STRAWBERY BANKE MUSEUM



Strawbery Banke Summer Camps

Strawbery Banke Museum offers programs for school-aged children with a wide array of interests and abilities. Learn about all aspects of life in the past and how it connects to the world today. Enjoy hands-on, one-of-a-kind interactive experiences, where investigating and exploring history, science, sports, art, theater, and cooking leads to fun-packed days at Strawbery Banke Museum’s nearly 10-acre site. 

Member Discounts & Early Registration: 
Strawbery Banke Members at the family level and higher are eligible for camp discounts and early registration access. Click here to learn more about membership levels and benefits. Questions? Contact the Membership Office via membership[at]sbmuseum.org or 603.770.0257.

Sibling/Multiple Camp Discount: 
Register one child for multiple camps or multiple children for the same camp and receive 10% off each registration. Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Limited space remaining in the following 2023 camps:

 

Visit the Strawbery Banke Camps Website

 

Roleplaying Camps
Always wondered what it was like to live in the past? Dress in costumes, try period crafts, and games, and develop acting and improvisation skills. Roleplaying camps are designed for ages 6–17.  Jr. Roleplayers have the chance to be volunteer roleplayers at the museum for special events. What is a roleplayer? Click here to learn more. 

  • History Alive (ages 6-8)
    Session I: July 17–21, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM - FULL
    Session II: July 31–August 4, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM - FULL
    **Waiting list available. Email bcoppola[at]sbmuseum.org**

    Strawbery Banke Members: $292.50 per week. 
    Non-members: $325.
  • History In Play (ages 9-11)
    Growing Up Victorian: June 26–30, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM -FULL
    Growing Up Colonial: July 31–August 4, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM - FULL 
    **Waiting list available. Email bcoppola[at]sbmuseum.org**

    Strawbery Banke Members: $292.50 per week. 
    Non-members: $325.

  • Jr. Roleplayers (ages 12–17)
    Industrial Era (1820 – 1908): July 10–21, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM - FULL
    Modern Age (1908 – 1955): August 7–18, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM - FULL
    **Waiting list available. Email bcoppola[at]sbmuseum.org**

    Strawbery Banke Members: $585 per week. 
    Non-members: $650.


Hands-On History Camps
 

  • DIY Inventions: Bright Ideas (ages 6-8) - FULL
    July 24–28, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM
    **Waiting list available. Email bcoppola[at]sbmuseum.org**

    Explore some of the most famous inventors and inventions of the early twentieth century. From planes and motor cars to Teddy bears and crayons, campers make their own versions of these innovations and conduct their own experiments.

    Strawbery Banke Members: $292.50 per week. 
    Non-members: $325.
  • Celebrating the Past (ages 7-9) - FULL
    August 7–11, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM
    **Waiting list available. Email bcoppola[at]sbmuseum.org**

    Campers explore the origins of different holidays while participating in parts of each celebration. From cuisine to entertainment, participants develop an understanding of how modern traditions embrace many different cultures and ideas throughout history.

    Strawbery Banke Members: $292.50 per week. 
    Non-members: $325.
     

  • Crafty Kids: Daring Discoveries (ages 9–11) - FULL
    July 10 – 14, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM
    **Waiting list available. Email bcoppola[at]sbmuseum.org**

    As a Daring Discovery camper, star in a silent film, cook a Depression-era meal, take a ride in a model-A Ford, work in a 1940s Victory Garden, learn to Paint like Picasso, and lend your voice to a radio show recording.

    Strawbery Banke Members: $292.50 per week. 
    Non-members: $325.
     

  • NEW! Blast to the Past: Kids in the Kitchen (ages 9-12) - 7 spots available as of 1/25 at 4 PM
    June 26, 28 & 30, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM

    In this mini three-day camp, investigate how foods have been grown, harvested, preserved, cooked, and eaten through time.  Try out a variety of period recipes on the hearth and nineteenth-century cookstove. Learn about convenience foods from hardtack to TV dinners.  Discover foods that immigrants brought from all over the world, and even create and cook your own recipes. 

    Strawbery Banke Members: $175.50 per week. 
    Non-members: $195.
     

  • Uncovering the Past: Building Detectives (ages 10–12) - FULL
    July 24 – 28, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM
    **Waiting list available. Email bcoppola[at]sbmuseum.org**

    You know how to read a mystery book, but can you read and solve the mysteries of a building? Discover how buildings can teach about the people who lived long ago. Explore attics and basements in Strawbery Banke's historic homes, build a model of an eighteenth-century post-and-beam house, venture on an architectural scavenger hunt and unlock the secrets of the Museum’s unrestored homes.

    Strawbery Banke Members: $292.50 per week. 

    Non-members: $325.
     


Camps in partnership with the Gundalow Co.

  • Anchors Aweigh (ages 6-8) - FULL
    June 26-June 30, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM

    Spend time onboard the gundalow, Piscataqua, and try out all the positions that people had on a ship.  From cook to navigator, captain to cabin boy; engage in crafts, games, and hands-on activities to discover what it was like to be a sailor (or a pirate) long ago. Registration for Anchors Aweigh is through the Gundalow Company.  Click here to learn more. 

    Strawbery Banke & Gundalow Co. Members: $360. 
    Non-members: $400.
     

The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke Camps 

  • Bosuns and Boatbuilders (ages 7-10)
    Session 1: July 10-14, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM - FULL
    Session 2: August 7-11, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM - FULL
    Please sign up for only one session

    Cast off on a new adventure with the professional boatbuilders at The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke and the crew at the Gundalow Company for a fun-filled week of making new boats while making new friends.  Join the crew at the Boatshop to discover the wonders of transforming raw materials into a simple cat-rigged model sailboat. After, campers sail the Gundalow or row Piscataqua Wherries, paddle small kayaks, to explore the rivers and waterfront. Registration for Bosuns and Boatbuilders is through the Gundalow Company.  Click here to learn more. 

    Strawbery Banke & Gundalow Co. Members: $450
    Non-members: $500
     
  • Sailors and Shipwright (ages 10-12) - FULL
    July 24-28, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM

Campers join professional boatbuilders for an exciting week of building their own wooden model sailboats from scratch. The week culminates with campers launching and sailing their finished boats before taking them home for future adventures. Campers join the crew aboard the Gundalow and learn to navigate and sail the traditional vessel. In addition, campers have the chance to venture out in wooden wherries and learn to row and explore the hidden spots on our rivers. Registration for Sailors and Shipwright is through the Gundalow Company. Click here to learn more. 

Strawbery Banke & Gundalow Co. Members: $450
Non-members: $500
 

  • NEW! Boatbuilder's Apprentice (ages 12-14)
    August 21-25, 2023, 9 AM-3 PM
    Registration will open in the spring for this offering.

    Campers spend a whole week in the Boatshop at Strawbery Banke beginning construction on a new numbered MerryMac sailboat under the mentorship and guidance of Nate Piper, Master Boat Builder. Campers are introduced to and develop skills and familiarity with all aspects of boatbuilding using the original building molds and patterns along with the Boatshop at Strawbery Banke's MM250 as the basis for construction.

    This camp is ideal for previous Boatshop camp participants that are ready to deepen their woodworking and tool usage skills and who are excited to have the opportunity to contribute to the construction of a full size historically significant vessel. However, prior Boatshop camp experience is not a prerequisite for participation. Click here to learn more.

    Strawbery Banke Members: $495
    Non-members: $550