2021 Summer Camp Offerings (ages 6 – 17)


There is one spot open in Dig the Past. To register, email bcoppola@sbmuseum.org. The rest of the camps are full.

CAMPS FOR AGES 6-9 (entering grade 1 – 4)

CAMPS FOR AGES 9 – 12 (entering grades 4 – 7)

CAMPS FOR AGES 12 – 17 (entering grades 7 – 12)


COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS:
The protocols for summer camp are consistent with Strawbery Banke Museum COVID-19 precautions:

  • All visitors to the museum are required to maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet from others outside their households at all times.
  • Practice frequent hand hygiene/washing.
  • All visitors are required to wear a mask covering over mouth and nose.

Additional COVID-19 precautions for onsite summer camps include:  

  • Required temperature checks of all camp staff and participants upon arrival
  • All camps are occurring at a limited capacity to comply with physical-distancing guidelines during all camp activities.
  • Summer camps have been shortened by one hour per day to allow for extra time for cleaning and sanitizing. 
  • All camp activities occur outdoors under pop-up tents to protect from sun and rain. An indoor location is available in instances of severe weather.

June 28 – July 2, 2021

ANCHORS AWEIGH (ages 6-9) – FULL, waiting list available

ALL HANDS ON DECK (ages 9 – 12) – Full, waiting list available

These camps are a collaboration between Strawbery Banke Museum and The Gundalow Co. Campers spend part of each day at the gundalow with their staff and the other part on the grounds of Strawbery Banke Museum with museum staff.

Set sail on a maritime journey through the past. Spend time onboard the gundalow, Piscataqua, and try different jobs on board the ship while learning about the history and ecology of the river. Then head over to Strawbery Banke Museum for crafts, games and hands-on activities to discover what it was like to be a sailor or pirate long ago.

Cost: $340.00/ SBM and Gundalow Members $290.00

Dates: June 28 – July 2, 2021

Time: 9:00AM – 3:00PM


July 5 – 16, 2021

MODERN AGE (1908 – 1955) – Full, waiting list available

JR. ROLEPLAYERS

AGES 12 – 17

In this session, Jr. Roleplayers take on the roles of adolescents growing up in the first half of the 20th-century. You may portray an immigrant’s child growing up in Puddle Dock or a teen volunteering on the World War II Homefront. Imagine life as your grandparents or great-grandparents may have lived so many years ago.

Cost: $580.00/ SBM Members $480.00

Dates: July 5 – 16, 2021 (Two-week camp)

Time: 9:30AM – 2:30PM


July 12 – 16, 2021

COLONIAL DIY (ages 6 – 9) – Full, waiting list available

Native Americans and early colonists did not have Pinterest, but they new how to get the things they needed with their own two hands. Now is your chance to learn how people made incredible things hundreds of years ago without factories and modern technology. Throughout the week, you will have the chance to use the tools and materials from long ago to create your own projects. From fabric to pottery and birch bark toys to leatherwork. You will be amazed at the things you can do!

Cost: $290.00/ SBM Members $240.00

Dates: July 12 – 16, 2021

Time: 9:30AM – 2:30PM


July 19 – 23, 2021

HISTORY ALIVE (ages 6-9) – Full, waiting list is available

Perfect for youngsters who enjoy using their imaginations and participating in dress-up and pretend play. History Alive encourages kids to compare and contrast life in different eras of the past.  Kids receive a new character and costume from a different time period each day.  After a brief, interactive lesson about that era, they engage in games and activities particular to each century in period gardens and buildings.

Cost: $290.00/ SBM Members $240.00

Dates: July 19 – 23, 2021

Time: 9:30AM – 2:30PM


July 19 – 23, 2021

HISTORY IN PLAY: GROWING UP COLONIAL (ages 9-12) – Full, waiting list is available

Learn about George Washington’s time by living it. Dress in costumes and use reproduction toys and tools in a historical setting to discover what life was like for children in the Colonial era.  Develop improvisation and acting techniques roleplaying in the museum’s gardens and landscapes as well as outside the historic houses. Participants are invited to interact with visitors as well as invite friends and family to visit throughout the week.

Cost: $290.00/ SBM Members $240.00

Dates: July 19 – 23, 2021

Time: 9:30AM – 2:30PM


July 26 – 30, 2021

TRADITIONAL TRADES (ages 9-12) – Full, waiting list available

Step into the shoes of an 18th-century apprentice and learn a whole host of Colonial trades. Campers will be immersed in Colonial America as they engage in a variety of hands-on activities and authentic experiences. At the end of the week, campers will take home a bounty of their own projects to share with friends and family. Activities include but are not limited to woodworking, fabric and basket weaving, book binding and pottery.

Cost: $290.00/ SBM Members $240.00

Dates: July 26 – 30, 2021

Time: 9:30AM – 2:30PM


July 26 – August 6, 2021

THE NEW REPUBLIC (1777 – 1818) – FULL, waiting list available

JR. ROLEPLAYERS

Ages 12 – 17

Times change but adolescents have always played a part in history. Teens of today can make the past come to life by becoming an historic roleplayer and using the museum’s houses and grounds as their stage. Participants will learn theatrical techniques, dress in full costume, use old-fashioned tools and materials, and engage in historical research methods to learn how to portray a person from another time.

Cost: $580.00/ SBM Members $480.00

Dates: July 26 – August 6, 2021 (Two-week camp)

Time: 9:30AM – 2:30PM


August 2 – 6, 2021

ARCHAEOLOGY ADVENTURE (ages 9 – 12) One spot left!

Uncover the secrets of the past left behind by people from long ago. Campers learn the basics of archaeological investigation as they take part in a realistic simulated excavation.  Discover how to use the tools and equipment that archaeologists use in the field. Then get an up close look at real artifacts as you examine and help to clean objects uncovered at some of the museum’s archaeological sites. 

Cost: $290.00/ SBM Members $240.00

Dates: August 2 – 6, 2021

Time: 9:30AM – 2:30PM


August 9 – 13, 2021

DIG THE PAST (ages 6 – 9) – One spot left!

Archaeologists are not afraid to get messy.  Learn how they do their jobs with hands on fun.  Dig around in the dirt to discover what secrets lie beneath your feet.  Solve mysteries with the objects you find; create your own imagined excavation site; and so much more!  By the end of the week, you may be dirty, but you will have tons of fun discovering what archaeology is all about.

Cost: $290.00/ SBM Members $240.00

Dates: August 9 – 13, 2021

Time: 9:30AM – 2:30PM


August 9 – 13, 2021

JR. ARCHAEOLOGY (ages 12 – 17) – One spot left!

Participants will work with Strawbery Banke’s Chief Archaeologist to learn the techniques for mapping and excavating a real archaeological site.  During the week, the group will spend time working with archaeological collection cleaning, investigating and recording artifacts from centuries past.   

Cost: $290.00/ SBM Members $240.00

Dates: August 9 – 13, 2021

Time: 9:30AM – 2:30PM