Due to the renovation of KidsPlace and the new STEM Design Studios, the Harsco Science Center will be closed from October 7 through November 4, 2019 (Sunoco Performance Theatre, Select Medical Digital Cinema, the WondersStore, and our Box Office will continue regular operating hours during this time).
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Camp Policies

Know Before you Go

Chaos Theory has its place in science, but not in the way we run our science camps. Please review the information below regarding policies and procedures for our summer camp programs.

Discovery Camp Drop-off and Pick-up Times

Morning Session Drop-off time: 8:30am-9:00am
Morning Session Pick-up time: 11:45am-12:15pm

Afternoon Session Drop-off time: 12:45pm-1:15pm
Afternoon Pick-up time: 4:00pm-4:30pm

Please note: If you signed up for both a morning and an afternoon session the same week, you will drop off from 8:30am-9:00am and pick up from 4:00pm-4:30pm. You do not need to pick up in the middle of the day. A chaperoned lunch period will be provided (campers bring their own lunch).  If you are only here half day, a lunch period will not be provided for your camper.   

Two-Day Mini-Camp and Full Day Musical Theater Camp Drop-Off and Pick-up Times

Morning Drop-off time: 8:30am-9:00am

Afternoon Pick-up time: 4:00pm-4:30pm

Drop-off and Pick-up zone: 3rd Street Entrance

Please note:  

  1. This door is directly across from Provisions Grocery Store. You can use the following address to lead you right to the doors: 17 N 3rd St Harrisburg, PA 17101.  
  2. Please look for the large, white sandwich boards for our loading zone.
  3. You will not need to pay for parking. Please pull up to the curb, turn your 4-way lights on, and place the parking notice (will be included in pre-camp materials) on your dashboard.  
  4. You will need to WALK YOUR CHILD INTO THE LOBBY FOR EACH DROP OFF AND PICK UP.  
  5. We will have a registration desk inside the door to sign your child in and out at drop off and at pick up.
  6. Once this is done, your child will be taken downstairs so the fun can be begin!

What to bring: Bagged lunch (only if you are a full-day camper). Refrigeration will not be available.

What to wear: Comfortable clothes and closed toe shoes. No flip flops please. Please also plan for some exciting (and sometimes messy!) activities.   

Discovery Camp Scholarship Funds (Grades 1 – 6)

We are proud to offer scholarship funds to qualifying families for our Discovery Camps, which services children in grades one through six. Children of parents who currently qualify for the Pennsylvania ACCESS/EBT Card are eligible. Scholarship funds cover the majority of the cost for two camps. Families are responsible for a small portion of the remaining cost, payable at time of registration.

In order to serve as many families as possible, scholarship funds cannot be used by the same child for more than two Discovery Camps. This can mean either one week of full day camp or two weeks of half day camps. Scholarship funds are not currently available for our Two-Day Mini Camps.

Please click the link below to submit your request for scholarship funding.  This form will require you to submit your images of your drivers licences and ACCESS card.  You will then be contacted by a member of the Education Team to process your payment. Questions? Please contact our Director of Education at education@whitakercenter.org or 717-724-3865.

Cancellation Policy
In order to accommodate every child who wants to attend our camps, we require at least 4 weeks' notice for cancellations and full refunds. Cancellations made with less than 4 weeks' notice will not receive a refund. 

Late Pick-Up Policy
Pick-up times for camps are strictly enforced. Please note that there will be a charge of $15 per fifteen minutes past the pick-up time for your child’s camp.

AM (only) Camper Pick-up Time: 11:45am – 12:15pm

PM Camper Pick-up Time: 4:00pm – 4:30pm

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