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Summer Discovery Camps
Six 1-week sessions from June 22 - August 7, 2015 (9am to 4pm daily, Extended Care is available.)
Spend a week with us and live history!
Imagine having the entire campus of The Henry Ford as your own personal playground. Science, games, hiking, inventors, tours, fishing, robotics – even a chance to perform green experiments. The Henry Ford’s Summer Discovery Camps offer a broad and well-rounded schedule for the kid who is inquisitive, adventurous and filled with boundless energy. Programs are grade-specific for grades 2-9. Discounted pricing for members of The Henry Ford.

More Information about Discovery Camp 2015 coming soon. Check back. Registration begins February 24, 2015, for members and March 24, 2015, for non-members.

program details
The Henry Ford offers amazing camp experiences. Discovery Camp® is our history-based camp for children going into the 2nd through 9th grades. Each level has its own theme and related crafts and activities.

All camps are based in Henry Ford Academy® classrooms in Henry Ford Museum® and Greenfield Village®, where campers will enjoy upgraded amenities, including air-conditioning, while still being immersed in the museum and village atmosphere. To ensure high-quality experiences, staff-to-camper ratio will not exceed 1:8.

Each camp runs 9am - 4pm daily with extended care available before and after camp. Camp days are packed with activities, including special tours, rides and plenty of fun!

An afternoon snack is provided. A Discovery Camp T-shirt will be distributed to each camper at the end of their first day of camp. The T-shirt should be worn the remainder of the week. Additional T-shirts may be purchased in advance if desired. See the registration form for details.

Each weeklong camp is offered several weeks throughout the summer.
Discovery Camp is offered:
  Week A June 23-27
  Week B July 7-11
  Week C July 14-18
  Week D July 21-25
  Week E July 28-August 1
  Week F August 4-8

Camp Descriptions

NEW for Discovery Camp 2014!
Camp levels 6, 7, & 8 will included a Thursday evening pizza dinner and special activities which will run from 4 – 8pm. Discovery Camp will no longer include an overnight experience or a boxed lunch on Friday. Level 9 - Robotic to the Rescue and Camp Innovation does not include the Thursday evening dinner or activities.

Camp Titles, Grade Level and Descriptions
Weeks Each Camp Is Offered
  A B C D E F
Growing Up in America
Where in time will we go today? We’ll consult our time machine daily before plunging back in time to see how family, home and community life have changed for children in the past 300 years. Morning chores, constructing old fashioned toys and a village bartering activity are just a few of the exciting activities in store.
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On the Move!
Climb on board for a high-speed adventure as we explore the many ways people move from place to place. We’ll travel by horse, train and even Ford Model T as we learn about Henry Ford, the “real McCoy” and the Wright brothers. Campers will meet many interesting characters, make several moving crafts and record their photos and experiences in their camp travel logs.
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Seeds of Change
Join us as we explore the wonders of nature and how we have harnessed it for our use. We’ll visit the farms in Greenfield Village, conduct “green” experiments in the spirit of George Washington Carver and pick up the reins at the William Ford Barn to learn about the care of draft horses. On Friday, we’ll grab our exploration backpacks and take a hike through the restored Rouge River Oxbow area of Greenfield Village with a U.S. Forest Service Ranger.
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What a Crazy Idea!
Calling all aspiring inventors! Join us for a week of minds-on fun. We’ll investigate the fascinating science behind flight, film, and crazy inventions! Campers will be inspired by the wacky inventions of some of the Makers attending our 2nd annual Maker Faire. Campers will explore these innovations through behind-the-scene tours, an IMAX® film, constructing their own catapults and much, much more!
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Off the Beating Path
Get away from it all! Join us as we explore how Ford, Edison, Firestone and Burroughs — the Four Vagabonds — experienced the great outdoors. Learn about their interest in the natural world and re-create their famous camping experiences. Activities include fishing, canoeing and a hike in the Rouge River Oxbow area of Greenfield Village with a U.S. Forest Service Ranger.
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NEW! Find the Innovator in You!
Have you always wanted to be an innovator? Now you can! In one of The Henry Ford’s newest camps, Find the Innovator in You, we will help you learn about traits and processes of innovation. Whether you are building off of the information you learned in Level 5 camp or you are new to Discovery Camps, you will learn to think and act like innovators. This workshop will offer hands-on immersive learning including trying out a 3-D printer, fun museum and village exploration, making, and more. Stories of past and present innovators will inspire you to change the world, one step at a time.
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All in a Day’s Work
It’s off to work we go… Become an apprentice and explore tools and trades of the past 300 years. Each camper will be apprenticed for two half-days in a historic craft (baskets, tin, millinery, weaving, brooms), which is selected through random drawing. We’ll explore other crafts and trades through hands-on experiences, projects and Museum and Village explorations.
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Roll Up Your New Sleeves!
Grab a wrench and come along! In this camp, we’ll investigate both the physical and creative contributions of great Americans like Henry Ford, Abraham Lincoln and Buckminster Fuller. Activities include assembling a 1917 Ford Model T, taking the Ford Rouge Factory Tour, constructing an 8– by–11–foot house, a behind-the-scenes tour of the Dymaxion House and much, much more. Don’t miss the challenge of this inspiring camp!
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Robots to the Rescue
Discovery Camp is going high tech this summer! In partnership with the Robotics Club of Henry Ford Academy — our own high school — we offer a camp experience that delves into the world of robotics. Campers will explore the use of robotics in the auto industry. Hands-on activities and a special guided tour of the Automobile in American Life exhibit will teach campers about control systems and velocity. Campers will also work in teams to design and program a robot to simulate a rescue task using LEGO® Mindstorms® robotics kits. The teams will conduct a demonstration on Friday afternoon.
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NEW! Camp Innovation
Imagine becoming the next Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Rosa Parks, Mitchell Baker, Steve Wozniak or Bill Gates. At one of The Henry Ford’s newest camps, Camp Innovation, you can take the next steps into becoming a great innovator and maybe even an entrepreneur. Using The Henry Ford’s unique onsite and online resources and engaging activities around brainstorming, prototyping, evaluating and building, curious and inquisitive youths will learn how to activate the process of innovation and use it to solve a problem they see in the world around them! Participants will be encouraged to create a prototype of a product, process or social innovation and also learn the fascinating features of a 3D printer.

Extended Care
Extended care is available for an additional fee. The morning session runs 7-8:50am and the afternoon session runs 4-6pm. A variety of tabletop games is offered in both sessions

Registration and Refunds
For your child’s enjoyment, please register him/her for the grade he/she will be entering in the fall. Registrations are processed in the order received. Priority registration for donors and members is February 24 through March 23, 2014. Open registration begins on March 24. Full refunds must be requested by May 23, 2014. No refunds will be given after May 24, 2014.


Grade Levels 2-5
MEMBERS $238 per child / per week

Grade Levels 6-8
MEMBERS $247 per child/ per week

Grade Level 9
MEMBERS $238 per child/ per week

Extended care $25 per session (AM or PM) per week, members and non-members.

Discovery Camp® Survival Packs also available. Survival Packs include: Drawstring Backpack, Sunscreen, Rain Poncho, Tissue Travel Pack, Off! Bug Repellent Wipes, and Water Bottle. Choose from four colors: Blue, Black, Lime Green, or Pink.

registration information

Registration begins February 24, 2015, for members and March 24, 2015, for non-members.

2014 Discovery Camp Brochure