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Kids Playing and Having Fun, Camp at the Idaho State Museum in Downtown Boise

Spring & Summer Camps at the Idaho State Museum!

Camps are a great way to provide hands-on learning opportunities for your family! Have a blast with camps at the Idaho State Museum. Experience history like never before as you play, explore, and make new friends. Spring and Summer camps are offered annually at the Idaho State Museum near the heart of downtown Boise. Register for week-long camps or single-day camps online. Camp activities incorporate STEM learning and tie into K-5 learning curriculum. 

The Idaho State Museum is able to offer a limited number of summer camp scholarships this year. If you are interested, please submit a 2022 Summer Camp Scholarship Application. Please send completed forms to shseducation@ishs.idaho.gov.

COVID Protocols for Camps:

  • All camps will be kept to a 20-student maximum.
  • Activities will take place in the classroom as well as outside in the Museum’s Pioneer Village space and Julia Davis Park. Lunch will be eaten outside each day.
  • The museum is following CDC guidance regarding masking and social distancing.
  • Classroom spaces and the Museum’s Exhibits are sanitized throughout the day. Hand sanitizer and handwashing will be encouraged.
  • If a camper or anyone in their immediate family is feeling ill, please stay home! Parents or guardians can email shseducation@ishs.idaho.gov or call 208-334-2120 and we will work to place you in another day of camp when you are feeling better.

Camp Registration is required two weeks in advance of the first day of camp.

Camp Minimum: 5 students | Camp Maximum: 20 students

2023 Spring Break Camps

Camp Pricing

$70/camper per day, non-members | $60/camper per day, ISHS members

Weeklong discount is $25 off

Free time for campers offered 8am to 9am and 4pm to 5pm

Ages 6-11 | 8 am-5 pm
What was that artifact used for? Who came before us and how did they live? Campers will become history detectives as they investigate artifacts to learn more about the past. Clues throughout the museum will help detectives piece together the facts and learn more about Idaho’s stories.

Ages 6-11 | 8 am-5 pm
Trees blanket Idaho’s landscape. Journey into our forest ecosystem to explore how people have shaped the state through forest management and unique innovations. Campers will identify pieces of a firefighter’s uniform, create a tree weaving, and learn about fire safety.

Ages 6-11 | 8 am-5 pm
Exploring the Idaho State Museum’s temporary exhibit, campers will discover how Indigenous knowledge works with cutting-edge science to create solutions. Learning about storytelling, native plants, and more, campers will examine how Native Nations protect and restore the environment in Idaho.

Ages 6-11 | 8 am-5 pm
Mountain bluebirds, sockeye salmon, mountain goats, and parachuting beavers—Idaho has a wide variety of feathered, furred, and scaly animals. Campers will learn more about the animals who share our state, see if they can design a parachute for a beaver, decorate a home for a feathered friend, and more!

Ages 6-11 | 8 am-5 pm
Salmon runs, irrigation systems, and a town lit by nuclear energy? Campers will consider how innovation changed Idaho, and what we can invent in the future to better the lives of Idahoans. Build a dam, hack a notebook, and explore the power of potatoes!

2023 Summer Week-Long Camps

Camp Times

Half Day Camp: 9 am-12 pm

Full Week Camp and Day Camps: 9 am-4 pm

Camp Pricing

Full Day Weeklong Camp: $150 Members | $200 Non-Members

Half Day Weeklong Camp: $90 Members | $120 Non-Members

One Day Camp: $30 Member | $35 Non-Member

2023 Summer Day Camps

Camp Refunds

If you cancel your registration prior to two weeks before the session date you will receive a full refund. Cancellations within the two-week window will be subject to partial refunds on a case-by-case basis.


If a camper or anyone in their immediate family is feeling ill, please stay home! Parents or guardians can email shseducation@ishs.idaho.gov or call 208-334-2120 and we will work to place you in another day of camp when you are feeling better.

14Dec

$1 Day

12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Old Idaho Penitentiary
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