Welcome to Camp!

We are excited to welcome campers with a variety of new camps based on your feedback. Each day offers new and fun experiences including exploring nature indoors and outdoors, learning through play, hands-on experiments, games, stories, crafts, and making new friends! 

For this year’s summer camps, several themes are featured for different age levels and are adjusted appropriately for each developmental stage. New programs include Full STEAM Ahead workshops for ages 10-15. 

Summer Camp for Wee Ones

Ages 3 and Under 

  • Wednesday Sessions: June 12–July 31 (No camp on July 3) | 9-10 a.m.
  • Thursday Sessions:  June 13–August 1 (No camp on July 4) | 9-10 a.m.

Summer Camp registration is open!

Please note: Registration for Summer Camps closes on Wednesday at 11:59 p.m. for the following week.

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Camp Scholarships

Scholarship opportunities remain for those who qualify and apply using the link below. Get 85% off of a School Day Off or Full STEAM Ahead single day camp sessions for 2024 day camps!

Summer Camp Scholarships have been fully utilized for the 2024 camp season!

To qualify, families must be in the EBT program and must submit a copy of their EBT approval letter for my EBT. P-EBT cards issued during the pandemic are not accepted for this scholarship opportunity. Scholarships cover 85% of the costs of the camp, including before and after care.

Summer Camp: by the week Half Day Summer Camps: Ages 4-6 Full Day Summer Camps: Ages 5-6 Full Day Summer Camps: Ages 7-8 Full Day Summer Camps: Ages 9-11 Full STEAM Ahead: Ages 10-15
June 10-14 SOLD OUT: We Love Dinosaurs!
June 17-21 SOLD OUT: Jurassic Camp SOLD OUT: Pocket Monsters and Real-Life Monsters Science Spectacular
June 24-28 Critter Construction SOLD OUT: SubZero Heroes Pocket Monsters and Real-Life Monsters
July 8-12 SOLD OUT: Making Waves Monsters Unmasked Science of Sports
July 15-19 Aquatic Adventures SOLD OUT: Mystery at the Museum
July 22-26 Wee Wonders Nautical Nonsense Earth/Wind/Fire
July 29-August 2 SOLD OUT: Global Animal Adventures Super Silly Science
August 5-9 SOLD OUT: Awesome Astronauts Grossology Camp-ology
August 12-16 SOLD OUT: Blast Off! SOLD OUT: Wild Wacky Weather
August 19-23 SOLD OUT: Super Senses SOLD OUT: Astronomical Adventure SOLD OUT: How to Build a Museum

Cancellation policy

  • Prior to May 1: Refund minus administrative fee
  • May 1-May 31: 50% refund minus administrative fee
  • Beginning June 1: No refunds unless an extenuating circumstance

All camps must meet minimum numbers to run. If camps are cancelled due to lack of enrollment, transfer options or full refunds are available.

Half Day Summer Camps

Ages 4-6 | $175 members | $215 non-members | 9 a.m.-Noon | Extended care available

June 10-14 

Meet the dinosaurs in the PaleoZone and beyond. Find out who roamed the Earth and other fun facts about these prehistoric marvels. 

July 8-12 

Investigate the ins and outs of what covers 96% of the Earth: the oceans! From creatures to deep-sea exploration to sailing the high seas, we encounter many aspects of the ocean while having fun along the way. 

August 5-9 

Camp, the final frontier! This week is all about space. Learn about the stars, the planets, space travel, and more in this hands-on and exciting week of space camp! 

Full Day Summer Camp

Ages 5-11 | $290 members | $325 non-members | 9 a.m.-4 p.m. | Extended care available

June 17-21  

Explore the dinosaurs in the PaleoZone and learn all about the Jurassic era and its inhabitants through hands-on activities and games!   

What are the similarities between your favorite Pokémon and animals found all throughout the world? We’ll compare the worlds of Pokémon and ecosystems around the planet to turn your everyday adventuring into a real-life Pokémon hunt.  

Journey through scientific discovery as we explore various STEAM-based experiments, awe-inspiring demonstrations, and interactive activities. This workshop facilitates excitement and wonder for the spectacular world of science. This workshop is geared towards higher education learning, which may not be suitable for younger age groups.  

