Summer 2022 Camp Registration & FAQs
"The boys talked about last year's camp until the day they returned this year.
They absolutely love it."
They absolutely love it."
Camp at The Whaling Museum
Ocean Adventures Camp | Aug 15-19, 9-1pm: Roll up your sleeves and discover how scientists study the world of marine biology and oceanography. We will explore the amazing seas through science, art, history, and culture. Have fun with science experiments, craft projects, and games every day as we explore amazing creatures and their habitats. Touch items from the museum's collection each day. Entering grades 1-5.
Ocean Science Camp | Aug 22-26, 9-1pm: From coral reefs to the midnight zone in the deep sea, we invite curious explorers to discover remarkable marine life both in the Long Island Sound and far away! We use hands-on activities and experiments to investigate habitats and adaptations, with accompanying craft creations to take home. Touch items from the museum's collection each day. Entering grades 3-7.
For both summer experiences:
Member pricing is available to family memberships and up. Sibling discount is for members only
Current members, you must be logged in to receive member pricing. If you need help registering for camp, please reach out to us or call us on weekdays at x10.
Early bird pricing ended May 13th
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.
Huntington Adventure Camp
This camp took place on June 27th through July 1st and is now closed.
Huntington Adventure Camp was a collaboration with Huntington Historical Society, Vanderbilt Museum & Planetarium, and Heckscher Museum of Art. Each institution hosted one half day for campers over a week's time with a joint camp day at the end of the week where the week's projects were displayed and everyone celebrated.
The below photos are from the camp day at The Whaling Museum.
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 stations. We typically break into small groups for set station activities that children rotate through. 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, attending for an equal number of days, 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! There is no sibling discount off the Crew Leader price (don't worry, you're getting a good deal!)
What is a Crew Leader?
We welcome older participants who still want to be part of the fun, but can be trusted with taking on a leadership role in camps for younger students:
What is your CANCELLATION policy?
Camp Cancellation Policy:
Is camp ever cancelled?
If the museum cancels camp activities:
WHAT IS PRE-CAMP PLAY?
How Much is Camp?
We offer special Early-Bird discounts for all camps if you register before April 15.
Member campers: $200/week
Member 2nd sibling: $180/week (this option is only for members!)
Non-Member campers: $250/week
Crew Leaders (gr. 4-5): $180/week
Member campers: $250
Member 2nd sibling: $230
Non-Member campers: $300
Crew Leaders (gr. 4-5): $230/week
Do you offer financial assistance?
What if I still have questions?
What Age range is your camp for?
Most camps consist of open-ended activities for children entering grades K-3, with students entering grades 4-5 as Crew Leaders (see above). Occasionally we have more science-based camps that are geared toward those entering grades 2-5, which would be indicated on the registration page.