308 W 4th Street
Bloomington, IN 47404
INTRODUCTION TO WONDERCAMP
Philosophy WonderCamp's primary purpose is to introduce children to the process of scientific inquiry in an informal setting. Camp activities encourage children to test, observe, measure, and discover. Children are introduced to a variety of basic science concepts, with a focus is on creativity and critical thinking.
Staff All camps are led by experienced teachers with help from well-trained high school interns. The typical ratio is one staff person for every four to five campers. WonderCamp's director is Laura Sears.
Age of Campers WonderCamp serves children entering kindergarten through grade 6 in the fall of 2011. To help ensure a successful experience, children should be registered for a camp that is appropriate for their age, interests, and abilities. WonderCamp may not be appropriate for children entering kindergarten who have not yet had a successful nursery school or daycare experience. Discovery Time may be more appropriate for such children. Teens may become involved in the museum's Volunteer Program, and those of high-school age may apply to the Summer Internship Program.
Daily Routine All camps involve extensive hands-on activities. These typically are structured so that campers rotate in small groups among science activity stations. Scientists and other experts in their field may visit some camps as guests. Parents receive daily highlight information that is intended to stimulate discussion between campers and parents about the day's activities and learning. Parents may find these discussions useful in seeking out more resources to further their child's interest in the subject.
Daily Schedule Camp is held for five days (Monday through Friday) during four different weeks in the summer. Morning camps are held from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and afternoon camps are held from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Campers may attend morning, afternoon, or both camps. Each camp includes a break for a healthy snack. Most camps include a "recess" period on the playground, or, if the weather is inclement, an inside break from concentrated activities.
Children may sign up for the supervised lunch hour between the morning and afternoon sessions. They should bring their own lunches and beverages. The lunch hour includes supervised play with campers of all ages on the school playground or inside, depending on weather. Children may come to lunch either after a morning camp or before an afternoon camp. Those attending camp all day must sign up for the lunch hour.
Children may not arrive more than ten minutes before the start of camp. Each day, the parent/caregiver should accompany the camper to the check-in table and then to the camp classroom. Children should be picked up on time when camp ends, as we offer no extended childcare service after 4:00 pm. The parent/caregiver should come to the camp classroom to sign out the camper and help carry projects home.