[+] What does my child need to bring with them?
Things to Bring to Camp
Things NOT to Bring to Camp (Leave them at home!)
- T-shirts and other cool modest shirts
- Long pants
- Light jacket or sweater
- Rain gear
- Bedding: sleeping bag or sheets and blanket for a single bed
- Pillow and case
- Towels and washcloths
- Flashlight with extra batteries
- Mosquito repellent
- Any necessary medication
- Camera with carrying case
- Binoculars if you have a pair
- Composition book, notebook, or notebook paper
- Candy or food items (you may find yourself sleeping with the ants!)
- Knives, firearms, fireworks, or water balloons
- No cell phones, MP3 players, iPods, hand held video games, or other electronic devices during activities.
[+]Are there any scholarships available for students?
Not at this time. We are presently talking with several organizations in an effort to obtain sponsorships.
[+]How do you teach 100 students at one time?
The simple answer is: we don’t. The students will be divided into small teams of 6 or 7 kids, along with a sponsor from the school to act as team leader. During instructional time, these teams will all be combined into one or more larger groups, lead by Sherlock Science Discovery Camp staff, to learn about the activity they will be participating in. After this, they will break back up into their own individual teams to work on their activities. Their team leaders will take over the direction of their students at this time, but SSDC staff will be available as a resource if additional help is required.
[+]Do you have staff on duty overnight?
Yes, Sherlock Science Discovery Camp staff will be at the camp overnight, but they will not be responsible for any students. The schools are required to provide overnight supervision.
[+]Will there be any free time during the day for the students?
This is up to the individual school. Down time for the students to play, have fun, and explore can be worked in to the daily schedule when your school's visit is being planned.
[+]If we come back next year will we have the same activities?
The activities that students participate in each year are up to the school. We offer activities specially tailored to each grade level, designed to follow and build upon the course from the previous year. For students attending a 3rd grade day camp, the school will decide on activities designed for 3rd grade. However, if a 4th grade class is attending then the school may choose activities from either the 3rd or 4th grade list. Likewise, a 5th grade class may choose from the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade lists, and so on. This allows for the maximum flexibility for teaching kids who may be behind in some areas, while at the same time ensuring that their activities don't cover material they aren't yet ready for.