Please note our hours have changed! The RMSC’s Museum & Strasenburgh Planetarium are open Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.  
For Planetarium showtimes please see our show schedule and for Museum hours and to plan your visit, please see our admissions page.

RMSC Curiosity Camps 2020 Health & Well-being Protocols

RMSC Curiosity Camps 2020 Health & Well-being Protocols

The staff at the RMSC are excited for a summer filled with discovery, curiosity, and fun! We're working hard to not only maintain the high-quality programming you expect from the RMSC, but to keep your families safe and healthy while doing so. We’ll be following all guidelines set by the county, state, and CDC -- such as reduced group sizes, increased sanitization practices, and maximized social distancing practices. The procedures listed below may change based on new information or additional guidance, and we’ll adjust accordingly. Our team can’t wait to welcome your camper!

General Information

  • Check-in and check-out procedures will be adjusted to maximize social distancing.
  • Before Care and After Care will be adjusted to maximize social distancing and minimize shared supplies. Locations and activities may be different than in past summers.
  • If any camper develops a fever or symptoms of illness, they will be isolated, and a parent/guardian will be contacted for immediate pick-up. Cleaning protocols will be enacted for any areas they visited.
  • If any camper, staff, or volunteer is sick, they will be required to remain at home.
  • If a positive case of COVID-19 is identified, camp families will be immediately informed and we will follow directions and protocols set by the Department of Health and RMSC leadership. In this event, camp may need to be canceled for the remainder of the week, in which case refunds and/or credits will be issued.


To plan appropriately for staff and supplies and to maintain a healthy environment, it is critical for us to accurately anticipate enrollment and attendance. If you are unable to attend a week for which you are registered, please let us know as soon as you can. You will receive a full refund as long as you cancel by 12 PM on the Friday before your child’s week of camp starts.

Health and Hygiene

  • During daily check-in, the adult who is dropping off the camper will be required to complete a short questionnaire certifying that within the last 14 days:
    • The camper has not exhibited any symptoms of COVID-19;
    • The camper has not tested positive for COVID-19;
    • and the camper has not knowingly been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Staff and volunteers will undergo the same daily health screening listed above. 
  • Anyone with a fever or symptoms of illness will not be permitted to stay.
  • All Full Day Campers and Almost Campers (ages 5-15) will be required to wear masks when they are unable to maintain social distancing. At the direction of their instructors, campers will be able to remove their masks when social distancing can be practiced safely or when engaging in outdoor activities. Mini Campers (ages 2-5) will not be required to wear masks.  
  • Staff and volunteers will be trained to implement and encourage your camper to follow healthy hygiene practices:
  • Campers, staff, and volunteers will engage in frequent, regular hand washing.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available in all classrooms and areas within the museum.  Staff will monitor to make sure campers are using it frequently.  
  • Staff and volunteers will be required to wear appropriate PPE.
  • Staff will monitor for hygiene and signs of illness throughout the day.

Camp Groups and Classrooms

  • Camp group sizes will be reduced to 10 campers per group, in accordance with New York State and CDC recommendations.
  • Camp groups will remain separated to reduce intermixing between groups. Within their small groups, campers will receive a full camp experience, participate in hands-on STEM investigations, and explore RMSC’s campus & exhibits.
  • We will implement an increased plan for sanitizing and cleaning all camp classroom surfaces, supplies, and exhibit areas. Classroom environments will be adjusted to maximize social distancing and minimize shared supplies. Any shared supplies will be sanitized between use.
  • Camper belongings brought from home will be restricted to lunch boxes, water bottles, and personal PPE.
  • Campers will eat lunch in their reduced-size camp groups.
  • To limit personal contact, we will no longer serve snacks. We will still maintain a designated snack time, however, and families are encouraged to send their own.
  • Only approved staff, volunteers, and campers will be permitted in the camp classrooms

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