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Camp FAQ’s

What should my child bring to camp?

All materials are supplied with the camp registration; however, campers may periodically be asked to bring something from home such as a leaf or an empty two-liter soda bottle if they have it. Children should wear comfortable clothes that they can move around in and good sturdy shoes they can play in without hurting their feet. All campers should bring water and a nut-free lunch that does not require refrigeration each day of camp. We encourage campers to leave toys, cell phones, money and other personal items at home so they do not become misplaced or damaged; the museum is not responsible for any damages or losses that occur. Campers may not buy items from the gift shop during camp hours unless their parent or guardian is present.

I've heard you have a ‘No Nuts’ policy. What does this entail?

Due to the prevalence and severity of allergies among our campers, the Museum has a strict ‘NO NUTS’ policy. With every camper's utmost safety in mind, it is a requirement that campers may not bring any nut products (tree nuts or peanuts) in their lunches, and all planned activities throughout every camp session will not include nuts. Food items that are listed as being processed in a facility that also processes tree nuts and/or that may contain trace amounts of nuts are allowed so long as the camper bringing the item themselves is not allergic. Campers who accidentally bring nuts or nut products to camp will be offered a replacement snack or lunch item.

Will my camper go off-site during the camp? 

During winter, spring and holiday camps campers may walk to Manzano Mesa Park but otherwise are on-site at the museum the duration of the camp. During the summer, campers may attend a field trip, visit the Manzano Mesa Community Center Spray Pad, or walk to the nearby park. The following field trip destinations for the 2018 summer camp season will be published soon!

All of our off-site and field-trip destinations are dependent on multiple other variables and entities, and are as such, subject to change. We employ the Herrera Coaches bus company for all our transportation needs. 

The Manzano Mesa Spray Pad will close on July 30th. Camps the week of July 31-August 4 and August 7-11 will instead participate in a wet and wild field day at the museum. Should the Spray Pad be closed for repairs, the museum will host a field day instead. 

Can I stay with my child during camp?

Most children do just fine without a parent present; however, parents are welcome to stay with their child if they feel their child has special needs or would be uncomfortable if their parents did not stay. Please keep in mind that all camp staff have experience and an interest in working with children and will strive to make our camps the best experience possible for your child. If an issue or concern should arise with your child, the instructor or Camp Director will call a parent. In helping your child to have a successful experience, parents need to be aware that their child may be the only child with a parent accompanying them. Children are usually much more independent with their exploration and creativity when parents afford them the opportunity to learn on their own with their peers.

My child is too old to attend camp. Can they volunteer?

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History accepts students aged 14 and older to be volunteers for our camp programs. Volunteers for our single-day winter, spring and holiday camps must have experience with our week-long summer camps before volunteering. Applications for summer camp volunteers are available in mid-February each year for the following summer. Spots are competitive and fill quickly and interviews for applicants are held in April. We encourage those interested to apply early. Both new and returning volunteers must attend an interview for summer camp placement consideration. Please call 245-2137, extension 122, for more information about volunteer opportunities with camp.

How soon should I register my child for camp?

Camps are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Camp sessions are limited to 15-20 campers. Parents should register their children as soon as they feel comfortable that they can make a commitment for the day, as there is a fee per camp for cancelling a registration. For single day camps that fee is $10.00; single-day camp registrations cancelled with fewer than 5 days in advance will not be refunded. For summer camps the cancellation policy is as follows: 

  • If a cancellation is received more than 5 weeks before the camp, a refund will be issued for the registration fee paid, minus a processing fee of $10.00.

  • If a cancellation is received between 5 weeks and one week before the camp, a refund will be issued for the registration fee paid, minus a cancellation fee of 20%.

  • Camp registrations cancelled less than one week prior to the start of a camp will not be refunded.

  • Refunds are not available for missed camp days, and no partial registrations will be offered.

  • The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History reserves the right to open or close a section of camp based on demand. Should a camp be cancelled, registration fees will be refunded in full.

When does camp information come out each year?

Generally, winter, spring and holiday camp registration is available through our website eight to ten weeks in advance of camps. Summer camp registration information will be publicized in mid-February.

Who are the people working with my child?

  • The Camp Director is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the camp. They assist the instructors, help set up activities, arrange field trips and are almost always available to speak to parents before or after camp. During the summer a camp assistant joins the staff to assist operations and greet parents at the end of the day. 
  • Instructors are teachers, museum educators or professionals in the field. Instructors are responsible for the educational presentations and activities during the camp. In some instances, instructors are college students studying to be teachers.
  • Volunteer assistants are high school age youth with an interest in working with children and science.
  • All staff and volunteers are interviewed before being placed with the Science is Everywhere Camp. Instructors must agree to and pass a background investigation before they can be employed.

Summer Camp - May 29 - August 10

The National Museum of Nuclear Science & History will host "Science is Everywhere" Summer Camp 2018 for children who are 6 to 12 years old. Experience the wonders of science in week-long sessions, May 29 - August 10. Sessions include "Code of the Robot," "Chemistry and Intrigue," "Science of the X-scape," "STEMinists," "Spy Kids" and many more!

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B-47E Stratojet Restoration

Help us restore New Mexico’s only Boeing B-47E Stratojet, serial number 53-2280, one of only 23 surviving B-47 airplanes in existence! This airplane will be the focus of a special initiative within “Operation Preservation” – a multi-year campaign to repaint and refurbish the iconic aircraft in the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History’s nine-acre outdoor exhibit area, Heritage Park.

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Movie Under the Wings - June 16

Join the National Museum of Nuclear Science & History for Movie Under the Wings, an amazing outdoor event featuring the blockbuster movie, “Apollo 13.” Saturday, June 16, under the airplanes in Heritage Park. Doors will open at 7:30 pm for this unique museum experience, and the movie will begin at dark.

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