SUMMER CAM2015



Summer Science Experience:

Nursery - 1st Grade

Campers will be organized into independent groups based on the grade level completed by June 2015.  Each camper group has one adult teacher and one high school or college age counselor, and group sizes remain small—generally seventeen campers or below per group. Material is adjusted appropriately for each age group, featuring more complex experiments and projects based on the weekly theme as campers grow older.

1 Day Programs June 29 - July 2 Different Topic Each Day
Want to continue your child's camp experience? Then this is the week for you. There will be a different subject for each day, and you can choose to register for either 1 day, 2 days, or all four days. Register by calling 516-627-9400 ext 10.

Session 1 July 6 - July 10 Ecosystems and Animals
Learn why each of the Museum's insects, amphibians, reptiles and mammals can succeed in one habitat but not another. Take a woodland walk around our preserve to discover how plants, from the smallest flower to the biggest tree are critical to sustaining our ecosystems.

Session 2 July 13 - July 17 Dinos, Dirt, Past & People
Explore Earth's amazing past by becoming a Paleontologist, Archaeologist and Geologist all in one week. Go digging for dinosuar bones, investigate acient civilizations and examine what causes earthquakes and volcanic eruptions.

Session 3 July 20 - July 24 Beach Combers
Explore our beachfront on Manhasset Bay with nets and shovels and see the amazing diversity of the animals that call it home. Get sandy and wet as you catch fish, dig up Fiddler crabs, and clams in the mud flats. Learn not only the incredible journey a water droplet takes, but also get an up close look at various species of mollusks.

Session 4 July 27 - July 31 Eager to Experiment
Learn all about the scientific process as you aks a question and go through all the scientific steps to determine the answer for yourself. Showcase your discovery at the end of the week in a presentation to the rest of th camp. Can you train a cockroach, which type of candy keeps its flavor the longest, or investigate your own scientific questions.

Session 5 August 3 - August 7 Scientific Mysteries
Learn the secrets behind various scientific mysteries. How do boats float and what makes magnets attract. Test your skills of observation by becoming a forensic scientist. Figure out how to collect fingerprints, find hidden messages, examine hair samples and more.

Session 6 August 10- August 14 Design Derby
Discover your inner engineer as you build structures and contraptions from household goods. Learn to be your very own carpenter and architect while collaborating and competting with peers to complete daily challenges. Build your own racecar, compete to create the strongest bridge or towering skyscraper.

Session 7 August 17 - August 21 Trailblazing
A week of fun based on the trailblazing spirit of early America. Shelter building, orienteering and candle making are tasks we will be trying. Learn how to build and cook a sweet treat over an open fire.

Session 8 August 24- August 28 Mission to Space
Visit Starlab, our inflatable planetarium, to get an up close look at the planets and the stars of our solar system. Listen to ancient myths from the Greeks and Native Americans about the constellations. Learn how astronaunts travel to outer space and how they live for days in a rocket or in the International Space Station. Explore the concepts of lift and drag using planes and parachutes.
 

 

Weekly Fee:  $425 per week for first child; $375 per week for additional siblings.

 

Junior Science Experience:

2nd Grade and 3rd Grade

Campers will be organized into independent groups based on the grade level completed by June 2015.  Each camper group has one adult teacher and one high school or college age counselor, and group sizes remain small—generally seventeen campers or below per group. Material is adjusted appropriately for each age group, featuring more complex experiments and projects based on the weekly theme as campers grow older.

1 Day Programs June 29 - July 2 Different Topic Each Day
Want to continue your child's camp experience? Then this is the week for you. There will be a different subject for each day, and you can choose to register for either 1 day, 2 days, or all four days. Register by calling 516-627-9400 ext 10.

Session 1 July 6- July 10 Super Powered Species
Have you ever wished that the superheroes from the movies and comics were real? Well, a dung bettle can lift over a thousand times its body weight. Sounds pretty super to me! This week we will nteract with the live animals we have at the museum, as well as study other animals from around the globe. You'll be surprised just how "super" these animals can be.

Session 2 July 13 - July 17 Underground Mysteries of History
Have you ever stopped to wonder just how old the Earth is? It can be mind-blowing. Learn about civilizations long past and how they were different from us. Also enjoy our paleontology pit where together we will excavate the reamins of real prehistoric creatures.

Session 3 July 20 - July 24 Dive Right In!
Have you ever seen some of the bizarre things that live under the surface of waves? There is a whole other world below that together we will discover. This week we will spend time on Manhasset Bay looking for critters that live below, as well as "sea" what the bottom of the ocean has to offer.

Session 4 July 27 - July 31 Busting Up Myths
Do pirates wear eye patches because they are all missing an eye or is there some high-seas shenanigans at work? When the pages of two phonebooks are woven together, can twenty children pull them aprt? This week at the museum, explore these myths and many more, as we learn how to identify a problem, develop a plan and ultimately solve it.

