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Registration Form. Click here for our Summer Camp Registration Form. (PDF format)

Where in the world will you be this summer? We hope you'll grab a Passport to Summer Fun and join us at the Museum of Man for adventures galore! We have renewed our summer camp selections with exciting new titles and activities. Inspired by fascinating anthropology exhibits and your imaginations, we'll guide you on a fantastic adventure: experience the mysteries of the ancient Egyptians and Mayans with art, archaeology, and drama; climb into an imaginary time machine and explore stone age survival techniques; learn about howlers, chimps, and endangered primates with the science and art of Monkeyin' Around; be inspired to create art from around the world—jewelry, amulets, weavings and pottery; become a forensic anthropologist and examine clues to solve a fossil mystery. There is something for everyone, and the experiences you will have in anthropology will be one of a kind!

Volunteer for Summer School: The San Diego Museum of Man is looking for volunteers to help with our Summer School Programs. Click here for information on volunteering.

Create a full day of summer fun by combining our half-day classes with those offered by other local museums in the Balboa Park Camp Collaboration Program. Children can spend all day in the park, including a supervised lunch hour.

Following is a listing of camp titles, grade levels, dates, and descriptions:

Mysterious Mummies Camp
Session 1: 3rd & 4th grades, June 30 – July 3, 9:00 a.m.– 12 noon
Session 2: 5th & 6th grades, July 14 – 18, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Solve the mystery of the headless mummy. Find out if mummies scream. Understand the difference between natural and artificial mummies. Discover how mummies turn up in people's garages! Campers will learn the secrets to the mummy collection at the Museum of Man. This camp will discuss the cultural belief systems and practices of Ancient Egyptians. The week will culminate in campers wrapping their own mummies. They will also make the amulets, scarabs, and jewelry that complete the "package"!

Walk Like an Egyptian Camp
1st & 2nd grades
July 7 – 11, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This camp focuses on the daily lives of ancient Egyptians. Campers will learn about the importance of the Nile, the social structure of ancient Egypt, the culture of Egyptian people including their appearance, their clothing, their food, their drink, their work, their art, and their pyramids. Campers will transport to an ancient Egyptian marketplace, household, and royal tomb!

True Locals: Kumeyaay and Other First Californians
3rd and 4th grades
July 21 – 25, 9:00 a.m.– 12 noon
This camp explores San Diego's Native American past. Campers will hike the nearby canyons of Balboa Park with their trusty museum guide. They'll find indigenous plant resources used by Native Americans to make food, clothing, basketry, and pottery. Campers will complete the week with renewed knowledge of the value and usefulness of San Diego's natural resources, becoming good stewards of the land. The cultural history of the first San Diegans will give campers a whole new perspective on San Diego history.

1st & 2nd grades
July 28 – August 1, 9:00 a.m.– 12 noon
If you were transported back in time 10,000 years, could you survive? Learn the skills that ancient people used, including fire-making, tracking, flint-knapping and rope-making, and basic knowledge of edible wild plants. The Museum of Man's archaeological collections of primitive tools will be the inspiration for your efforts.

Fantastic Forensics
3rd – 6th grades
July 28 – August 1, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
The San Diego Museum of Man is well known for its commitment to the forensic sciences. This camp will devote a whole week to physical anthropology and osteology. Campers will visit the collection rooms and physical anthropology lab. They will participate in artifact casting, fingerprinting, and other cool activities. The camp will include special appearances by Senior Curator of Physical Anthropology, Rose Tyson, and Curator of Physical Anthropology, Tori Heflin.

Monkeyin' Around
1st & 2nd grades
August 4 – 8, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Be a Junior Primatologist! Join our staff anthropologists and spend some time "hangin' around" the interactive exhibits in Primate Hall, then visit the Zoo to see living primates in action. Through art, stories, media, and science, we'll explore the world of primates—howler monkeys, gibbons, gorillas, and chimpanzees—and the largest primate who ever lived, Gigantopithecus! We'll learn about endangered species and how we can help them.

Illustrating Culture: Museum of Man Art Camp
5th & 6th grades
August 11 – 15, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
From the mural in Maya: Heart of Sky, Heart of Earth exhibition, to the original 1914 paintings of Tikal and Chichen Itza, to Egyptian sarcophagi and stonework, to Chinese Woodblock prints, and authentic Kumeyaay baskets and pottery, art is an integral part of the San Diego Museum of Man. This camp features expert instructors who will introduce students to techniques in various media, including pencil, ink, watercolor, and clay. A field trip to a neighboring art museum will round out the camp. All materials will be provided.

By Golly, OLOGY Camp! Museum of Man Anthropology Camp
1st & 2nd grades
August 18 – 22, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
For the young explorer interested in ancient cultures and archaeology, this camp is filled with adventure! Each day of this 5-day program will be devoted to different topics, including archaeology, cultural anthropology, osteology, Egyptology, and primatology. Behind-the-scenes tours of the Museum of Man's collections and many exciting hands-on activities are planned. Camp includes visits to other Balboa Park sites.

Can you dig it? Archaeology Around the World
All-day: 3rd – 6th grades, July 14 – 18, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Half-day: 3rd & 4th grades, August 25 – 29, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
This camp draws upon the San Diego Museum of Man's greatest asset—its collections, representing the tremendous biological and cultural diversity of human beings. Campers will see remarkable artifacts from all over the world, including China, Egypt, Mesoamerica, and North America. The camp will highlight the extensive diversity of people and cultures, right here in San Diego! The week includes hands-on activities, plus games and snacks from different world cultures.

Summer Camp Fees
The cost of the week-long, half-day programs is $65 for Museum of Man members, and $85 for the general public, and the special all-day Archaeology camp is offered at $105 for Museum members, $125 for non-members. Please fill out the Registration Form and return to the Education Department. Mail to San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101. Or Fax to (619) 239-2749. All classes require a minimum of 8 participants.

Registration Form. Click here for our Summer Camp Registration Form. (PDF format)

Schedule of Week-long Programs at the Museum of Man (Monday to Friday):

June 30 – July 39 a.m. – noon3 – 4Mysterious Mummies
July 7 – 111 – 4 p.m.1 – 2Walk Like an Egyptian
July 14 –189 a.m. – 3 p.m.3 – 6Archaeology: Around the World
July 14 –181 – 4 p.m.5 – 6Mysterious Mummies
July 21 – 259 a.m. – noon3 – 4True Locals
July 28 – Aug. 19 a.m. – noon1 – 2Survival!
July 28 – Aug. 11 – 4 p.m.3 – 6Fantastic Forensics
August 4 – 81 – 4 p.m.1 – 2Monkeyin' Around
August 11–151 – 4 p.m.5 – 6Illustrating Culture
August 18 – 221 – 4 p.m.1 – 2By Golly, OLOGY!
August 25 – 291 – 4 p.m.3 – 4Archaeology: Around the World

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