Design Camp FAQ

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

how do i register?

Registration for members opens Monday, February 5th, 2018.
Registration for non-members opens Monday, February 12th, 2018.

Cooper Hewitt members receive $50 off per camp session! Become a member by Friday, January 26, 2018 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: $500
Non-Members: $550

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 75% refund will be issued for cancellations made 31 days prior to your scheduled 1st day of camp. No refunds or changes will be made thereafter. Camps are nontransferable. No refunds by phone.

What will my child do during a week of 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.

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 a 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 registration request you will receive an email outlining the next steps, as well as a PDF that contains medical, photo, and other general authorizations and waivers. Click here for the Camp Waiver Information Sheet.

Have more questions?

Email or call 917-633-8278

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