June 24-28 

Love to learn about how things are built? Animals are builders too! Discover the builders of the animal world and try your hand at building a few things yourself! 

Dinosaurs aren’t the only prehistoric animals we learn about this week! Explore the ice age and its many fascinating creatures in this deep dive into extinction and climate changes of the Earth.  

Come explore the similarities between your favorite Pokémon and animals found all throughout the world. We’ll look at the worlds of Pokémon and the ecosystems around the world to turn your everyday adventuring into a real-life Pokémon hunt.  

July 8-12 

Bigfoot, mermaids, Kraken, oh my! Discover the myths and legends behind some of the most notable mythical creatures and the real animals they were inspired by. Traverse the museum for inspiration to create your own legendary creature in this fun and imaginative camp! 

Games and sports are everyone’s favorite part of the summer! In this active camp, discover the science behind some of our favorite sports. From physics to anatomy to chemistry, learn about the science of sports while playing games and staying active!  

July 15-19 

Oceans cover the biggest part of the Earth! From our favorite marine mammals to what’s lurking in the depths, learn about our oceans through fun and play!  

Get to know the museum like no other, by cracking a mystery! Something mysterious happened during the night. We’re enlisting campers to help us solve the mystery using their acute sense of observation, love of fun science experiments, and some seriously creative thinking. Do you possess these skills? Then we need you!  

July 22-26 

You aren’t the only thing that’s small! There’s an entire world of science that’s so small we can barely see it! Uncover the hidden world of small things and learn about the amazing things that we can’t even see.  

Discover the ins and outs of what covers 96% of the Earth; the oceans! From creatures to deep-sea exploration to sailing the high seas, we will discover every aspect of the ocean while having fun along the way. 

Explore the elements and the sciences related to them in this dynamic hands-on week of learning through lessons and play. Break open geodes, learn about fossils, and explore water and air cycles in ways you’ve never done before!  

July 29-August 2 

From your backyard to the rainforests of the Amazon, to the coldest parts of the Arctic, animals are uniquely adapted to thrive in their environment. Join us on this week-long adventure around the world, as we use our new exhibits and fun activities to dig into the super awesome ways animals survive in vastly different environments. 

What’s better than messy, shocking, and stinky science? Exploring it at a new museum with new friends! Get ready for a week of wacky fun science experiments, games, and more. It’s time to get super silly, in the name of science!  

August 5-9 

Science can be fun, and it can also be gross. Explore how something we might think is gross could be the key to some important science in this fun and messy camp.  

Discover and explore some of the less talked about ‘ology’ in this fun week of camp. There are so many sciences to learn about, from anthropology and archaeology to phytology. We’ll learn about different types of sciences and meet a few scientists along the way! 

August 12-16 

In this exciting week of camp, go where no campers have gone before, space! Learn all about planets, stars, and space travel in this fun and interactive week of space camp.  

The Earth can get pretty extreme! Investigate tornadoes, volcanoes, hurricanes, and all other things extreme on our home planet Earth.  

August 19-23 

The five senses guide us and other animals through the world! Explore the science of Sight, Sound, Taste, Touch, and Smell. How do animals that can’t see navigate the world? How does sound help animals in the wild? Through hands-on activities and lessons, we explore the senses like never before!  

Are you an astronaut in training? This camp is for you! Take a deeper look at space in this graded-up space camp for older friends. Learn about what it takes to be an astronaut and everything you need to know about exploring space!  

Encounter the museum in a way that can only be done through behind-the-scenes camp. Curious how we care for our animals? How were our exhibits created? What types of science happen here on a daily basis? Learn what it takes to create your own museum through the week with building and engineering challenges along the way. 

Become a member and save!

Join or renew your membership to the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science while registering for camp and receive significant discounts on camp registration. Your membership supports our mission to excite and inform people about the natural world through exploration and discovery.

Families who are museum members when registering must continue their membership throughout their child’s time in camp. Learn more about membership.

Registration Policies

Please review the policies below.

Required forms must be completed, submitted, and received a minimum of three weeks prior to the start date of your first registered camp. If forms (and immunization records for summer camp sessions) are not received by that date, your registration will be cancelled per our cancellation policy.

