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Camp IMAG Summer

Join us at the IMAG History & Science Center for a summer filled with STEM & history! Campers will have a blast while inventing, experimenting, exploring, and investigating in our all-new immersive one-week camps. Plus, they will also explore the museum, experience our live Animal Encounters, participate in our all-new Science Shows, get up close with our sea life in our Touch Tank, and meet dinosaurs and titans of the ice age in our 3D Theater! Our number one goal is FUN- with a big side of LEARNING!

Camp IMAG sessions include fun and educational hands-on activities, games, crafts, special guests, and exhibit explorations! Our innovative curriculum integrates STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math), history, the arts, and humanities to inspire the imagination and encourage an overall love of learning! Camps are designed for rising 1st-8th graders and are divided into rising 1st – 2nd graders, rising 3rd – 5th graders, and rising 6th – 8th graders.

Each week of camp will be guided by a specific theme! Check out this year’s selections below. 

  • Junior Keepers: IMAG FT MYERS EXCLUSIVE! Your camper will take a walk on the wild side to learn about the wonderful world of animals during this crowd favorite camp session! Campers will participate in daily Meet-the-Keeper sessions, practice snake identification, help our Animal Care staff prepare meals for our Animal Ambassador friends, and create all kinds of animal crafts! 
  • Video Game Camp: We’re gamifying learning! Campers will Level Up each day of camp by participating in elemental “Pocket Monsters” experiments, coding challenges, studying level design, and creating pixel art. Perfect for your Minecraft fans! 
  • Space Camp: 3, 2, 1, blast off! Campers will take the Moon Base Challenge and create a hangar full of rockets in this astronomical camp session as they learn about flight both through the atmosphere and through space! 
  • STEM Career Camp: The IMAG is just one part of a wide, wide world of science, and campers will discover just how big it is this week as they hear from STEM professionals in all kinds of different careers! Chemistry experiments, engineering challenges, health science activities, and robotics and computer science will show campers that no matter what they want to do, science can be part of their life! 
  •  Robotics Camp: Grind those gears! IMAG’s Robotics Camp session will see campers creating circuits, building robots, and learning what role algorithms play in robot-programming, as well as watching robotics competitions and live demonstrations to see how this technology works in the real world!
  • Storytellers Camp: Stories are also a science: a psychological science! Campers will create their own comic books, devise adventure maps, and play acting and storytelling games to strengthen the power of their imagination in this fantastic camp. After all, you can’t create anything, even science, if you can’t imagine it!
  • Movie-Makers Camp: Lights, camera, action! Campers will create movie posters and play acting games as they work on a stop-motion film of their very own, to be screened by our budding directors on Friday!
  • Art & Nature Camp: Go green! Campers will spend a week planting seeds and learning in the IMAG Garden, discovering how nature is full of math & art in art activities, and studying pollinators in this outdoorsy camp session. 
  • Forensics Camp: Whodunit?! Campers become detectives this week. By practicing fingerprinting, handwriting analysis, code-cracking, and sketch artistry, campers will solve a mystery over the course of this camp session. 
  • Time Travelers Camp: Travel back in time the IMAG way: with hands-on activities! Campers will create their own ‘fossils’, follow in the footsteps of the Calusa Empire by designing shell tools, go medieval by constructing castles, catapults, bridges, and more, and learn about and invent their own ancient myths as they discover the wonder of history this week. 
  • Mad Science Camp: Whoa! What will they do next?! Mad Science is the name of the game this week as campers dart from weather science to fizzy chemical experiments, solar power to electrical circuits, making ice cream with super freezing power, and more! 

Cost

Members – $225/ per week*

Non-Members – $275/ per week

Scholarships are available. Scroll below for details.

Cancellation Policy – If your child cannot attend their registered sessions we ask that you first try to transfer to an alternative week. In the event you must cancel your reservation, you will receive a refund as defined below. Cancellation notice must be submitted in writing. Please email carlos@theIMAG.org. Refund will be issued in the same manner payment was made.

A full refund will be given if canceling more than 31 days in advance.
15-30 days until the session start date = 50% refund.
14 days prior to the start of camp session = NO REFUND.

