Summer Camps



REGISTRATION IS OPEN

Registration will close once maximum camper allotment has been reached. 

Important Registration Information: 

  • There is NO CODE needed for member discounts; rates are reduced when the member number is added to the form.
  • Registration for each camp closes once the maximum camper allotment has been reached.
  • To provide a great experience for all campers, the age requirements for each camp are FIRM, and based on the camper's age as of June 1, 2022.
  • Therefore, you will be required to enter the Date of Birth for each camper during registration. Note that you will only see the camps for which that camper is eligible, based on DOB.
  • All registrations for summer camps at the Boonshoft Museum are considered final and no refunds will be issued. 

*Need a replacement card? Contact our membership staff at 937.275.7431, ext. 152.
*Need to renew your membership to receive your camp discount? CLICK HERE to renew today!

NOTE: If you purchase a membership online in order to register for Summer Camps, you may use the confirmation code from the email in lieu of the membership number. This will apply any eligible discounts to your total before checking out.

Camper Expectations
Our goal is for all of our campers to have a fun, positive camp experience. All campers must be able to:

  • participate in a large group setting.
  • stay with the group at all times.
  • self-regulate emotions in a large group environment.
  • cooperate and be a good group member.
  • show respect for other people, their feelings, their ideas, and their property.

We are unable to provide one-on-one care for your child. If your child has an IEP or behavior plan, we would love to walk through it with you so that we can provide the best experience possible for your child. 

Do you still have a few questions about camp? Want to know about ages, lunches, and drop-off time? Check our Summer Camp FAQs Here! 

Questions not answered by FAQ? Call 937.275.7431, ext. 125 or email SummerCamps@BoonshoftMuseum.org.


Jr. Scientist STEM Camps

Do you have an early elementary, kindergarten or preschool aged child who has a natural affinity for science and nature? Indulge their curiosity in our Jr. Scientist STEM Camps! For children ages 5 and 6, camps are half-day in the morning.  
Ages 5 and 6: half day, 8:30am-11:30am: non-member $165/member $150
*exception: July 5-8 (4 days) non-member $132/member $120

STEM Camps

Who knows STEM better than the Boonshoft? It’s our mission! From Astronomy to Zoology, your 7 to 12 year old will see the STEM in every discipline!
Ages 7 – 8 or 9 - 12 (See camp description for ages): full day, 8:30am-3:30pm: non-member $250/member $225
*exception: July 5-8 (4 days) non-member $200/member $180

2022 Summer STEM Camp Descriptions

June 6-10, 2022

Jr. Scientists: Unofficial Wild Kratts (CAMP IS FULL)
8:30am – 11:30am
Ages 5-6

Time to put your creature suits on, Kratts Kids!  Earn your creature disks as we will travel through different animal habitats from around the globe and explore the animals that live there. But watch out! We may have to save a few animals on our adventures! During this camp we will learn about animals from the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s Discovery Zoo and so much more! Dress as your favorite animal on Friday for a creature adventure! New animals and adventure for 2022!

STEM Camp: Bibbidi Bobbidi Science
8:30am-3:30pm
Ages 7-8

You are invited to the Wonderful World of Boonshoft! Let your imagination soar while we imagine, create, and explore the world of science through the eyes of many of your favorite animated characters.

STEM Camp: Take Apart
8:30am-3:30pm
Ages 9-12

Curious minds gather here! Are you interested in how machines and electronics work? Take Apart camp explores engineering forwards and backwards with a full week of tech exploration and hands-on building challenges. Campers will learn about circuits, use specialized tools, and build their own machines. Bring an old toy or small electronic item to dissect throughout the week and recycle into something new!


June 13-17, 2022

Jr. Scientists: Sticky Science (CAMP IS FULL)
8:30am-11:30pm
Ages 5-6

It will be STICKY! It will be MESSY! It will be a BLAST! Campers will be making slime, exploring things that fizz and things that glow, painting (without a paintbrush!) and so much more! Campers should come dressed to mess!

