Summer Camps will follow current state and federal health guidelines and apply a range of safety measures to mitigate health risks, including smaller camp sizes, mask requirements, moving camps into larger rooms, keeping different camp sessions and staff separated and increasing sanitation efforts. Guardians will be updated on our current guidelines when camp packets are emailed in June.
Please note that all summer camps are subject to change or cancellation depending on COVID-19 restrictions. A full refund would be provided in event of a cancellation by the Museum.
Q: What grade level camp should I sign my child up for?
A: Grade levels stated in camp descriptions are for the upcoming school year (2021–2022). Please double-check to make sure that child(ren) are signed up for the appropriate grade level.
Following Pitt County kindergarten eligibility requirements, campers must be five years old on or by August 31, 2021, to be eligible for kindergarten camps.
Q: Accessibility and inclusion:
A: The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (NCMNS) aims to provide a friendly, accessible environment for all campers by providing the widest possible access to our building, exhibitions, events and programs. If your child can benefit from any modification and/or support in order to fully enjoy their time at camp, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: Camper conduct:
A: If a camper’s conduct poses physical harm or risk to self or others we may ask to meet with guardians or other caretakers to develop and implement strategies to help with success. After a reasonable amount of time and effort has been made, in the absence of improvement, the individual may be asked to forego the summer camp experience until alternative behaviors are learned.
Q: Camp ratio:
A: Camp registration will open with 10 campers per session. If state guidelines allow, registration for camp may increase to 12 campers. Each session is lead by a minimum of an instructor and assistant; other staff may join a session for specific activities or programs.
Q: What are our COVID-19 safety protocols?
A: All campers and their families must comply with the protocols listed below to create a safe camp environment this summer. These protocols are subject to change as local, state and CDC guidelines are revised. Please understand that situations can change quickly. We appreciate your patience and flexibility.
- Limited camp size – Our camps will operate at reduced capacities to allow for proper social distancing. Camp registration will open with 8 campers per session. If state guidelines allow, registration for camps may increase to 12 campers.
- Masks or cloth face coverings are required, indoors and outdoors – Campers five years old and above are required to wear a cloth face covering, indoors and outdoors, that covers the nose and mouth, except when eating or drinking. Staff will follow the same protocol.
- Health screening checklist – Daily, prior to arrival, guardians will review the symptom check list provided in the camp materials with their camper to confirm they can come onsite. Staff will follow the same protocol. If someone within a camper’s or staff person’s household exhibits any symptoms from the checklist, the camper and/or staff must stay home.
- Drop-off and pick-up – Adults will be asked to remain in their cars during curbside drop-off and pick-up. Daily, during drop-off, the adult will be asked to verbally attest they have completed the health screening checklist before the camper comes onsite.
- Hand washing and hand sanitizer – Hand washing and use of hand sanitizer will be required throughout the day including arrival and departure, before and after all activities, meals and use of the restroom.
- Social distancing – Each camp will have a dedicated space. Contact with other camps or instructors will be limited.
- Increased sanitizing and cleaning – Increased cleaning and sanitizing protocols will take place multiple times throughout the day.
- Water fountains – Water fountains will not be available. Children will be able to refill their water bottles throughout the day in their classroom.
- Camp guidance and protocols – Guardians will be updated on our current COVID-19 guidelines when camp packets are emailed in June, prior to the camp start date.
- Symptoms of illness – Guardians will be notified immediately to pick up their child without delay if they exhibit symptoms of illness. If a camper or Summer Camps staff tests positive for COVID-19, NCMNS will notify guardians of campers that a positive test was confirmed as soon as the information becomes available to us.
Q: When does registration begin?
A: 2021 Summer Camps registration opens March 1, 2021
Q: What information will I need to register?
A: Please have the following ready:
- Registration must be completed by a legal guardian.
- 2021 Summer Camps camp title and date of camp.
- The email address in which you would like to receive camp information.
- Child’s medical information.
- Street address, phone number and email address for guardian(s).
- Contact information for emergency contact and individuals who are authorize to pick-up the camper in case the guardian(s) is not available.
- MasterCard or VISA. To complete the registration process, your payment is due in full.
Q: When will my payment be due and what forms of payment do we accept?
A: Payment in full is due to complete the registration process. Online registration will accept MasterCard and VISA. Please do not drop off checks or cash at the Museum.
Q: When will I receive confirmation?
A: Your confirmation and receipt will be emailed to you upon completion of the online registration.
Q: Will I receive any additional information after completing registration?
A: Yes. Additional information about the summer camp, arrival, departure and forms that will require your signature will be emailed following your registration. Supplemental forms(s) will be due 2 weeks before the beginning of the camp.
Q: Camp locations:
A: Directions to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science at Greenville and at Contentnea Creek.
Q: Early departures:
A: Early departures must be scheduled prior to the pickup date. You can schedule an early pick-up up to 1 hour before camp ends. Guardians or authorized persons will meet at a prearranged meeting place, such as the classroom or another location on the grounds. Please have your photo ID available to show staff.
Q: Late fees:
A: NCMNS employs the very best staff possible in our programs. After camp hours, staff have other personal and professional obligations. In order to accommodate any overtime that occur for late pick-up, a late fee of $30.00 per day will be implemented if you are more than 10 minutes late picking up your child. The late fee must be paid in full before the beginning of the next day of camp for your child to attend.
A: Campers will need to bring a bag lunch with them daily. Please package the lunch items together with the child’s name. Campers will not have access to a refrigerator or a microwave.
A: One snack will be provided by camp staff each day around 2:00pm.
Q: Why are NCMNS Summer Camps nut-free?
A: In response to the growing number of severe nut allergies, and for the safety of all children who attend our camps, NCMNS adopted this policy in 2010. Please read all ingredients carefully when providing lunch and snacks for camp; this includes foods that have peanuts, peanut flour, peanut oil, almonds, filberts, Brazil nuts, cashews, hazelnuts, macadamia nut, pecans, pine nuts, pistachios and walnuts. For more information, please review our Nut-free Policy & Alternative Snack Suggestion pdf at the bottom of the webpage. Thank you for your consideration and support in keeping children with food allergies safe.