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Camp-In FAQs


How much does Camp-In cost?
The cost is $45.00/person, adult & child alike. Cost includes IMAX and Planetarium shows; three science-based, hands-on workshops; time to explore exhibits and shop in the Store; an evening snack; a light breakfast; a participation patch and – of course – the chance to spend a night in the museum!

How old do children have to be to attend Camp-In?
Children who attend Camp-In must be between 8 and 10 years old. The Camp-In workshops are written specifically with 3rd-5th grade children (8-10 year olds) in mind.

Can I or a member of my group bring a younger or older sibling?
No. All children who attend Camp-In must be members of the youth organization reserving the spaces AND be 8-10 years old (3rd-5th grade).

Are there chaperone limitations?
No. There is no limit to the number of chaperones a group can bring, but Camp-In asks that groups not bring more adults than children. Please be sure that one adult is named as the Adult-in-Charge and that that person is willing to oversee their entire group during Camp-In.

Adult chaperones must be at least 18 years of age and will be responsible for continually supervising and maintaining safe, sensible, courteous behavior among their children.

Due to space limitations in the SciZones, and to avoid overcrowding with adults, Camp-In asks that adult chaperones be mindful of how many adults sit in on workshops. All other aspects of Camp-In (Planetarium, IMAX, museum exploration, snack, breakfast, and sleeping) can and should be done as a whole group.

Can I register online?

Can I register by phone?
Yes, but you must email (or FAX) a completed registration form and roster before phoning the Camp-In Programs Supervisor with credit card information to pay in full.  Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until a night reaches capacity.  (See Camp-In Information Sheet for phone, FAX, and email information.)

Can I register by email?
Yes, but your email must include a completed registration form and roster and you’re prepared to phone the Camp-In Programs Supervisor with credit card information to pay in full.  Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until a night reaches capacity. (See Camp-In Information Sheet for phone, FAX, and email information.)

Can I pay the registration fees with a credit card?
Yes, as long as you have first emailed (or FAXed) a completed registration form and roster to the Camp-In Programs Supervisor and are prepared to pay in full.  Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until a night reaches capacity.  (See Camp-In Information Sheet for phone, FAX, and email information.)

Can I pay the registration fees by check?
Yes.  Complete a registration form and roster and mail it, along with a check for payment in full, payable to the Maryland Science Center, to the address shown on the registration form.  Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until a night reaches capacity.

Where can I park?
Overnight parking discounts are offered at nearby public lots. Information about where to park is included in your confirmation packet. Parking discounts cannot be guaranteed, so you should be prepared to pay full price – up to $26.00 – for overnight parking. (Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it!)

What if a member of my group has to arrive late or leave early?
If the need arises, a member or members of your group may arrive after 6:30 PM or leave before 9:00 AM. Upon check-in, the Adult-in-Charge of the group should inform the Event Supervisor of any participants who will be arriving late or leaving early. For late arrivals, a chaperone already at Camp-In must meet the late arrival(s) in the rear lobby. If the arrival time is unknown, the security guard on duty will contact the Event Supervisor when the child and/or parent arrives. For early departures, a chaperone should wait with a child in the rear lobby until his/her parent arrives. Early departure is not recommended. Camp-In is intended to be an overnight event. Early departure denies a child the full Camp-In experience.

Can I get a refund if a member of my group cannot attend?
Once a registration is confirmed, refunds are not granted. However, if someone in your group cannot attend the program, you may substitute another member of your youth organization. Adults can be substituted for children, and vice-versa, but it’s important you advise Camp-In in advance. Even trades (child for child or adult for adult) can be made to your roster on the night of your Camp-In. You do not have to call in advance for even trades.

What about inclement weather cancellations?
Should the Maryland Science Center decide to cancel a Camp-In due to inclement weather, the Science Center will notify the Adult-in-Charge of each group. A decision to cancel an event will not be made until 2:00 PM on the day of the scheduled event. Leaders and parents may call the Camp-In information line at 410-545-5881 24 hours a day to receive current information about the status of an event. (This is a recorded information line only. If you need to speak with the Camp-In Programs Supervisor, please call 410-545-5955 during regular business hours.) The Maryland Science Center will make every effort to reschedule a group. If a mutually acceptable date cannot be found for a group, registration fees will be refunded in full.