Registration

You can register for camp by clicking on the camp of your choice in the calendar. If you are a member, you should log into the member portal and register there to have your member discount automatically applied. Registration closes for each week of camp at 11:55 PM on the Thursday prior to the start of that week. All fees for each camp must be paid in full by the first day of each week of camp.

Lunch

Campers may bring lunches from home or request them through one of our partners!

NEW as of May 10, 2024: All students will have access to lunch—free of charge. Lee County Schools will be on-site during lunchtime to provide warm meals to any student who requests them.

Our partners at Jason’s Deli also offer lunches to campers, which can be pre-ordered online or purchased at check-in prior to 9:15 AM.

Camp Hours

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sign In/Out

Sign-in for camp will take place starting at 8:45 AM in the Education Room. Camp officially starts at 9:00 AM. Sign out for camp will also take place in the Education Room starting at 4:00 PM and ending at 4:15 PM.  We use ProCare for student sign-in and out; PINs will be sent out the week prior to the start of camp. All persons picking up a camper MUST be on the authorized pick-up list and have a photo I.D. with them.

Pre/Post Camp

Pre-camp is available from 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM for an additional $15 per week if pre-registered, or $10 per session needed if added during the camp week. 

Post-camp is available from 4:15 PM – 5:30 PM for an additional $15 per week if pre-registered, or $10 per session needed if added during the camp week. If a camper remains in camp after 4:15 PM, you will automatically be billed $5 for post-camp and it will be due upon pick up that day. Please note there is a $3 per minute late charge for any camper pick up past 5:31 PM. 

Camp Dress Code

Campers must wear the designated camp t-shirt every day. One t-shirt will be handed out per registrant for free as a courtesy each season. Additional sessions will not include additional shirts (so if you register for 4 weeks, you will receive 1 shirt during your first week only). Additional t-shirts may be pre-ordered during registration or purchased at any time online or in person for $10 each. Campers who come to camp without a t-shirt will be given a new t-shirt and a $10 will be assessed to your registration. Campers should also bring a water bottle & wear closed-toe shoes. 

You will receive a Camp Letter with more detailed policies and procedures for camp the week prior to the start of your registered camp sessions. If you have questions about any policies or procedures, please contact the Director of Education at amy@theimag.org. 

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Summer Camp Scholarships and Resources

The Camp IMAG Camp Scholarship Fund aims to maximize educational opportunities for all children. The IMAG History & Science Center is committed to supporting our community, especially in the area of STEM Education. The Camp IMAG Scholarship Fund is enabled by the generous support of the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, and supports families in need by offering tuition assistance for rising 1st to 8th graders to our STEM and history camps. Applications for these need-based scholarships will be submitted to and reviewed by a third-party organization that will determine the award recipients.

Each award recipient will receive one week of paid camp tuition at IMAG Fort Myers (a $275 value), as well as a free Annual Family Membership (a $125 value) to the IMAG History & Science Center for up to 2 adults and 4 children. We are so proud to offer this program and be a part of expanding STEM and history education in our community.

Additional Opportunities

Summer Camp Instructor 

As a camp instructor, you will be responsible for inspiring kids (ages 5-13 years old) to engage in hands-on STEM and history activities. The ideal candidates are passionate about STEM and/or history and have the proper classroom management skills to make camp-learning fun and exciting. Haven’t taught camp before? Not a problem! We provide the training you need before camp starts. Camp instructor applicants will complete a general application and submit a resume to be considered for an in-person interview. We will determine which type of camp is the best fit with your background and availability.

PLEASE EMAIL APPLICATIONS TO: amy@theIMAG.org

Junior Camp Assistant

The Jr. Camp Assistant Training Program is an exciting professional development opportunity for rising 9th -12th-grade students who are interested in working with children in an educational setting during our Camp IMAG weekly Spring/Winter/Summer sessions. Students can apply to assist camp educators with the day-to-day camp activities. Be sure to check with your school for volunteer hours or community service credit!

Interested students (and their parents) should complete the application attached and return it to the IMAG Science and History Center for review. Museum staff will email to confirm an application. Only a few spots will be filled based on performance and attendance during camp sessions. 

JCA shifts are 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM. 

PLEASE EMAIL APPLICATIONS TO: amy@theIMAG.org