Session 5 August 3 - August 7 SMLI Forensic Task Force
Alright suspect, where were you on the morning of August 3rd, 2015? Hopefully you will be here with us at the museum learning all about the science that is used to investigate crimes. We will learn about fingerprints, blood types, and much more. Was it Colonel Garlic Mustard? In the Theater? With a comically large spoon? Only you can help us solve the case.

Session 6 August 10 - August 14 Don' Just Build...Create!
Do you love the smell of duct tape and cardboard? Well good, because this week at the Science Museum it is a head to head battle of building skills. Do you have what it takes to build bigger, better, stronger, and taller than the other teams using only the bare materials at hand? If so, come help us build upward and onward in this new week of camp.

Session 7 August 17 - August 21 Scientist vs. The Wild
Come out for a wilderness adventure and learn what it takes to survive outdoors. Build your own shelters, learn about campfires, discover edible plants and even cook over a fire.

Session 8 August 24 - August 28 SMLI's Guide to the Galaxy
Houston we have a space week. Finish off the summer with a week of camp that will be simply out of this world. Come explore how vast the universe is and why this tiny blue planet we call Earth is a wonderful place to call home.

 

Weekly Fee:  $425 per week for first child; $375 per week for additional siblings.

Advanced Science Experience:

4th Grade & Up

Campers will be organized into independent groups based on the grade level completed by June 2015.  Each camper group has one adult teacher and one high school or college age counselor, and group sizes remain small—generally seventeen campers or below per group. Material is adjusted appropriately for each age group, featuring more complex experiments and projects based on the weekly theme as campers grow older.

1 Day Programs August 24 - August 28 Different Topic Each Day
Want to continue your child's camp experience? Then this is the week for you. There will be a different subject for each day, and you can choose to register for either 1 day, 2 days, or all four days. Register by calling 516-627-9400 ext 10.

Session 1 June 6 - July 10 Messing with Science
Discover the laws of physics and the nature of chemical reactions as we see how matter interacts. Learn how plastics are made, experiment with unique substances, and why fireworks are so colorful. Be prepared to get your hands dirty as these experiments can get messy.

Session 2 July 13 - July 17 We Built this City
Great inventors have used engineering to create devices that impact our lives. Put your skills to the test as you will design, create, test contraptions and even compete among your fellow camper. Build vehicles and gadgets that hurl objects through the air like marshmallow shooters and even compete in a marshmallow war!

Session 3 July 20 - July 24 Marine Science
Join a group of marine biologists as we discover what lies beneath the deep blue sea. Learn the skills of an oceanographer while you perform chemical tests, conduct experiments, and collect data. The group will master the techniques used in seining, trapping, and netting various sea creatures.

Session 4 July 27 - July 31 Fear Factor
Do you have what it takes to hold a hissing cockroach? How about a tarantula? Compete in challenges that push both your mind and skills to the limit. Come see how daring you really are while feeling the rush of adrenaline and thrill of accomplishment

Session 5 August 3 - August 7 Robotics
What are some of the most important discoveries of our time? Robots of course! Spend a week exploring what robots are capable of and how they improve our lives. Learn about circuits, mechanics, and electricity while you design and build actual robots of your very own.

Session 6 August 10- August 14 CSI: Leeds Pond
A crime has been committed and the Science Museum Bureau of Investigation needs your help. Take on the role of a forensic scientist by examining a crime scene and collecting evidence. Conduct interviews with suspects and find out who the perpetrator is.

Session 7 August 17 - August 21 Survival
Come out for a wilderness adventure and learn what it takes to survive outdoors. Build your own shelters, learn about campfires, discover edible plants, and even cook over a fire. *Camp out a night at the Museum.*

Session 8 August 24- August 28 Mission to Mars
Journey through the skies and reach the edges of the galaxy. Learn about the mysteries of the solar system and even discover the physics of flight as we build rockets, gliders, and other things that travel through the air. See how an astronaut lives and navigate through the stars and planets.

 

Weekly Fee:  $425 per week for first child; $375 per week for additional siblings.

 

Summer Camp One Day Sessions : June 29th - July 2nd

This four day week program is a great way to introduce your child to our camp. Choose one day or register for all four days. You can register for this week only by calling the Registrar's Office at (516) 627-9400 ext 10.

Day 1 MONDAY, JUNE 29th SCIENCE FUNDAMENTALS
Discover how much fun science can be as you use household chemicals to create colorful reactions, explore sound using more than just your sense of hearing, and learn what causes all of the colors of the rainbow. With all of these different areas to explore, you're sure to find the scientist in you!

