Taking place through June and July 2022, FAMcamps will provide weeklong learning experiences for youth ages 5–13 in a uniquely Indigenous-centered environment. Taught by experienced educators, each thematic course will focus on arts and culture, health and wellness and STEM. Members enjoy early registration access and those at the FAMhousehold level and up receive 10% off of tuition for youth in their household!
Tribal enrollment or First American descendancy is not required to enroll or apply for a scholarship—all are welcome.
All families agree to observe policies outlined in the FAMcamp Family Handbook.
Tuition & Scholarships
- The base price for camps is $225 per week for non-members; $202.50 for members at the FAMhousehold level and above
- Need-based scholarships ranging between 20–90% off are available (qualifying members may apply the 10% discount on top of scholarships)
- Apply for a scholarship before you register for a camp. Allow at least three business days for the scholarship process.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! Need-based scholarships will range from 20–90% off $225, the regular cost of tuition. We anticipate that up to two thirds of all campers will receive a scholarship. Members at the FAMily level and above will also receive a 10% discount on reduced tuition.
Families may receive one scholarship per camper each season. Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, with an application available here. If awarded a scholarship, you will receive a unique discount code to use when registering for a camp.
FAM is an approved Learning Fund vendor. To apply your funds, please enter your child’s Epic ID number during registration. At checkout, enter discount code EPICsummer2022 and FAM will invoice your account. All Learning Fund purchases are due Sunday, May 22. Those paying with Learning Funds may also apply for a scholarship—allow three business days for your scholarship request to be processed.
Snacks are included with tuition and meals are available for purchase for $60 during the registration process. Boxed lunches include healthy options from Thirty Nine restaurant.
Families who do not purchase meals will need to provide a ready-to-eat lunch each day for their camper. Refrigeration and microwaving is not available.
No. Youth of all backgrounds will enjoy and benefit from participation in FAMcamps. As part of our mission, we invite all of our community members to attend and learn about First American arts, culture and knowledge!
Each FAMcamp session will take place Monday through Friday from 9–4 p.m. Before and after care may be available for an additional fee. We will offer seven sessions of camps between June 6 and July 29. We will not offer FAMcamp during the week of July 4.
Yes, upon registration you may reserve your child’s spot in before (8–9 a.m.) and after (4–5:30 p.m.) camp care for each camper per week. The cost of before and after-camp care is waived for scholarship recipients at 50% discount and above.
No two days are the same at FAMcamp. Your child can expect a fun-filled day that balances learning and hands-on activities with fun opportunities for free-form play and socialization. Stickball camps will include indoor activities during the hottest parts of the day.
8–9 | Before camp care: Reading time and free play
9–10 | Camp theme-focused activity
10–10:30 | “Brain break” activity: Dance it out!
10:30–11:30 | Exhibition scavenger hunt/tour
11:30–12 | Lunch time
12–2 | Camp theme-focused activity
2–3 | Age-appropriate documentary screening
3:30–4 | “Brain Break” activity: Artmaking
3:30–4 | Guest speaker/performer and camp theme-focused activity
- A full refund will be issued with a written request sent at least two weeks (14 days) before the start of the camp. All requests must be sent to email@example.com. Refund requests will not be accepted via phone or mail.
- No refund will be issued if a refund request is after two weeks (14 days) before the start of camp.
- Except in the case of camp cancellations, transfers are not permitted.
- Transfers or refunds are not provided in the case of camper’s missed days due to illness or other circumstances.
- In the case of inclement weather, a cancellation may be unavoidable. FAM will contact parents via email in the case that the museum must close.
- Should a camp not reach sufficient enrollment, it may be cancelled. Families registered will be notified via email and a refund will be issued within one week.
Week One (June 6–10)
SOLD OUT | Stickball Jr. (Ages 5–7)
Instructor Ace Greenwood (Chickasaw/Cherokee)
Get your young athlete offline and on the field! In this fun-filled camp, stickballers learn to play tournament style stickball. Considered one of the oldest team sports in North America, this game encourages comradery, physical activity and improves coordination. Outdoor play will be balanced with visits to the galleries, activities in the art studio and wellness education.
SOLD OUT | Land Defenders (Ages 8–10)
Instructor Alicia Smith (Xicana)
Explore nature through art and science! Your camper will discover the living landscape of the Southern Plains through hands-on activities, guest scientists and environmental advocates. Campers will also create works of art celebrating the magic of our ecosystem, including giant landscape paintings and tiny terrariums.
Week Two (June 13–17)
Healthy Me, Healthy We (Ages 8–10)
Instructor Kendra Clements (Choctaw)
Explore all the ways in which good health and wellness begins! This highly interactive learning experience will teach our young campers about emotional, mental, physical and social health, and how these individual components complement and connect to one another. We will learn how to care for ourselves so that others can be cared for too. That’s community. That’s Indigenous!
