Design Camp FAQ

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how do i register?

Registration for summer 2020 Design Camp opens February 3 for Cooper Hewitt members and February 10th for the general public.

Cooper Hewitt members receive $50 off per camp session! Become a member by Friday, January 26, 2019 and include “CAMP” in the comments section, to receive your membership number for camp registration (please allow several days for processing).

What are the tuition fees?

Members: $600
Non-Members: $650

Can I sign my child up for more than one week?

Absolutely! Registration is by week, and each week of camp is considered a separate session with its own design theme. You are welcome to register your child for as many weeks as you like.

What is the cancellation/refund policy?

A full refund will only be issued for transactions made within 120 days. Camps are nontransferable. No refunds by phone.

Once you complete the registration process, you cannot adjust the tuition rate. If you would like to receive the member tuition rate, please ensure that you become a member prior to registering your child(ren) for camp.

What will my child do during a week of camp?

We tailor our curriculum to meet the needs of our campers. Please view Sample Schedules of a typical day at camp. Your child will explore that week’s design theme through a variety of experiences, including, but not limited to:

  • Hands-on design activities that challenge them to solve problems, work as a team, and bring their ideas to life.
  • Each week, a professional designer will lead an activity with the campers, as well as share their own process and techniques.
  • Interactive, guided visits to our galleries and special exhibitions.
  • Outdoor activities in the museum’s Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden, Central Park and nearby museums.
  • End of the week exhibition of students work. Families are welcome.

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Should I pack a lunch and/or snack for my child?

Yes. Participants will not be provided with food or refreshments. Participants are expected to bring their own lunch and two snacks during the program.

Is this a nut-free camp?

The Smithsonian is NOT a nut-free facility and Design Camp is not a nut-free program.

Do you offer before and after care?

We do not offer before or after care.

Do you offer scholarships?

We do not offer scholarships at this time.

Who teaches at Design Camp?

Two experienced design educators and one camp assistant lead each summer camp class of up to 25 students. The design camp educators have extensive training working with youth and exploring design thinking and making.

What if my child needs medication during the day?

If your camper needs any medication throughout the week, please give the medication to the Camp Staff at the check-in table on the first day of camp. Camp staff is not allowed to dispense medication; all medication must be self-administered.

What additional forms do I need to complete registration?

Upon submitting a completed registration form, please mail any health-related information, the Medication Authorization Form (if needed) and up-to-date immunization records to the address below. Our Media Release is included as part of our registration form. You do not need to submit a completed Media Release form.

Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum
Attn: Design Camp Director
2 E. 91st Street
New York, NY 10128

What information will I receive before my first day of camp?

One week prior to your first day of camp you will receive Cooper Hewitt Design Camp Confirmation Materials and a camp schedule.

Have more questions?

Email or call 917-633-8278

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