Camp in a Box

Virtual Camp Experiences

Introducing the all new digital summer camp experience through the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery:
Camp in a Box!

Each day will include live instruction, a challenge or experiment to test, an item to make, and an opportunity to explore and learn with your fellow campers in our virtual classrooms while experiencing field trips, behind the scenes experiences, and much more!

Click Here to watch our intro video!

Camp fees

$250Digital Camp in a Box: includes activity materials kit, written guides, and live, digital interactive experiences with our educators

$200Basic Camp in a Box: includes activity materials kit, and written guides, no live interactives

Discounts
$10 - Members only discount
$10 - Discount when buying 2 or more kits (cannot be combined with member discount)
i.e. Kit 1 = $250, Kit 2+ = $240

Registration starts Monday, May 4th at 10:00am!

Camps for ages 6 to 7

Mad Scientist
Get ready to put on safety glasses and conduct incredible, wacky and fun experiments!  From concocting slime to building your own sidekick, and explosions to escape gadgets, there is something to interest every budding scientist.  Your camper will learn to predict outcomes, ask questions, and investigate answers through the hands-on science of chemical reactions, engineering, and exploring nature!

Wizard STEM
Grab your cloak and get ready for a scientific journey through the world of wizards, witches, and magic! Explore potions, learn about magical animals, make wands, and learn astronomy. This will be a magical week with a STEM twist!

Camps for ages 8 to 12

Backyard Astronomer
Have you ever looked at the night sky in awe? Wondered why the Moon appears to change shape? Wanted to know how to identify constellations? This camp in a box was made for you! Learn about the universe with one of our astronomy experts and discover the sky from your backyard. Join us on this exciting journey through your local skies and become a backyard astronomer.

Boonshoft Time Machine
Is your summer in ruins?  Why not try some ancient ruins instead?  Join us as we explore the most well-known ancient civilizations from around the world. Adventures include investigating engineering principles while building pyramids like the Ancient Egyptians, to learning about the night skies through the eyes of the Mayans. You’ll end the week seeing the impact these ancient people made on our lives!

Chemistry Camp
Can’t get to the lab? No problem! We’ll bring the lab to you! Create bubbling solutions, slimy concoctions, and color-changing reactions in this hands-on chemistry camp. As you experiment, test, and repeat, you’ll have the opportunity to confer with your fellow scientists to determine the best solution to the challenges that face you each day. We may have a few fiery, explosive, and smoky demonstrations from our Science Theater planed along the way!

Emerging Engineers
Put that thinking cap on and get ready to solve problems through imagination, creativity, and perseverance! Follow the engineering process and discover the wonder of the world around you. Overcome hurdles throughout the week and emerge an engineer!

Outdoor Explorer
For the kid who loves to explore the outdoors: this camp is for you! Join us for a week of hands-on exploration and dive into the bustling world of insects, try your hand at botany, and learn all about the fuzzy, feathery, and scaly creatures right in your backyard. By the end of the week, you’ll have the tools and knowledge required to be the resident naturalist in your neighborhood!


2020 Camp in a Box Schedule

June 1 - 5 

  • Wizard STEM | Ages 6-7 | 11am - 12:30pm OR 3pm - 4:30pm
  • Chemistry | Ages 8-12 | 11am - 2:30pm
  • Backyard Astronomy | Ages 8-12 | 1pm - 4:30pm

June 8 - 12

  • Mad Scientist | Ages 6-7 | 11am - 12:30pm OR 3pm - 4:30pm
  • Backyard Astronomy | Ages 8-12 | 11am - 2:30pm
  • Boonshoft Time Machine | Ages 8-12 | 1pm - 4:30pm

June 15 - 19

  • Wizard STEM | Ages 6-7 | 11am - 12:30pm OR 3pm - 4:30pm
  • Outdoor Explorer | Ages 8-12 | 11am - 2:30pm
  • Emerging Engineers | Ages 8-12 | 1pm - 4:30pm

