Summer Camp at The Whaling Museum!
Get ready for a blast of fun this August as we roll out two weeks of museum camp inspired by the sea! You can select from two options tailored for varying age groups: grades 1-5 and 3-7. Both camps promise engaging daily activities spanning art, science, and history, including hands-on experiences with captivating artifacts and biofacts.
Activities & Schedule
Each camp week runs from 9am - 1pm
EARLY BIRD RATES
In effect until May 1st
Camp for Grades 1-5
Mon, Aug 19 - Fri, Aug 23
Travel the seas and roll up your sleeves in this fun, hands-on camp that combines the best of marine biology, maritime history, and adventure!
Join us to explore Earth’s incredible oceans through activities, games, and crafts in science, art, and history to build knowledge of the ocean as well as maritime culture. Experience the museum’s collections up close every day. Entering grades 1-5.
Camp for Grades 3-7
Mon, Aug 26 - Fri, Aug 30
We invite curious sleuths to test their mystery-solving skills as we discover fascinating and secret stories from maritime history. Our daily adventures feature hands-on activities, experiments, Escape the Room riddles, scavenger hunts, and craft making.
Campers will learn how to decode star constellations, crack a pirate's code, decipher secret messages, travel the museum with a treasure map, and explore items close up from the museum's collection each day. Entering grades 3-7.
What's a typical day of camp like?
Unless otherwise posted, camp runs 9:00-1:00 pm. Every day of camp is full of both indoor and outdoor activities as we focus on diverse themes which explore the ocean in fun ways. Camp starts off with open free-time in our workshop room, followed by the day's set activities, which usually include touching objects and artifacts from the collection, playing active tag games, creative art-making, and highly hands-on exploration activities. We have a lunch break outside, weather permitting (bring lunch and a water bottle with you). Camp ends as kids complete an art activity to take home.
Who are the camp instructors?
Camp is lead by our Education Department's seasoned educators. They come from a wide array of backgrounds from history to science to education and more (read about us on the About Us page). We normally have an adult-child ratio of 1:7 or better; young camp assistants, who are volunteers, are often present, especially when we have a large group signed up.
We're thinking of signing up for a membership - can we do that at the same time we sign up for camp?
Welcome! First, please separately purchase a Family Level (or above!) membership online. Then, load up your camp cart to get Members-Only pricing.
More information about membership levels and benefits can be found on our Membership page.
How does the sibling discount work?
We currently offer a sibling discount as a thank you to our wonderful Family Level museum members! We happily discount 10% off for the second (and third!) sibling for members. The first child attends at regular price; the second child may attend for 10% off. We're so happy if you visit with a cousin or friend, but sibling discounts can only be used for siblings. Thanks for understanding!
WHAT AGE RANGE IS YOUR CAMP FOR?
We offer camp experiences for children entering grades 1-7. More precise information regarding age ranges for each camp week can be found in the camp week descriptions.
What is your CANCELLATION policy?
Camp Cancellation Policy:
Is camp ever cancelled?
If the museum cancels camp activities:
WHAT DOES A HARBOR FIELD TRIP INVOLVE?
Weather permitting, some camp weeks include a trip down to the village harbor. This exciting outing gives campers a chance to experience our beautiful surroundings, conduct science experiments, and observe wildlife. The trip includes a short 10 minute walk, so campers are advised to wear comfortable shoes on these days. Our staff will do their best to inform parents the day before we plan to make this special trip.
How Much is Camp?
We offer special Early-Bird discounts for all camps if you register before May 1.
*See pricing above with camp descriptions
Do you offer financial assistance?
What if I still have questions?
Family memberships and higher tiers qualify for member pricing. Members exclusively enjoy a sibling discount.
To access member pricing, current members must be logged in. For camp registration assistance, please contact us or call us weekdays at extension 10.
631 367 3418 x10
Need-Based Camp Scholarships
If attending The Whaling Museum's camp experiences pose a financial hardship, the Museum offers partial or full scholarships for those in a position of financial need.
Scholarships are accepted on a rolling basis, and there are no deadlines. All applications are reviewed in a confidential manner.
"The boys talked about last year's camp until the day they returned this year.
They absolutely love it."
They absolutely love it."