Indigenous Eats (Ages 11–13)
Instructor Amy Warne (Muscogee/Seminole)
Does your tween dream of becoming the next Top Chef? In this hands-on camp, they will unearth the joy and magic of growing foods from seeds and using Indigenous ingredients to make healthy, mouth-watering meals. No cooking experience required—just an appetite for exploring new flavors! All recipes will be vegetarian and designed to meet all tastes.
Week Three (June 20–24)
SOLD OUT | Celebrate Art! (Ages 5–7)
Explore the world of color, line and texture in First American art! Your young artists will discover the innovative ways First American artists communicate ideas and stories in art. They’ll create their own unique works of art inspired by what they’ve learned.
Stickball Heroes (Ages 11–13)
Instructor Ace Greenwood (Chickasaw/Cherokee)
Let’s get ready to ruuuuumble! In this action-packed camp, your tween will learn basic skills and strategy through demonstrations, drills and scrimmages. Ace will emphasize the values of teamwork, respect and responsibility through stickball. Outdoor play will be balanced with visits to the galleries, activities in the art studio and wellness education.
Week Four (June 27–July 1)
SOLD OUT | Color Lab (Ages 8–10)
Instructor Dr. Molly Tovar
Plants, flowers and the magic of science create colorful works of art! Molly and her co-teacher Patti Boone will share First American approaches to dye-making. Campers will leave with a new zest for art, culture and science.
SOLD OUT | Music Composition 101 (Ages 11–13)
Instructor Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate (Chickasaw)
Does your teen have an ear for music? World-renowned composer Jerod Tate will teach the fundamentals of composing for classical string quartet with ways to infuse scores with cultural influences. Following five days of individualized instruction, participants will debut their new works for their community, families and friends on Saturday, July 2.
Important: This rigorous camp is facilitated in a conservatory-like environment. Campers should be able to work independently and sustain focus over extended periods as they complete their compositions. Prerequisites include the ability to read music and play an instrument. FAM will provide electric keyboards for student use.
Week Five (July 11–15)
SOLD OUT | Build It! (Ages 5–7)
Our ancestors have always been inventors and scientists! Your young engineer will flex their art and STEM muscles to create creative robots, build giant structures and design their own digital bling with LEDs. Campers will draw inspiration from works they see in the exhibitions and visiting First American artists and makers.
Health Protectors (Ages 11–13)
Instructor Apollonia Piña (Muscogee [Mvskoke])
Explore how cultural healing practices inform medicine! Campers in this dynamic session will learn the science, art and culture of medicine and biological sciences through hands-on activities. Medical professionals will drop in to share their experiences in the healthcare field, facilitate demonstrations and discuss topics related to Indigenous practices and health.
Teen Empowerment (Ages 11–13)
Sandra Medrano (Thlopthlocco Tribal Town/Muscogee)
The tween and teen years can be challenging. During this week campers will share common experiences and will explore ways to help them gain self-confidence and make healthy life choices. Through creative arts, martial arts music, and games campers will discover that healthy eating, physical activity, and good mental wellbeing can lead to a life that is full of excitement and joy.
Week Six (July 18–22)
Change Makers! (Ages 11–13)
Instructor Sarah Adams-Cornell (Choctaw)
Youth have the power to make big change! Discover what issues are important to your young changemaker. Guest speakers from across our community will inspire and energize while teaching how to use their voice and ideas to advocate for important causes.
SOLD OUT | Stickball 101 (Ages 8–10)
Instructor Ace Greenwood (Chickasaw/Cherokee)
Sticks up and smiles on! Campers in this dynamic camp will improve their stickball skills, make new friends and learn important values of respect and teamwork. Outdoor play will be balanced with visits to the galleries, activities in the art studio and wellness education.
Week Seven (July 25–29)
Southern Drum 101 (Ages 8–13)
Instructor John Hamilton (Kiowa/Caddo/Cheyenne)
Have you always wanted to be invited to sit at the drum and sing? Boys and young men can learn Oklahoma southern-style drum protocols and songs. Campers will occasionally break out into age-appropriate groups during the camp for games, art activities, talking circles and guest speakers.
N8V Fashion (Ages 11–13)
Instructor Tresa Gouge (Muscogee/Seminole)
Have a passion for fashion? Your camper will draw inspiration from the galleries to imagine contemporary creations. Young designers will paint their own sneakers, learn no-sew Seminole patchwork, and simple beadwork. Guest speakers and fashion designers will help inspire one-of-a-kind projects.
Supplies for this project sponsored in part by Supernaw’s Oklahoma Indian Supply.
Teen Guides are part-time employees of First Americans Museum who support staff and FAMcamp instructors in the delivery of camp programs. Duties include preparing studio and classroom spaces, leading simple camp activities and games and supervising youth participants. In addition to paid job experience, Teen Guides will enjoy mentorship from FAM staff and guest speakers and cultural education activities to prepare them for future college, career and civic success.
The application period for Teen Guides is closed. Check back next year!