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2021 Summer Camps

Discover a world of adventure at the GSC Summer Camps for ages 4-12. Build robots, meet an animal up close, explore fun spaces, think like a spy, taste yummy science and get icky and sticky. Our aquarium, museum and zoo are full of seemingly endless opportunities - all on one campus!

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Registration is required. Full camp fees are due at time of registration. We accept Visa and MasterCard. Memberships may be purchased or renewed separately online or by calling 336-288-3769, ext. 1324.

Registration Fees

Session GSC Member Non-Member
AM (9am - 1pm) $160 $200
PM (1pm - 3pm) $80 $100
HOL (9am - 3pm) $200 $250
HOLPM (1pm - 3pm) $65 $80
DAY (9am - 3pm) $250 $300
Extended Day (3pm - 5pm) $40/week $40/week
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All camps except PM camps will include a supervised lunch period from 12 - 12:45pm. Click here for details.
Please provide a nut-free snack for your child.

Summer camp registration tips:

  • Once all the camps load, make sure you filter by age. This is located on the left side of the page.
  • If using a credit card for payment, please check the box that says "Store this card for future use". This way we can add camps, lunch bunch or extended day without asking for your credit card information. This site is secure and only the credit card type along with the last four digits will be displayed if saved.
  • Animal Care Camp for ages 10-12 is a popular camp. We recommend registering for this camp first and then checking out. Afterwards you can go back to sign up for other camps. If you have taken this camp in a previous summer, please allow others to sign up this summer.
  • Registration is first come, first served. Camps traditionally fill quickly. *GSC members are able to register early and receive a discounted fee. Not a GSC member? Join today!
    *Note – If your membership expires prior to August 7, 2021, we require that you renew your membership. Membership can be renewed here.


Opportunities for Rising 9th - 12th Graders!

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Duke Energy Aquatic Ecosystems Workshop

Rising 9th - 12th graders are invited to join us for a week of field-based study designed specifically for teens!

Field Work

We invite rising 9-12th grade students interested in a career in ecology, biology, chemistry and conservation to grab your waders and gloves as we explore our world and study the animals and water chemistry that tells us about our ecosystem’s healthiness. Understanding water quality means understanding how water chemistry and biological specimens help us interpret the health of an ecosystem. Using scientific water chemistry techniques and various biological sampling methods including minnow traps, emergence traps, dip nets and leaf litter kits we will study the biological and chemical makeup of our waterways. From sampling sites at the GSC to sites across the Piedmont, we will take the techniques learned and apply them to a variety of habitats. Not only will participants gain knowledge of science and research techniques they can use in their science careers, data collected will contribute to a long-term study of ecosystem health at the GSC.

In order to participate in this program, students must submit a completed application. Applications must be turned in by June 18. The week’s fee is $100. We encourage applicants to apply for need-based scholarships through the GSC to make it accessible for all. Bring a bag lunch each day. Questions? Please email lzarecky@greensboroscience.org.

June 28 – July 2, 2021, 9am - 2pm


Science Exploration Summer Camps at a Glance

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Week Session Ages 4 - 5 Ages 6 - 7 Ages 8 - 9 Ages 10 - 12
June 7 - 11 AM EC1: Animals on the Move A1: Cool Cats B1: Under the Sea C1: Girls in Science
June 14 - 18 AM EC2: Magical Forest
DAY A2: Creation Sensation B2: Shake, Shock, Zoom! C2: Animal Care Camp
June 21 - 25 AM EC3: Wheel of Science
DAY A3: Infinity and Beyond B3: Animals Around the World C3: Cool Chemistry
June 28 - July 2 DAY A4: Nature Nuts B4: Science Safari C4: Animal Weapons
July 6 - 9 HOL A5: Science Explorers B5: Chemical Concoctions C5: Build It!
July 12 - 16 AM EC6: Animals on the Move
DAY A6: Creation Sensation B6: Shake, Shock, Zoom! C6: Animal Care Camp
July 19 - 23 DAY A7: Infinity and Beyond B7: Animals Around the World C7: Cool Chemistry
July 26 - 30 AM EC8: Magical Forest
DAY A8: Nature Nuts B8: Science Safari C8: Animal Weapons
August 2 - 6 AM EC9: Wheel of Science
DAY A9: Science Explorers B9: Chemical Concoctions C9: Build It!

