Welcome to camp
Camp is right around the corner, and we can’t wait to see you there. But before it starts, be sure you know the basics.
We’ve pulled together all the information you need for your summer at The Tech Summer Camps right here. Please review the details on this page thoroughly before your family’s first day of camp. And of course, let us know if you have questions.
See you at The Tech!
BJ Wooden, 408-658-9526, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tech Museum, 201 South Market Street, San Jose, CA 95113
Please drop off and pick up your campers at the Park Avenue museum entrance, next to the giant ball machine. Camp staff will be waiting outside to walk your kids to and from camp. Do not double-park or leave your car unattended for any reason—San Jose traffic patrol will issue parking citations. Limited metered parking is available on both sides of Market Street. The San Jose Convention Center garage, between S. Market Street and S. Almaden Boulevard, is validated by The Tech Museum for $5 per day. The Park Center City View Plaza garage, on Park Avenue directly across from the camp museum entrance, charges $1.25 per 15 minutes.
Before Camp Begins
Before the first day of camp, be sure to log in to your account and review your registration details. Check your camper’s emergency contacts and t-shirt size and that you’ve signed up for lunch or extended care if you need it. If you see discrepancies or have questions, give us a call at at 800-854-3684.
What to Bring
Campers should wear casual, comfortable clothing and bring a long-sleeve shirt or sweatshirt, as the museum can be cool. Campers should not wear Crocs or Croc-like footwear, due to escalator-related safety concerns. Each camper will get a Tech Summer Camps t-shirt during his or her first week of camp.
If you’d like to sign up for our healthy lunch program (for $35 per week, our lunch partner Choicelunch provides daily morning snacks and lunches; you pack the drinks), log in to your account or give us a call by 5pm on the Wednesday before your camp session starts.
If you’re already signed up for lunch, you can customize your camper’s menu by logging in to your Choicelunch account and selecting a week’s worth of meals by 5 pm on the Thursday before your camp session starts. If you have questions about this process, give us a call at 800-854-3684. Note that lunches do not include drinks, so please pack your camper a drink and/or water bottle. If your camper’s day includes afternoon extended care, please pack a snack as well.
If your camper is attending a full day with two classes and you do not plan to purchase lunch, please pack your camper a snack, lunch and a water bottle (plus a second snack for afternoon extended care, if needed).
Please note that campers may not share food due to health and safety restrictions.
Check-in and Check-out
Morning Class Check-in
We require a parent or guardian to come into the museum to check in with campers on Monday. Check-in on Monday of each week is 8:30 am – 8:50 am. Tuesday – Friday, check in is 8:50 am – 9 am at the Park Avenue entrance, where you can drop your campers off with our staff.
Morning Class Check-out
If your camper is attending a morning class only, plan to pick up outside the museum at 12 pm. (Our camp staff will give you more detailed check-out information at Monday check-in.) Please arrive on time and be prepared to wait in a line of cars for 5 – 10 minutes—the line may be long and stretch down Park Avenue and around on Almaden Boulevard (line of continuous arrows on the map). We appreciate your patience as you wait.
On Friday, parents are invited to come into the museum to attend Friday Parent Presentations from 11:30 am to 12 pm. Campers also attending an afternoon class will have an additional Parent Presentation in the afternoon from 3:30 pm to 4 pm.
Afternoon Class Check-in
We require a parent or guardian to come into the museum to check in with campers on Monday. Check-in on Monday of each week is 12:30 pm – 12:50 pm. Tuesday – Friday, check-in is 12:50 pm – 1 pm at the Park Avenue entrance, where you can drop off your campers with our staff. If your camper is signed up for both morning and afternoon sessions, you only need to come into the museum to check in once, on Monday morning.
Afternoon Class Check-out
Check out is at 4 pm. (Our camp staff will give you more detailed check-out information at Monday check-in.) Please arrive on time, and be prepared to wait in a line of cars for 5 – 10 minutes—the line may be long and stretch down Park Avenue and around on Almaden Boulevard (line of continuous arrows on the map). We appreciate your patience as you wait.
