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What is a Mad Science Camp? Discover the excitement of Mad Science this summer at your local camp, community center, or YMCA! Mad Science conducts week long winter, spring and summer day camps at over 25 locations throughout San Diego County for children ages 4 to 12.

Mad Science Camps offer a daily combination of in-class science discovery and exploration, outdoor games, and hands-on applications of scientific principles. Our campers will be able to touch, see and hear what science is really all about and how it affects the world around them. We use an inquiry-based technique that allows even the youngest camper to enjoy our learning environment. Campers create a take-home project every day of Mad Science camp.

Eleven different day camps are offered, including: Adventures in the Wild, Crazy Chem-Works, Little Green Thumbs, Mad Science All-Stars, NASA Space Academy, Robot Recruit, Jr. Detective, My First Lab, Anatomy Academy, Operation Invention, Brixology and Checkmate Chess Camp.

What ages are the Mad Science Camps designed for*?

Ages 4 - 5 Little Green Thumbs and My First Lab
Ages 5 -10 Adventures in the Wild, Crazy Chem-Works, Mad Science All-Stars, and Robot Recruit
Ages 6 - 11 NASA Space Academy, Checkmate Chess Camp, Operation Invention, and Anatomy Academy
Ages 7 - 12 Jr. Detective and Brixology
The activities in each of our camps are specifically designed for the age ranges outlined above. We ask that parents adhere to the minimum age requirement of our camps. Our programs are designed to be hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. In most cases our minimum age-requirement is not about how intelligent our campers are, but about what they can do!

*Required ages listed for each camp may vary slightly based on location.

Can I sign my child up for more than one week of camp? Your child is more than welcome to sign up for more than one week of camp. We have a total of eight distinctly different camp programs. Many children sign up for multiple camps.

What is your camper to staff ratio? We offer a 1:10 ratio for school-age camps and a 1:8 ratio for preschool camps.

Does Mad Science have a minimum enrollment requirement? Yes. Mad Science and our partner Locations reserve the right to cancel any camp that does not meet the minimum enrollment of 10 campers in San Diego and 15 campers in Temecula. Minimum enrollment must generally be met at least one week prior to the camp start date. If one of our camp partners cancels a Mad Science Camp due to low enrollment, you will be contacted and issued a refund.

My child has taken the after school classes, are the camps different? Yes. The content of our camps is different from the after school classes. Campers may cover some similar areas of science and specific science concepts, but the activities in our camps are different from those in our after school programs.

Who are the Mad Science Camp instructors? Our summer camp instructors are credentialed teachers or instructors who have worked for us in our after-school programs that we conduct in over 200 schools throughout the year. All of our camp instructors have extensive experience working with children and possess a passion for teaching children of all ages!

Does Mad Science conduct background checks? Yes, we do a thorough background check on all of our instructors including Live Scan fingerprinting, TB testing and a criminal background check.

How long has Mad Science of San Diego been in business? This is the 21st year that we will be running our week long summer camps throughout San Diego County.


How do I register for a Mad Science Summer Camp? Registration is typically handled by our partner locations. Select camp registration is handled through our online registration site:

What is the cost to attend Mad Science Summer Camp? Each partner location determines the per camper price for the Mad Science camp depending on the registration options offered at their site (i.e. Before and After Care) and additional activities that may be offered as part of the camp day. Please contact our partner locations for specific camp prices.


What should my child wear to camp? Children should dress comfortably and come ready to have fun! Send your child to camp with shoes that will remain securely on their feet (no flip-flops please). We will be spending the majority of our day in the classroom, but the kids will go outside for some camp activities. If your child needs to be sun-screened, please apply it before arriving at camp.

What should my child bring to camp? Mad Science will provide all supplies needed for camp activities. Parents are responsible to provide a snack and water for children to eat during snack break.



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