Virtual Summer Camps at HMNS

HMNS is excited to offer virtual camps this summer! Although not as extensive as our in-person camps, virtual camps will provide around an hour of educational engagement for your child every day with many opportunities to practice new skills outside of class time. We will be offering a limited selection of camps for each age group covering topics like space, science magic and paleontology, and an HMNS Educator will be on a virtual call with the class to interact with campers, lead them in activities and answer questions. The camp will take place at the same time every day for a full week for 55 minutes. Supplies will be mailed to participants so registration is required 1 week in advance. We assume campers have basic school supplies such as washable markers, scissors, tape, etc. but will send materials specific to the camp activities.

Learn more about the virtual summer camps we are offering below.

Virtual Summer Camps Schedule

To register for Virtual Summer Camp, visit the online box office. Select Virtual Summer Camp from the list. Find the desired virtual camp, select the correct date and time and then proceed with your order.

Virtual summer camps are weekly, Monday through Friday for approximately 55 minutes per day following the schedule outlined above. Please note the week of June 29 – July 2 is a four day week due to the July 4th holiday.

Member rate: $50
Public rate: $60
Member rate for the week of June 29 – July 2: $40
Public rate for the week of June 29- July 2: $48

What You Need to Know

What is included in virtual camp and how do I access my virtual camp(s)?

During each camp week there is a 55-minute camp session each day beginning at the same time. In almost all camps this will be five sessions, Monday – Friday. Please note, the week of June 29 – July 2 is a four day week due to the July 4th holiday.

These sessions are conducted via Zoom Meeting (an application that allows video conferencing), and you will receive an invitation to the sessions by the Friday prior to your camp week with instructions on how to join. This will include basic instructions for how to join a meeting, and use Zoom if it is not familiar to you — more tutorials are also available online.  The invitation will be sent to the email on file and is valid for the registered camper only. We will provide a contact if you prefer it sent to another email address. The link/instructions will be the same for each day’s session during your camp week.

What equipment do I need to participate in virtual camp?

You need an internet connection and a computer, tablet or smartphone to access these sessions; a computer or tablet is recommended. It must have a microphone and camera in order to facilitate interaction with the instructor (these are usually built in). A parent or guardian joins the meeting for their camper and addresses technical issues on your end, like raising or lowering the volume, checking that the device is positioned properly, etc.

We assume campers have basic school supplies, such as pencils, washable markers, paper, scissors and tape and a workspace that could get slightly messy or wet.

Additional Materials:

We will mail all additional class-specific materials required to the address on file, so they arrive before the first session of your camp. Some of these materials may be used during more than one day of your camp week, so it is good to have them all nearby during a camp session. If you prefer these materials be sent to a different address than the one on file, we will provide contact information in an email to registered campers.

What will my camper’s virtual camp experience look like?

A moderator will let you/your camper enter the Zoom meeting shortly before or at the official start time and will likely mute your camper until it is time for the session to begin. Your camper will see and hear, and be seen and heard by, a small group of campers, a teacher and a moderator who has camp experience as well. The teacher will welcome everyone and lead the camp activities. There will be times when all campers’ volume is muted to facilitate instructions from the teacher, but generally campers will be able to ask questions, and the teacher and campers will talk through the activities and ideas together. Disruptive behavior will be redirected. Significantly disruptive behavior may lead to the moderator/teacher muting and/or turning off the camera of a camper or to that camper being removed from the meeting. Camp sessions may be recorded by the HMNS moderator or teacher only.

Can other children join the meeting too? Does a parent/guardian need to be present?

Only registered virtual campers may participate, but your camper can of course share what they’ve done after the sessions. We design these experiences for campers to be independent with teacher guidance once a parent/guardian helps with set-up and materials provision, so a parent/guardian should be able to do other things during the 55-minute virtual camp sessions. An adult should be present in the building with the camper in the event of an emergency.

We are looking forward to providing your campers with fun and engaging educational summer camps in a safe and healthy way. We hope you all are staying safe and taking good care of yourselves, and we hope to see you again soon!

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