Robotics Lab Summer Camps at a Glance

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Week Session Ages 4 - 5 Age 5 Ages 6 - 7 Ages 8 - 9 Ages 10 - 12
June 7 - 11 AM RE1: Bricks, Bricks and More Bricks IE1: Fun Time Build
June 14 - 18 DAY RE2: Bees & Bugs IE2: Mars Mission
June 21 - 25 PM BB3: Beginners Coding
DAY IE3: Crazy Machines RR3: Nano Quest
June 28 - July 2 AM BE4: World Travelers
DAY RE4: Engineering Fun IE4: CyberSpy
July 6 - 9 HOL RE5: Amusement Park Physics RR5: Dune Buggy Bots
HOLPM BB5: Gears at Work
July 12 - 16 PM BB6: Beginners Coding
DAY RE6: Bees & Bugs IE6: Mars Mission
July 19 - 23 AM BE7: World Travelers
DAY IE7: Crazy Machines RR7: Nano Quest
July 26 - 30 PM BB8: Gears at Work
DAY RE8: Engineering Fun IE8: CyberSpy
August 2 - 6 DAY RE9: Amusement Park Physics RR9: Dune Buggy Bots

Science Exploration Summer Camp Descriptions

Science Exploration Camps: Ages 4 - 5

Animals on the Move

Tunnel, hop, crawl or swim – no matter how you get here, just make sure you don’t miss this week filled with your favorite animals on the move. You’ll get up close with the movers and shakers of our zoo, practice some animal yoga outside and try out your best animal moves as we party the week away.

June 7 - 11; 9am – 1pm
July 12 - 16; 9am – 1pm

Magical Forest

The forest is a magical place full of surprises! Flowers change to fruit, trees become drinking fountains, and crawling insects turn into flying wonders. We’ll relive classic fairytales as we venture into the new GSC treehouses. Crafts and activities will highlight the “natural” magic found in flora and fauna and we’ll use our imagination and naturalist skills as we search for fairies and gnomes living among the trees.

June 14 - 18; 9am – 1pm
July 26 - 30; 9am – 1pm

Wheel of Science

Each day will bring a new adventure featuring hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). Discover patterns in nature, chemistry in cooking and the laws of motion. Express creativity through design and engineering and explore the messy side of science.

June 21 - 25; 9am – 1pm
August 2 - 6; 9am –1pm

Science Exploration Camps: Ages 6 - 7

Cool Cats

Pounce into this camp for a roaring good time and learn about cool cats found around the world. Discover amazing cat facts and meet the newest small cat residents at the GSC. We’ll have a “purr-fectly” good time. Cat dress-up welcome on Friday.

June 7 - 11; 9am – 1pm

Creation Sensation

Mix and measure, stir and shake – see what science fun you can make. Join us for a week of science magic as we do safe, fun experiments that you can repeat at home to keep the excitement brewing all summer long.

June 14 - 18; 9am – 3pm
July 12 - 16; 9am –3pm

Infinity and Beyond

It’s a space race for our young astronauts. We’ll embark on a mission to study the moon and stars and see the sun in a whole new light as we go solar. Create star viewers, discover the planets in our solar system and visit our OmniSphere for “nighttime” sky viewing.

June 21 - 25; 9am – 3pm
July 19 - 23; 9am – 3pm

Nature Nuts

Let’s explore nearby woods and streams where we’ll play outdoor games, create works of art with natural materials, and discover some of the animals that call these places home. We’ll also spend time along our new nature trail and tree houses in the zoo. Wear sturdy shoes and sunscreen for a week filled with nature play.

