Summer Camp

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Due to very generous sponsors, we have additional spots available for our summer camp scholarship program. If you would like to register your rising 1st-6th grader in summer Discovery Camp but the registration cost is prohibitive, please email OR text 740.908.6446 for the scholarship sign in.

Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery (OVMoD) Summer Discovery STEAM Camp Handbook

Ages: Rising 1st – 6th graders

Camp site: Shade Community Center

Address: 2380 Old Rte 33, Shade, OH 45776

Dates: Monday July 5 – Friday July 9

Time: Drop off 8:30-9:00am; Pick up 12:00pm

Cost: $150 (Scholarships are available) Payments can be made via Eventbrite with a credit card or at first drop off with a check. Contact with any questions.

OVMoD Summer Discovery Camp will feature STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, & Mathematics) topics and activities with special guests like scientists, master gardeners, artists, and more!

What to Bring

  • Clothing: Please wear comfortable clothes and shoes that are appropriate for outside play and discovery. No open-toed shoes, please. We will be getting messy! Camp will be held rain or shine with cancellations for inclement weather communicated to participants via text or phone call.
  • Mask
  • Water bottle
  • Hand sanitizer (we will have this available as well)
  • A healthy snack
  • A raincoat or hoodie on rainy days
  • A sun hat or baseball cap
  • Bring or wear sunscreen
  • Bring or wear insect repellent
  • A towel on Water Day

What NOT to Bring

  • Digital devices
  • Playing cards
  • Weapons or toy weapons of any kind
  • Toys or items that could be broken or lost outside
  • Gum or candy
  • Pets (Service Animals are welcome)
  • Alcohol, drugs, and tobacco products

Our Host Site

OVMoD Summer Discovery Camp is hosted at the Shade Community Center. You can visit their website to learn more about the programs they provide! As guests of the Community Center, we will clean up thoroughly each day, respecting their home and beautiful outdoor space. Thank you!

Health and Safety Plan


The Camp Director or Senior Staff will hold all medication. Children are not allowed to be in possession of any prescription or non-prescription medication. Prescription medication, including inhalers and epi-pens, must be clearly labeled in its original container, and accompanied by a statement signed and dated by the doctor explaining exact dosage, directions, and time to be administered. 

Over the counter medication may be dispensed with signed permission and dosages from the caregiver or guardian.

Camp staff will treat minor injuries with such as small cuts, bumps, and insect bites and will report injuries to caregivers at camp pick up. If the injury needs further treatment, the Camp Director will contact the caregiver, guardian, or emergency contact.

COVID-19 Protocols:

Museum staff, volunteers, and camp participants will wear masks when social distancing is not possible or when inside the building while on site.

Museum staff, volunteers, and camp participants will utilize outside space for summer camp. Inside restrooms are available. Individuals will be accompanied inside with their pod by a museum staff member or volunteer.

Museum staff and volunteers will be asked to self-evaluate their daily health assessment according to the State of Ohio “Responsible Restart Ohio Museum Sector Reopen Guidelines” before work on-site. If a camp participant reports they do not feel well or shows signs of any symptoms that may be related to Covid-19 or other contagious illness, the participant should be kept home from camp. If any signs or symptoms present while camp is in session, the participant will be separated from others and the caregiver will be contacted.

Examples of symptoms include: fever or chills, cough, nasal congestion or runny nose, new loss of taste or smell, sore throat, shortness of breath or difficulty breathing, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, tiredness, headache, muscle or body aches, poor appetite. 

If your camper shows symptoms of illness, you may pick up a take-home pack with camp activities for that day. One pack is available for each day of illness or COVID-19 symptom.

Museum staff, volunteers, and camp participants will wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer frequently while working on-site.

Hand sanitizer and wipes will be available throughout the camp areas for participant access.

Surfaces will be sanitized by museum staff or board member who is working on-site before leaving. This includes wiping door handles, light switches, tables, and other high-touch surfaces.

If a COVID-19 infection is identified by any museum staff or volunteer who has been present at the camp site, State of Ohio protocol will be followed:

State of Ohio – Actions when a COVID-19 Infection is identified:

  • Staff will immediately report employee or volunteer infections to the local health district
  • In the event of a camper positive or probable COVID case, notification will be sent to all campers
  • Staff will work with Athens City-County Health Department to identify potentially exposed individuals to help facilitate appropriate communication/contact tracing
  • Staff will clean and sanitize camp site
  • Consultation with the Athens City-County Health Department will determine when camp can resume

COVID policies are subject to change based on available information and local, state, and federal guidelines at the time of camp. Any changes will be communicated to participants and families prior to the start of camp.

We are unable to offer refunds after June 21, 2021, as camp materials will be purchased prior to the start of camp.