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WonderCamp

WonderCamp is an outstanding summer science enrichment program for children entering kindergarten through sixth grade (in fall 2015). We offer exciting science content and an introduction to the process of scientific inquiry while maintaining the fun, engaging atmosphere characteristic of a relaxed summer program. WonderCamp is focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math), as well as on the intersection of these fields with the arts. Many sessions introduce campers to specialized equipment and to real scientists and other experts. Some offer an immersive, project experience. WonderCamp is held Monday through Thursday at University Elementary School on Bloomington’s northeast side, and onsite at WonderLab on Fridays. The TV Tech camp will be held exclusively at the WTIU Radio-TV Building on the Indiana University-Bloomington campus.

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  • Staff & Teachers

    Colleen Couper is director of WonderCamp. Several other WonderLab staff members serve in off-site camp roles. All camps are led by experienced teachers with help from well-trained high school interns. The typical ratio is one staff person for every four to five campers. 

  • Age of Campers

    WonderCamp serves children entering kindergarten through grade 6 in the fall of 2015. To help ensure a successful experience, children should be registered for a camp that is appropriate for their age, interests, and abilities. WonderCamp may not be appropriate for children entering kindergarten who have not yet had a successful nursery school or daycare experience. Discovery Time may be more appropriate for such children. Teens may become involved in the museum's Volunteer Program, and those of high-school age may apply to the Summer Internship Program.

  • Science Activities and Learning

    All camps involve extensive hands-on activities. These typically are structured so that campers work together in small groups, rotate among science activity stations, or collaborate on special projects that are completed by the end of the week. Selected camps may take field trips. Parents receive daily information that is intended to stimulate discussion between campers and parents about the day's activities and learning. Parents may find these discussions useful in seeking out more resources to further their child's interest in the subject.

  • Daily Schedule

    WonderCamp weekly sessions are held during selected weeks in June and early July. Morning camps are from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, and afternoon camps are from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Campers may attend morning, afternoon, or both camps. The supervised lunch hour is available for half-day campers and mandatory for full-day campers. Childcare is available from 8:00 am – 9:00 am before the morning camp session and from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm following the afternoon camp session. During this extended period, we offer supervised activities such as board games, construction sets, drawing materials, and books. We also provide a supervised “bring-your-own lunch” break between morning and afternoon camp sessions. Each camp includes a break for a healthy snack. Most camps include a brief "recess" as a break from concentrated work on science activities.

    TV Tech is an off-site, full-day camp with hands-on experiences guided by WTIU's professional staff. There is a supervised lunch break, as well as morning and afternoon snack breaks, in concentrated work during the day. There is no extended care option. 

    The parent/caregiver should accompany the camper to the check-in table and then to the camp classroom each day of camp. Children should be picked up on time when camp ends. The parent/caregiver should come to the camp classroom to sign out the camper and help carry projects home.

  • 2015 Fees and Scholarship Information


    Full-Day WonderCamp
    Enroll your child in both morning and afternoon sessions during the week, and a discounted rate for extended care and the supervised lunch hour is included in the fee! Lunch food is not included. Campers bring their own lunches. Members: Please note that your membership must be current during the camp week(s) for which you register to get the additional member discount fee.
    Member Child Package Fee: $215 
    Nonmember Child Package Fee: $235
    Note that certain camps have an added fee. These are shown on the Topics page.

    Half-Day WonderCamp
    Enroll your child in either a morning or afternoon session during the week, and you have the option of adding extended care and/or supervised lunch hour as a la carte items. Members: Please note that your membership must be current during the camp week(s) for which you register to get the member discount on the camp fee.
    Member Child Camp Fee: $88 
    Nonmember Child Camp Fee: $98
    Note that certain camps have an added fee. These are shown on the Topics page.
    Optional Supervised Lunch Hour: $15/week
    Food is not included. Campers bring own lunches.
    Optional Extended Care in Morning or Afternoon: $15/week

    TV Tech Camp
    This four-day camp takes place from 9:00 am t0 4:00 pm at the WTIU Radio-TV Building on the Indiana University-Bloomington campus. The supervised lunch hour is included in the fee. There is no extended care. Members: Please note that your membership must be current during the camp week(s) for which you register to get the member discount on the camp fee.
    Member Child Package Fee: $195 
    Nonmember Child Package Fee: $215

    WonderCamp T-Shirt: $15
    All campers have the option of ordering the 2015 WonderCamp logo t-shirt. Orders must be received no later than June 1.

    Full and Partial Scholarships: Full scholarships are available to eligible families who provide written evidence of their participation in the free/reduced school lunch program or the Hoosier Healthwise program. A limited number of half-price scholarships are available for low-income families who meet certain income qualifications but are not eligible for full scholarships. See the online and printed forms for details regarding documentation. Thank you to the supporters of the John and Lilyan Carlson Fund, who make these scholarships possible.

    Click here to download a form to make changes to enrollment information you previously submitted.