Summer Camps

A Unique & Immersive Summer Experience

With fast-paced artifact hunts, hands-on experiments, exclusive activities and more, your young learners will be transported through the stories of American innovation for an unforgettable week.

Learn By Doing

Exciting Programming for Grades 2-5

The Henry Ford® Summer Camps are designed using our very own Model i Innovation Learning Framework to foster the habits of an innovator: Stay Curious, Be Empathetic, Collaborate, Challenge the Rules, Take Risks, and Learn from Failure.

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COVID-19 Policies

Safety is our top priority

We strive to care for the safety and wellbeing of all children and staff. We follow guidelines from the CDC and Wayne County Health.

Camp Offerings

Each level of camp is designed to be one week-long day camp experience. 

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2nd Graders

Superheroes

Designed for campers entering second grade. Click for more information.

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3rd Graders

Movers

Designed for campers entering third grade. Click for more information.

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4th Graders

Explorers

Designed for campers entering fourth grade. Click for more information.

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5th Graders

Growers

Designed for campers entering fifth grade. Presented by Michigan Soybean Committee. Click for more information.

Camp Features 

All camps run 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extended care available for additional cost). Campers will be immersed in the museum and village atmosphere for a unique and engaging experience. Each camp features:

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Signature Experiences

Unique behind-the-scenes experiences that are exclusive to summer camp.

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Wednesday Spirit Day

Campers and staff let their personalities shine through fun themes and activities.

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Learn-By-Doing Activities

Hands-on, minds-on activities that foster an innovative mindset.

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Site Visits

Campers encounter artifacts and stories throughout Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation, Greenfield Village, and Ford Rouge Factory Tour.

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Culminating Experiences

Campers identify and create their own solutions to real world problems.

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Closing Camp Celebration

We invite parents and guardians to celebrate a week of fun-filled learning with their campers.

Before you register 

Registration Information 

All registration is online and uses a THF login. To ensure you have the best experience, consider creating a THF login prior to registration (members will use your THF Member login). We recognize that your information is sensitive, and it will not be shared with anyone outside of camp staff. If you have questions directly related to registration, please call 313.982.6001. For any program related questions please email summercamp@thf.org


Information You Will Need to Provide at Registration

Preferred Parent/Guardian E-mail Address

  • All camp communication will happen via email. Please provide a preferred parent/guardian email address where all camp communication should be sent.

Emergency Contacts

  • Names and phone numbers of 2 emergency contacts

Approved Pick-Up List

  • Names of 3 adults who are authorized to pick up your child
  • There is room to include the name of any adult who is NOT authorized to pick up your child.

Friend Requests 

  • One friend request
  • If your child has a friend who is also registering for the same week and camp level and they wish to be in the same group, please include their information here.

Documentation You Will Need to Provide Before Camp Begins

You will be asked to complete an online form that includes the following information three weeks before your camp session. The form will be sent to the email you provided at registration and MUST BE COMPLETED by a parent or legal guardian within 3 days or you risk losing your camp slot.

 

Medical Waiver

  • Treatment Authorization
  • Vaccination Waiver

Liability Waiver – includes confirmation you have read and understand information provided in The Henry Ford Summer Camp 2023 Handbook

Photo Permission – optional

COVID-19 Waiver 

Your Registration will not be completed without this information. 

List of medications taken regularly (name, dosage, purpose)

  • If medication needs to be brought to camp, please email camp staff at summercamp@thf.org.

List of allergies and/or dietary restrictions

Accessibility Accommodations 

  • So that we are able to provide the best experience possible, please share any accessibility accommodations by emailing summercamp@thf.org.

The Henry Ford Summer Camp 2023 Handbook

Check back in 2023 for the updated THF Summer Camp Handbook.

The Waitlist

If the camp you would like to purchase is already sold out, you can add yourself to the waitlist online. Additional sessions may be created to accommodate additional campers depending on staff and resource availability.

If a space becomes available, you will receive an email with a registration code that is ONLY active for 24 hours. If you do not secure your space within 24 hours, the space will be offered to the next child on the waitlist.

Refund Policy

The last day to receive a full refund is May 11. Refunds, partial or otherwise, after this date will only be considered in the event of significant injury or illness. Camps are nontransferable.

Medication and Allergies

Camp staff is not allowed to administer any medication; all medication must be self-administered (with the exception of epi-pens).

If your camper needs medication throughout the week, please email camp staff at summercamp@thf.org.

Please note that The Henry Ford Summer Camp is NOT a nut-free camp. Camp Staff does their best to accommodate allergies, but we do not restrict any foods from camp. Please be sure to list any allergies in your registration materials. Staff will make sure your camper’s counselors are informed.

Camp Staff is First Aid/CPR certified. 

Contact Information

If you have questions directly related to registration, please call 313.982.6001. For any program related questions please email summercamp@thf.org

View our Frequently Asked Questions

To view our frequently asked questions please click here.

Summer Camp

Hands-on experiences for an unforgettable week

At The Henry Ford Summer Camp we welcome children, families and staff of all cultures, religions, sexual orientation and gender identification, family constructs and abilities. We do not tolerate aggression, violence or bullying against one another. We strive to create a fun and educational environment that is respectful, engaging, and safe for all of our children. In order to best serve each child, we encourage you to list any physical, cognitive, emotional, or learning needs or anything else you would like us to know in your registration materials in order to provide an accessible experience for all. This aligns to our learning principles of learning powered by perspective, learning applied to the real world, and learning shared equitably by all.

All Are Welcome

Accessibility and Inclusion

If your camper requires an accommodation, please email summercamp@thf.org.

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