S.M.A.R.T. Camp 2022
SMART Camp includes weekly Science, Math, Art, Reading, and field Trips. Camp runs Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5pm from June 13 to August 19 at 1705 Maple Street in Homestead. SMART Camp is designed to keep kids learning throughout the summer while still having fun. Students will participate in science experiments with Mad Science Mondays, take trips to new places on Tuesdays and Thursdays, learn from Pittsburgh Cultural Trust artists on Wednesdays, and complete weekly math and reading lessons. Students will receive physical activity and nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack every day. Masks are currently optional but may be required if local COVID test positivity rates rise above 8%.
In order to accommodate field trips and other special events, dropoff is from 8:30am-9:30am and pickup is from 4-5pm only. Special dropoff accommodations will be made for students attending Park or Barrett Elementary summer school.
- Commitment to regular attendance (students benefit most when they attend regularly)
- Student can use the bathroom alone
- Student will have completed Kindergarten and is at least 5 years old by 6/10/22
- Student is younger than 13 (note that most campers are grades K-5; we encourage older students to consider the nearby Batch Foundation for programming specific to middle schoolers)
Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The application will close once capacity is reached.
Cost: It costs MUSA $300 per student per week to run SMART Camp, but this cost is subsidized with donations, grants, and government funding. You can expect to pay:
- A $5 per week registration fee is required to secure your child's spot, regardless of weekly tuition amount (=$50 for all 10 weeks).
- FREE weekly tuition for families enrolled in Child Care Works subsidy by June 1 (MUSA will cover your copay). If you enroll after June 1, your copay will be determined by the CCW office. Learn more here and be sure to enroll in Provider ID #9111214162-3.
- If you are ineligible for Child Care Works, weekly tuition is on a sliding scale based on 2021 annual income. We currently await funding decisions that will help us finalize weekly tuition prices. The prices listed below are the MAXIMUM you can expect to pay for each student. Sibling discount: $25 off second child's weekly tuition.
- Less than $20,000: $0 weekly tuition
- $20,001-$30,000: $25 weekly tuition
- $30,001-$40,000: $50 weekly tuition
- $40,001-$50,000: $75 weekly tuition
- $50,001-$60,000: $100 weekly tuition
- $60,001-$70,000: $125 weekly tuition
- $70,001-$80,000: $150 weekly tuition
- $80,001-$90,000: $175 weekly tuition
- $90,001-$100,000: $200 weekly tuition
- More than $100,001: $225 weekly tuition
- Can my child attend part-time? Full-time attendance is preferred, but you can choose certain days and weeks in the application. However, the only drop-off window is from 8:30-9:30am daily; pickup is from 4-5pm. Special drop-off accommodations will be allowed for students attending Barrett or Park Summer School.
- My child is a picky eater: can they bring a lunch? Yes. If you select this option in the application, you must send your student with a packed lunch every day. Lunches will be stored in fridges and cannot require heating.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-660-1242 with questions. You can also call to provide application information over the phone if you do not want to use the online form.
While we encourage campers to attend all summer, each week will feel like its own special camp with fun themes, field trips, and activities. This schedule is subject to change. In order to accommodate field trips and other special events, dropoff is from 8:30am-9:30am and pickup is from 4-5pm. You will receive a full field trip schedule specific to your child’s classroom at camp orientation.
- Week of June 13: Happy Campers
- We'll kick off camp by getting to know each other. Will you be on the Red, Yellow, Green, or Blue Team this summer?
- Field trip: Dragon's Den
- Week of June 20: Spies & Superheroes
- Everyone is a superhero this summer! We’ll make Hulk slime, exercise with Superhero Action Training, and go to Spy Academy!
- Field trip: Citizen Science Lab
- Week of June 27: Olympic Games
- We'll try a lot of different sports this week, including yoga and a hockey workshop from the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.
- Field trips: Top Golf & Bowling
- Week of July 4: Space Voyage
- Closed Monday in observance of Independence Day
- We’ll learn about the atmosphere and build our very own solar system!
- Field trip: Carnegie Science Center
- Week of July 18: Under the Sea
- Which classroom will win the door decorating contest this week (judged by our preschool friends)?! We'll also make an ocean in a bottle and learn how water makes its way to our seas.
- Field trip: Rivers of Steel Riverboat Tour
- Week of July 25: Animal Planet
- It’s all about animals this week: can you match the animal to its footprint or describe the habitat of your favorite animal?
- Field trip: Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium & Spray Park
- Week of August 1: Treasure Island
- Argh! We’ll build our own ship out of boxes, but watch out: you may have to walk the plank if we get shipwrecked!
- Field trips: Fun Fore All & Kayaking
- Week of August 8: Medieval Times
- Knights, princesses, and dragons: oh my!
- Field trip: Dragon's Den & Carnegie Museum of Art and Natural History
- Week of August 16: MUSA's Got Talent
- We’ll wrap up camp with a talent show to highlight everything we've been learning this summer!
- Field trip: Carnegie Children's Museum
Special thanks to the Allegheny Department of Human Services, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Grable Foundation, and private donors for making this camp possible!
Apply now at https://forms.gle/Kdf6NzTnPnTyNDuj7