June 28 - July 2; 9am – 3pm
July 26 - 30; 9am – 3pm

Science Explorers

This camp is perfect for the young scientist who likes to dabble in everything from rocks to reptiles! We’ll seek out our place in space, whip up some kitchen chemistry, and become animal experts. Each day focuses on a new theme with new explorations.

July 6 - 9 (4 days); 9am – 3pm
August 2 - 6; 9am – 3pm

Science Exploration Camps: Ages 8 - 9

Under the Sea

Dive in and explore the world beneath the waves! Muck around in our local streams for aquatic life, get a close look at the sharks in our aquarium and learn about all sorts of freshwater and saltwater fish. Bring water shoes or boots each day. It’s an aquatic jungle out there.

June 7 - 11; 9am – 1pm

Shake, Shock, Zoom!

Investigate the wonders of science that moves us! From earthquakes to cars and airplanes, discover the science of motion through hands-on activities. Make your hair stand on end as we learn about the flow of electricity and investigate the attractive powers of magnetism.

June 14 - 18; 9am – 3pm
July 12 - 16; 9am –3pm

Animals Around the World

Send us your ani-maniacs to take a tour of animals around the world. Each day we’ll study a different country and learn about cultures, crafts and animals from that region. Join us as we adventure into our zoo to discover animals from Australia, Africa, Nepal, South America, Indonesia, Sumatra and more.

June 21 - 25-; 9am – 3pm
July 19 - 23; 9am – 3pm

Science Safari

Join us as we go on a safari through different areas of science. We’ll mix things up, make things move and meet a variety of animal guests. From the earth beneath your feet to the stars in the sky, we’ll discover all areas of science.

June 28 - July 2; 9am – 3pm
July 26 - 30; 9am – 3pm

Chemical Concoctions

Explore the basics of chemistry through loud, colorful and shocking experiments. Create chemical compounds, analyze acids and bases, make things glow and whip up a few “explosive” reactions.

July 6 - 9 (4 days); 9am – 3pm
August 2 - 6; 9am – 3pm

Science Exploration Camps: Ages 10 - 12

Girls in Science

Girls rule this week in an all-girl team of scientists. Pop-in guests, from animal curators to our vet tech and divers will visit to show you what girls in science do at GSC! Girls rock-you’ll learn that in geology!

June 7 - 11; 9am – 1pm

Animal Care Camp

Join us for a variety of experiences for the true animal lover as you find out how we care for our animals. We’ll lend a hand in the zoo and aquarium each day, learn about the care of all kinds of animals, and meet animal professionals as they share their experiences with us. Dress for outdoor work; closed-toe shoes are a must. If you have taken this popular camp in a previous summer, please allow others to sign up this summer.

June 14 - 18; 9am – 3pm
July 12 - 16; 9am – 3pm

Cool Chemistry

Create crystals, pop popcorn and perform candy chromatography – all in the name of science. You’ll learn about compounds that change, how things work and run scientific tests on common household items to find “the best”. From oozing and fizzy experiments to DNA extractions, it will be a week of chemical chaos.

June 21 - 25; 9am - 3pm
July 19 - 23; 9am - 3pm

Animal Weapons

From goat horns to scorpion pinchers, animal arsenals are important for survival. We’ll meet some of our favorite animal ambassadors to learn more about behavior and adaptions. So grab your shield and prepare for battle in this camp of offense versus defense.

June 28 - July 2; 9am - 3pm
July 26 - 30; 9am - 3pm

Build It!

Think it, build it, test it! Put your engineering skills to the test as you build marble mazes, catapults, unique toys and other crazy contraptions. Find out what it takes to be an engineer as you see the things you imagine appear!

July 6 - 9 (4 days); 9am – 3pm
August 2 - 6; 9am – 3pm

Robotics Lab Summer Camp Descriptions

Ages 4-5: Brick Explorers

World Travelers

Pack your bags for an adventure to the four corners of the world in search of cool and unusual animals. Campers will investigate how animals move and build fun animal models using bricks.

