Summer 2014
Registration Now Open


ScienceQuest Camp at Adventure Science Center provides a wide range of science enrichment programs for youth in grades K-9. Programs combine science, technology, engineering and math in ways that encourage kids to actively discover and examine concepts for themselves. We inspire a life-long passion for learning and teach kids creative problem-solving skills, teamwork, persistence and follow-through in a fun learning environment.

Members receive discounts and early registration opportunities for all ScienceQuest camps
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Click here for more information on how to become an Adventure Science Center member.

Regular camp hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with early drop-off and late pick-up available. Each day includes hands-on science activities, opportunities to make friends, a break for lunch, and Science Center exploration. Depending on the session, campers may also have the opportunity to hear from and talk with guest speakers, see planetarium shows and educational films, and take part in camp-wide projects.

For questions about programs and reservations call (615) 862-5177 or email camps@adventuresci.com.

ScienceQuest camps supported in part by

 



Summer 2014 Camp Schedule


DATE 

CAMP 

FEE
Member/Non-member

May 27–30  Abracadabra!

$170/$220

June 2–6 Good Vibes!

$205/$255

June 9–13  Robots 2.0—SOLD OUT

$230/$280

June 16–20  Wild Thing!

$205/$255

June 23–27  Into the Wild!

$215/$265

June 30–July 3 Super Hero Science—SOLD OUT 

$180/$220

July 7–11  Good Vibes!

$205/$255

July 7–11  Music City Science 

$230/$280

July 14–18  Robots 2.0—SOLD OUT

$230/$280

July 14–18  Music City Science—SOLD OUT 

$230/$280

July 21–25  Into the Wild!

$215/$265

July 21–25  Music City Science 

$230/$280

July 28–Aug. 1 Super Hero Science 

$225/$275

Aug. 4–8 Greatest Hits! (Best of ScienceQuest)
SOLD OUT

$45 day/$55 day

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ABRACADABRA!
Where magic and science meet! Discover the chemistry behind magic tricks and the art of an optical illusion. Get your hands dirty with chemical reactions and practice your slight of hand all in the company of great new friends!

GOOD VIBES!
Where better to explore the science of sound and acoustics than in the heart of Music City? Come experiment with sound waves, tone and pitch, and even build your own instrument. Experience the science of music where music is done best!

ROBOTS 2.0—SOLD OUT
Campers will design and build fun models of machines and experiment with everything from mechanics to motors and battery power. From basic engineering skills to simple electronics, learn what makes a robot tick. Campers use our computer lab for research, design, and presentation. Older campers will work with LEGO® Mindstorms®.

WILD THING!
Dive into the wild world of animal behavior. Explore animal habitats, build a home for birds, and study animal biology through dissection. Join us to learn more about how our favorite animals live and play.

INTO THE WILD!
Ever wonder how Katniss and Peeta were able to survive in the wilderness? Learn the science and skills of safely exploring the great outdoors. Build a solar oven and make a natural oil lamp. Explore Mother Earth up close and personal on a field excursion.

SUPER HERO SCIENCE
Spider Man! Captain America! The Hulk! Come investigate the anatomy of a super hero. What makes them so special? How do human genetics make us super? Learn about lung capacity, compete in Body Battles, and try your hand at your own super skills.

MUSIC CITY SCIENCE—TRANSIT ADVENTURES
(for rising 7th, 8th and 9th graders)
ASC offers a one-of-a-kind summer camp experience designed to promote independence in young adolescents while taking advantage of Nashville’s cultural, business and academic landscapes. This specially designed program for youth combines leadership development, science education, and environmental stewardship in one exceptional experience!

Campers learn independence, gain confidence and put them into practice within our summer camp program. Specially designed for “tweens,” campers plan, pick and go to town – literally – every single day. Transit Campers start each day at ASC to plan a route, choose the day’s team leader, then head out on MTA buses to explore the sights and sounds of Music City USA.

This program is an excellent opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership, responsibility, and independent decision-making – all valuable skills for academic and personal success.

Music City Science–Transit Adventures supported in part by Nashville MTA.

