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Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp

Celebrating over 20 years of engaging children with summer fun and learning through Penn Museum’s world-renowned collections. Anthropologists in the Making is designed for children ages 7-13 who will be entering grades 2nd – 8th for the 2020-2021 school year.

If your child is 6 years old and will be entering 1st grade this fall, check out our brand new Junior Anthropologists in the Making summer camp!

Click the "Register" button above to register or to access your online account to make additional payments.

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2020 Camp Themes

Week 1 (June 22 - 26)

Who's Who in Ancient Egypt

Take a trip back in time as you examine artifacts in the museum galleries. Explore what life was like for pharaohs, priests, scribes, and commoners. Make papyrus, sculpt a magic wand, and engineer a boat for the Nile. Listen to stories from Egyptian mythology and discover how Ancient Egyptians celebrated life after death.

Week 2 (June 29 - July 3)

Signs and Superstitions

If you have ever crossed your fingers, knocked on wood, or avoided stepping on a sidewalk crack, this is the camp session for you! Explore the origins of these customs and why we still practice them today. Discover what methods people from around the world use to ward off evil or bring good fortune. Create your own superstition and then make a protective amulet.

Week 3 (July 6 - 10)

Kingdoms of Africa

Africa has been home to many great kingdoms, each with its own political structure, culture, and traditions. Take an expedition across this vast continent as you explore the pyramids and temples of ancient Egypt, the bronze-work of Benin, and the musical traditions of Africa. Learn about the importance of textiles, sculpt your own Nubian shabti, and create and play your own mbira – a musical instrument from southern Africa.

Week 4 (July 13 - 17)

Can You Dig It?

Do you like to get your hands dirty? Participate in a mock dig and uncover artifacts from around the world. Learn to think like an archaeologist as you piece together your findings and identify what they are. Help your team catalog, clean, and research your findings. Meet with an archaeologist, listen to stories about their own excavation, and explore techniques used in the field today.

Week 5 (July 20 - 24)

Engineering Marvels of the Ancient world

Examining buildings and living structures can shed light on the daily lives of people, their political systems, and religious beliefs. Learn about architectural feats created long ago and make a model of your favorite “Seven Wonders of the World.” Experiment with building Roman arches and domes, Greek temple facades, and Native American dwellings. Participate in building challenges and see if how you compare to some of the great engineers of the ancient past.

Week 6 (July 27 - 31)

On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

Would you walk 200 miles from Athens to Olympia to watch the Olympic Games? Or to play ball in the Maya Ball court? Games have been a major form of entertainment throughout history. Search for ancient game pieces in the Museum’s galleries, challenge a fellow camper to a friendly match of Senet or mancala, and participate in a challenging outdoor obstacle course. Design and build your own game to share with family and friends!

Week 7 (August 3 - 7)

Powerful People: Kings, Queens, Pharaohs, and Shamans

Do you know what it means to be powerful? Why did so many cultures have kings and queens and where are they today? Learn what it means to be powerful in a variety of cultures around the world and throughout time. Make a ceremonial mask and participate in a textile workshop. Discover regalia, art, and other symbols of status as you explore the museum galleries.

Week 8 (August 10 - 14)

Navigating the Stars

Do you love to stare up at the night sky? In the past, people navigated the seas, created calendars, and planted their crops by observing the movement of the sun, moon, and stars. Learn about the contributions of ancient Greek, Egyptian, Babylonian, and American civilizations to the field of astronomy. Listen to important myths based on the stars, draw your own constellation in the sky, and create a story about its origin.

Tuition & Fees

Register by May 1 $280 Members / $300 Non-members per week
Register after May 1 $300 Members / $320 Non-members per week
Pre-camp (8:00am - 9:00am) $5 per day/$25 per week
After-camp (3:00pm - 5:30pm) $12 per day/$60 per week


A limited number of scholarships are available for our 2020 Anthropologists in the Making and Junior Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camps.

Two types of scholarships are available:

  • $100 Partial Scholarship: this scholarship will be given to help offset the cost of weekly tuition. Campers are able to receive $100 off one week. This scholarship is open to all applicants
  • Full Scholarship: this scholarship will cover full tuition for one session of camp. It will not cover pre-care and/or after-care. This scholarship is only open to applicants who live within the city of Philadelphia.

All scholarship applications are due by April 15th.

To request a scholarship application, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Camp Lunches

Campers have the option of purchasing lunches from the Pepper Mill Café Tuesday-Friday each week. You can pre-purchase a lunch for your child during online registration or by emailing the camp director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You also have the option of purchasing a lunch during morning sign-in. Please note: if you choose to purchase a lunch during morning sign-in you must bring exact change. Credit cards will not be accepted.

The Pepper Mill Café will be closed on Mondays and lunch service will not be available. Please be sure to pack a lunch for your child. Our lunch menu for 2020 will be available in February.

Our café is not a nut-free facility. If your child has a severe nut allergy, we recommend that you send a lunch from home. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the camp director.

Frequently Asked Questions

What time does camp begin each day? What time does camp end?
Camp sessions run from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Monday-Friday.
I am filing out my taxes and need a receipt and the Museum's Tax Id number. How do I access this information?
The Museum's tax id is 23-1352685. To obtain a receipt, you may access your online account.
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 70 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 18 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 interact 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, and camp recap.
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 18 campers each week; therefore, the ratio is about 1 counselor to 9 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 first grade, you may enroll him/her for camp. If your child is 5 or 6 years old AND entering first grade this fall, you may want to consider enrolling him/her in our Junior Anthropologists in the Making summer camp. If your child is turning 14 and entering eighth grade, consider a Camp volunteer position for him/her.
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 you cancel your child’s registration three or more weeks prior to the start date of the session, all tuition and fees (minus the deposit) will be refunded. Refunds cannot be given if you cancel a session two weeks or less prior to the session 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 start 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 Monday May 25, 2020. 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 during 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 be enrolled in automatic billing and the remaining balance will be withdrawn from your account two weeks prior to each camp week start date.
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.
Is there a waitlist for sold out sessions?
Yes. The waitlist for sold out sessions can be accessed through the registration website. If you have any specific questions about camp sessions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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