Summer Camp - Frequently Asked Questions

Payment & Cancellations

Chabot Summer Science Camp costs $499 per week, with the exception of July 2-6. Due to no camp on July 4, cost is reduced to $399 for that week. There is a $50 discount per week (per child) for Chabot members. No other discounts or scholarships are currently are available. If this changes, more information will be posted here at that time.

Early care is $30 and after care is $60 per week for all weeks. Payment is due at the time of registration in the form of a credit or debit card.

Date change requests up to seven days before the start of camp will be honored if space is available for a $25 fee. Paid camp fees are transferable to another child up to seven days before the start of camp for a $25 fee. Contact for these requests.

Cancellations can be made before May 1, 2018 and are subject to a $100 per child penalty. No refund of fees for camp or extended care are available after May 1, 2018 for any reason, including illness. If a child is sick or needs to miss a portion of the week for any reason, those days cannot be made up on a different week.

Repeating the Same Sessions

For Mars Adventure, the same content will take place each week and we do not recommend children attend more than one session. Repeats of other sessions will allow your child to further explore the content and build on the previous week’s projects.

Typical Daily Schedule*

8:00 Early care drop-off
8:50 Camper drop-off
9:00 Whole group opening
9:20 Theme based activities
12:00 Lunch
12:45 More theme based activities
2:00 Select activities (outdoor explorations, museum exhibits, planetarium shows)
3:40 Whole group closing
4:00 Camper pick-up
6:00 After care pick-up

*Each camp’s schedule will vary slightly based on the specific activities of the day.

Group Configuration

Campers are typically placed in different groups based on the camp session and grade levels listed below.

  • Mars Adventure: 1-2, 3-4, 5-6
  • Operation Moon Base: 1-2, 3-6
  • Camp Create: 1-2, 3-6
  • Eco-Animation: 3-6

If you have any requests for siblings or friends to be in the same group, please indicate this accordingly on the registration form.


On each Friday afternoon, we will have an end-of-camp celebration and presentation. All family members are welcome to attend from 3-4 PM. Outside of this time, we ask that adults not attend camp with their child. If there are special circumstances, please contact us directly.


Each group of campers will be assigned a camp counselor for the week. Additional Chabot instructors will provide instruction for the classes. Volunteers and interns may also provide additional support for activities. Campers are supervised at all times by adults.

Extended Care

Early care is available from 8-9 AM and after care from 4-6 PM, and can be added up to seven days before the start of camp. Activities include additional science investigations, games, and stories.


Camp takes place from 9 AM to 4 PM daily. Drop-off takes place from 8:50-9:00 AM at the front entrance. On Monday, drop off will start at 8:30 AM. Please park and bring your child to the front registration table. Subsequently, we will provide curbside drop off. Early care drop off is at 8 AM daily. If you arrive early, please wait with your child until we open at 8 AM. Please sign in with staff before leaving. If you arrive after 9 AM and no one is at the front entrance, please bring your child inside and the front desk will direct you to the group’s location.


Pick-up takes place between 4-4:10 PM at the front entrance. Please sign out with a photo ID before leaving. Your child must be picked up by 4:10 PM for the regular program or 6 PM for after care. Beyond this time, a $1/min late fee will be assessed. If you need to pick up your child early, contact the Camp Director or visit the front desk as early as possible. Due to limited staffing and activities taking place in various locations inside and outside, we may need some time to assist you or locate your child.


There is free parking available onsite in our parking garage. Please be sure to bring all your valuables inside with you and secure your vehicle.

Lunch and Snacks

Please pack a daily lunch, afternoon snack, and water bottle for your child. There will be opportunities to fill water bottles. No food will be provided by Chabot. Children may not share food with others due to safety and health considerations.

Clothing and Personal Items

The camp will have a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, including hiking on trails in the nearby forests. With constantly changing Bay Area weather, we ask families to monitor the weather and dress your child appropriately with clothing that can get dirty. Layers of clothing that allow campers to adjust their clothing as needed based on the activity and location are recommended. Additionally, please bring/wear:

  • Closed-Toed Shoes & Socks
  • Day Pack (lunch, clothing, & other needed camp materials)
  • Sunscreen (applied before arriving)
  • Hat

A camp T-shirt will be provided on the last day as a part of the program.

If rain is in the forecast, wear appropriate clothing (rain jacket, rain boots, etc.). In light rain, outdoor activities will still take place. We do not offer refunds due to weather. Please label everything with your child’s name. We will do our best to track lost items and have a Lost and Found bin at the end of each day.

Please leave all candy, gum, toys, electronics, games, and valuable items at home. Chabot will not be responsible for these items. If a cell phone is absolutely needed, please ask the child to leave it in his/her backpack, only to be used for emergencies. We do not allow drugs, alcohol, tobacco, weapons, or any other illegal or inappropriate items at camp.

Behavioral Expectations

We want to create an exciting and positive environment for learning and exploration. This is only possible if everyone feels safe and respected. We have the following camp rules:

  1. Use appropriate language at all times. No teasing or put-downs.
  2. Listen to the directions of the instructors and camp counselors.
  3. Respect the materials, equipment, facilities, and the outdoor environment.

If there is minor misbehavior, the camper will first be given a warning. If the behavior continues, we will call you to explain the situation and ask you to talk to your child on the phone. Ongoing disrespectful behavior may be cause for dismissal from the program. Additionally, we have a zero tolerance policy for campers who deliberately physically harm other people or damage property. Please review these expectations with your child prior to camp.

Medication, Accidents & Illness

Staff is not permitted to administer medication. However, if your child requires medication during camp, we can store it in a secure location and provide it to the child for self-administration at the appropriate time. This includes inhalers and EpiPens.

All accidents will be documented with an incident report. For minor scrapes or cuts, we will provide small bandages. For more serious injuries or medical emergencies, staff will contact you and/or your emergency contacts immediately. You may be required to pick up your child. An ambulance or paramedic will be called if necessary.

If your child is sick, please do not send him or her to camp so we can maintain a healthy environment for other campers. If your child becomes sick or injured during camp, we will notify you to come pick him/her up.

Note that there is Poison Oak in some off the outdoor areas we will be exploring during camp. We will help campers identify and avoid it. To be safe, please wash your child’s clothes and bathe your child at the end of each day.


Chabot Space and Science Center has an evacuation plan for fire, earthquakes, and other emergency situations. All campers and staff will be moved to a safe location nearby.


All registration information submitted will be held confidentially except in emergency situations that require contact and sharing critical medical information.


Phone: 510-336-7450

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