Camp DK is a summerlong newsletter series packed with weekly reading recommendations and fun, screen-free activities kids can enjoy at home or on the road.
To join in on the fun, click the link below and print out a copy of our camp map and merit badge list. Kids can cut and paste each week’s merit badge to their map after completing that week’s activity or reading one of our recommended titles. By the end, they’ll have a colorful reminder of personal achievements from throughout the summer!
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For week seven of Camp DK, we’re exploring books that will inspire kids to find their voice and discover what they are passionate about. Activism is about building a better future by raising awareness of today’s issues, and with just a little help from grown-ups, kids can lead the way.
Next week's Camp DK unit will be our last for the year, but don’t worry—we’re going out in style! Kids can flex their creative muscles, learn about drawing and design, and get an inside look at the art world. Download your camp map today and get ready to be inspired!
In the meantime, you can catch up on past weeks' activities and reading lists below. Check back shortly for updates.
Week 6: Explore the Outdoors
Welcome to week six of Camp DK, when we head outside to soak up some sun and discover new learning opportunities. Outdoor exploration is perfect for keeping kids’ minds and bodies active, whether they are honing a new survival skill, conducting a science experiment, or setting off on a nature hunt.
With over 40 crafts and games to discover, this activity book for readers ages 5 to 7 offers a fun, hands-on approach to getting kids outside and exploring all year round.
From building a twig raft to creating nature-inspired art, children will love discovering the many possibilities right outside their door. This book is the perfect read for adventurous kids who love being outdoors and for parents looking for creative outdoor projects and an escape from digital entertainment.
It’s week five of Camp DK, and things have gotten a little wild! We’ve gathered our top books that bring kids up close and personal with their favorite animals, from lions and frogs to horses and snakes. Whether setting off on safari this summer or sticking closer to home, young readers will enjoy unlocking the secrets of the animal kingdom with these books as their key.
Filled with specially commissioned photographs that cannot be seen anywhere else and written in association with the Smithsonian Institution, this visual reference book starts with the question "what is an animal?" and takes you through the entire animal kingdom—mammals, reptiles, birds, and sea creatures.
Using a unique head-to-toe approach, the book showcases the spectacular details that make each animal special, from the flight feathers of a parrot to the tentacles of coral, allowing you to view these amazing creatures in all their glory.
In week four of Camp DK, we’re taking summer learning to new heights with books about birds, weather, stargazing, and other wonders of the sky. Not only will kids learn the science behind these compelling subjects, but they’ll be left with a deeper appreciation for the world above their heads.
We’re inviting kids to pack their (virtual) bags for week three of Camp DK and visit all 63 US national parks to uncover what makes each of them special. They won’t need to spend hours in the car or waiting in line at these popular summer destinations; with Camp DK, the park gates are always open.
The National Parks
From the giant redwoods of Sequoia to the geysers of Yellowstone, this educational book is a fun, child-friendly guide to the national parks, highlighting the diverse beauty and wonder of the USA's most beautiful natural spaces.
Bright eye-catching photographs and illustrations are paired with easy-to-read text to convey all manner of fun nature facts, park travel tips, and advice for keeping these habitats clean during visits.
With more than 600 reusable stickers and a fantastic selection of facts, this spectacular, super-sized sticker book will keep kids entertained for hours.
Young readers will love learning about the wildlife and geography of many of the largest and most popular US national parks through fun facts, real-life photos, and of course, lots and lots of stickers!
For week two of Camp DK we’re digging into the wealth of life both atop and below our planet’s surface. From fabulous fungi to bizarre bugs, there is plenty for kids to discover right outside their doors, or wherever summer takes them.
Under Your Feet... Soil, Sand and Everything Underground
We’re starting off with some virtual sightseeing across the US with our top reads for little travelers. Each of these books makes a great travel companion, whether you plan to peruse them from the car or the couch.
Packed with more than 100 stickers, this activity book for kids ages 7 to 9 spotlights what makes each state special, sharing key facts about its symbols, culture, and history. Skill-building activities including math practice and reading comprehension skill checks are interspersed throughout the book, and readers will also get the chance to answer state quiz questions, stop at famous monuments, explore spectacular national parks, and glimpse unique wildlife.