June 28 - July 2; 9am – 1pm
July 19 - 23; 9am –1pm

Age 5: Beginner Builders

Beginners Coding

Learn about coding through games and gadgets. Campers will move like a robot and learn how to program a friendly mouse named George.

June 21 - 25; 1pm – 3pm
July 12 - 16; 1pm - 3pm

Gears at Work

How do gears work? Campers will explore how gears work and build cool models of a car, seesaw, and crane using DUPLO® bricks.

July 6 - 9 (4 days); 1pm – 3pm
July 26 - 30; 1 pm - 3pm

Ages 6-7: Rookie Engineers

Bricks, Bricks and More Bricks

Let’s start the summer off with some creative building activities. We’ll use our imaginations to design self-powered models with daily themes: race cars, spaceships, amusement park rides and more.

June 7 - 11; 9am – 1pm

Bees & Bugs

Campers will become outdoor naturalists as they investigate how pollination happens with the help of LEGO® Education WeDo 2.0 brick building models that use motors and sensors and create fun hands-on activities.

June 14 - 18; 9am – 3pm
July 12 - 16; 9am - 3pm

Engineering Fun

We’ll use bricks to build a rubber band boat or a zipline that flies between the trees. Building fun models brings engineering principles to life

June 28 - July 2; 9am – 3pm
July 26 - 30; 9am – 3pm

Amusement Park Physics

Let’s take a ride on our GSC carousel. What makes it go around? How do the animals go up and down? We’ll learn about the physics of force and motion while creating different rides using bricks and an interactive program.

July 6 - 9 (4 days); 9am – 3pm
August 2 - 6; 9am – 3pm

Ages 8-9: Intermediate Engineers

Fun Time Build

Campers will have a fun relaxing week learning some basic building techniques and creating models of their own design.

June 7 - 11; 9am – 1pm

Mars Mission

Let’s take off for an adventure to Mars! Intermediate Engineers will build and program a fully autonomous robot using the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Set to complete missions on a previous FIRST LEGO League (FLL) challenge mat. See our website for more information about joining a FLL team in the fall.

June 14 - 18; 9am – 3pm
July 12 - 16; 9am – 3pm

Crazy Machines

We’ll have fun learning how to build a motorized vending machine. Campers will learn about basic building principles and how gears and motors work with other fun builds.

June 21 - 25; 9am – 3pm
July 19 - 23; 9am – 3pm

CyberSpy

Motion sensors, alarms, and secret doors are just a few of the cool brick builds campers will create using gears and motors in this undercover camp.

June 28 - July 2; 9am – 3pm
July 26 - 30; 9am – 3pm

Ages 10-12: Rookie Robotics

Nano Quest

Are you ready to jump into the micro world of nanotechnology? Rookie Robotics will build and program a fully autonomous robot using the LEGO® Education SPIKE™ Prime Set to complete missions on a previous FIRST LEGO League (FLL) challenge mat. See our website for more information about joining a FLL team in the fall.

June 21 - 25; 9am – 3pm
July 19 - 23; 9am – 3pm

Dune Buggy Bots

Start the summer off with some fun buggy bot making! Campers will learn about designing, drawing and building a dune buggy type vehicle. We will put our designs to the test with some fun challenges just like the car manufacturers do.

July 6 - 9 (4 days); 9am – 3pm
August 2 - 6; 9am – 3pm

Add-Ons

Lunch Bunch

*New this summer, with the exception of afternoon camps from 1pm - 3pm, all camps (9am - 1pm and 9am - 3pm) will include a supervised lunch period from 12 - 12:45pm. Please be sure to send a drink and nut-free lunch that does not need to be refrigerated each day. Make sure your child’s lunch container is labeled with their name.

