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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 over 15 years.

What is the child to instructor ratio?

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

What ages are the camps designed for?

Most camps are designed for children entering first grade to sixth grade in the fall. See each camp description for age/ grade level. Please call (651) 793-5721 for recommendations if you have questions.

Are different aged children in the same camp?

Yes, different aged elementary children could be in the same camp. See the camp description page for the recommended age/ grade levels for each camp. 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 staff. 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?

Registration is typically handled by our partner locations. Select camp registration is handled through 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), cancellations are accepted up to the week before camp starts.  Each of our partner-hosted camps (such as the school districts, community eds, parks & rec., etc.) have their own refund policy posted on their websites.  

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

Yes, in fact, we encourage it. Each camp is unique so your child can enjoy them all. Many children sign up for multiple camps. 

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 have been offered in prior summers. We have had a lot of children take a particular camp again and still enjoy it the second time. 

Does Mad Science have a minimum enrollment requirement?

Yes. Mad Science and our partner locations reserve the right to cancel any camp that does not meet the minimum enrollment of 10 campers. Minimum enrollment must generally be met at least one week prior to the camp start date. If one of our camp partners cancels a Mad Science Camp due to low enrollment, you will be contacted and issued a refund.

What should my child bring/wear to camp?

Children should dress comfortably and come ready to have fun! Send your child to camp with shoes that will remain securely on their feet (no flip-flops please). We will be spending the majority of our day in the classroom, but the kids might go outside for some camp activities. If your child needs to be sun-screened, please apply it before arriving at camp. Mad Science will provide all supplies needed for camp activities. Parents are responsible to provide a snack and water for children to eat during snack break (no peanut based foods please). 

Medical Information about your Camper

To assist the camp instructor with knowledge of specific considerations for your camper, please fill out the "medical information" section when registering.

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 mail with their contact information and we will contact them with your request.

What is the cost to attend Mad Science Summer Camp?

Each partner location determines the per camper price for the Mad Science camp depending on the registration option offered at their site (i.e. Before and After Care) and additional activities that may be offered as part of the camp day. Please contact our partner locations for specific camp prices.

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 for details.


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