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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 15-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: 15 students

Spring Break Camps

Camp Pricing

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

Grades 1-5 | 9 am-4 pm
Dry deserts, soaring mountains, swift rivers; Campers will explore and navigate the wild landscapes that make Idaho such a unique state. Learn about the plants, animals, and people that call these places home. Make your own desert themed board game, float a boat, or play farmer freeze tag.

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

Grades 3-5 | 9 am-4 pm
Who are the people who make up a community? Campers will learn about Idahoans that made our state great and defined history. Come experience first-hand the roles of innovators, explorers, artists, scientists and more! Master your leatherworking skills, design a map of the park for a camp friend to navigate, and build a bridge that can span a canyon while we learn about the important roles people play in a community.

Grades K-2 | 9 am-12 pm
What makes a community? Explore the people, places, and history that make Idaho great! Campers will engage with Idaho’s cultures, traditions, architecture, recreation and more through hands-on activities, museum exploration, and play. Plant your own crop, build Boise’s newest skyscraper, and join our museum parade as we learn about and celebrate our community.

Summer Day Camps

Grades 1-5 | 9 am-4 pm

How do you express yourself? How did people express themselves in the past? Throughout Idaho’s history there have always been makers and creators working in a variety of different mediums. Campers will explore the difference between art and craft using artifacts in the museum and will learn about a variety of artists and methods. Art in Idaho is both a personal expression and a representation of our land and community, and campers will leave confident in their creator abilities.  

Grades 1-5 | 9 am-4 pm
Set off on a journey through time this summer! Discover various parts of the state of Idaho and get a sneak peek into some of the iconic stories and significant events from our history.

Grades 1-5 | 9 am-4 pm
Dinosaurs once walked in Boise, marine reptiles swam in Lewiston, and volcanoes spewed forth lava near Pocatello. Your camper will learn about Idaho’s amazing geologic past that stretches back hundreds-of-millions-of-years. There will be fossils, rock, minerals and much more.

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.

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