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Summer Adventure Camps

Click here to download the entire list of Summer Adventure Camps offered this year!  (PDF)


Summer Adventure Camp Scholarship Program
Thanks to River Community Bank, the VMNH Foundation, the Charity League of MHC, and the Kiwanis Club, a limited number of scholarships are available. Scholarships will provide registration for one week of camp per applicant. To be considered, please complete the scholarship request form* and return it to the museum by the camp registration deadline.

Download the Summer Adventure Camp scholarship application.

Registration and Fees
Registration forms and payments are due in advance. Please refer to deadlines for each camp. All applicants must complete the camp registration form and pay a registration fee of $25 which will be deducted from the cost of the camp.

Download the Summer Adventure Camp Permission and Release form.

Lunch Options
Campers should bring lunch and a water bottle.

Before and After Camp Care
Need to drop off and/or pick up your camper before or after camp hours? No worries.

  • Before care: 8 – 9 a.m., $30/week or $6/day
  • After care: 4 – 6 p.m., $60/week or $12/day

Download the Before and After Summer Adventure Camp Care form.

For more information, please contact us at 276-634-4185 or discover@vmnh.virginia.gov.


Summer Adventure Camps:  Ages 6 to 8


Nature Rangers

Dates: May 30 - June 3
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: May 16
Fee: $105 members, $115 non-members

Campers will discover the amazing plants and animals that call our backyard home as we explore the trails and natural areas around VMNH. Dress for the outdoors!

Flat Stanley: It’s a Small World
Dates: June 6 - 10
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: May 23
Fee: $105 members, $115 non-members 

Each day we will read from a different book in the Flat Stanley Around the World series. Five books will be used during the week focusing on five different geographical areas incorporating art, geography, engineering, literacy, and cultural study activities each day.

Let’s Do Some Experiments!
Dates: June 13 - 17
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: May 30
Fee: $105 members, $115 non-members 

Become a scientist and explore the world around you through exciting and fun experiments. Campers will be able to make messy mixtures, create gases, and watch stuff explode in this very hands-on summer camp!

Spy Kids
Date: June 20 - 24
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: June 6
Fee: $105 members, $115 non-members 

Campers will break secret codes, solve puzzles, discover invisible messages, and develop detective skills in a race to solve a series of fun and challenging mysteries!

Games-R-Us!
Dates: June 27 - July 1
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: June 13
Fee: $105 members, $115 non-members 

Are you ready to explore your imagination? Join us at VMNH and delve into the fun world of games. Campers will get a chance to play existing games while designing and creating their own!

Lights, Camera, Action!
Dates: July 11 – 15
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: June 27
Fee: $105 members, $115 non-members 

Campers will learn all about acting and theater first-hand. We will create props from every day materials and perform science-related skits throughout the week for each other. On the final day, we will perform a culminating play for the campers’ families.

Once Upon a Time
Dates:  July 18 - 22
Time:  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: July 4
Fee: $105 members, $115 non-members

What if you could change the outcome of one of your favorite fairy tales? Join us as we incorporate engineering with familiar fairy tales to do just that.

Dinosaur Adventures!
Dates: August 1 - 5
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: July 18
Fee: $105 members, $115 non-members 

Campers will explore the life and times of these and other ancient creatures. Campers will examine how fossils form, how scientists dig them up, and what happens to them once they come to the museum. Dress for some messy fun!

Summer Adventure Camps: Ages 9 to 11



Ahoy! Steer Your Ship to Pirate Waters!

Dates: May 30 - June 3
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: May 16
Fee: $105 members, $115 non-members 

Arr Maties! Campers will delve into the world of pirates, creating their own mutinous ship of sea-men! Exploring the engineering of ships, the creation of weapons, and sea navigation, campers will re-create and perfect these ancient practices while exploring their swashbuckling side! A wooden leg is not required.

Cooking Up Some Scrumptious Science!
Dates: June 6 – 10
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: May 23
Fee: $115 members, $125 non-members

Campers will explore the science involved in cooking. From bread, to candy, to eggrolls, campers will find out first-hand the science behind preparing food. Campers will experiment with recipes and create delicious edible treats to enjoy at the end of the day! On the final day, campers will prepare treats for family members.

Junior Naturalists
Dates: June 13 – 17
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: May 30
Fee: $105 members, $115 non members 

Got the right stuff to become a VMNH Junior Naturalist? We think so! Campers will spend the week exploring the environment and earn VMNH Junior Naturalist certification along the way. Dress for the outdoors!

Dragonbreath Academy!
Dates: June 20 – 24
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: June 6
Fee: $105 members, $115 non members

Wizards in training will attend the Academy at the “VMNH Castle” to experience the creativity, history, mythology, and science inspired by the Harry Potter series! On “graduation” day, campers will attend a magical feast and the “House Cup” will be awarded.

Zombie Science!
Dates: July 4 – 8
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: June 20
Fee: $105 members, $115 non members

Zombies are taking over! Campers will work together to find the cause of an outbreak and how to cure it. We will create water purification devices, learn how to navigate in the wilderness, and use renewable resources to create energy to survive and rebuild.

Orienteering: Finding Your Way in the Wild!
Dates: July 11 – 15
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: June 27
Fee: $105 members, $115 non-members

Campers will explore distant reaches of the earth while reading and creating different kinds of maps using compasses, GPS devices, and orienteering methods. As a final project, campers will create an actual geocache box for other geocache enthusiasts to find!

Get Your Game On!
Date: July 18 – July 22
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: July 4
Fee: $105 members, $115 non-members

Come get your game on this summer at VMNH! Campers will have the opportunity to explore game design concepts by designing, creating, and playing their own and other campers’ games.

Magic Tree House Adventures
Dates: July 25 – 29
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration deadline: July 11
Fee: $105 members, $115 non-members

Based on the series Magic Tree House, campers will explore different places in history just like Jack and Annie, the main characters in the books. The week will be full of exciting adventures including everything from dinosaurs, to ninjas, cowboys, mummies, and wild animals! There will be games, activities, and crafts based on each place we visit.

Space Race
Dates: August 1 – 5
Time: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Registration Deadline: July 18
Fee: $105 members, $115 non-members

Time is running out and Earth’s inhabitants must create a new colony in space. Campers will get the chance to create their own planet from the ground up, terraforming it for their survival. Campers will explore agriculture, government, engineering, and much more in this hands-on camp that will be out of this world!

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