1. When do sign-ups for camp begin?

Summer Camp signups begin on February 1 for members and February 15 for non-members on a first-come, first-served basis.  For more information about becoming a member please visit our Strawbery Banke website.

2. What is the best way to register for camp?

The best way to register for camp is to fill out the online registration form. Payment can be made online via PayPal during registration.

3. Is the full payment due when I register?

You must pay at least the $35.00 registration fee to reserve your space. Full payment is due before June 1.  If you wish to pay in installments, skip the payment part on the registration form and send an email to bcoppola@sbmuseum.org to let me know.

4. What are your payment options?

We accept cash, check or credit card.  You can pay with credit online during registration.  If you wish to pay by check, please make it out to Strawbery Banke Museum and mail it to the following address: Strawbery Banke Museum Camps, PO Box 300, Portsmouth, NH  03802. Arrangements can be made to drop of cash payments by emailing: bcoppola@sbmuseum.org

5.  Do you offer before/after care?

Before/After care is usually offered, but will be suspended for the 2021 season.  In “normal” years, kids can be dropped off any time between 8:00 – 9:00am and picked up by 5:00pm.  The cost is $5.00 per day for morning care (8:00 – 9:00) or $20.00 for the full day (8:00 – 5:00).  This is not an extension of camp activities, but is free time supervised by Strawbery Banke staff.  Games, craft supplies and outdoor time are available to kids enrolled in the program.

6. Can my child attend a camp if he/she is younger than the age range of a given camp?

Each camp has not only an age range, but a grade level as well (see each camp description for more information) Exceptions are rarely made to this rule, but might be entertained if the camp is not full by May 1.

7. Can my child attend camp if he/she is older than the age range of a given camp?

That choice is always left up to the parent and child. However, it is not recommended. The camps are targeted to the middle age range of each group. Even if a child in the older age range would enjoy the activities, they may feel a little out of place surrounded by younger children.

8. What are the qualifications of camp leaders and the adult/student ratio?

Camp leaders are trusted members of the Strawbery Banke staff and have experience working with children. Camp assistants are either SBM staff or college interns that are training to be teachers or museum educators. Camps have at least a ratio of 1 adult for every 5 students. The only exception may be Jr. Roleplayers for 12-17 year olds. This camp may have a ratio of 1 adult for every 8 students.

9. How many children are in each camp?

Strawbery Banke prides itself on the small group atmosphere that allows more hands-on experience and attention for each camper. Groups usually range in size from 12 – 16 students with an average group size of 14 kids. Some camps may have up to 20 campers, but there is a lot of small group work so everyone gets a lot of time for hands-on and individual attention.  Extra staff is added when camp sizes increase.

For the summer of 2021, camp numbers will range from 8 – 14 kids depending on the age group.

10. What should my child bring to camp?

Children should wear comfortable clothing that can get dirty. Most of the camps have a craft component so spilled paint or ink is a possibility and most kids like to run around during free time so sturdy comfortable shoes like sneakers are essential. Everyone should bring a water bottle and a snack and lunch. All children should come to camp wearing sunscreen and bug spray. Full-day campers should have a supply to reapply in the middle of the day if needed. Rain gear is recommended depending on the forecast.  ALL HANDS ON DECK and ANCHORS AWEIGH campers should bring a bathing suit and towel as well. Life jackets are optional and shoes that can get wet are neccessary.

11. What is the cancellation policy?

If you cancel your reservation before June 1, you will receive a full refund minus a $35.00 processing fee. If you cancel on or after June 1, you receive a 50% refund. If you cancel less than 4 weeks before the start of camp, no refund will be given.

If your question has not been answered, please email bcoppola@sbmuseum.org

12. What is the COVID-19 policy for camps?

The main policies that will be in place throughout the summer are:

  1. Campers and camp staff will be required to wear masks while on SBM grounds (indoors and outdoors). Mask breaks will be allowed when children are at least 10 feet from another person.
  2. Camp will take place outdoors under tents. In weather that poses any possible danger, camps will move inside to well-filtered spaces where social distancing of at least 6 feet can be maintained. Different camps will be in different buildings.
  3. Camp activities will be altered to accommodate social distancing.

In addition, camp staff will ensure campers are assessed for COVID risk each day, they are frequently washing hands and materials are not shared without being sanitized.

If your question has not been answered, please email bcoppola@sbmuseum.org