Summer Discovery (Ages 7 to 11)

Kids with youth leader

Summer Discovery at the Peterborough Museum and Archives has great instructors, great programs and a great playground! 


Summer Discovery camps are for children ages 7 to 11.

If you are looking for camps for younger children, check out our Junior Summer Discovery camps for children ages 4 to 6.

Discovery camp themes 2019

July 8 to 12: Science in nature

From astronomy to tornadoes to bugs and rocks, this week we will investigate amazing science found in the natural world! Let's build volcanoes, create constellations, and perform experiments to understand the world around us.

July 15 to 19: Climate kids

Climate is the big picture – rainfall, temperature, wind and other conditions that happen over a long period. In this weeklong camp, you will become a climate expert as we experiment to understand climate change and its effects on the planet. Together, we will brainstorm small acts of change and learn the difference between weather and climate. Through activities, crafts and more, you will become a climate expert and learn how small changes can make a big impact!

July 22 to 26: Set the stage!

Lights, camera, action! Get ready to write, direct and perform your very own dramatic work. You will have fun creating your own script, developing characters, designing costumes, building sets, and conducting rehearsals – everything required to stage a real production! At the end of the week, invitations go out to family and friends for the big show!

July 29 to August 2: STEAM lab

Grab your goggles and enter our STEAM Lab! Through experiments and challenges that incorporate the five strands of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math), we will challenge you to think outside the box as you build, create, design and explore! Are you up for the challenge?

August 6 to 9: Think outside – let's get out and play! With Nancy Thomson

In this specialty camp, fun in the forest is the focus of the week! Who are the creatures that live in our backyard and share the world with us? What is it like to be them? Campers will investigate these questions as they make connections to the natural world through forest games, nature crafts, survival skills and more! Come explore the outdoors in this action packed program.

August 12 to 16: History hunters

Peer through the visor of a knight's helmet, sail to the New World aboard a Viking skip and learn about ancient Egyptian's rituals. Each day will be a time travel adventure, as we discover a new historic era through crafts, stories, STEAM challenges and drama.

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Camp details


Our camp programs run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

  • Drop off: between 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • Pick up: between 4 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Early bird program (optional): 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Please note that this is only for children in a camp program at the Peterborough Museum and Archives.


  • $200 per week
  • Early bird program: $5 daily fee, or $25 per week (optional)


Summer Discovery is primarily located in the large, air-conditioned, barrier-free Fine Annex on our grounds. Activities associated with our camp may also take place in the beautiful Heritage Pavilion, the galleries and on our child-friendly grounds, including our accessible playground structure.


  • In person at the Peterborough Museum and Archives
  • By telephone (Visa, MasterCard, American Express): 705-743-5180
  • Online: with our new PerfectMind program registration system, you can now create your own account and register for camps from the comfort of home. Look under “Museum Camps”.

What to bring

Please ensure your children come to camp prepared with snacks, drinks, water bottle, a lunch, and weather-appropriate clothing. We promote a nut-free environment.

Personal health form

Each child attending camp must complete and submit a personal health form. We keep this form on file and you only need to complete it once a year. Be sure to submit your health form on or before the first day of camp.

Health concerns

Please notify the instructor about any health or behavioural concerns you may have regarding your child's participation in Junior Summer Discovery. The museum has a protocol for anaphylactic shock and a parental clearance form is required if your child has suffered a suspected concussion.


In the course of all program activities, we may take photos and audio and/or visual recordings. We reserve the right to use all photographs and videos of our programs, participants, special events and facilities for promotional purposes.


You must request a refund up to 5 business days prior to the start of the program and you will pay an administration fee of 10% or a minimum of $5. We will not permit any refunds once the program has started.

About our camp instructors

kid smiling on playgroundKaitlyn Burke is an Ontario Certified Teacher, and is passionate about inquiry learning. She believes in creating deep and meaningful learning experiences by giving children the opportunity to explore, discover, experiment and have fun with each learning task. Kaitlyn has worked and volunteered for a variety of camps and youth minding services in the past, and is excited to be returning to our Summer Discovery team in 2019!

Nancy Thomson is also an Ontario Certified Teacher and the founder and owner of her outdoor education company Think Outside. She has worked in the outdoor education and camping industry for over 20 years. Nancy creates fun and genuine connections with children of all ages in her creative outdoor programs. The Peterborough Museum and Archives is delighted to welcome Nancy back for her fourth year of Summer Discovery!