For those registering for multiple camps, only one set of forms is required at least three weeks prior to the first camp. Campers may not attend camp until registration is confirmed by DelMNS staff.

All camps are subject to cancellation due to lack of minimum registration requirements, changes in public health regulations, or other unforeseen circumstances. In the event of a cancellation for one of the above reasons, full refunds will be provided.

All requests for transfers and cancellations will be charged a $25 administrative fee. A 50 percent refund, minus the $25 administrative fee, will be issued for cancellations between
May 1–31. No refunds will be issued for cancellations beginning June 1.

Please note: if during the summer camp season, there is a significant change in the public health status of our area, it will result in a change to how we manage camp. In this case, we will communicate to parents and guardians what options we can provide around their child’s camp registration.

All of the following terms and conditions are agreed to upon ordering for camp sessions. They are provided again here for your ease of review and reference:

DelMNS PARTICIPANT CODE OF CONDUCT – Myself and my camper(s) agree to follow the following behavioral guidelines: 1) Show respect to other participants, and treat them like I would like to be treated. 2) Show respect to DelMNS staff and cooperate fully with their instructions. 3) Know and follow the rules of the program. 4) Respect the rights and beliefs of others, and treat others with courtesy and consideration. 5) Conduct myself responsibly. I understand that horseplay, unwelcome teasing, or other unkind behaviors are not allowed. 6) Refrain from deliberately causing bodily harm to other participants or staff. I understand that pushing, kicking, hitting, or fighting are not acceptable and will not be tolerated. 7) Use all DelMNS equipment, supplies, and facilities properly. 8) Respect the property of others. 9) Be fully responsible for my actions and understand that irresponsible behavior will result in disciplinary action. 10) The Delaware Museum of Nature and Science is dedicated to providing an enjoyable experience for everyone. To provide a positive experience for all participants and staff, it is important that everyone behaves appropriately. Have a great experience!

DelMNS PROGRAM DISCIPLINE POLICY – In the event that disciplinary action is needed, this is the DelMNS Program Discipline Policy. Myself and my camper(s) agree to the following conditions: 1) First Incident – The child will receive an explanation as to why their behavior was inappropriate and will receive a verbal warning. Whenever possible, this will be done away from the other participants to provide a sense of privacy. 2) Second Incident – DelMNS staff will determine an appropriate consequence for the child’s actions. For example, the participant may not be allowed to participate in other activities or will be given quiet time away from other participants. The parent/guardian listed on our emergency contact section form will be notified of the behavior concern with written documentation. 3) Third Incident – The child will be excused from the program without a refund. 4) For incidences involving serious misconduct (such as bullying or fighting) the parent/guardian will be required to pick up the child. DelMNS staff will determine the appropriate disciplinary action. The child will not be permitted to return until DelMNS staff, the parent/guardian, and the child have met to discuss appropriate disciplinary action.

DelMNS EMERGENCY WAIVER – In case of an emergency, I give permission to have my child/children receive first aid and be transported to the nearest hospital by professional emergency personnel. I understand that I will be financially responsible for the cost of such treatment. The DelMNS Medical Response Team will share insurance information, and information regarding medications, allergies, physical disabilities, and restrictions (per the medical information provided above) to medical personnel should my child need medical assistance.