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Payment Policy
If your total payment due is less than $300, it must be sent at the time of application. If your total payment due is more than $300, you have the option of paying in two installments: A minimum $300 deposit is due with your application. The balance of your payment must be received by ASC no later than May 23, 2014.



General Camp Info

OUR LEARNING ENVIRONMENT FEATURES:
• Enthusiastic, knowledgeable teachers
• In-depth exploration of topics
• Interaction with peers who share similar interests
• Hands-on activities working with different materials and tools
• An interdisciplinary approach that works well for different learning styles
• Opportunities to practice open-ended problem-solving
• Cutting-edge technology in our Digital Explorations Learning Lab
• Leadership skills for older campers
• FUN!
 
AGE GROUPS
Campers will be divided into groups according to grades. All camp themes are appropriate for campers entering K-6th grades.
 
STAFF
The ScienceQuest camp staff includes a dedicated group of certified teachers and college students with an interest in education and/or science. Counselors are supported by ASC science educators, volunteers and interns.

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FAQ

WHAT ARE THE AGES OF CAMPERS?
We base our groups on the grade your child will attend in the fall. Our campers start at age 5 going into Kindergarten in the fall and go up to rising 6th graders (up to 9th grade for Music City Science summer camp).

CAN YOU EXTEND THE CAMP HOURS?
Yes, extended care is available from 7:45 to 9:00 a.m. and from 4:00 to 5:15 p.m.

WHAT IF MY CHILD HAS TO MISS A DAY OF CAMP?
If you have to cancel, please notify the Center in writing as early as possible or by a phone conversation with the Reservation Office staff at (615) 862-5177.
 
WHAT IS ASC’S BEHAVIOR POLICY?
Adventure Science Center is committed to providing a safe, fun and supervised environment for all campers. Camp enrollment is limited so that campers have the best experience possible. ASC is one of Nashville’s most popular destinations for schools and families. Your cooperation and help are needed to make sure all visitors have an enjoyable learning experience.
 
Confirmation materials will include a Code of Conduct for families to review together prior to camp. All visitors, including campers, are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior at all times. Shouting, running and disruptive behavior within our facility are not welcome and will not be allowed. If a camper continues to have difficulty adapting to the camp program, ASC reserves the right to cancel that individual’s camp session with no refund.
 
WHAT IF A CAMPER HAS SPECIAL NEEDS?
ASC makes every attempt to serve campers who require special attention or consideration. To enroll a camper with special needs, contact the Camp Coordinator (615-401-5074) to set up a meeting to evaluate program suitability for the child. Please note that ASC is not a special needs camp, and there may be some needs that are beyond the Science Center’s capabilities.


 
Cancellation Policies

If you have to cancel, please notify the Center in writing as early as possible or by a phone conversation with the Reservation Office staff at (615) 862-5177. Read the policies below for details concerning refunds, which are based on the amount of notice given. There are no exceptions. Extended Care is considered a separate fee and is refunded 100 percent if you cancel prior to the first day of camp.
14+ Days’ Notice: We can apply your fee to a new date (depending on availability) or we will refund your fee, minus a $35 processing fee.
7+ Days’ Notice: We can apply your fee to a new date (depending on availability) or we will refund 50% of your fee, minus a $35 processing fee.
Less Than 7 Days’ Notice: The fee is non-refundable.
Daily Camps / ScienceQuest Greatest Hits!: A three-day notice is required to make changes. If you cancel no later than three days prior, your fee may be refunded or transferred to a new date. After that time, all fees are non-refundable.



Parent Info

WHAT TO BRING

  • Wear tennis shoes or closed-toed shoes. Heelies, Flip flops, sandals and other backless shoes are not appropriate because of safety concerns.
  • Campers move around a lot, and we will even go outside when the weather allows. It’s a good idea to dress in weather appropriate clothes that you don’t mind getting messy.
  • ASC varies in temperature so bring an extra covering like a shirt or sweatshirt.
  • Campers are asked to leave extra money at home or in the car.
  • Please leave toys, games, ipods, cell phones and all other electronics at home.

