THE MOB MUSEUM HOSTS “OPERATION SUMMER CAMP,” FIRST-EVER VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP BEGINNING JULY 6
LAS VEGAS (June 2020) – For the first time, The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will host “Operation Summer Camp,” a virtual summer camp offered beginning Monday, July 6. Camp sessions will incorporate fun, hands-on programming for youth ages 8 to 17 years old, delivering age-appropriate STEM and social studies activities focused on criminal investigation and forensic science. The new program displays the Museum’s commitment to community and is available to students who live in Las Vegas and to youth nationally with mailing services.
“Operation Summer Camp” is a live, Museum educator-directed virtual program offered as daily, 3-hour Zoom sessions plus additional activities to be completed at the campers’ leisure, providing a total of 4 to 5 hours’ worth of activities per day. Campers’ days will include icebreaker activities, small-group sessions, videos, light physical activity, experiments, special guest experts as well as self-motivated activities designed to be completed throughout the week. Two camps targeting different age groups are available:
- “Operation: Investigation” – appropriate for campers age 8 through 14 years old or rising grades 3 through 8. Each day will focus on a different topic, including how to build a case by collecting evidence, analyzing DNA, fingerprint examination, trace evidence collection, witness interrogation and more. Offered weeks of July 6 and July 20 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. PDT. Each session can accommodate 25 campers.
- “Operation: Forensic Science” – appropriate for campers age 11 through 17 years old or rising grades 6 through 12. Each day will focus on a different topic, including crime scene investigation, death investigation, fingerprint analysis, firearm and bullet examination, DNA analysis and more. Offered weeks of July 13 and July 27 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. PDT. Each session can accommodate 25 campers.
- Cost: $150 per camper or $125 for Museum Members. Cost includes a prepared kit with all activities and materials needed to complete summer camp projects. Kits will be available for pick up at The Mob Museum or campers’ families can request for the kit to be mailed. To become a member and to take advantage of membership pricing for Summer Camp, click here.
In addition to these camp experiences, the Museum will offer “Mob Museum Special Agent Kits,” a budget-friendly, flexible option including activities that can be completed at the camper’s leisure without the confines of daily Zoom calls or check-ins. The kit, recommended for ages 10 and up, includes two activities for campers to complete each day, such as videos, online scavenger hunts, instructions for science experiments and other fun activities. Educational topics covered in this kit include crime scene investigation, fingerprinting, DNA analysis, undercover police work and more. In addition to activity kits, campers will also have access to three optional video check-ins with educators and fellow campers on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. PDT to review their kits and projects. Campers can pick up their “Special Agent Kit” in person at a pre-reserved date and time at the Museum or request for the kit to be mailed. Space is limited, up to 150 campers may participate each week and the cost is $65 per participant.
All registered campers will be invited to join the program capstone event, “Summer Camp Family Night,” which takes place on the final day of camp, Friday at 4:30 p.m. PDT. During this activity, campers and their families participate in a camp-exclusive forensic activity and trivia game. Each week, winners of Family Night will be awarded a family-four pack of tickets to visit The Mob Museum.
ABOUT THE MOB MUSEUM
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides a world-class journey through true stories—from the birth of the Mob to today’s headlines. The Mob Museum offers a provocative, contemporary look at these topics through hundreds of artifacts and immersive storylines. Numerous interactive exhibits include a Crime Lab, Firearm Training Simulator and Organized Crime Today exhibit, as well as The Underground, a Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery sponsored by Zappos. This year, the Museum released an engaging new mobile app providing the ultimate guide to the Museum for visitors, in-depth education for those seeking more about the history of the Mob and law enforcement, and an innovative, interactive lookalike feature called Doppelgangster which matches user’s facial features with Mob-related images. The Mob Museum has accumulated numerous accolades, including being named one of TripAdvisor’s “Top 25 U.S. Museums,” one of Las Vegas Weekly’s “Twenty Greatest Attractions in Las Vegas History,” one of National Geographic’s “Top 10 Things to Do in Las Vegas,” USA Today’s “Best Museum in Nevada” and one of its “12 Can’t Miss U.S. Museum Exhibits,” “A Must for Travelers” by The New York Times and one of “20 Places Every American Should See” by FOX News and Budget Travel magazine. The Museum is a two-time winner of the Mayor’s Urban Design Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse and is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. The Museum is open daily; visit the website for admission rates and operating hours. For more information, call (702) 229-2734 or visit themobmuseum.org.
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