Summer Camp

Celebrating almost 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 (grades 2nd – 8th for the Fall 2017 school year).

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

Camp Dates: June 26 – August 18, 2017

Camp Themes

Week 1 June 26 - 30

Native American Voices

Discover a living tapestry of Nations with distinct histories and unexpected identities. Explore Nations of the Delaware Valley, sacred places, and imaginative stories. Sample Native foods, write your own origin myth, and design pottery. Research a culture and demonstrate your knowledge at a Showcase of Nations.

Week 2 July 3 – July 7 *no camp Tuesday, July 4

Let’s Dance

Whether it is for entertainment or spiritual purposes, dance has been an important aspect of human culture through the millennia. Learn how dance can communicate with spirits, influence nature, or honor an important life event. Learn some hip-hop moves, craft a rain stick, and design a mask.

Week 3, July 10-14

I Dig Anthropology

Biological anthropology, cultural anthropology, linguistic anthropology, and archaeology make up the branches of anthropology.  Participate in activities that celebrate all four fields, from excavating a simulated dig site, to learning the development of the alphabet, to examining cultural values.

Week 4, July 17-21

Body Art

Scars, tattoos, and piercings, oh my! Explore body modifications around the world and discuss their symbolic meanings. View ancient Maya ear flares, African masks, and Chinese foot binding shoes. Sculpt a Buddha and design your own tattoo. Showcase your knowledge at a Body Art Expo.

Week 5, July 24-28

Under Greek and Roman Skies

Do you love to stare up at the night sky? Learn about the contributions of the ancient Greeks to the field of astronomy. Explore Etruscan divination and Roman astrology. Draw your own constellation and create a story about its origins. Perform a planetarium show for your friends and family.

Week 6, July 31-August 4

Medicine: Ancient and Modern

Discover ancient Egyptian cures that are still used today. Learn about Chinese Traditional Medicine and how the Maasai curb malaria. Explore how medical technology is utilized to help conserve and interpret artifacts. Create a poultice, write a healing spell, and fashion a shaman’s drum.

Week 7, August 7-11

Mummies Unwrapped Sold Out!

Get to know mummies from and beyond the land of Egypt. Make a Roman mummy portrait, create an animal mummy, and a design a mask inspired by a Maori mummy.  Visit In the Artifact Lab and chat with a conservator. You just might even touch a mummy!

Week 8, August 14-18

Daily Life in Ancient Rome Sold Out!

Learn about everyday people and life in ancient Rome. Explore family life, politics, worship, and occupations. Create an ancient Roman menu and reenact a dining scene. Sculpt a dish, taste garum, and piece together a mosaic.

Tuition & Fees

A limited amount of partial scholarships ($100 off tuition) are available until May 1. To be considered for the scholarship, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Register by May 1: $270 Members / $290 Non-members per week
Register after May 1: $290 Members / $310 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

Frequently Asked Questions

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 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 17 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 17 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 first grade, you may enroll him/her for Camp 2017. 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 refundedRefunds 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 June 2. 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 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


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