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Update: we've reached our goal! Thank you for your support!

Please help us provide a valuable experience for a worthy youngster by making a donation online now.


What? This summer will be the seventh year that we have offered our on-site summer camp program to area youngsters, and the sixth year that we have provided camp scholarships to children from underserved areas of Washington, D.C. In an effort to keep our educational programs accessible to these students, we want to provide scholarships for eight deserving campers again this year. Since 2010, we have raised the funds for these scholarships entirely from individual donors.  

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Summer camp participants build a castle.
© Kevin Allen Photography

Why? The National Building Museum's Summer Camp program provides a unique learning opportunity to students entering grades 3 through 5. Campers experience the built environment through the building arts as well as visual and performing arts curricula, and participate in design challenges, art projects, field trips, and more. Participants learn skills including critical thinking, teamwork, aesthetic appreciation and the design process. Each session ends with a special presentation for campers' families of the projects that students created during the program. Summer camp staff includes professional museum educators as well as guest artists and design professionals. Read our interviews with camp alumni and learn what they have to say about their experiences.   

Who? Scholarship candidates will be identified by our partners at the United Planning Organization, a local non-profit organization that plans and implements social services for the DC metro area.  

How? Your tax-deductible contribution can help us give eight students with financial need the learning experiences provided by the National Building Museum’s Summer Camp program. With tuition costing $800 per student for a two-week session, we need to raise $6,400 to provide scholarships for all eight students. Please help us reach our goal.

A gift of:

  • $800 provides a full two-week scholarship for a camper, including extended care; 
  • $400 provides a camper's tuition for one week, including extended care;
  • $240 provides a child with three days of summer camp fun and learning; 
  • $160 provides a camper's tuition for two days;  
  • $150 provides extended care for a student’s entire two-week session;
  • $80 provides one day’s tuition for a deserving child; and 
  • $75 provides one week of extended care for a camper.

Gifts of any amount can truly make a difference, and are greatly appreciated. Please help us expand our outreach efforts to include youngsters who would not otherwise be able to afford this program, and make a donation online now. You may also make a contribution by phone by calling 202.272.2448, ext. 3200 or mail a check, payable to the National Building Museum, to 401 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20001, ATTENTION: Summer Camp Fund.

Thank you in advance for your support.