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Camp Procedures

Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History offer pre-camp care and post-camp care hours for children ages 6–13 enrolled in camps. Sessions include age-appropriate outdoor activities, games, and library visits—all in a relaxed, fun atmosphere. A light snack is provided at post-camp care.

Registration must be made for the entire week. Pre-camp care and post-camp care are not available on a day-to-day basis. To ensure that adequate staffing is available, arrangements for pre-camp care and post-camp care must be made at the time of registration. Limited space is available. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Spaces go quickly, so please register early.


  • Post-camp care is not available for children in half-day camps
  • Pre-camp care and post-camp care are not available at Powdermill Nature Reserve
  • Campers must be the appropriate age on the date the selected camp begins
  • Children who turn 4 after August 7, 2017, are too young for camps

General Information

Clothing

Campers participate in indoor and outdoor activities. They should wear clothes that can get dirty and dress in layers for comfort in cool air conditioning or hot summer weather.

Footwear

Closed shoes such as sneakers are required. For safety, campers are not allowed to wear flip flops, sandals, open-back shoes, or Crocs. Children without proper footwear will not participate in recess or in outdoor (and some indoor) activities. If a child arrives at camp with unsafe footwear, an adult must provide appropriate footwear before the camper will be permitted to participate fully in camp activities.

Lunch

All children attending full-day camps and Hi Fives! must bring a packed lunch and drink each day. Refrigeration and microwaves are not available. Campers are not permitted to use vending machines or make purchases at the café. Campers are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottles marked with their names. Food and drink are not permitted in the galleries. Campers are not permitted to share food with other campers due to dietary/medical restrictions. You will be notified if camp activities involve food.

Snacks

  • Half-day camps include a light snack provided by the museum.
  • Hi Fives! include morning and afternoon snacks provided by the museum.
  • Full-day camps for campers ages 6+ do not provide or permit snacks.
  • Children enrolled in post-camp may bring snacks and drinks; light snacks will also be provided.

Food Allergies

List your child’s food allergies on the Camper Safety Information form provided in the confirmation packet. Our standard accommodation upon request is to provide allergen-free seating where tabletops are cleaned prior to each lunch seating. Campers are grouped so as not to isolate any children. If your camper has severe allergies that require further precautions, contact Program Registration to discuss your child’s needs and available support.

Medication

Staff may not dispense medications. If medication must be taken during camp, arrangements must be made for an adult to come and dispense medication. If an adult is unable to come and dispense medication, you must complete a Consent for Self-Administration of Medication form allowing your camper to carry and administer their own medication. Contact Program Registration at least one week in advance of camp.

Epinephrine Policy

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh staff and volunteers are not professional medical personnel. However, basic epinephrine auto injector administration training is offered for staff and key volunteer leaders. Children who must carry epinephrine are permitted to bring and use an epinephrine auto injector on themselves in the event of an emergency. If a child cannot administer the medication to him- or herself, appropriately trained Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh staff may administer the child’s epinephrine auto injector. If an epinephrine auto injector is administered, 911 and the parent/guardian of the camper will be notified immediately.

If the child is bringing an epinephrine auto injector to camp, the parent/guardian must complete a Consent for Self-Administration of Medication form and the Epinephrine Auto Injector Policy and Consent Form, which can be obtained from Program Registration.

Sunscreen and Insect Repellent

Sunscreen and insect repellent are encouraged for outdoor activities. Staff may not apply sunscreen or insect repellent for campers, so please be sure to apply in the morning before arrival. Campers may apply sunscreen and/or insect repellent to themselves.

Personal Property

Campers may bring electronic games, music players, cell phones, cameras, etc., but they may only be used at staff’s discretion. If any personal items become a distraction, staff will confiscate personal property and return to parents/guardians at the end of the day. The museums are not responsible for lost items. Campers may prefer to leave these items at home.

Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

Parking

Enter the museum parking lot at the intersection of Forbes Avenue and South Craig Street. Please take a ticket to enter the lot. You will be directed to park in a reserved parking area. Security will be available to assist you. Parents/guardians will receive a parking pass allowing for up to one hour of free parking for camp drop-off and one hour for pick-up. Please note that beyond one hour, standard daily parking rates apply in full.

Sign-In/Sign-Out

Parents/guardians must sign campers in and out every day. Campers ages 11–13 only may sign themselves in/out of camp if so indicated on the Camper Safety Information form. Individuals other than a parent/guardian may pick up a camper only if they are listed on the Camper Safety Information form.

Anyone picking up a camper will be asked to present ID.

Full-day

Sign-in: 8:30–9 a.m.
Sign-out: 3 p.m.

Hi Fives!

Sign-in: 8:30–9 a.m.
Sign-out: 3:30–4 p.m.

Half-day (morning)

Sign-in: 8:30–9 a.m.
Sign-out: 11:30 a.m.

Half-day (afternoon)

Sign-in: 12:50–1 p.m.
Sign-out: 3:30 p.m.

Parents/guardians may not wait in their vehicles during sign-in or sign-out. Please park and walk with campers to the Courtyard Entrance at the rear of the museum. Carnegie Museum of Natural History camps enter through the Portal Entrance. Carnegie Museum of Art camps enter through the museum’s rear doors. There will be signs outside the building indicating where to enter the building. Upon entry, additional signage will direct you to the correct sign-in location. High school workshop locations may differ from summer camp locations. Please see high school workshop confirmation letter for high school workshop locations.

Late Pick-up Policy

Full-day campers who have not been picked up by 3:15 p.m. will be enrolled in post-camp. Parent/guardian will be charged the full weekly post-camp fee of $75 per child, payable at pick-up, and may utilize post-camp care for the remainder of the week. Post-camp is not available for children under age 6. Half-day and Hi Fives! campers will be charged $20 for every 15 minutes late.

All late pick-up fees or post-camp care fees must be paid before the following day of camp, or camper will not be permitted to sign in. Please see the 2017 CMOA & CMNH Camp Permission Form for complete information about late fees and procedures.

Pre- and Post-Camp Care

Pre- and post-camp are available for children 6 years of age and older. Campers must be pre-registered. Registration is for the entire week—care is not available on a day-to-day basis. Campers must be picked up from post-camp by 6 p.m. or the late pick-up fee ($20 for every 15 minutes late) will be charged. Campers must be signed in and out of pre-camp and post-camp each day. A light snack is provided in post-camp, but parents may also send extra snacks and drinks for registered campers.

Times

Pre-camp: 7:30–9 a.m.
Post-camp: 3–6 p.m.

Fees*

Pre-camp: $25/week
Post-camp: $75/week
*Fees prorated 20% for the week of July 3–July 7

Accessibility: Features For All

Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History welcome all visitors. We work to assist visitors with disabilities in obtaining reasonable and appropriate accommodations, and in supporting equal access to services, programs, and activities.

To request special disability accommodations for our programs, please contact 412.622.3288 or ProgramRegistration@CarnegieMuseums.Org. Please contact the museum at least two weeks in advance of visiting or participating in special tours, classes/camps, and other activities.

Guests should contact Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh’s Accessibility Coordinator with concerns regarding accessibility for visitors with disabilities at the museums. Call 412.622.6578 during weekday hours, or email accessibility@carnegiemuseums.org.