LAS VEGAS (April 2021) – The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will host “Operation Summer Camp,” a virtual summer camp offered in June and July. This series features hands-on and immersive activities exploring the work of police officers, crime scene investigators, forensic scientists and historians for youth ages 10 to 15. Campers can join other participants from around the country for an interactive, live-instruction virtual camp atmosphere.
“Operation Summer Camp” is a live, Museum educator-directed virtual program offered as daily, three-hour Zoom sessions plus additional activities to be completed at the campers’ leisure, providing a total of 20 hours’ worth of activities per week. 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. Five camps targeting different age groups are available:
- “Operation: Investigation I” – Appropriate for campers ages 10 through 12 or rising grades 4 through 7. Each day will focus on a different topic, including how to investigate a crime and build a case by collecting evidence, fingerprint examination, trace evidence collection, blood spatter analysis, witness interrogation and more.
Two sessions are offered Monday, June 14 through Friday, June 18: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT. Registration must be completed by Wednesday, June 2.
- “Operation: Forensic Science I” – Appropriate for campers ages 13 through 15 or rising grades 8 through 10. Each day will focus on a different topic, including crime scene investigation, death investigation, fingerprint analysis, firearm and bullet examination, DNA analysis and more.
Two sessions are offered Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 25: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT. Registration must be completed by Wednesday, June 2.
- “Operation: Investigation II” – Appropriate for campers ages 10 through 12 years or rising grades 4 through 7. Each day will focus on a different topic, including how to sharpen investigative skills, examine various forms of evidence, investigate a death, understand how law enforcement brings down criminals and more.
Two sessions are offered Monday, July 12, through Friday, July 16: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT. Registration must be completed by Wednesday, June 30.
- “Operation: Forensic Science II” – Appropriate for campers ages 13 through 15 or rising grades 8 through 10. Each day will focus on a different topic, including modern forensic techniques, historical crimes, science-based activities to hone the investigative craft and more.
Two sessions are offered Monday, July 19, through Friday, July 23: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT. Registration must be complete by Wednesday, June 30.
- “Operation: Discover History” – Appropriate for campers ages 10 through 12 or rising grades 4 through 7. Each day will focus on a different topic related to the fascinating history of Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. Campers will discover who lived in Las Vegas and how they adapted to the desert before modern technology. Participants will also learn what they can do to help preserve the city’s past. This new camp topic incorporates hands-on activities and creative writing aimed at appreciating and preserving the rich story of Las Vegas.
Two sessions are offered Monday, July 26, through Friday, July 30: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. PDT. Registration must be complete by Wednesday, June 30.
All campers will also be invited to join the program capstone event, “Summer Camp Family Night,” which takes place on the final day of camp each week on Friday at 5 p.m. PDT. During this activity, campers and their families participate in a camp-exclusive activity and trivia game. Each week, winners of Family Night will be awarded a family-four pack of tickets to visit The Mob Museum.
In addition, The Mob Museum’s “Operation Summer Camp” can assist children from Girl Scouts of the USA and Boy Scouts of America in earning certain merit badges. Badges are not included. For further details, please click here.
The cost for “Operation Summer Camp” is $150 per camper or $125 for Museum Members. For those purchasing multiple camp registrations, a 15 percent discount will be applied to the second or multiple registration(s). Cost includes a prepared kit with activities and materials needed to complete summer camp projects. In the kits for campers in Investigation and Forensic Science, a few items in the kits include a pocket microscope, hand lens, instructions for making fake blood, materials needed to record and dust for fingerprints and much more. Campers in Discover History will have a pocket journal, neon chalk marker, hand lens, craft supplies and more. Kits can be picked up directly at The Mob Museum or mailed directly to campers anywhere in the U.S. To become a member and to take advantage of membership pricing for Summer Camp, click here.
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. The Museum is also home to The Underground, a Prohibition history exhibition featuring a speakeasy and distillery sponsored by Zappos. 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 No. 1 in the 2020 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards for “Best Las Vegas Attraction” 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. 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, visit themobmuseum.org, or download the Museum’s free mobile app.