Spend the night at Discovery Center! Select from our scheduled dates and 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


Spooky Science: Friday, October 20, 2017 (Event Tickets - Sold Out)

Br/Jr/Ca - 6:30p-9:00a 

Assemble a skeleton, concoct glowing slime, dissect a real eyeball and wrap up the night with glow lights and a planetarium show. Come in costume for a spook-tacularly fun time!


Great Balls of Fire: Saturday, November 4, 2017

Br/Jr/Ca - 6:30p-9:00a 

 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. Then get exclusive access to this special exhibition in Woodward Hall!

Brownies work toward Home Scientist BadgeJuniors make a connection to Get Moving!


Mystery Crime Lab: Friday, February 2, 2018; Saturday, April 21, 2018

Br/Jr/Ca - 6:30p-9:00a 

Put on your detective hat and use forensic science to solve this case! Examine fingerprints, take apart ink, crack a code, measure footprints, and more.  

Brownies work toward Home Scientist Badge; Juniors work toward Detective Badge; Cadettes work toward Special Agent Badge.


Mythbusters!: Friday, March 2, 2018;

Br/Jr/Ca - 6:30p-9:00a 

Have you ever wondered (but been too scared to test) what happens when you eat PopRocks and Coke? What would happen if you dropped a penny from a skyscraper? Use science to test out myths and decide: are they plausible or BUSTED?

Brownies work toward Home Scientist Badge and connect to WOW! Juniors work toward Detective Badge and connect to Get Moving


Chem-Tastic!: Friday, March 23, 2018

Br/Jr/Ca - 6:30p-9:00a 

 Measure, pour, and mix your way into the scientific method as you experiment with chemical reactions. Play with polymers, cause color changes, and more!

Brownies work toward Home Scientist & Inventor Badges and connect to WOW! Juniors connect to Get Moving!


Natural Disasters: Friday, April 6, 2018

Br/Jr/Ca - 6:30p-9:00a 

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!