Is there a minimum group size required to register for Camp-In?

Can people who do not belong to youth groups register for Camp-In?
Only Maryland Science Center Members may register for Camp-In on any of the school/youth group dates without being associated with a youth group. All others must be part of an organized youth group. Members should use the school/youth group registration form and write “MEMBER” in the space for school/youth organization. Grades 3-5 only. There are no member discounts for Camp-In.

Are meals included in the registration fee?
An evening snack and a light breakfast are included, but you are responsible for dinner. There are three options for dinner: 1) groups can eat before coming to Camp-In; 2) groups can bring bag suppers with them; or 3) groups can order special “Meal Deals” in advance from the Science Center’s Elements Café. (Order forms are included in the confirmation packet sent to group leaders. Option 3 becomes available only after your Camp-In date is confirmed.)

What scout badge requirements are satisfied at Camp-In?
Because so many different types of youth organizations participate in Camp-In, workshops are not designed to satisfy specific badge requirements. Reading through the workshop descriptions will give leaders a preliminary idea about which badge requirements may be fulfilled at Camp-In. A number of exhibit components will also help fulfill badge requirements, but it’s up to individual leaders to make that determination.

Can I add more children or adults to my group once I have registered and received confirmation?
It may be possible to add more children and/or adults to your registration after your group is confirmed for a Camp-In date. To avoid confusion, all inquiries must be made by the Adult-in-Charge, not individual parents.

The Adult-in-Charge should call 410-545-5955 to ask whether or not Camp-In can accommodate more registrants. It would be helpful if we had no less than a two week advance on add-on requests, as it is difficult to accept add-ons at the last minute. Additions without prior approval will be returned. Once a specific number of children and/or adult add-ons have been approved, the leader must either provide credit card information or send a check immediately for the total amount that includes the names of the child(ren) and/or adult(s), the group name or number and the date the group is confirmed to attend Camp-In.

Please be aware that the number of registrants allowed for Camp-In is determined by our workshop capacity and safety codes. The policy of the Maryland Science Center is to accept registrations from groups until capacity is reached. Once that capacity is reached, additional groups will be refused. (Capacities for individual events may vary depending upon exhibits or other special projects at the Maryland Science Center). After this time, ONLY children may be added on an individual basis, unless it is determined by the Maryland Science Center that more adults are needed.

What do we need to bring to Camp-In?
Each person should bring one bag containing minimum toiletries and a sleeping bag. The Adult-in-Charge of each group must have a permission slip for each child as well as a health history for each participant. You may use the form provided in the confirmation packet or other form(s) approved by your youth organization. Adults may want to bring a flashlight and a sleeping pad to soften the floor, and perhaps a sleeping mask, because it just doesn’t get very dark. Campers may wish to bring money to purchase gifts, souvenirs, and educational items at the Science Store. Feel free to bring a camera. Pictures can be taken everywhere in the museum except the Planetarium and IMAX Theater. Do not bring a hair dryer, curling iron, or other electrical appliance. Cell phones and other electronic communication devices should be used judiciously by adults only. No electronically-inflatable air mattresses. No cots.

How should we dress for Camp-In?
Comfortably! Because you will be sleeping in your clothes (do NOT bring a change of clothes!) we recommend a sweat shirt & pants with shorts and a t-shirt underneath. Although it is up to the group leader, we advise against scouts wearing uniforms.

Are all the exhibits open during Camp-In?
No. Camp-In will have access to all core exhibits except Dinosaur Mysteries and the Link areas. Does not include the Traveling Exhibit Gallery.

Can we stay after Camp-In to see exhibits?
You cannot “stay after,” but you CAN return when the building opens to the public, which we caution you could be an hour or more after Camp-In ends. You must remove your overnight gear from the building immediately at the end of Camp-In, and it would be wise to re-park your cars, as the Camp-In parking discount does not extend past the end of Camp-In. The Adult-in-Charge of your group must see the Camp-In Event Supervisor to make proper arrangements for returning. This opportunity is good only for the day your Camp-In ends.