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  • RMSC Museum & Science Center, Rochester NY

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  • 8 Week-Long Summer Sessions

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SUMMER CURIOSITY CAMP Opportunities

Summer 2024 at the Museum & Science Center

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8 Week-Long Sessions | Monday, July 8–Friday, August 30, 2024

Ages 3-15

Curiosity Camps at the RMSC Museum & Science Center are back by popular demand for Summer 2024! The fun never stops as campers explore their curiosity and find answers to their questions using the museum as their guide. Take a behind-the-scenes look at objects from the RMSC Collection, attend private shows at the Strasenburgh Planetarium or the Electricity Theater, watch up-close science demonstrations, and enjoy access to our newly renovated labs. Let the RMSC be your bridge to summer learning, and sign up today!

Summer 2024 at the RMSC Cumming Nature Center

8 Week-Long Sessions | Monday, July 8–Friday, August 30, 2024

Ages 6-18

Explore the wonders of the woods with Summer Curiosity Camps at the Cumming Nature Center! Join our outdoor educators as we search for salamanders, build gnome homes, climb trees, and dig for artifacts. Each camp offers a different theme to immerse children in the natural world and spark their curiosity. With 900+ acres and 15 miles of hiking trails, the beautiful surroundings of the Nature Center are the perfect setting for campers to learn basic wilderness skills, nature science, outdoor team-building activities, nature awareness, nature-based art techniques, and more!

🚌 Transportation from/to Rochester available for an added fee on select weeks. Scholarships are available.

Need help with registration? Have a question about our program offerings and activities? 

Contact us at 585.271.4320 or camps@rmsc.org and someone will get back to you within 1-2 business days (M-F, 9am-5pm).

Important Camp Information

Policies

Prior to registering, please review our policies for all of the additional information you’ll need to know before your camper’s first day! We’ll also send this document out via email the week before your camper attends camp.

  • You may not register another person’s camper.  If your camper plans to attend camp with a friend, please let us know during registration so that we can group them accordingly.
  • Campers are grouped based on their ages at the start of camp.
  • All campers must be toilet trained by the start of camp.
  • All campers must bring their own lunch and snack(s).
  • Curiosity Camps are nut-free programs (no peanuts or tree nuts of any kind) . Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our families safe and healthy.

REgistration

Registration is required prior to the start of camp.  Enrollment is limited; early registration is highly recommended. Members receive priority registration! 

Need help registering or have a question about our program?  Contact us at 585.271.4320 or camps@rmsc.org and someone will get back to you within 1-2 business days (M-F, 9am-5pm).

Drop-Off and Pick-up Procedures

For camps on the RMSC campus, drop-off and pick-up take place in the Eisenhart Auditorium (not the main museum building) located on the RMSC campus at 657 East Avenue, Rochester, NY 14607. Times vary depending on the camper’s age and type of camp, see below:

Mini Camps

Drop-off between 8:45–9:15am.  Pick-up at 1pm. Please note that Extended Care is not available for Mini Campers.

Almost Camps

Drop-off between 8:45–9:15am. Campers arriving before 8:45am will need to register for Before Care. Pick-up is at 2:30pm. 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 is between 3:45–4:15pm. Campers who are not picked up by 4:15pm will be placed in After Care, and families will be charged accordingly.

  • Authorized pick-ups must present a photo ID every time they come to pick up a camper.
  • In the event your camper needs to be picked up early, please write the early pick-up time on that day’s sign-in sheet and notify a member of Camp Administration. In the event of an emergency, you can reach us at the following:
  • Curiosity Camps office: 585.271.42552 ext. 601
  • Curiosity Camps mobile: 585.727.3258
  • RMSC Guest Services: 585.271.4320
  • Please note that early pick-ups between 3:30 – 3:45 PM are not always possible as groups are transitioning from their classrooms to dismissal.

Late Pick-Up Procedures

  • Campers that have not been picked up by 4:15pm will be enrolled in After Care and charged accordingly. 
  • Campers that have not been picked up by 5:30pm will be charged a $10 late fee.  
  • Campers that have not been picked up by 5:45pm will be charged a $25 late fee. 
  • If a camper has not been picked up by 6pm and we are unable to reach an authorized pick-up adult, the Rochester Police Department will be notified. 

Please note that Extended Care is not available for Mini Campers. After Care is not available for Almost Campers.

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.

For more detailed information, please review our:


  • 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.
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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!