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Camp-at-Home

Bring hands-on science into your home with our brand-new Camp-at-Home program!

Camp-at-Home is specially designed to reduce the amount of time campers spend on a screen and encourage children to spend their summer outside exploring and discovering STEM and the natural world. Getting children up, moving, and engaging in science has always been at the core of camp and continues to be an integral part of Camp-at-Home!

Unsure if Camp-at-Home is right for your family? Try our FREE Camp-at-Home Sample, and look at a sample Parent Inside Look to see what a week's program looks like. 

The final day to register for Camp at Home is APRIL 30. Because of the time it takes to create, distribute, and ship supplies, registration will close at midnight on April 30 (12:00am between Friday and Saturday).

Camp-at Home - $40 per session ($35 for LSNC and AAHOM members)

When you sign up for a session of Camp-at-Home, you'll get the following:

    • Follow-along Activities: 5 days of STEM activities in short step by step videos campers can watch and follow along on their own with little to no parent involvement. These activities are designed to be done over a couple of hours each day, but your camper can do them whenever works best for your family.
    • Science & Nature Camp Episodes: 5 short videos that will take a deeper dive into the science concepts discussed that week.
    • Parent Inside Look Guide: A list of activities and other information so that you can see what the camp’s session has in store. Click on the links below to check them out.
    • Optional Add-Ons: We’re offering material kits filled with tools and supplies to make sure you have a successful week. These kits can be acquired through a no-contact pickup or shipped to your home for a small fee. Each kit contains enough materials for one camper. Families will have the option to order additional kits if multiple children are participating.
    • Shipping or No-Contact Pickup Options: You can elect to have your kits shipped for the cost of shipping and handling. For those in the Ann-Arbor area, we will have no-contact pick up options. Information on pickup will be emailed to you the week before camp begins. 

    Camp-at-Home Scholarships

    Click here to apply for a scholarship that would cover 75% of the cost of Camp-at-Home, intended for anyone who needs this support in order to participate in this fun camp experience at home.

    Apply for a scholarship!

    Optional Education Add-ons

    For interested families, we offer the following low-cost add-ons to further extend your child’s learning experience. You can select optional education add-ons during registration on CampDoc.com.

    • Camp Group Calls - $10 per week: Daily scheduled video calls that will focus on fun group games and relationship building to give your camper a chance to connect with other children and camp staff. Camp group calls are Monday through Friday at 10:00 am and will last 30 minutes most days.
    • Live Interactive Lessons - $5 per week: Extend your camper’s learning with a live interactive lesson each week. Campers will have an opportunity to meet an educator, ask questions, and participate in activities. Live interactive lessons are on Wednesdays at 12:00 pm and will last 30 to 45 minutes most days.

    Activity Kits

    For interested families, we have created convenient packages of the materials and tools needed for many of our activities throughout the summer. You can find a full list of contents in the CampDoc registration. Due to speed of shipping and preparation, starter kits may take up to two weeks to be available. You can select activity starter kits during registration on CampDoc.com.

    • STEM Starter Kit - $45: All the science tools your camper needs to do great hands-on science. This kit includes items like binoculars, thermometers, and hand microscopes.
    • Art Starter Kit - $30: All the tools and starter materials needed for engaging art activities. This kit includes items like paintbrushes, glue, and scissors.
    • Weekly Material Kit - $10: Each Camp at Home session revolves around a different theme, and the activities sometimes require special materials. The contents vary depending on the session, but you will find everything you need for a successful week of Camp at Home inside. A list of a specific week’s materials is available on request.

    Camp-at-Home Schedule

    Campers of any age may register, but all themes are intended for participants in Kindergarten through Fifth grade and may not be at an engaging level for younger or older participants. We will provide resources on modifications to help better meet the needs of campers of varying ages. 

    Click on the camp title to see our inside look for your camp session. Please note, that exact activities are subject to change during production.

     

    Theme

    Shortened Description

    June 21 - 25

    Seeds, Sprouts, and Stems Discover what makes plants special as we explore everything from roots to flowers to trees, and learn about what they need to survive.

    June 28 - July 2

    Science of Flight

    A large variety of wildlife use their wings to take to the skies...but, how do they do it?! Learn how birds, bats, and bugs use their special skills and senses to navigate the unique challenges of flight.