Extended Day

Extended Day sessions are a relaxing way to end a day of exciting science adventure. We’ll have a supervised room and provide museum/zoo explorations, games, books, and our favorite science movies during this unstructured period. Extended Days are offered as a service to meet your family’s busy schedules. Pick up your child any time before 5pm. Register for Extended Day as an option with all day or afternoon camps. Extended Day is not offered the first week of camps.

Contact Us

Questions or comments? Email camps@greensboroscience.org or call 336-288-3769 x1389.

FAQs

Our policy does not allow children to move up an age group. This has to do with maturity and social abilities. Please register according to your child’s age by the start of camp.

Due to our online registration system, Active Network, there are costs involved in which we cannot offer a full refund. Refunds for cancellations will be made, provided the GSC is notified at least 14 days in advance. A processing fee of $15, per participant per camp will be charged for cancellations and $10, per participant per camp will be charged for changes.

We reserve the right to cancel a camp due to low enrollment. We will make this determination one week prior to the beginning of camp. Should this occur, you will receive notification and a full refund.

Limited financial assistance may be available. Contact Courtenay Vass at cvass@greensboroscience.org for details.

Camp participants are registered for camp individually. Additional camp participants can register before finalization of payment is made on the Review cart & check out page. **Note: Completing the entire registration process, including payment, will set up your Active Network account. If you decide to add additional camp participants, some of the information will be populated into your new registration form.

Payment in full is required to complete the registration process. Online registration will accept MasterCard and VISA. Please do not drop off checks or cash at the GSC.

Yes! We have waiting lists for all of our camps that are full. There is no cost to be added to the waiting list, and you can add your child’s name to as many waiting lists as you are interested in.

You will need to register online for a wait list: Submit the online registration information even if the camp is full. A payment will not be requested. When a spot becomes available in a camp, families will be contacted in sequential order from the wait list. The open camp spot will be held for 24 hours. The spot may be accepted or turned down. Once an open spot has been accepted, the payment will be due to finalize registration for the camp.

Your confirmation will be emailed to you upon submitting the online registration. The confirmation email, along with additional camp information, will be sent to the email address under which you set up your Active Network account.

There are up to 12 campers per general science camp and 8 campers per Robotics camp. Camps have one Teacher, one Teacher Assistant and one volunteer.

Our teachers are energetic, responsible and dependable with an enthusiasm for science and children. Teachers are college graduates or are currently enrolled in college. Many have either formal or informal teaching backgrounds. All teachers, assistants and volunteers are required to pass a criminal background check and attend training prior to working with campers.

Yes. Additional information about the summer camp, arrival, departure, and forms that may require your signature will be emailed to you the week before your camp. Forms will be emailed to the email address you used to set up your Active Network account.

New this summer, with the exception of afternoon camps from 1pm - 3pm, all camps (9am - 1pm and 9am - 3pm) will include a supervised lunch period from 12 - 12:45pm. Please be sure to send a drink and nut-free lunch that does not need to be refrigerated each day. Make sure your child’s lunch container is labeled with their name. Cold beverages are available from the lunchroom vending machines but we encourage reusable bottles. Lunch Bunch is supervised by GSC staff. Children in morning camps will be readied for pickup at the car line afterwards.

Camps that last three hours or longer have a snack time. Please provide a nut-free snack and a reusable bottle of water for your child.

In response to the growing number of severe nut allergies, and for the safety of all children who attend our camps, the GSC adopted this policy. 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. Thank you for your consideration and support in keeping children with food allergies safe.

Extended Day is from 3 - 5pm. Extended Day sessions are a relaxing way to end a day of exciting science adventure. We’ll have a supervised room and provide museum/zoo explorations, games, crafts, books, and our favorite science movies during this unstructured period. Extended Days are offered as a service to meet your family’s busy schedule. Pick up your child any time before 5:00 pm. Register for Extended Day as an option with all day and afternoon camps. Extended Day is not offered the first of camp. Extended Day is $40/week.

Children registered for GSC summer camps must be toilet trained and able to use the toilet independently. The GSC will not diaper children. All campers are escorted to restrooms by camp staff.