Discovery Science | The Heights School

Discovery Science Camp

Discover a curiosity and an interest for the fascinating world of Science! The program is designed to encourage wonder through uniquely engaging activities and trips that are designed to highlight the beautiful realities of the natural world we live in. This camp has been well known for the past two decades as a camp that provides a daily adventure in learning and every day the camp is on a well-developed field trip, led by a professional team of experienced Heights faculty members and Andrew Reed, Head of our Middle School. This camp offers daily experiential learning opportunities within the context of adventure, all while visiting some of the best field trip locations of this area.

Some Examples of Planned Activities and Trips:

  • A visit to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, with a presentation on space shuttles, space telescopes, and some of the new engineering marvels of our times.
  • An in-depth study of The Chesapeake Bay, including some nearby islands in the Bay
  • Dissection of sharks as an introduction to Marine Biology
  • Trips to the Baltimore Aquarium and the Maryland Science Center at the Inner Harbor
  • A trip to Luray Caverns to learn about cave formations, geology, and mountain formations
  • Exploring the tiny, living world of microorganisms through the use of lab microscopes
  • A visit to the U.S. Naval Observatory Dome Telescope with a presentation on outer space
  • Small-group themed tours at the best Smithsonian Institute exhibits, museums, theatres, and archives.
  • The traditional and famous helicopter egg drop engineering contest for camper prizes.
  • A day trip to Cunningham Falls and a visit to a working dairy farm along the way.
  • A lesson at the National Zoo from zoologists along with a scavenger hunt.
  • Visits to our own nature center for lessons with live and taxidermic models of local animals.
  • Lessons on Rocketry, how planes fly, and applied engineering demonstrations.
  • Construction of giant water balloon slingshots and cannons as a fun way of learning about Newtonian Physics.


  • June 24th – 28th
  • July 29th – Aug 2nd
  • Aug 5th – 9th

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (free after care available daily until 4pm and before care starting at 8:15am)

Ages: For rising grades 2-9: Campers are welcomed into small groups by age, each led personally by a teacher. (groups are approximately ten boys each in grades 2-4, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-CIT). Friends and relatives can easily be grouped together by request.

Fees: $350 for 1-week, $700 for 2 weeks, $1050 for 3 weeks.

Staff: Mr. Andrew Reed, Head of the Middle School, directs, leads all trips, and teaches the program. Mr. Jeff Thompson is the assistant director. All other staff are members of The Heights faculty.

Notes: The full program is available for up to three weeks and parents may select one, two, or three weeks. In order to achieve the full list of activities and trips, the camp follows a detailed schedule with descriptions and opportunities for learning through a themed trip or adventure each day. Occasionally, when a field trip involves an admission cost, parents may be asked to cover this cost for their son. A detailed schedule of activities and topics is emailed one week prior to the start of camp in order to encourage camper anticipation of the camp’s adventures and allow conversations with parents about what was learned each day. A camper lunch option is also always made available for each day of camp.