Summer Discovery Camps

June 18-22 | June 25-29
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Ages: 8-12*
Maximum: 20 Campers*

*unless otherwise noted

Attention Parents/Guardians

NEW for 2018 - All camps (with the exception of Zookeeping 101 Camps) are FULL DAY camps that will run from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Prices may vary, and some camps also include an additional supply fee; see each camp listed for cost and any applicable fees.

Please plan to provide your camper(s) with a bagged lunch. Microwaves and refrigerators are not available, so please do not pack lunches that require heating, and pack perishable items with an ice pack. All sales are final. Please review your selections prior to final checkout. If you wish to make changes after completing registration, a $25 administrative fee will be added to the card used to pay for camp.

Please note that unless otherwise noted, the maximum attendance per camp is 20 students; minimum attendance per camp is 6. The Boonshoft Museum reserves the right to cancel any camps not reaching the minimum attendance required, and participants will be notified one week prior to the camp run date. Campers will be transferred to another camp of their choice at no additional fee. If no other sessions are available, a full refund will be issued.

Junk Drawer Science
Members: $164 | Non-Members: $174

The saying goes that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure. At the Boonshoft, we believe that one person’s trash is another scientist’s invention! Join our educators for unique ways to use your junk by making gadgets, gizmos, and much more.  

Tiny House Contractor
Members: $164 | Non-Members: $174
Supply Fee: $30

Is your child a little engineer? Architect? Designer? Would they enjoy creating a miniature custom firehouse or hospital? Get your STEAM skills ready to design and engineer materials for your very own tiny house. This camp will involve blueprints, furniture building, and lighting installment. Each camper will take home an IKEA wooden house and STEAM crafted accessories on Friday. Please note that this camp includes an additional $30 material fee to cover the cost of the house.

Get Your Geek On
Members: $164 | Non-Members: $174

Do you dress up as your favorite characters on days other than Halloween? Do you know the names of all the characters of Star Wars? Can you recite the entire Pokémon rap? Then check your armor bonus, set your phasers to stun, and come join us Get Your Geek On!

Explorers!
Members: $164 | Non-Members: $174

Grab your pith helmet and learn how to think like an archaeologist. Travel back in time to explore the cultures of ancient Egypt, feudal Japan, Incan civilization, Pacific island nations, and the North American plains. This one-time camp will spend extended time in our curated exhibit of the same name and get up close and personal with some of our unique artifacts.

Zookeeping 101
Members: $99 | Non-Members: $104
Ages: 9-11
Maximum: 15 Campers
HALF Day Camp: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Professional Zoo Keepers are scientists who are committed to providing the best care possible to the animals they are entrusted with. This hands on camp will focus on the various scientific disciplines involved in animal husbandry including biology, nutrition, medicine, behavioral training, and exhibit design. Campers join museum staff for an interactive look at how our Live Animal Department cares for the 150 animals in our collection. The best part: each child receives hands-on opportunities with the animals!

Coding Camp
Members: $164 | Non-Members: $174

Secret codes? There’s no secret here! Computer coding is less about hiding things and more about instructing a computer how to execute programs and tasks. In Coding Camp, students will explore different “coded” languages used in the past, learn how to “speak” to a computer, and write and use code to figure out problems. This camp will work in tandem with the Video Games Camp to develop their own new video game.

Video Gaming Camp
Members: $164 | Non-Members: $174

Are video games all your camper can think about? Let them expand their understanding and skills as we learn about video games from the past into the present, before looking to the future by creating a new game in conjunction with the Coding Camp. Develop a unique story, create challenging puzzles, explore real world physics and applications, and above all else, save the princess!

Sticky Science
Members: $164 | Non-Members: $174

It will be sticky, it will be messy, and it will be a BLAST! Sticky Science is the perfect experience for kids who don’t mind getting their hands dirty! Prepare to make a variety of different kinds of slime, goop, mixtures, and so much more in this hands-on science adventure!

Crime Scene Casebook – New story line for 2018!
Members: $164 | Non-Members: $174
Criminals have struck the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery again! Use your observation, deduction, and investigation skills to solve the crime. Campers will learn about the science and techniques used by real crime scene investigators and detectives to solve even the toughest cases. Campers will have the opportunity to meet law enforcement professionals from the Dayton Police Department throughout the week.  

Zookeeping 101
Members: $99 | Non-Members: $104
Ages: 12-14
Maximum: 15 Campers
HALF Day Camp: 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Professional Zoo Keepers are scientists who are committed to providing the best care possible to the animals they are entrusted with. This hands on camp will focus on the various scientific disciplines involved in animal husbandry including biology, nutrition, medicine, behavioral training, and exhibit design. Campers join museum staff for an interactive look at how our Live Animal Department cares for the 150 animals in our collection. The best part: each child receives hands-on opportunities with the animals!

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