Frequently Asked Questions about Burke Camps
Registrations are processed in the order they are received. You will be emailed an enrollment acceptance once your camper's registration has been processed. Invoices and welcome letters for camps will be sent one month before the start date of your enrolled camp. Invoices can be requested earlier at your convenience. Incomplete registration will delay processing. Occasionally we will get a flood of registrations that take us over capacity before we can update the website. In these instances you will be notified that you have been placed on a waitlist, and will be offered a slot as soon as one is open.
Cancellations must be made two weeks in advance in order to receive a refund. Availability permitting, it may be possible to transfer your registration fee to another camp.
If you want to join a camp that is already full or if you register after a camp has reached capacity, you will be placed on a waitlist. When a spot opens, we will offer it to waitlisted applicants in the order their applications were received. If we have a long waitlist for a camp early in the registration period, we may add a second session.
Extended care is available 4-5:30 pm for all full-day and afternoon camps. Extended care costs $12 per day if requested at the time of camp registration. The cost increases to $30 per day for requests made after camp registration is submitted. Discounts do not apply. Day-of extended care registration is not available.
- Drop-off: 8:45–9 am
- Camp: 9 am – 4 pm
- Pick-up: 4-4:15 pm for full-day camps; Noon-12:15 pm for half-day camps. Late pick-ups will incur a fee.
Each day we typically do a group discussion and icebreaker game in the morning, followed by snack at 10:15 or 10:30. Weather permitting, we go outside for lunch and free-play from noon to 1:00. Activities for our camps vary greatly, but all involve scavenger hunts, lots of crafts, and analysis of real museum artifacts/specimens.
Please send your child with a lunch (full day camps only), snack, sun protection, any needed medications, and comfortable layered clothing. Always send a water bottle as we will be outside a lot and our building can get warm. You may also bring self-regulation tools (book, fidgets) and safe/non-violent lunch toys (Frisbee, baseball glove, etc.).
Your Welcome Letter includes a link to a camp parking pass. This pass will allow you to temporarily park in the University of Washington N1 lot (the lot closest to the Burke Museum) or the roundabout in front of the Burke's main entrance. For more information about parking, please visit our Directions + Parking page.
In order to ensure that we have enough spaces available to serve the intended audience of each camp, we must maintain our grade requirements. This also ensures that our camp activities and staff-to-camper ratios are appropriate, and that our campers are able to work well together. We have found that campers have a significantly better experience when they are with students in their own grade levels.
The Girls in Science Camp is a scaled version of the year-long Girls in Science program, so many of the activities are identical. For this reason, we rarely accept girls into the year-long program who have also participated in Girls in Science Camp. If your student has already participated in one of our middle school programs and is entering high school, we encourage her to apply to our high school program here.
Burke all-gender camps are typically more attended by boys than by girls; in 2016 67% of our campers identified as boys while only 33% identified as girls. The Girls in Science program seeks to increase female participation by providing a supportive environment where girls can connect to a variety of scientific fields.
We will make every effort to accommodate your child. Please give a detailed description of your child’s needs while registering them for camp. You (or an aide) are welcome to stay with your child during camp. We particularly recommend this if your child has an IEP in school. To request UW disability accommodations, contact Disability Services Office at the University of Washington at least 10 days in advance: 206.543.6450 (voice), 206.543.6452 (TTY), 206.685.3885 (fax) or email@example.com.
Our current facility, most notably the lack of climate control, can be very fatiguing for young visitors. To ensure that our campers have a fun experience and leave the museum wanting to come back, we have found that a four-hour camp day is ideal for our youngest campers.
We recommend the following grade alignments: Little Dinos for children going into Kindergarten; Little Animals for children going into 1st grade; Dinos for children going into 2nd grade; Gross Out! for children going into 3rd grade; Museum Mysteries for children going into 4th grade; Emeralds & Earthquakes for children going into 5th grade. Our campers are most engaged when they're trying new things, so rather than repeating a camp your child enjoyed in the past, we encourage you to try a different camp each year!