General FAQ

logo of a bonfire with large pencils for logs and chunky lettering that says COOPER HEWITT DESIGN CAMP

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Registration opens on Monday, February 7 for Cooper Hewitt members and on Monday, February 14 for the public. Once registration opens, you’ll be able to click on the purple button next to each event listing on the Design Camp landing page to complete your online registration.

Is there a TUITION FEE?

Yes. Our tuition fees are per week and per child.

$600 for Cooper Hewitt Members

$650 for the public

Do you offer scholarships?

We currently do not offer scholarships.

CAN I SIGN MY CHILD UP FOR MORE THAN ONE WEEK?

Absolutely! Each week of programming 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 AGES ARE ELIGIBLE TO SIGN UP?

Our program is designed for children ages 6–11.

WHAT IS THE CANCELLATION/REFUND POLICY?

Should you need to cancel your registration prior to your first day of camp, please email the Design Camp team at least two weeks prior to your first day. Participants will receive a full refund.

No refunds will be issued should you need to cancel your registration less than two weeks prior to your first day. No refunds or changes will be made thereafter. Camps are nontransferable. No refunds by phone.

If you or your child(ren) present any symptoms of COVID-19 during Design Camp, are deemed a close contact with anyone testing positive for COVID-19, or if you or your child(ren) have tested positive for COVID-19 during your Design Camp session, child(ren) and parents/caregivers are asked to stay home, refunds will not be issued.

Registration is for the full one-week program. We do not offer registration by the day. If you are unable to complete the full, one-week session due to prior commitments, travel, or fail to comply with our health and safety policies, no refunds will be issued.

WHAT WILL MY CHILD DO DURING A WEEK OF CAMP?

We tailor our curriculum to meet our campers’ needs. Your child will explore the design theme of the week through hands-on design activities that challenge them to solve problems, work as a team, and bring their ideas to life.

Explore our sample schedules from previous Design Camp sessions for ages 6-8 and 9-11.

For the health and safety of our camp community, we will not be offering a family celebration at the end of each one-week session.

WHO TEACHES AT DESIGN CAMP?

Two experienced design educators, camp assistant, and a guest designer lead each summer camp class. The design camp educators have extensive training working with youth and exploring design thinking and making.

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. Drop-off is between 8:30-9:00 a.m. and pick-up is from 3:30-4:00 p.m. in the Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden. Please contact a Design Camp team member if you anticipate being early or late.

What if my child needs medication during the day?

If your camper needs any medication throughout the week, please give the medication to a Design Camp team member 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. You will be prompted to share medical and health information about your child during the online registration process.

WHAT ARE YOUR COVID-19 POLICIES AND PROCEDURES?

Our COVID-19 policies and procedures will be announced soon. Please reach out to Design Camp team member should you have additional questions or concerns about your child’s participation in our program.

Please note that our COVID-19 policies and procedures are subject to change as we follow national guidance from the CDC and local health officials.

WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO DO BEFORE MY FIRST DAY?

Upon completion of your registration form, you’ll receive confirmation materials which includes details on pick-up, drop-off and what to bring to camp. A Design Camp team member will contact families one-week prior to their first day of camp with reminders and updates, as needed.

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