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Camp FAQ

How long has Mad Science been running camps?

Mad Science of Minnesota is a franchise of The Mad Science Group. Our programs are created by a team of professional scientists and teachers at our head office, in Montreal, QC. Millions of children in over 160 locations, in 22 countries have enjoyed our programs. Mad Science of Minnesota has been running camps in this area for 18 years.

What is the child to instructor ratio?

The child to instructor ratio varies depending on enrollment and age of the students. We always have at least one counselor for up to 20 students.

What ages are the camps designed for?

Most camps are designed for rising first graders to sixth graders. Our “Secret Agent” camp and “Rocket Blast-Off!” camp are targeted to rising second graders to sixth graders. Our “Forensic Lab” camp and “Red Hot Robots” camp are for older students. If you have a 5-year old child who is entering kindergarten, the "Science in My Backyard" or "Junior Scientist" camps are appropriate. Please call (651) 793-5721 for recommendations if you have questions.

Are different aged children in the same camp?

Yes and no. A few of our camps are divided by age, such as the Robot camps but, for the most part, they are not; we use a buddy system where, if required, the older children help the younger ones. Also, our low child to instructor ratio ensures that there is always plenty of help. Please see the online registration form or call us to see which camps are divided by age.

Who are the Mad Science camp instructors?

Mad Science instructors tend to be college students pursuing an education or science degree, former/retired teachers, teachers on summer break or Mad Science After School Program. All Mad Science instructors have experience working with groups of elementary-aged children and have undergone background checks. They also receive summer-camp specific training. The main characteristic of our instructors is that they all share a love of working with children and the desire to spark and nurture their campers’ imaginations! If you know someone who would make a great Mad Science instructor, please invite them to apply HERE.

Do you offer extended care?

Mad Science does not as our camps are half day camps. If your child is attending a partner-hosted camp, such as your local school district's Community Education department or Park and Rec department, please contact them directly to find out what is available.

How do I register my child for a camp?

Depending on the location of the camp, there may be many ways to register: mail, over the phone, in person, or online. The easiest way to find out is to check our online registration system.  

How soon do I need to register to reserve a space for my child?

Many camps and dates fill very quickly. We recommend that you register as soon as possible, because space availability depends on how quickly everyone else signs up! Registration is generally available by February each year.

What is your refund policy?

For Mad Science hosted camps (i.e. our online registration system, phone-in, paper), cancellations are accepted up to the day before camp starts.  Each of our partner-hosted camp (such as the school districts, parks & rec., etc.) has their own refund policy posted on their websites.  If we do not get sufficient enrollment to hold the camp, Mad Science will make every effort to provide alternative camp locations, or you will be offered the option of a full refund.

Can I sign my child up for more than one camp?

Yes, in fact, we encourage it. Each camp is completely different so your child can enjoy them all without repeating activities.

 
My child has attended a Mad Science camp before. If he/she took a particular camp, will it be the same camp that he/she has taken before?

The camps with the same names are the same as the ones that we have used last summer. We have had a lot of children take a particular camp again and still enjoy it the second time.

My child has taken a Mad Science camp before, but I do not remember which one.

Email mail@madsciencemn.org with the date and location and we will be happy to look it up for you.

Does Mad Science have a minimum enrollment requirement?

The minimum number of campers necessary to hold a camp is 10. Mad Science tries to inform parents as soon as possible should it appear that a camp will not reach its minimum enrollment. On these occasions, we will offer priority enrollment in other camps. Contact us for additional information on camp cancellations.

What should my child bring/wear to camp?

Mad Science provides all the equipment and materials for both the in-class activities and the take home projects. All you need to provide is a child who is ready to have fun! Children should dress comfortably for that day's weather. Also, as we will be outside on a number of occasions, please do not dress your child in any clothes that you do not want to get dirty. You may wish to apply sunscreen or insect repellent, or send these items with your child. A hat and/or sunglasses may also be useful.

The snacks that are part of each camp day are not a significant amount of food. If your child would benefit from some additional calories during the day, please pack additional snack items. We cannot guarantee that coolers or refrigeration will be accessible at our camp-sites. Please avoid peanut-based foods as a courtesy to other campers. Please clearly mark your child's name on all items he/she brings to the camp.

Medical Information about your Camper

Prior to actual attendance at a Mad Science full-day summer camp, we require certain medical information from you regarding your camper. This is to assist the camp instructor with knowledge of specific considerations for your camper.

You must be aware that all summer-camp activities involve some risk, and, by registering for a camp, there is an assumption of risk made by the participant. Mad Science is dedicated to securing safe facilities for our camps and using personnel and equipment that is designed to be safe. However, Mad Science instructors are not trained in provision of medical services of any kind.

By enrolling your child in a Mad Science camp, you do agree to not hold Mad Science Group, its Franchisees, Agents, Representatives, Facilities, Employees, Managers, Contractors and Instructors liable for any medical emergencies or conditions your child may experience, related directly or indirectly to a camp.

 
Are these the only locations where you will be holding your camps this summer?

Maybe not. We are in discussion with many locations to provide our Mad Science camps. Please look at our website on a regular basis as we will be updating our schedule as soon as additional locations are added. Also, if you would like to see a Mad Science camp at a location near you, please email mail@madsciencen.org with their contact information and we will contact them with your request.

Start your own Mad Science camp

If our schedule does not work with YOUR schedule then bring Mad Science to you! All you need is 10 children and a safe place to hold the camp!

We may even be able to adjust the start time, length of the day, number of days, or customize our programming to exactly match your needs.

Location needs for a Mad Science camp are:
  • Table/desk space and a chair for each camper
  • A table for the Mad Scientist's equipment
  • Access to electricity and water
  • A nearby outside area (approximately 100 ft x 100 ft)

Mad Science provides everything else! Please email mail@madsciencemn.org for details.


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