STEM Camp: The Unofficial Minecraft Camp (CAMP IS FULL)
8:30am-3:30pm
Ages 7-8

Leave the video game at home and explore the world of Minecraft through hands-on STEAM activities, challenges, and quests. Each day we will explore different Minecraft themes such as biomes, potions, engineering, and more. Throughout the week we will build armor to take home on Friday.

STEM Camp: Zoo keeping 101 (CAMP IS FULL)
8:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 9-12

Are you dreaming of a future career as a Zoo Keeper? This newly expanded full day experience includes special opportunities like dissection and behavioral observations. Campers will also learn about general biology, nutrition, medicine, behavioral training, and exhibit design. The best part: each camper receives hands-on opportunities with the animals!


June 20-24, 2022

Jr. Scientists: Kids in Space (CAMP IS FULL)
8:30am – 11:30am
Ages 5-6

Join us on a week-long adventure as we travel straight to the Moon! More than fifty years after the original landing on the Moon, you will learn the science of how the first astronauts were able to make the trip.  You will explore the stars, learn what it takes to be an astronaut, and ultimately step foot on the Moon.

STEM Camp: Animal Grossology
8:30am-3:30pm
Ages 7-8

Do you ever wonder why hippos fling their poop? Or why vultures pee on their legs? Found out the answers to these questions plus more. Join our educators to explore the awesome world of ‘grawesome’ (gross but awesome) world of animals!

STEM Camp: Outdoor Explore
8:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 9 - 12

Join the Boonshoft for Field School! Campers will learn what it takes to be a field researcher by being immersed in data collection and observation using real scientific tools and techniques. Topics covered include: aquatic biology, ornithology, entomology, botany, archaeology, and herpetology. Daily outdoor exploration opportunities will occur to allow campers to compare and contrast a variety of habitats and organisms.

ATTENTION: This camp runs rain or shine except in the event of extreme heat or lightning. Campers will be outside the majority of the day and should be dressed accordingly; guidelines will be provided. Field trips will be within walking distance of the museum.


June 27 - July 1, 2022

Jr. Scientists: Boonshoft Animal Ambassador (CAMP IS FULL)
8:30am-11:30am
Ages 5-6

HISS! RIBBIT!  SCHREECH! Campers will learn all about the animals in our Discovery Zoo and what makes them so special to Ohio. Each day we’ll see an animal up close! Come dressed as your favorite animal on Friday.

STEM Camp: Get Your Geek On
8:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 7-8

Gamers, cosplayers, steampunkers, geeks, trekkies, and nerds unite! Join us for an entire week of gaming, superheroes, sci-fi, special effects, and fantasy. In this camp students will explore the science and math behind all their favorite areas of geekdom.

STEM Camp: Boonshoft Time Machine
8:30am-3:30pm
Ages 9-12

Does your child like ancient history – REALLY ancient history (think millions of years ago)? With hands-on activities and exploration of our on-site collections, campers will walk through the Earth’s history and get an examination of the important time periods: the Age of the Dinosaurs, Ice Age, Classic Civilizations, Ancient America, and Prehistoric Ohio.


July 5-8, 2022 (Tuesday-Friday)

Jr. Scientists: Super Science Sampler
8:30am-11:30am
Ages 5-6

Full STEM ahead!! On this 4-day week, campers will explore each part of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  This will be a fun time making things fizz, building marble ramps, learning about technologies of the past and so much more!

STEM Camp: Super Science Sampler
8:30am-3:30pm
Ages 7-8

Full STEM ahead!! On this 4-day week, campers will explore each part of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  This will be a fun time making things fizz, building marble ramps, learning about technologies of the past and so much more!

STEM Camp: Super Science Sampler
8:30am-3:30pm
Ages 9-12

Full STEM ahead!! On this 4-day week, campers will explore each part of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).  This will be a fun time making things fizz, building marble ramps, learning about technologies of the past and so much more!


