1. How much money should I send with my camper?
$60 is enough to pay for free time activities as well as gift shop items.
2. What will the weather be like?
Always check the weather before your trip. The nights tend to be very cool.
Please send your camper with a thick sweatshirt and pants. Depending on
the time of year, we have had Science Camp during the snow!
3. How do I get to Palomar?
If you are driving to Palomar, please see our Directions. DO NOT take the Nate Harrison grade. It is a fire road. Please note that there are no gas stations on the mountain. The last gas stations are at Pala or Harrah's casinos.
4. What is a theme night?
Theme nights are a chance for campers to dress up according to the theme night and participate in fun activities! Examples of past theme nights: Glow in the Dark, Pirate Night, Star Wars, etc. Please bring clothes for this year’s theme night. See our Typical Day page to find out what this year's Theme Night will be!
5. Can my camper call home?
To discourage homesickness, we do not allow campers to call home unless it is an emergency. We have found that calls home increase emotions and the desire to go home. You can always contact the lead teacher to get a message across to your camper if need be. Remember that the cell coverage on the mountain is slim.
6. Do you accommodate for dietary restrictions?
Yes. Please notify the lead teacher and we will take care of it.
7. How do you hire your staff?
Every single person who works at camp has been background checked and gone through a detailed interview process. The staff will never be alone with any campers. This rule also goes for any teachers or chaperones on the trip. See our Safety page for more info.
8. Can I send mail to my camper?
Yes. Please send at least one week beforehand. Please label all mail like this:
Camper Name, Science Camp
School Name and Dates of Camp
PO Box 160
Palomar Mountain, CA 92060
9. What will my camper be learning?
Your camper will attend science classes to learn about mammals, insects, weather, team building, birds, plants, etc. See Classes for more info.
10. Why is Palomar different than other camps?
Teachers who have been coming to Science Camp for years can tell you that it is the staff who make the program great. Your campers will be loved and cared for. The staff make Palomar feel like home, making it hard for campers to leave at the end of the week.