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Finding Your Roots
Finding Your Roots Campers

About the Camp

This camp is designed to get campers up close and personal with their own DNA so that they can explore the questions of where they come from and what makes them who they are. Campers will complete a DNA test before camp (secure DNA kits will be sent from Science-U) and will use information from their DNA test to talk about their traits like hair/eye/skin color, smell/taste perception, lactose intolerance, and caffeine metabolism with other campers. During camp, campers will discuss several topics, including inherited traits, evolution, and anthropology. Campers will also conduct genealogical research to learn about family members, their traits, and traditions. This camp is a place where the science is all about you! (Note: The first full day of camp is Monday, July 15th, but all campers will check in for an opening ceremony the evening of Sunday, July 14th.) 


Sample DNA is needed for participation in the camp. A DNA kit will be provided and testing will be done in early May. You will be asked to come into the office to complete the test, or it will be mailed to you. This is to ensure that your DNA results are available in time for the camp. Please plan to be available at that time.


See the 2018 Finding Your Roots camp video here: 

You can also see the 2018 Finding Your Roots camp photo album here:





Date: July 14-19, 2019

Time: 9:00am-4:00pm

Camp fees and registration:  Register before midnight Mar. 19, 2019: $425 day camp, $850 residential camp stay 
                                                   Register after 12 am Mar. 20, 2019: $455 day camp, $880 residential camp stay

Lunch and Snacks: Activity breaks will be taken each day to allow kids to eat their peanut free snacks that they brought from home. Campers will go to the dining commons each day for lunch

Extended Care: Before- and after-camp care is available for our elementary and middle school camps (see times below). The cost for either AM or PM Extended Care is $30 per child per week and the cost for both AM and PM Extended Care is $50 per child per week. Parents must register their children for Extended Care when registering for camps online. Extended Care takes place on campus and exact locations will be communicated to registered parents each week.

  • AM Extended Care: Drop-off starting at 7:45 am, Monday-Friday.
  • PM Extended Care: Pick up by 5:15 pm, Monday - Thursday.
  • Note: Since Finding Your Roots opens the evening of Sunday, July 14th, Extended Care will be available on Monday morning. Extended Care is not available Friday afternoon since all campers must be picked up directly after the closing ceremony on Friday.

Resident option: Campers who register for the residential option will check-in on Sunday afternoon and check-out Friday afternoon. Exact check-in and check-out times will be distributed to registered campers closer to camp dates.

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