boy scout workshopCamp-Ins

Spend the night at Discovery Center! Select from our scheduled dates and themes below or invent your own overnight adventure with a Private Camp-In (call 815-972-2843 to schedule your private overnight). We may combine your group with another to meet minimum numbers. Purchase your tickets as soon as you are able; some events will sell out.

Ticket sales close one week prior to event.

*To purchase your tickets, click on the date of the event on the list below*

Fees: $30 per child / $15 per adult. Fee includes all activity materials, evening snack, morning breakfast; scouts receive Discovery Center Museum patch. Scout awards not included.

Scholarships: If you think you may be eligible for a scholarship, contact Meghan Richards at scouts@discoverycentermuseum.org or call 815-972-2843. Scholarships are based on a child’s eligibility for a school’s free or reduced lunch program.

Cancellation Policy: Refunds are available up to one week prior to event. Discovery Center reserves the right to cancel events; in which case, a full refund will be issued.
For additional questions, contact Meghan Richards at scouts@discoverycentermuseum.org or call 815-972-2843.

Private Camp-In 2017-18
Camp-In Adult Survival Guide


2017-2018 Camp-in Dates


Great Balls of Fire!: Friday, December 1, 2017


Model moon phases; construct a star map, craft glowing constellations; learn about light pollution; and take a guided tour through the night sky in our planetarium. Weather permitting, use telescopes to scope out the night.
Tigers complete The Sky is the Limit, Webelos work on Adventures in Science


Blast off!:  Saturday, January 13, 2018


Launch a rocket and learn about lift as you experiment with Bernoulli’s Principle and Newton’s Laws of Motion! Discover pressure dynamics with toys, and more!
Wolves work on Air of the wolf & Motor Away, Bears work on Make it Move, Webelos work on Adventures in Science


Natural Disasters: Saturday, February 3, 2018   SOLD OUT


Make a miniature volcano, capture a cloud, bottle a tornado, experience the hair-raising effects of lightning, boost your disaster preparedness, and witness an explosive demo!
Wolves work on Air of the Wolf, Webelos work on Adventures in Science and Earth Rocks


Lions and Tigers and....Monkeys? OH MY!:  Saturday, February 10, 2018


Join us for exclusive access to the insatiable curiosity of Curious George™, the monkey who has captured the hearts of millions for 65 years. The exhibit will lead you on a fun, educational, and interactive math, science, and engineering-based adventure!


Mythbusters!:  Saturday, March 3, 2018 - SOLD OUT


Have you ever wondered (but been too scared to test) how to make Mt. Dew glow in the dark? Or which ingredients make the best explosions? Use science to test out myths and decide: are they plausible or BUSTED?
Bears work on Super Science, Webelos work on Adventures in Science


Mad Scientist:  Saturday, April 7, 2018


Measure, pour, and mix your way into the scientific method as you experiment with chemical reactions. Play with polymers, cause color changes, and more!
Bears complete Super Science, Webelos complete Adventures in Science


Grossology:  Saturday, April 28, 2018


Get hands-on with the ins and “outs” of digestion. Discover which intestinal formula triggers diarrhea; make mucus, and fabricate phlegm. No giggling, please.
Wolves complete Germs Alive, Bears work on Super Science, Webelos work on Adventures in Science