On Friday, parents are invited to come into the museum to attend Friday Parent Presentations from 3:30 pm to 4 pm. Campers also attending a morning class will have an additional Parent Presentation in the morning from 11:30 am to 12 pm.
We charge extended care fees for any campers dropped off more than 15 minutes early or picked up more than 15 minutes late, and a $1 per minute late fee for families picking up from extended care after 5:30 pm.
Adding Extended Care/Additional Classes
Adding Extended Care
We offer extended care from 8 am – 9 am and 4 pm – 5:30 pm. If space is still available, you can register for full weeks of extended care online or over the phone before camp starts. You can also add full weeks or individual days of morning or afternoon extended care in person during the camp week, space permitting.
Visit our schedule of classes for up-to-the-minute availability here. Space permitting, you can sign up for additional classes online or over the phone by 3 pm on the Friday before the week you want to attend.
On Fridays, we’ll email you a link to our weekly survey. We hope you’ll fill out a survey for every week you attend, as we read them carefully and use your input to make improvements throughout the summer. (We’ll only ask you to fill out the full survey after your first week; the survey for subsequent weeks is much shorter.) To sweeten the deal, each completed survey counts as an entry in our raffle to win a free week of camp in 2014.
The Tech Download
You’ll receive a copy of our camp newsletter, The Tech Download, on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. If you can spare a few minutes to read it, you’ll learn all kinds of good stuff about what’s happening at camp, plus get important announcements.
Lost and Found
Help us keep track of your campers’ belongings by labeling their sweatshirts, backpacks and water bottles with their first and last names. The Tech Summer Camps lost and found will be kept in a designated spot, different from the museum’s general lost and found area. If you think an item of yours was left behind at camp, check the lost and found or ask your Camp Director. Unfortunately, we are unable to store lost and found items once camp is over, so don’t wait to start your search—we will donate any unclaimed items on the final day of camp.
It’s important to us to maintain a safe and healthy environment for our campers and staff. If your child is sick and could possibly be contagious, please do not send him or her to camp. (Please also call your Camp Director to note your camper's absence.) If a camper becomes sick while at camp, we will call a parent to come pick him or her up.
If your child requires an EpiPen, please bring it to camp on Monday morning. All of our staff members are trained on how to administer an EpiPen in the event of an emergency. You’re also welcome to call your Camp Director the week before camp to talk through any concerns or specific instructions you may have.
Camper aides are welcome at camp, but must be approved by Galileo and complete a background check before camp begins. Give us a call at 800-854-3684 to make arrangements.
We may ask campers who disrupt the camp experience for others to leave camp. We have a zero tolerance policy for hitting or inflicting physical harm on other campers. In those cases, we will contact a parent to pick up the child immediately. We do not issue refunds to campers who are asked to leave camp.
What to Leave at Home
We ask your campers to leave their pets, toys, personal sports equipment, games, cards and electronic devices such as iPods, digital cameras, personal gaming devices and laptops at home—The Tech Summer Camps cannot be responsible for these items if brought to camp. Campers can bring their cell phones, but will be asked not to use them during the day. We do not allow weapons, drugs, alcohol, tobacco or other banned substances at camp. Campers who ride bicycles or scooters to camp are responsible for locking and securing them on their own.
If your camper is signed up for a course that uses mobile devices, we will provide devices for campers to test their apps and games. If campers choose to bring their own electronics for use in the classroom, we are not responsible for lost or damaged items.
Emergency Preparedness & Injuries at Camp
The Tech Summer Camps have created a plan in case of fire, earthquake and other emergency situations. For medical emergencies, we will use the hospital closest to The Tech Museum. We have at least one staff member certified in first aid and CPR at camp at all times, in addition to The Tech Museum’s on-site security officer and EMT. The Camp Director will contact parents immediately if a child is injured in any way. If you need to contact your child or a staff member during camp, please call your Camp Director.
Open on 4th of July
The Tech Summer Camps will be open on Thursday, July 4th.
Refund Policy Reminder
- No refunds for camp, lunch or extended care fees starting June 1
- No refunds if your child misses a day of camp
- $10 per session fee for any class date changes—all transfers must be made at least 7 days before the start of your camp week