Summer Camp

RISING 6th & 7TH GRADERS

Camp hours are Monday-Friday 9 am-3 pm. Early drop off (included) is from 8:30-9 am. Optional Extended Care is from 3-5:30 pm (additional fees apply).

A non-refundable $100 deposit per camper, per program is required to secure your child’s space at camp.

Programs & Registration

BUILDING WITH LAND sold out
JULY 9-13
$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Have you ever wondered who designed your favorite park or green space? Spend five days learning all about landscape architecture. You will take on different challenges and activities related to botany, horticulture, architecture, geology, and ecology, all things landscape architects care about! Engineer creative solutions to help with water management, learn about native plants and pollinators with a visit to the US National Arboretum, and speak with professionals in the field. End the week by designing a temporary public park for you and your friends. This program is designed for campers entering grades 6 and 7 in the fall and includes some offsite trips.

THINKER, TINKER, MAKER sold out
JULY 16-20
$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

If you like to tinker and experiment then this is the program for you! Enter into the National Building Museum’s summer camp maker space, and use the design process to conduct tests, take on different group challenges, and construct inventions of your own. Combining engineering skills, tinker skills, and design principles, work together as a group to design a Rube Goldberg machine, a device made up entirely of simple and compound machines. This program is designed for campers entering grades 6 and 7 in the fall.

ART AND THE CITY sold out
JULY 23-27
$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

How does art transform a city? Public art, including murals, sculpture, architecture – even graffiti, play an important role in shaping the culture of a city. What kind of art would you create for Washington D.C.? Throughout the week, go on a mural hunt as a group, then create your own temporary mural with sidewalk chalk back at the Museum. Visit the National Gallery’s Sculpture Garden and learn how artists carefully choose materials and designs fit for public spaces. Use cameras to capture images and scenes from around the Museum, then choose your favorite images to create a gallery wall for camp. This program is designed for campers entering grades 6 and 7 in the fall and includes some offsite trips.

HOME ARCHITECTS sold out
JULY 30-AUGUST 3
$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Calling all aspiring architects! Step into the shoes of a residential architect to work with a client to design a home fit for their needs. First, explore the work of well-known architects such as Frank Lloyd Wright with a trip to the Pope-Leighey house in Alexandria, Virginia. Then, learn how to draft plans for a building of your own, or perfect skills you already have! Using mood boards, hand drawing techniques, and professional quality materials, you will create a model of your design to take home. This program is designed for campers entering grades 6 and 7 in the fall and includes some off site trips.

TINY DESIGN sold out
AUGUST 6-10
$350 MEMBER | $450 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Learn how Washington, D.C. and other cities around the globe are working to design space-making solutions for their residents. After exploring Making Room: Housing for a Changing America, learn how space is used in different parts of Washington, D.C. You’ll tackle challenges of urban design in your own ways. Conduct interviews in the Museum’s Great Hall to see how people use their homes, learn about creative furniture design and visit a small-space solution right in our neighborhood. Finally, work together in groups to build a full-scale model of a tiny home! This program is designed for campers entering grades 6 and 7 in the fall and includes some offsite trips.

HAMMER TIME sold out 
AUGUST 13-17
$400 MEMBER | $500 NON-MEMBER | $75 EXTENDED CARE

Study the basics of woodworking, and learn how to safely use tools like hammers, drills, and hand saws – even a biscuit joiner! Try your hand at different projects focused on joinery and simple carpentry. Learn how to cut half lap joints with a backsaw, drill pilot holes for pegs, and laminate together different types of wood to create a durable surface. Take home a travel checkers board, a keepsake box, a picture frame, and a laminated kitchen cutting board. This program is designed for campers entering grades 6 and 7 in the fall and is capped at 10 participants for safety purposes.