DelMNS CAMP ACCIDENT WAIVER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY FORM – I hereby give my permission for my child to participate in the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science Camp Program. I understand that camp activities will include but are not limited to crafts, play, indoor and outdoor activities around the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science grounds, hikes and walks in the woods wherein there could be mosquitos, bees, ticks, poison ivy, and slippery and jagged surfaces among other dangers and risks. I also understand that outdoor activities may occur in all types of weather, including but not limited to the hot sun and the rain. I agree to see that my child is appropriately attired for camp activities, and to provide insect repellant and sunscreen for my child to use at camp. I will not expect the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science to provide these items. I give my permission for Delaware Museum of Nature and Science camp staff to apply or assist with the application of the repellant and sunscreen I provide, if necessary. In the event of illness, injury, and/or accident, I authorize DelMNS camp staff, or any Delaware Museum of Nature and Science employee, to act on my behalf. They may approve any and all non-emergency or emergency treatment and are authorized to sign any and all medical release or required form(s) on my behalf. In the event of an emergency, I understand that I will be notified of the situation as soon as practicable. I agree to pay any necessary expenses incurred in the medical treatment of my child, including, but not limited to all transportation costs to and from a medical facility, and, if necessary, transportation to my home or medical facility of choice. I understand that the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science may, in its sole discretion, dismiss any camp participant for inappropriate, disrespectful, or dangerous behavior at any time. In this event, I understand that I will not receive a refund of camp fees for unattended days. If my child breaks or damages any property (including without limitation the furniture, furnishings, and collections of the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science) as a result of their direct or indirect behavior, I hereby agree to pay for its repair, replacement, or the sum of its value. I understand that the risks associated with camp activities could result in injury and/or death to my child. i hereby assume these risks and, knowing them, hereby give my child permission to participate. I understand that the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science are not liable for any injuries or other occurrences due to indoor and outdoor camp activities or related risks, and/or the actions or omissions of the camp counselors, volunteers, employees, trustees, directors, officers, or any other entities being released by the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science. I further assume the obligation to indemnify and hold harmless the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science, their affiliates, trustees, officers, agents, and employees against all damages, claims, expenses, including reasonable legal fees, or other liability due to bodily injury, personal injury or death, or damages of property of others arising out of or suffered through any act of omission of myself or my child, in connection with our participation in camp programming. I understand that all supplies, facilities and equipment are subject to availability and that all the specifics of this program are subject to change for any circumstances that the Delaware Museum of Natural History staff, and their representatives deem as necessary to cause these changes, and cannot hold these parties accountable if such changes occur. I will be responsible for submitting any necessary forms, payment, or information to the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science by the date specified on my registration and understand that failure to do so may result in the cancellation of my registration. I understand that, as with any facility outside of my home, use of the facilities at the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science and participation in the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science camp programs may expose myself and/or my child to the COVID-19 virus. My decision to send my child to camp is made knowingly and voluntarily with full knowledge of this risk. In sending my child to camp, I accept the risks associated with the COVID-19 virus, have read and agreed to all rules and protocols as they relate to COVID-19, and acknowledge that the Delaware Museum of Natural History are not responsible should myself, a member of my household, or my child contract the virus. I acknowledge that this Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form will be used by the event holders, sponsors, and organizers of the activity in which may participate, and that it will govern the actions and responsibilities at said activity. In consideration of my application and permitting my child to participate in this activity, I hereby: WAIVE, RELEASE, AND DISCHARGE from any and all liability, including but not limited to, liability arising from the negligence or fault of the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science, their trustees, officers, employees, volunteers, entities or other persons released, for my child’s death, disability, personal injury, property damage, property theft, or actions of any kind which may hereafter occur to them including their traveling to and from this activity. I also INDEMNIFY, HOLD HARMLESS, AND COVENANT NOT TO SUE the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science, their trustees, officers, employees, volunteers, or other entities or persons released from any and all liabilities or claims made as a result of participation in this activity, whether caused by the negligence of release or otherwise. The Accident Waiver and Release of Liability Form shall be constructed broadly to provide a release and waiver to the maximum extent permissible under applicable laws. The Museum of Nature and Science, their trustees, directors, officers, and all their employees, acting officially or otherwise are hereby released from any and all claims, demands, actions, or causes of action on account of any injury to my child that may occur. This release binds my heirs, executors, administrators, and/or assigns. I CERTIFY THAT I HAVE READ THIS DOCUMENT, FULLY UNDERSTOOD ITS CONTENT, AND AGREE TO ITS TERMS.

DelMNS MEDIA RELEASE FORM – I hereby grant and give permission to the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science, and its assigns, the right to record my child’s voice and/or likeness on audio, videotape, and/or photographs, and edit such audio, video or photographs, and to incorporate the same into video, cable/TV, audio/video, multi-media program series, newspapers, and/or publication about the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science; and authorize the use of such recording or any portion thereof, and the use of my child’s name, voice, likeness, or other information provided by me in connection with said educational programs about the Delaware Museum of Nature and Science.