Day 2 TUESDAY, JUNE 30th WHAT'S THE MATTER?
What's the matter? Everything! Matter makes up everything. Explore the states of matter while creating some slimy concoctions. Learn how air is strong enough to lift even the heaviest objects and what life is like inside your own big bubble.

Day 3 WEDNESDAY, JULY 1st SWEET EXPERIMENTS
Who knew sweets like candy and soda were not only delicious but scientific as well? Try your hand at experimenting with various types of candy to see what types of reactions you can create. Learn about the different types of chocolate and find out more about our favorite sweet's ingredient: sugar.

Day 4 THURSDAY, JULY 2nd HUMAN RESOURCES
The human mind is capable of some amazing things! Test out your short term memory and reaction skills through fun games, mysterious optical illusions, and challenging puzzles. Explore your body's ability to tell the difference between sweet and sour, soft and rough, and more, using our five senses.

 

Long Island Raiders

Adventure Camp - 5th Grade and Up

August 3rd - August 7th, 2015

With age comes knowledge and opportunity! The Science Museum is offering another session of its popular travel camp..... Long Island Raiders!

In this program we will venture outside the boundaries of the Preserve to discover science all around us. From the east end of Long Island to NYC, we will explore a new location each day. Traveling via bus, train, boat, or foot, we will be on a quest to investigate science from many different perspectives and locations.

Campers are invited to stay one night at the museum. We will go on a night hike, and grill dinner outdoors. Long Island Raiders is an innovative way to combine a "close-to-home" sleep-away experience and day-tripping. This week-long adventure will exceed the normal camp schedule of 9:30 am-3:00 pm. All admissions, lunches, dinner for the sleep-over, and transportation are included. The camp will be filled with outdoor adventures, sports, entertainments, and excursions to exciting locations. Parents will be notified when campers are on their way back to the Science Museum for pick-up, as well as what time to drop off campers each morning.

In past years we have had amazing adventures to places like: American Museum of Natural History, Splish Splash Water Park, NY Aquarium, Coney Island Cyclone, Atlantis Aquarium, and Empire Kayak. In 2015 we are planning: (trips are subject to change and will be finalized in the summer).

Weekly Fee:  $825 (membership required)

There are no discounts available for Raiders. Please register early by mail, fax, or in person. Registration opens on January 1, 2015. Registration is strictly limited to 12 participants, so register early to guarantee your spot in this adventure filled week.

 

Assistant Counslor Program

Teenagers ages 14-17 who are interested in learning how to be a counselor at SMLI are welcome to apply for a position in the Science Museum's new Assistant Counselor Program. This training program is designed to help young teens develop communication and leadership skills while working with our younger campers. Guided by SMLI's experienced staff, assistant counselors will help out with classroom tasks, gain experience planning activities for children, and learn the responsibility that comes along with being a role model. Assistant counselors can earn a $50 stipend per week for each successful week "on the job." Weekly evaluations to be reviewed with assistant counselors will provide the feedback you need to have a successful summer and the tools for becoming a future leader.

For a packet outlining the Assistant Counselor Program in further detail, all interested parties should contact:

Registrar's office at (516) 627-9400 extension 10 or email SMLI@optonline.com

Pending receipt of reference letter and successful interview, candidates who are hired for the program owe a $350/week fee with the potential to earn back $50/week. A four week (sessions 1-4 or 5-8) commitment is necessary.
Assistant Counselor Application

Camp Forms:
All four forms are needed to register. Click to enlarge and print camp forms below. (If they do not print properly, first download and save PDF file, then print.) In addition to these three forms, proof of a physical within one year of last date attending camp will be required.
 

Registration Form
 
Health History Form
 
Medical Form
 
Pick Up Form
 
 

Registration Info


There are three ways you can Register: 

Mail forms to: 
1526 N Plandome Rd. 
PO Box 908 
Plandome, NY 11030

Fax forms to: 
(516) 365-8927

Drop off forms on third floor of the Science Museum.
Registrar's office is closed 12pm-1pm.

Have questions about a topic?  
Call our teachers: 
(516) 627-9400
extension 14.

Camp Hours:
Monday - Friday 
9:30 AM - 3:00 PM

Extended Hours
(Early drop off program)
Monday - Friday 
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
$11/day: Children enjoy crafts and relaxing time before the camp day begins.
Please call ahead to schedule. 

Charge Accounts
You can create a charge account for your child to purchase snacks or to use in the gift shop to avoid the hassle of carrying cash. 

Campers must bring their own lunch.

Gift Shop
The last day of each week is gift shop day. Our gift shop is stocked with fun, science related items from $0.25 to $20.00.

Themed Group Photos
Themed group pictures will be taken every week and are available for purchase. Ask your child's teacher or counselor for a form. Click the link above to view a sample.