Museum & Science CEnter

RMSC CURIOSITY CAMPS

Stay curious with a hefty helping of hands-on, minds-on science and fun with camps at the RMSC this year. Get ready to share in new adventures, discover science, and explore exciting experiments!

  • RMSC Museum & Science Center, Rochester NY

  • 8 Week-Long Summer Sessions, February Break, Spring Break

  • Scholarships available year-round

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Policies & procedures

How to enroll

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Interested in volunteering for Curiosity Camps?

Curiosity Camps Youth Volunteers (Ages 15–17) are essential to the educational mission of the RMSC’s camp programs. Gain volunteer experience while helping young minds create the memories of a lifetime.

Applications are now open for Summer 2024 volunteer opportunities!


WHAT OUR FAMILIES ARE SAYING:

I sent my 2 children (along with some friends and cousins) to RMSC day camp for 2 different weeks this summer. We were so impressed by everything! The measures taken to keep the campers safe, the organization and care of the staff and the overall positive atmosphere made for an incredible experience for my family. The kids came home every day with a smile on their face. They loved their counselors, made new friends, and loved the activities so much. I cannot say enough good things about the RMSC summer camp. Thank you for giving the kids a safe and fun experience to break up a very tough summer. We HIGHLY recommend this camp and can’t wait to sign up again next year. We are lucky to have you in our community.

Jenna Knauf

Please thank all of your staff for me! My son really enjoyed camp this week. Your approach to the recent requirements was well thought out, and it runs like a well oiled machine. I felt perfectly comfortable sending my son there. He had so much fun and talked about his one counselor Koa non-stop!

Carrie Webster

We’ve loved having RMSC be an extension of our bubble in these crazy times, and we are so appreciative of all the extra organization and coordination you all have done to make it a safe, healthy, wholesome, and FUN place for my son to spend his summer days. The programming is so well-crafted for maximum engagement – with each week’s themes, different parts of my son’s personality have been highlighted. The care with which it is all put together and shared with the kids is so clear in the way he’s absorbed the information. You’ve planted seeds in his brain that have taken root; as parents, it’s the best kind of support to have.

Anonymous

Frequently asked questions


  • Mini Camps: Drop-off between 8:45–9:15am. Pick-up at 1 pm. Please note that Extended Care is not available for Mini Campers.
  • Almost Camps: Drop-off between 8:45–9:15am. Campers arriving before 8:45amwill need to register for Before Care. Pick-up at 2:30 pm. After Care is not available for Almost Camps. All Almost Campers must be picked up at 2:30pm.
  • Full Day Camps: Drop-off between 8:45–9:15am. Campers arriving before 8:45am will need to register for Before Care. Pick up between 3:45 –4:15pm. Campers who are not picked up by 4:15 PM will be placed in After Care, and families will be charged accordingly.

Yes, all campers must be toilet trained in order to attend Curiosity Camps at the RMSC.


Curiosity Camps Instructors are school teachers, museum professionals, and/or experts in the field who share our passion for life-long learning. In addition to the Instructor, each classroom is supported by Assistants, Interns, and Youth Volunteers.


Curiosity Camps let your camper discover science as a fun, creative way to explore the wonders of our world. With the RMSC as their playground, campers have access to the RMSC Museum & Science Center’s unique collections and team of specialists, hundreds of interactive exhibits, shows at the RMSC Strasenburgh Planetarium, and scientists from our community.


  • Please send your camper with a snack, lunch, and drink/water bottle, water play clothes, and extra clothes. Please note that refrigeration is not available.
    • Curiosity Camps is a nut-free program (no peanuts or tree nuts of any kind).  Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our families safe and healthy.
  • Campers are encouraged to wear closed-toed shoes and comfortable clothing that can get messy.
  • The RMSC is not responsible for the loss, destruction, or theft of any personal items (including clothing, book bags, purses, toys, games, electronic devices, cell phones, money, etc.) that your child may bring to camp. We highly encourage your camper to keep valuables and other personal items at home.

Curiosity Camps strives to provide an accessible and safe environment for all campers. If your camper has a medical condition, severe allergies, dietary restrictions, or a disability, please note this information during registration. Camp Administration may contact you if there are questions or concerns regarding the successful accommodation of your camper. 

Curiosity Camps is a nut-free program (no peanuts or tree nuts of any kind).  Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our families safe and healthy.

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  • To plan appropriately for staff and supplies and to maintain a safe, healthy environment, it is critical for us to accurately anticipate enrollment and attendance. Please note that all camp registration fees include a $75 non-refundable deposit (scholarship applications include a $15 non-refundable deposit).
  • Withdrawals that occur more than 10 days before the start of camp will receive a full refund (minus the non-refundable deposit). For more detailed information, please review our:

  • In order to provide all campers and staff with a positive and safe experience, it is important that all campers exhibit proper behavior and self-control and act respectfully at all times. As necessary, Curiosity Camps will take action steps to manage behavior incidents and/or chronic behaviors as problems arise and progress.
  • Camp Administration reserves the right to immediately dismiss a camper from current and future camp sessions at any point for conduct that is deemed detrimental to the well-being of other campers and staff, or to the overall operation of the camp. Refunds will not be given (for current or future camp sessions) if campers are dismissed from Curiosity Camps programs due to behavioral reasons. For more detailed information, please review our:

  • Scholarships for summer Curiosity Camps are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cover 50% or 90% of the camp registration fee based on your child’s reduced or free lunch status. Each camper is eligible to receive a scholarship towards two weeks of Curiosity Camps per summer.
  • Register for camp and apply for a scholarship online. Paper applications are available.
  • During registration, you can select our payment plan option. You’ll pay a non-refundable deposit when you register, then 50% is due on March 1, 2024 and the remainder on May 31, 2024. Please note that the payment plan is set to auto-pay, meaning you will need to provide a credit card in order to use the plan.