Hands-on History Summer Camp

Summer Camp 2022 Almost Sold Out

Hands-on History summer camp is currently at capacity for all sessions except:

  • Frontier Explorers (Ages 9-12) for 08/01/2022-08/05/2022 (2 spots remaining)

All other camp sessions are currently full. Those who are still interested in camp can register for the waitlist option. There is no fee to remain on the waitlist. Registrations from the waitlist are based on cancellations only; there will be no additional capacity added to camp for summer 2022. When we have cancellations, we will register based on waitlist order. Registration is not complete until payment is received.

Registration for Hands-on History 2023 will open in January 2023. Golden History Museum & Park Members will be given priority access before registration becomes available to the public.

Pricing for 2022 (per week)

  Early-bird (until Feb. 27) Full-price (starting Feb. 28)
Member* $258 $308
Non-member $295 $345

*Member prices require a current Household membership or higher.

Register for camp now!

Golden History Museum & Park utilizes ACTIVE Class & Camp Manager software for summer registration. ACTIVE Refund is an optional insurance program offered by ACTIVE and not the Golden History Museum & Park. We are not able to remove ACTIVE Refund from purchases. Customers would have to contact Support@Active.com for assistance with removing this if it is accidentally purchased.

Get the May 2022 Parent Packet here

Camp Schedule and Themes

Sessions for all age groups are full-day only from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. Camp sessions run Monday through Friday. There is a 15-minute drop off and pick up window for camp (8:45 am – 9:00 am and 4:00 pm – 4:15 pm). Read the complete theme descriptions here.

Location and Daily Schedule

summer day camp

Golden History Park, home of Hands-on History camp.

The Hands-on History summer camp’s home base will be at the Golden History Museum (923 10th St, Golden, CO 80401). Campers will be dropped off and picked up at the museum. Most activities will take place at the Golden History Park (1020 11th St, Golden, CO 80401).


Daily Schedule

  • Morning drop-off: Between 8:45 am and 9:00 am (please make sure you arrive by 9:00 am)
  • Lunch Break 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (all campers will each lunch together at the same time and then play a group game, supervised by camp staff)
  • Evening pick-up: Between 4:00 pm and 4:15 pm

Extended Care Options

  • Early Drop-off (8:00 am – 8:45 am) $30/ week or $10/ day*
  • Extended Pick-up (4:15 pm – 5:00 pm) $30/ week or $10/ day*
  • Both (8:00 am – 8:45 am & 4:15 pm – 5:00 pm) $50/ week

During extended care options, campers are supervised by museum staff at the Golden History Museum. There will be a variety of free play activities such as crafts and games for children to participate in. Space is limited; we recommend you choose these options when registering in Active. *Fees for daily Early Drop-off or Extended Pick-up options must be paid in full on the day attended. Space is not guaranteed.

Supervision and Ratios

Campers will be supervised at all times by museum staff. There is an average ratio of one teacher for every 12 campers.

Refund/Cancellation Policy

  • All cancellation requests received before 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, will receive a full refund minus a $50 processing fee.
  • A 50% refund will be given for cancellation requests made between May 4, 2022, and two weeks prior to the start of a registered session.
  • No refund will be given for cancellation requests made within the two weeks prior to the start of a registered session.
  • If for any reason Golden History Museum & Park cancels a camp session, campers will receive a full refund or the opportunity to transfer to another session if space is available.

Member Discounts

To receive the member price you must have a current Household level (or higher) membership. If you’re not sure about your membership status please call 303-278-3557.


Merit-based scholarships are awarded to children with a demonstrated interest in history. Download the revised 2022 application here. This is for both the Gregory Family Scholarship and Friends of Golden History Museum Scholarship.

Scholarship applications are due February 25. Our scholarship committee will plan to make decisions by March 15 with notifications to follow immediately after decisions are finalized.

We hold a certain number of scholarship spots in each camp session to accommodate scholarship applications even once a session shows as full online.

Related Employment Opportunities

Hands-on History Instructor – Summer Camp 2022

Volunteer Junior Hands-on History Camp Aid – Summer 2022


Registration was easy – I like the new system! (Especially the auto-populate feature for the second child I was enrolling – really nice not to have to type all that info in again.)

Tricia H.


The online registration process was GREAT this year. I also really like the check-in process on the iPads and having the kids check-in and out at the history museum. Really well-organized and super easy for parents! Thank you!


I’m so impressed with the amount of activities the kids do while at camp. All of it is relevant and teaches them about history. This is such a great camp. They love it, I love it, they’ll definitely be back 🙂


So much insight about the past and what life was like back then. She absolutely loved camp and said it was her favorite she’s ever done.


He loved all the activities and overall said this was his favorite camp of the summer.


They had a blast and enjoyed working with their hands. They got a better sense of how we lived before electricity. Also, they made friends – such a friendly staff and they promoted kids being kind to each other, too.


They benefited from social interactions with new friends and learned about various trades and life in other times. They also benefited from excellent, caring support of volunteers/staff.


My child especially loved silent Stars and felt so proud of their finished product and how involved they got to be.