Summer Discovery (Ages 7 to 11)

Summer Discovery Camp Camper as an astronaut

Great instructors, great programs and a great playground!  Welcome to Summer Discovery 2019, the Peterborough Museum & Archives' 30th season of rich, diverse, fun and educational summer camps for children ages 7 to 11.

Discovery Camp Themes 2019

July 8- 12:  Science in Nature

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

July 15-19: Climate Kids

Climate means the BIG picture! It's the big picture of rainfall, temperature, wind and other conditions that happen over a long period of time. In this week long camp, you will become a climate expert as we experiment to understand climate change and affects on our planet! Together we will brainstorm small acts of change and learn the difference between weather and climate. Through activities, crafts and more become a climate expert and learn how small changes can make a big impact. 

July 22-26: Set the Stage!  

Lights, Camera, Action! Get ready to write, direct and perform in your very own dramatic work. You'll have fun creating a script, developing characters, designing costumes, building sets, conducting rehearsals- everything required to stage a real production! At the end of the week, invitations go out to family and friends and it's Show Time! 

July 29-August 2: STEAM Lab

Grab your goggles and enter our STEAM Lab! Through experiments and challenges that incorporate the 5 strands of STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, The Arts 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 6-10:  "Think Outside - Let's Get Out and Play" with Nancy Thomson

In this speciality 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 12-16: History Hunters

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

Our Instructors (2019)children playing with lego

Kaitlyn Burke is a qualified teacher, and is passionate about inquiry learning. She believes in creating a deep & 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 the PMA Summer Discovery Team for 2019!  

Kids sitting by a campfire

Nancy Thomson is a qualified 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 and brings a sense of fun and genuine connection with children of all ages to her creative outdoor programming. The Peterborough Museum & Archives is delighted to welcome Nancy back for her fourth year of Summer Discovery! 


7 to 11 

Looking for a day camp for ages 4 to 6? Try Junior Summer Discovery


$200/ week

NEW Early Bird Program: $5 fee daily/ $25 week. This program allows an 8:00 a.m. drop of time for those families needing an early start. 


Our camp programs run from 9:00 AM- 4:00 PM daily. Drop off is between 8:30-9:00 AM, and pick up is from 4:00-4:30 PM.

NEW Early Bird Program: for those families needing an early start. This program allows an 8:00 AM drop off and cost $5 daily/ $25 full week. 


Registration for the 2018 session of Summer Discovery will open on Monday, March 19th. 

  1. In person at the Peterborough Museum & Archives 
  2. By telephone (VISA, Mastercard, American Express): 705-743-5180.
  3. Online (Look under "Museum Programs")

All programs take place at the Peterborough Museum & Archives and make use of the Museum Galleries and Classroom and the child-friendly Museum Grounds (which now include a fabulous new accessible playground structure).

What to BringCamp Discovery Picture

Snacks, drinks, lunch, weather-appropriate outdoor clothing. The PMA promotes a nut-free environment.

Personal Health Forms

This form will be kept on file and only needs to be completed once each year.  The form can be picked up at the Peterborough Museum & Archives or downloaded and should be submitted to the Museum by 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 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, photos may be taken and audio and/or visual recordings may be made.  The Peterborough Museum & Archives reserves the right to use all photographs and videos of all our programs, participants, special events and facilities for promotional purposes.


Refunds may be requested up to 5 business days prior to the program.  An administration fee of 10% of class fees will be withheld, with a minimum fee of $5.  No refunds will be granted once the program has begun.