Celebrating over ten years of engaging children with summer fun and learning through Penn Museum’s world-renowned collections.
2014 Dates and Themes will be announced in December. Registration opens January 17.
Campers delight in topics such as mythology, dance, music, art, and customs from both long ago civilizations and modern cultures.
Through gallery tours, scavenger hunts, art activities, games, and special guest performances, campers will discover the diversity of humankind, past and present.
|8:00am - 9:00am
||Pre-Camp Supervision (optional, additional fee)
|9:00am – 9:30am||Meet and Greet
Break into age appropriate groups, participate in an icebreaker activity and review camp rules and the day’s activities
|9:30am – 10:30am||Cultural Connections
Explore the weekly theme through interactive talks or gallery tours. On Fridays, campers participate in a museum-wide scavenger hunt
|10:30am – 10:45am||Snack Time (snack provided)
|10:45am – 12:00pm||Creative Connections
Engage in hands-on activities, which may include art-making, theatrics, and more.
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Lunch and Free-Play
Eat a lunch from home or purchase one from the Museum's Pepper Mill Café. After lunch, children can play with board games or cards (provided).
|1:00pm – 2:00pm||Outdoor Excursions
Enjoy organized, recreational games and free play at a Penn campus field. On some days, come back to the Museum early to finish a project, visit a behind-the-scenes area of the Museum, or meet with a special guest.
|2:00pm - 3:00pm||
Break into age appropriate groups and reflect about the day. Engage in a team-building activity, trivia, and more.
|3:00pm - 5:00pm
||After-Camp Supervision (optional, additional fee)
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and fees for 2014 will be announced in January. To receive an e-mail reminder, contact:
|Register by May 1:||$255 Museum members per week|
|$275 non-members per week|
|Register after May 1:||$275 Museum members per week|
|$295 non-members per week|
|Pre-camp (8:00am - 9:00am):||$5 per day/$25 per week|
|After-camp (3:00pm - 5:00pm):||$10 per day/$50 per week|
I am a Penn staff/faculty member. Do I receive the Member discount?
Only families who enroll at the Household level and above are eligible for Camp discounts. Penn staff/faculty are not automatically members at this level. This is a separate $95 (fully tax-deductible) fee. Learn more about Penn Museum Household membership.
How many campers can enroll in a session? What are the popular themes? Does the camp sell out?
We cap each week to 65 campers. Most sessions sell out each year, so registering before May 1 is encouraged. Our most popular themes each year include the mock excavation week, the Egypt week, and the Classical week. Every year, we get an increasing number of campers who return.
About how many weeks do children attend? Do most children attend all eight weeks? Do you get new campers?
Most campers attend at least two sessions; they likely attend these back-to-back. Each year, several campers attend all eight sessions. About half of the campers return from the year prior, while half of the campers are new each year.
How are the campers divided, or do all ages interact with each other?
Campers are divided into four separate groups of about 16 campers. These groups are based on age and break down (approximately) as follows: 7-8; 8-9; 9-10; 11-13. The group of 7 to 9-year-olds and the group of 9 to 13-year-olds visit different areas of the Museum and interacts with each other from 9:30am – 10:30am. During lunch and outdoor play times, the whole camp is together. The camp breaks into the four separate age groups for Snack Time, hands-on components, behind-the-scenes activities, Camp Recap, and Camp Dismissal.
What is the ratio of campers to counselors? Are the counselors high school students?
All counselors are 21 or older, must have had previous experience working with children, and must pass clearances. Camp volunteers, who are teens, act as assistants to the camp staff. Camp staff include eight counselors, approximately three to five volunteers per week, and two camp directors. Two counselors are assigned to about 16 campers each week; therefore, the ratio is about 1 counselor to 8 campers.
Do you offer a sibling discount?
We do not offer a sibling discount. Please consider becoming a Member to receive discounts. Learn more about Penn Museum membership.
My child is 6 years-old. My child is turning 14. Can I enroll him/her?
If your child has completed the first grade, you may enroll him/her for Camp 2014. If your child completed sixth grade, you may enroll him/her. If your child is turning 14 and entering eighth grade, consider volunteering for Camp.
My child can no longer attend the camp. Are any of the fees refundable or transferable?
The $100 deposit, due at time of registration, is non-refundable. If your child’s registration is cancelled three or more weeks prior to the starting date of the session, all tuition and fees (minus the deposit) will be refunded. Refunds cannot be given if a session is cancelled two weeks or less prior to Monday start date. If your child wants to enroll in a different session, we will be able to transfer all funds paid to a different session (no penalties) if the space is available and if you decide to transfer three or more weeks prior to the starting date of the session.
I just registered online. Will I receive additional paperwork? When do I have to make additional payments?
You will receive a confirmation e-mail upon registration. You will receive additional mandatory paperwork, via e-mail, by June 1. These forms must be completed and returned two weeks prior to the start of your child’s camp session. If you create an online account at time of registration, you may log into your account at any time to make additional payments. Balances are due two weeks prior to the start of each camp session. You will receive reminder e-mails to pay balances due.
I’m not sure if I’ll need pre- and after-camp. Should I enroll anyway?
If you think that you may need pre- or after-camp, enroll at time of registration. No payment is needed at time of registration for pre/after-camp. Payments for pre- and after-camp can be paid ongoing during the week of your child’s session.
For questions e-mail
or call 215.898.4016.