available, and all meals include veggies, fruit, dessert and milk. Campers may bring sack lunches. (Please note: Refrigeration is not provided.) SCI provides a light snack for all campers.

COVID-19 Safety Precautions

Plans for SCI Camps are rooted in science. SCI programs currently require participants and/or campers to wear masks when unable to social distance. At check-in, everyone will be asked health screening questions and temperatures will be taken daily with a temporal thermometer.

As we move further through 2021, SCI will continue to monitor local and state conditions and update policies as needed to ensure the safety and well-being of our campers, visitors, volunteers and staff.

Cancellation/Refund Policy

We understand the uncertainty surrounding Summer 2021, and we have adjusted our cancellation and refund policy to give families as much flexibility as possible, while still being cognizant of our fiscal responsibility:

  • Cancellations made by March 31 will be issued a full refund minus a $30 per camper processing fee.
  • Cancellations made by May 1 will be issued a full refund minus a $30 per camp cancellation fee ($60 fee per full-day camp registration).
  • Beginning May 17, no refunds will be issued to cancellations less than three weeks prior to a camp session, unless the cancellation is for a documented medical reason, accompanied by a doctor’s note.

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 before they attend camp. Click the link below to fill out the form online, or download a PDF and mail it to Science Center of Iowa, Attn: Summer Camps, 401 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Pkwy, Des Moines, IA, 50309.

Health & Parent Consent Form

Pick Up/Drop Off

As we move closer to the start of 2021 Summer Camps, we will inform you of our pick-up and drop-off procedures.

Keeping You Informed

We want to make sure you know about all the exciting things your kids will be doing during camp!

Before Camp
Check out the STEM Learning Goals included in camp descriptions. You will receive camp details via email before your session begins. Camps may include field trips relevant to the camp subject as well as exploration of SCI exhibits during camp or recess. If you prefer that your child not participate in these activities, he or she will join another camp during that time.

During Camp
Watch for a daily "Ask me about…" discussion prompt. We hope these can start family conversations about what your child is learning. We also will upload pictures to a secure digital album. Information about how to view the photos will be included in the camps information email.

Please send your camper in carefree, comfortable clothing and footwear that is appropriate for play and for various weather conditions.

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.