Your Week at Camp

Camp Galileo

Stars (1st - 2nd grades)

African Safari

The Art & Science of the Serengeti

Embark on a sweeping safari adventure. When Leboo spots a never-before-seen animal near his village, no one will believe it exists—until the campers help him prove it. This week, Stars will create shadowboxes and batiks inspired by African animals, engineer their own versions of the continent's wildest creatures and set off to search the savanna on the most innovative, unforgettable safari ever.

Project  Spotlight

Shadow Box

This week, Stars will bring artistic dimension to Africa’s animals. They’ll learn to paint color gradients, layer tints and create hand-printed textures for a Serengeti shadowbox showcasing a savanna creature and its habitat. Campers will be visionary as they picture their final scene with the help of a series of prompts, then bring their landscape to life with 3-D details to turn their visions into reality.

The Innovator's Mindset Focus for this project is to Be Visionary: I imagine things that don’t yet exist.

Weekly Breakdown


In Art, campers will begin creating their animal shadowbox,  painting gradations of two colors to be used in the fore, middle and backgrounds of their Serengeti landscapes.

In Science, campers will learn all about the process of evolution and adaption as they toss parasites, varying in design and materials, to see what ideas stick the best on the surface of a wildebeest. They’ll need to be collaborative as they work in pairs to combine the best traits from each of their designs into a newly evolved parasite.

Ask your camper: What technique did you use to mix different colors together to make smooth transitions?


In Art, campers will hand-print textures to create zebra, giraffe or cheetah markings, then cut and assemble their animal’s body parts to capture a chosen gesture.

In Science, campers will build a noisy insect out of balsa wood and paper, experimenting with different combinations of rubber bands and spacers to make it buzz when swung on a string.


In Art, campers will finish their shadowboxes, envisioning and creating a 3-D Serengeti scene with elements from their animal’s natural environment. They’ll be visionary as they close their eyes and imagine exactly what they want their final shadowbox scene to look like, then turn their ideas into reality.

In Science, campers will learn how to build a slingshot using overlapped, wrapped craft sticks and a rubber band launcher. They’ll test out their slingshot by knocking down monkeys hanging from various heights in the canopy above.

In Outdoors, campers will team up to get their beanbag eggs into hula hoop nests, collaborating to protect their team’s eggs and evade defenders from the other teams in Bird’s Nest.

Ask your camper: How did you plan ahead to create a shadowbox scene that looked just how you wanted?


In Art, campers will begin creating batiks featuring animals of the Serengeti. They’ll learn the basics of representational drawing, breaking animals down into simple shapes and using size guides to achieve accurate proportions. Campers will transfer their sketches to black paper and outline them in white glue to create a batik-style resist when they add chalk pastel the following day.

In Science, campers will begin building a safari jeep that resembles a traditional South African toy made from wire and other found objects. They’ll need to be determined to make the foundation of their jeep as strong as possible, and to ensure that their wheels are rolling smoothly.

In Outdoors, campers will work together to retrieve the keys to their safari jeep from a sleeping lion in King’s Keys. Campers will collaborate to transport and disguise the keys, then reflect as a group to redesign their strategy.


In Art, campers will complete their batik animals, adding color with chalk pastel and revealing the resist created by the dried glue outlines. They’ll finish off their creations with geometric patterned borders, and a beaded fastener to put it on display.

In Science, campers will improve their jeeps with doors, roofs, spare tires, and even a working headlight. Campers will be visionary today as they imagine creative ways to use and repurpose a variety of materials to make their jeep features, after collaborating in a rapid group prototyping brainstorm.  

Innovation  At Home

  • Hone your building skills and newfound knowledge on, an online community of kids who courageously try new things, from crafting cardboard creatures to creating custom beadwork.

  • Grab some craft sticks and your trusty hot glue gun, then bring your favorite Serengeti creatures zooming into life as you build propeller-powered, animal-inspired zipline racers.

Head to a museum in your area to learn more about African history, culture, art and innovation:

Visit a nearby zoo with a pencil and a pad of paper. Sketch an animal or habitat that you learned about at camp:

Galileo Innovation Approach

The Galileo Innovation Approach® (GIA) is our guiding principle. The GIA is at the core of every activity your kids do at camp, from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade. Having a Galileo Innovator’s Mindset, Process and Knowledge makes a lasting impact on the way children think, explore and create.

1. The Innovator's Mindset: How Galileo innovators approach the world

I am Visionary

I am Courageous

I am Collaborative

I am Determined

I am Reflective

2. The Innovator’s Knowledge: What Galileo innovators need to understand

Concepts and Facts

Historical Context

Skills and Techniques

Audience and Environment

3. The Innovator’s Process: How Galileo innovators innovate

Read more about the GIA