LUNCHES AND SNACKS

  • Pack a lunch, snack and beverage every day.
  • Write the camper’s name on the lunch bag.
  • There are no refrigerators, vending machines, or microwaves at camp.
  • We do not allow hard candy or gum in camps.

ARRIVAL AND DEPARTURE

PARKING:
Park in the upper lot and escort your camper inside to check-in with the camp staff. Please do not drop children off, they must be escorted in by an adult.

CHECK IN PROCEDURE
Early Care check-in is 7:45 am. Regular check-in is 8:45 am. Any camper arriving before 8:45 must be signed into Early Care or have a parent stay with them in the center until 8:45.
Enter through the front main doors. On Mondays, we will verify your contact information and get any missing information about the camper.

CHECK OUT PROCEDURE AT 4 PM.
Parents will enter lobby and will be directed where to find their camper.
A n authorized adult with photo ID will be allowed to sign the child out.
Campers collect all belongings and lunchboxes.

CAMPERS STAYING FOR LATE CARE
At 4 p.m., campers that have registered for Late Care will move on to their designated location. Late Care campers are supervised by a camp staff person and will explore the center or participate in supervised activities during this time.

LATE CARE PICK-UP FROM 4:15 TO 5:15 PM:
Go to the front desk and explain that you are picking up your child from camp. The front desk staff will direct you to the appropriate location.

All Campers should be checked out by 5:15 p.m. All parents who pick up their camper after 5:15 will pay $2 for every minute after.

LATE ARRIVAL OF CAMPER
Please do your best to arrive at camp at the correct time. Arriving late may cause your child to miss an important activity.

EARLY CHECK-OUT OF CAMPER
If you know in advance that you will need to pick up a camper before camp ends, please let us know that morning so that you may fill out an Early Pick-up Form. Make sure your camper is aware of the change. When you arrive to pick the camper up, please go to the front desk and they will notify camp staff.

PICK-UP BY ANOTHER ADULT
We must have notification for any person picking up your child besides a legal guardian. Please make sure your child is aware of the change.


CAMPERS TAKING MEDICINE
ASC prefers that all medicines be administered at home before the camper arrives at camp. If medicine during lunch is necessary, the child must check his/her medicine in each morning. Campers are not allowed to hold onto their own medicines. If your child needs to take medication during the day, please fill out a Medication/Allergy form on or before the first day of camp. Please state the time the child takes the medication. Medicine will not be accepted if it is not in the original packaging.

Staff will make every effort to help children with medicine but ultimately it is the child’s responsibility to make sure the medicine is taken at the appropriate time.

CAMPERS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS
We will make every attempt to serve campers who require special attention or consideration. If you are interested in enrolling a child with special needs, please contact the Camp Coordinator (615-401-5074) to set up a meeting to evaluate our program’s suitability for your child. As we are not a special needs camp, there may be some needs that we are unable to meet. We have a policy not to accept campers whose needs are beyond our training or capabilities.

If your child has a special need or a life threatening allergy, please contact the camp director to discuss their needs before the camper’s first day. We want to prepare the staff and teachers in advance so that we can make your child’s camp experience the best and safest it can be. Please remind us of any special needs each year as we serve hundreds of campers every year.

ABSENCE POLICY
Camp fees are not refundable for absences during the camp week nor are they transferable to another date.

POLICY FOR FAMILIES THAT WANT TO VISIT THE CENTER
Family members pay the regular admission rate to enter the Center. During the week that the camper is attending camp, he or she does not have to pay to explore the center. Children must be accompanied by an adult to be in the Center. ASC members do not have to pay admission rates but must go to the front desk and show membership cards to enter the Center after camps conclude.

CODE OF CONDUCT
Each week, teachers and staff go over the procedures, structure, and behavior expectations of camp with every group. We have high expectations for behavior due to the hands-on nature of camp. Minor behavior problems are addressed by the counselor and camp staff. If behavior problems persist, we will ask for a conference between the child, parent and counselor. If a camper’s behavior continues to disrupt the activities and progress of the camp, we reserve the right to cancel the registration and remove the child from the camp. No refund is given for removal of a camper from camp. 


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