About Summer Discovery Camp – Bay Area Discovery Museum

About Summer Discovery Camp

BADM Summer Camps Cancelled

Due to the Bay Area COVID-19 public health guidelines, BADM will not be conducting camps this summer. We made this decision based on a variety of factors, including our commitment to the safety of our campers, their families, and the museum staff. We share in your disappointment--the BADM camp staff was looking forward to welcoming your smiling faces to the museum and camp.

All registered campers are eligible for a full refund and should have received an email communication from us. If you are registered for camp and did not receive an email or have questions about the refund process, please connect with us at camps@badm.org.

We are looking forward to welcoming you back to BADM as soon as we can. In the meantime, please check out our Bringing BADM to You series, filled with videos, activities, and tips for keeping your child engaged in creative, STEM-inspired projects throughout the summer.

General Summer Camp FAQs

What time does Summer Discovery Camps run?

All Summer Discovery Camps run from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Extended care is available from 8 – 9 a.m. and 1 – 4 p.m. See below for more details.

Do you offer extended care?

Yes, we offer extended care both before and after summer Discovery Camp so you can have a stress-free day! Before camp, you can drop children off anytime between 8-9 a.m., and after camp, you can pick them up any time between 1-4 p.m.

What age group should I register my child for?

Register your child according to the grade he or she will be entering in fall 2020.

Where do Summer Discovery Camps take place?

Camp takes place at the Bay Area Discovery Museum in Sausalito, located at Fort Baker, 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito, CA 94965.

How do I register for Summer Discovery Camps?

Once registration is open, you can register and purchase camp online through the Bay Area Discovery Museum’s website. From the summer camps webpage, click on the "Register Now" button. You will need to create a CampSite account to sign up for camps. Once you create an account, you will be able to select camps and extended care and checkout online. Check to see when registration is open for different BADM membership levels and the general public.

What are Summer Discovery Camps?

Discovery Camps are available for children in preschool through fourth grade, and explore engaging activities like outdoor exploration, art, tinkering, sports, fossils, and more! Camps run on a weekly* basis, so you can provide your child with diverse activities each week that will keep them excited all summer long.

Our camps provide children with an opportunity to explore engaging activities that interest them, all while teaching creative problem-solving techniques or presenting new ways of thinking about how things are made.

What are the requirements for campers to attend? 

To be eligible for preschool camps, children must be 3 years old by June 8, 2020. Campers must be potty-trained to attend preschool camps, as we do not have the facilities to change diapers. Students must have experience separating from caregivers in a drop-off setting, such as school.

What is a typical day like?

Campers enjoy a day packed with fun! Here is a sample schedule of their day:

8:45 – 9 a.m.: Drop-off

9 – 10:30 a.m.: Indoor exploration and project work

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.: Snack*

10:45 a.m. – 12 p.m.: Museum and outdoor exploration

12 – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch*

12:45 – 1 p.m.: Pick-up

*Do you provide snacks or lunch?

No food is provided during camp. For each day of camp, please make sure to provide your child with a snack and lunch. Please note: we are a nut-free program.

How does camp drop-off and pick-up work?

For camps held at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, you drop off and pick up campers in the horseshoe driveway by the main entrance to the museum. Camp staff is stationed in the inside gate to greet you. For pick up, an authorized adult must show a photo ID and sign children out.

How do I get updates on my child's day at camp?

They’ll likely want to tell you all about their day, but we’ll also keep you up-to-date on the fun your camper is having through email communications from instructors that detail your child’s experience.

What happens if I don’t pick up my child on time from camp?

There is an additional $1 per minute late pick-up fee for all children remaining more than five minutes past their registered pick-up time. This fee applies to all emergencies without exception.

Do you offer scholarships for summer camps?

Yes, at BADM we strive to make camp available to all. If you believe a scholarship would help make camp accessible for your child, please email camps@badm.org to inquire.

What is your refund policy? Updated for Summer 2020

COVID-19 Situation
We are monitoring local and state public health directives daily and are still taking registrations for camp. If we are unable to proceed with camp, we will close registration and provide full refunds. For your peace of mind, we have revised our cancellation policy, and are waiving cancellation fees for cancellations after April 7.

All camp cancellation requests must be received in writing, either by email to camps@badm.org or in hard copy. The full updated policy is detailed below:

  • Camp transfers (between dates or themes) are free until May 8, 2020
  • Transfers after May 8, 2002 incur a $25 administration fee per transfer
    • Transfers from the waitlist into a camp are not charged a transfer fee
  • Cancellations more than one month prior to a session’s start date are refunded, minus a cancellation fee of $100
  • Cancellations within one month of a session’s start date will not receive a refund in any amount
  • Extended care cancellations or transfers do not apply to this cancellation policy and will not be charged a fee

Do you have a waitlist?

Yes. If a Discovery Camp session is full, please feel free to add your name to the online waitlist. If an opening becomes available, a Discovery Camp staffer will contact you about filling the spot.

What if I have additional questions?

No problem! For any questions about Discovery Camps, please contact us at camps@badm.org.

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