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Discovery Camp offers a unique summer of science fun as only The Franklin Institute Science Museum can!

Ten Weeks of Action-Packed, Hands-On Science FUN! The Discovery Camp Challenge
Our goal is to excite children about science and nurture their spirit of inquiry. We challenge each camper to take a closer look at our world and see that science is a part of everything.

Sign on now for Discovery Camp's unique adventures in science. During each two-week session, your child will experience cool science...

  • Rocketry
  • Movie making and animation
  • Weather and related phenomenon
  • Cell activity and how it explains and predicts life
  • The fun of mixing science and art

Plus, campers will explore fascinating exhibits such as The Giant Heart: A Healthy Interactive Experience, The Franklin Air Show, Space Command, and Animations, our summer traveler, with their counselors as well as have the opportunity to experience larger-than-life IMAX films and become immersed in out-of-this-world Fels Planetarium shows!

Applications for spring and summer Discovery Camp counselor positions are posted in the Employment Opportunities section of the website. Please review the Volunteer Opportunities offered during Summer Discovery Camp.

Discovery Camp Group


2006 Discovery Camp Schedule
Enroll your child TODAY in as many exciting sessions as you wish!


Session Theme 2006 Session Dates Closings Noted Here
Discovery Days 1 June 12 - June 16  
Behind the Screen June 19 - June 30  
Weather or Not? July 3 - July 14 (no camp July 4)  
Secrets of Life July 17 - July 28  
Art Smart July 31 - August 11  
Discovery Days 2 August 14 - August 18  


Camp Structure
Discovery Camp begins and ends with a week of Discovery Days, five action-packed days with various themes. In between are four two-week sessions, for campers to enjoy as many as ten fun-filled weeks of camp!

Each session is independent of the others, so campers do not need to attend sessions consecutively. This provides flexibility for working around your family vacation schedule.

Camp hours are 9AM to 4PM, with an optional early arrival beginning at 8AM and late departure until 5:30PM (for an additional fee).

Take a look at Discovery Camp Highlights for a preview of the fun activities campers will participate in throughout the summer!

Mr. Bones greets the campers

The session fee applies to the regular 9AM to 4PM schedule for one child for two weeks, and includes one Franklin Institute Discovery Camp t-shirt, juice drinks provided by Coca-Cola, a daily snack, a Discovery Camp baseball hat, camp newsletter, and all activity supplies.
$500 for members; $555 for non-members. Discovery Days 1 & 2: $275 each

Save $25 on Discovery Days when you register for a regular two-week session!

Early Bird Special: Non-members save 5% when you register for two or more sessions before 5/19/2006.

Extended Day Programs (no discounts apply):
Early Arrival: $60/session from 8 to 9AM.
Extended Departure: $80/session from 4 to 5:30PM.
Children who arrive before 9AM or stay later than 4PM without the Extended Day Program will be charged a $15 per day penalty.

Smiling Faces Become a Member of The Franklin Institute to take advantage of member discounts, plus your family will receive free museum admission all year long! Mention that you found membership information through Discovery Camp.

Age Groups
Campers are divided by age into groups of about 15-21 children (ages 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, and 12-13). Each age group will have a 1-to-7 ratio of counselor to campers, with additional support provided by volunteers.

Campers are welcome to bring a homemade lunch or purchase lunch through the Museum's food service provider (Aramark), for $25 per week. Weather permitting, campers will eat lunch outdoors. The Franklin Institute provides a morning juice break, courtesy of Coca-Cola, and a light afternoon snack.

Discovery Camp counselors are teachers, college students, and upper level high school students with a proven interest in science and child care experience. In addition, counselors-in-training (CITs) and interns provide extra support and instruction. To enter the CIT program, you must be at least 15 years old. Contact the Volunteer department directly at 215.448.1163.

Ready for Surgery For more information:

Camp Director: 215.448.2195

Registrar: 215.448.1286


To attend, complete the Discovery Camp Registration Contract.

Note: The Franklin Institute also has Camp-Ins, which are overnight visits to the Science Museum.

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