WEEK 1: (Dec. 20th–24th): Winter Wizard Lab: an investigation of imagination and ingenuity. Craft a mysterious cloak, design a wonderful wand, and keep note in your secret handmade spellbook to answer the question, will it fly, float, or disappear?

WEEK 2: (Dec. 27th–31st): Arctic Animal Adventure: Gear up and learn about the most treacherous of tundras. Make an LED lantern from scratch, cook a fish with fire, and get creative with creatures through costuming and experiments! 


Mentor shifts will be 7 hours each camp day, which includes a 30-minute lunch and two 15 minute breaks. Mentors will be assigned either opening shift (8:30 am- 3:30 pm) or closing shifts (9 am-4 pm)


Mentor Orientation: Saturday, December 11th, 3 pm – 6 pm 
Project & Education Training: Sunday, Dec 12th 8:30 am – 4:30 pm


Mentors will be assigned to assist students between the ages of 5-8 under the supervision of a lead museum educator. 

Duties include, but are not limited to:

–Assisting campers during art and science projects
–Setting-up and cleaning activities
–Supervising and engaging with campers during museum playtime
–Serve as a great role model

We anticipate full enrollment, however, we can only accept enough mentors to meet our weekly mentor/student ratios. Mentors will receive a VISA gift card at the end of their mentorship of $300 if they attended the two training days and attended all camp days. Award amount will be adjusted if a mentor is unable to attend all program dates. 

Award amounts are:
$150 Visa gift card for each full week worked

Mentors may receive community service credits if your school approves. All interns may receive a valuable letter of recommendation for use on resumes, jobs, and college applications, upon request. 


To apply you must:

  • Be 15 – 22 years old at time of camp
  • Provide proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 and obtain a COVID Test within 72 hours before camp start date of Dec. 20th, regardless of vaccination status. Results of this test will need to be submitted directly to the camp director, more information will be provided at Mentor Orientation.  
  • Serve as positive role models (non-smoking, positive appearance, kid-friendly, with a helpful disposition) and follow all the procedures and rules of the museum which will be reviewed at our mentor training.

Caring for other people's children is an awesome responsibility, we are happy you are interested in helping us meet the need in our community.


Each day will feature themed science, art, team building activities, and time for children to explore and play.

Mentors will be assigned a classroom that will include a Lead Museum Educator and campers. COVID-Safe practices will be strictly followed.


Apply by Monday, November 29th at midnight 

Once applications close, all applicants will be emailed to schedule their interview
(held November 30th – December 4th).

New applicants will need to come in-person, returning mentors will only need to complete a phone interview. 

COVID Safety Measures

The Santa Fe Children's Museum has reorganized the way in which camp will be administered following All Together New Mexico's COVID-Safe Practices for Individuals and Businesses Youth Programs Guidelines and to ensure the health and safety of all campers, interns, and staff.

  • Each class will have 2-3 interns depending on a number of campers.
  • Children will be in the same group and with the same staff members each day
  • Each group will be in their own classrooms practicing physical distancing and not intermingle with the other groups (unless from the same household)
  • All children, interns & staff are required to bring and wear their own face covering. Extras are available onsite if needed. At this time we cannot accept medical waivers in lieu of masks, and due to the nature of our business and facility- even if appropriate vaccination records are provided, masks must be worn at all times when on the premise.
  • CDC recommended ventilation upgrades have been made to the facility and each classroom will be outfitted with additional air filtration systems, as well as multiple points of airflow through doors and windows that will remain open at all times.

Leona Hillary, Director of Education