    July 5 - 9

    Nature Spies

    See how animals use super senses to see, hear, and sniff out their targets. Once you’ve studied nature’s spies, practice your own super spy skills in this week full of deception, stealth, and intrigue.
     

    Questions?

    • Email: If you have questions, you may direct them to our camp staff at camp@aahom-lesliesnc.org. Please Include your camper's full name and what camp(s) they are registered for in your email.

    • Phone Calls: Due to our staff working from home and our filming schedule, we are often unable to respond to phone calls quickly. If your question is timely, email will be the fastest way to get an answer. Please Include your camper's full name and what camp(s) they are registered for in your voicemail.


    FAQ

    What are the goals of Camp-at-Home?

    Based on feedback from families and through working with camp and STEM professionals across the country, we have designed our Camp-at-Home program with the following priorities in mind:

    • STEM and Environmental Education: Our organization works to provide moments of discovery that inspire curiosity, exploration, and respect for STEM and the natural world. Camp-at-Home programs are designed to encourage campers to learn and explore at their own pace in a home environment.
    • Outdoor Exploration and Hands-On Experiences: Camp-at-Home activities encourage campers to get up, moving, and outdoors. At camp we believe strongly that children learn best when they are able to practice science and that all children need time to explore the natural world.
    • Reduced Screen Time: Our Camp-at-Home looks to utilize digital tools to facilitate high quality education while limiting the amount of time children need to utilize screens and devices. At camp we want to encourage children to get up and engage the world around them and to provide a different experience from the many other educational opportunities available.
    • Reduced Caregiver Involvement: We know that the lives of many families are complicated. Caregivers are balancing work from home, multiple children of different ages, caring for relatives, and any number of other complicated and important responsibilities. Camp-at-Home seeks to reduce the amount of involvement needed from parents and caregivers and to provide a way to engage campers in educational opportunities that fit the varied schedules and needs of families.

    Why isn’t everything included, why are there add-ons?

    We know every family’s needs are different and not every family is interested in all of the content we’re creating this summer. We are providing extra educational opportunities as optional add-ons in order to keep the cost of Camp-at-Home low for all families while still allowing families to choose to join in additional programming.

    How will families get Camp-at-Home content?

    Camp-at-Home videos will be provided through Google Classroom, a convenient and simple platform that allows families many options for devices and participation through an app or web browser. As an added convenience, we will be providing all Camp-at-Home content in a downloadable Google Drive folder so that families can save videos and materials right to their computer or device. This option will be great for families who would like their child to participate without needing to access the internet frequently. Live Interactive Lessons and Camp Group Calls will be provided through secure Zoom rooms and supervised by trained camp staff.

    Information on how to access all content will be emailed to the address associated with your camper’s CampDoc profile.

    Please note, Google Classroom requires you to set up a personal google account if you do not already have one. You can follow these steps to do so: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/27441?hl=en. Some workplaces and schools provide Google accounts that do not allow you to join other Google Classroom spaces. You will need to use a personal Google account if that is the case. 

    I have multiple children. Do I need to sign up for every child?

    You are welcome to register once for your household. Since Camp-at-Home is pre-recorded, children can do activities together or separately on their own schedule. The weekly theme kits contain the materials needed for one participant, and you will be given the option to order extra weekly kits during registration if you have multiple children participating.

    How will families get their kits?

    Kits will be provided through a no-contact pickup at our Leslie Science & Nature Center location at scheduled times prior to the start of camp. During registration you will be given the option to have a kit shipped to your home for an additional fee. Families unable to do a physical pickup at the Leslie Science & Nature Center will need to select the shipping option in order to receive their kit.

    Why is there a cutoff date for kits?

    Due to current complications and delays in shipping from major vendors, it is necessary for us to submit our orders well in advance to better ensure that supplies arrive on time.

    What is the cancellation policy?

    Families who submit a cancellation 7 or more days in advance will receive a full refund on their Camp-at-Home sessions and Optional Educational Add-ons. Cancellations submitted less than 7 days in advance will not be eligible for a refund. To cancel your registration, you must do so through your camper’s CampDoc account.

    We are unable to provide refunds for Starter Kits and any additional materials kits purchased during registration.