June 22 - 26

  • Mad Scientist | Ages 6-7 | 11am - 12:30pm OR 3pm - 4:30pm
  • Boonshoft Time Machine | Ages 8-12 | 11am - 2:30pm
  • Chemistry | Ages 8-12 | 1pm - 4:30pm

June 29 - July 3

  • Wizard STEM | Ages 6-7 | 11am - 12:30pm OR 3pm - 4:30pm
  • Emerging Engineers | Ages 8-12 | 11am - 2:30pm
  • Outdoor Explorer | Ages 8-12 | 1pm - 4:30pm

July 6 - 10

  • Mad Scientist | Ages 6-7 | 11am - 12:30pm OR 3pm - 4:30pm
  • Chemistry | Ages 8-12 | 11am - 2:30pm
  • Backyard Astronomy | Ages 8-12 | 1pm - 4:30pm

July 13 - 17

  • Wizard STEM | Ages 6-7 | 11am - 12:30pm OR 3pm - 4:30pm
  • Backyard Astronomy | Ages 8-12 | 11am - 2:30pm
  • Boonshoft Time Machine | Ages 8-12 | 1pm - 4:30pm

July 20 - 24

  • Mad Scientist | Ages 6-7 | 11am - 12:30pm OR 3pm - 4:30pm
  • Outdoor Explorer | Ages 8-12 | 11am - 2:30pm
  • Emerging Engineers | Ages 8-12 | 1pm - 4:30pm

July 27 - 31

  • Wizard STEM | Ages 6-7 | 11am - 12:30pm OR 3pm - 4:30pm
  • Boonshoft Time Machine | Ages 8-12 | 11am - 2:30pm
  • Chemistry | Ages 8-12 | 1pm - 4:30pm

August 3 - 7

  • Mad Scientist | Ages 6-7 | 11am - 12:30pm OR 3pm - 4:30pm
  • Emerging Engineers | Ages 8-12 | 11am - 2:30pm
  • Outdoor Explorer | Ages 8-12 | 1pm - 4:30pm


FAQs

Are you doing summer STEM camps this year?
The health and safety of our campers is our number one priority. With that in mind, and after careful consideration of the directives set forth by Governor DeWine concerning the spread of COVID-19, we have decided to cancel on-site summer camps for the month of June. This includes camps that begin the week of June 29. We will continue to monitor the situation and recommendations over the next several weeks in consideration of how to move forward with the July camp season.

In response, we have adapted our STEM camps into a new experience: Camp in a Box. We have two options to choose from:

Basic: this kit features all the materials and written directions your child will need to complete a variety of exciting STEM based activities for one week.

Digital: this option includes everything from the basic kit, as well as daily log in times to have live interactions with our STEM educators and content experts, while engaging with other campers enrolled in the same camp.

When can I register?
Registration will be open on Monday, May 4th. The deadline for each digital camp experience is approximately two weeks before the camp’s start date.

Can we just order the box, without the digital live instruction?
Absolutely. The basic Camp in a Box kits includes just materials with printed instructions.

Can we expect COVID-19 related delays, due to high volume shipments?
While we will do our absolute best to get these boxed camps to you in a timely manner, we ask for patience with any potential shipping delays that could take place. If a facilitated Camp in a Box is delayed beyond the scheduled camp dates, arrangements can be made to place your child into another camp.

Are there any discounts?
Yes! Our Members-Only discount is $10. You can also save $10 if you buy 2 or more Camp in a Box kits. These discounts cannot be combined. First kit full price, second+ kit receives discount.

Are there scholarship options?
Scholarships are available for local residents only. You can find more information here, or email summercamps@boonshoftmuseum.org

Will there be potential refunds (maybe dropping down to the Basic Camp in a Box price) if their box is delayed beyond the facilitation date?
No. In the event the camp materials do not arrive in time for the start of the digital experience, you will have the opportunity to move to a new week.

Is there a discount if I can pick up my kit from the museum?
Yes! You will save the $25 shipping fee if you pick up your kit.

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