July 11-15, 2022

Jr. Scientists: Emerging Engineers (CAMP IS FULL)
8:30am-11:30am
Ages 5-6

Calling all engineers! Do you like to build and try new things to solve a problem? Then this camp is for you! Make buildings out of odd items, move a liquid from one place to another without touching it, and learn about nature’s best engineers. Put your thinking cap on and get ready to build!

STEM Camp: Tiny House Contractors (CAMP IS FULL)
8:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 7-8
**Requires an additional $35 materials fee

Is your child an engineer? Architect? Designer? Would they enjoy creating a miniature custom firehouse, dollhouse, 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 installation. Each child will take home an IKEA wooden house and all of their STEAM crafted accessories on Friday.

STEM Camp: First Kid on the Moon
8:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 9-12           

Learn about the challenges and triumphs involved with reaching and exploring the Moon with our Astronomy Team! Campers will learn how to navigate the stars from space in our planetarium, how to use telescopes to identify lunar features, and race to collect samples with robots. The week culminates in a simulated mission, a race to land the first kid on the Moon!


July 18-22, 2022

Jr. Scientists: Unofficial Wild Kratts (Repeat of June’s camp) (CAMP IS FULL)
8:30am – 11:30am
Ages 5-6

Time to put your creature suits on, Kratts Kids!  Earn your creature disks as we will travel through different animal habitats from around the globe and explore the animals that live there.  But watch out!  We may have to save a few animals on our adventures!  During this camp we will learn about animals from the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery’s Discovery Zoo and so much more! Dress as your favorite animal on Friday for a creature adventure! New animals and adventure for 2022!

STEM Camp: Wizard STEM (CAMP IS FULL)
8:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 7-8

Grab your cloak and get ready for a scientific journey through the world of wizards, witches, and magic! Explore potions (chemistry), care for animals (zoo keeping), make wands (engineering), duel (logic), and learn astronomy. This will be a magical week with a STEM twist!

STEM Camp: Zoo keeping 101 (Repeat of June’s camp)
8:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 9-12

Are you dreaming of a future career as a Zoo Keeper? This newly expanded full day experience includes special opportunities like dissection and behavioral observations.  Campers will also learn about general biology, nutrition, medicine, behavioral training, and exhibit design. The best part: each camper receives hands-on opportunities with the animals!


July 25-29, 2022

Jr. Scientists: Storybook Science
8:30am-11:30pm
Ages 5-6

Immerse your child into the storybook world! Picture books are a great way to introduce science to children. Each day we will look at a different book and explore the science in it by doing fun, hands-on activities.

STEM Camp: Art in Science
8:30am-3:30pm
Ages 7-8

Sculpt, paint, and experiment the day away as we explore Art in Science! Campers will make their own paint, grow crystal sculptures, and create original works of art using scientific tools. Each day will highlight a new style of art, and new ways to explore STEAM.

STEM Camp: SunWatch Camp
8:30am – 3:30pm
Ages 9-12

Calling all future archeologists and those interested in Ohio’s own ancient peoples! Join us for an in-depth look at SunWatch Indian Village/Archaeological Park in its modern, historic, and pre-contact settings. Along with exploring SunWatch, campers will learn about archaeology techniques.


ATTENTION PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Please plan to provide your camper(s) (ages 7-12, full day only) with a peanut/tree nut-free 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.

Half-day campers (ages 5 and 6) are encouraged to bring a small peanut/tree nut-free snack. 

All registrations for summer camps at the Boonshoft Museum are considered final and no refunds will be issued.
You may transfer your camper to a different camp for an additional $25 administrative fee. No transfers are permitted once your camp begins.
We reserve the right to cancel a program for any reason, but will issue a full refund in the event this occurs. You will be notified no later than the Friday before your camp begins.
STEM Camps at The Boonshoft Museum and SunWatch Indian Village are peanut and tree nut free.

The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery is accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA).

The Boonshoft Museum would like to thank Dayton Children’s for their expert advice in regard to summer camp health policies and procedures, as well as making their expertise available as needed throughout the summer camp season, in accordance with ACA accreditation.

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