DAYTON — The Boonshoft Museum of Discovery has canceled it’s summer camps through at least June but they are offering a unique experience called “Camp in a Box.”
Employees are assembling boxes filled with activities for kids to do and there is also an option to purchase a camp that includes Zoom sessions with museum experts to have live experiences and discussions.
“We really wanted to reach the community in the same capacity as we always had,” Dawn Kirchner, Boonshoft’s Vice President of Education said.
This is normally the busiest time of year for Boonshoft and they average about 600 kids per year and the summer camps. This year they’re making a camp experience available not only to kids in the Dayton area but across the country and even some around the world.
Boonshoft has partnered with Lizard Apparel & Promotions in Centerville to help with shipping and logistics of this brand new endeavor.
"Seeing everything they were doing I was so excited to be a part of this because it’s just a unique program,” Beth Duncan, CEO and Founder of Lizard Apparel & Promotions said. “And obviously in today’s market we have to help each other.”
"For example if you take a chemistry camp in a box well shouldn’t you have your own laboratory coat or beakers or shouldn’t you have a telescope if you take a backyard astronomy camp,” Kirchner said.
They’ve already received some orders from out of state and even some out of the country.
The Boonshoft Museum has kept all of its staff employed and they continue to feed and care for the nearly 200 animals at their zoo. This combined with the lost revenue from being closed and not hosting camps makes the “Camp in a Box” that much more critical for the museum.
"We’re kind of in a similar situation to every organization in business and that’s just we don’t have people coming through the door right now and this is our best bet to get to where we need to be,” Kirchner said.
The Museum is closed until at least June 15. The Boonshoft is hopeful to be able to host in person camps in July and August but even if they’re not the “Camp in a Box” will run for as long as there’s an interest.
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