Friday Overnight Programs

For registrations totaling less than $50 per program, please complete your booking by telephone at 248.645.3210.

Available October through May.
Advance registration is required.
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Scouting at Cranbrook Friday Overnights
6pm Friday through 8am Saturday.

Experience the Institute after hours by camping among the exhibits. Meet Scouts from across Michigan as you participate in hands-on workshops.

Overnight Workshops include:
2 hour workshop
Auditorium physics program
Planetarium program
Evening snack
Continental breakfast

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Friday Overnight Workshops – All Scouts Science Explorer
Nov. 22 6pm; Jan. 24 6pm; Feb. 14 6pm; Mar. 28 6pm; Apr. 25 6pm; May 9 6pm
The Scientists at Cranbrook have put their heads together to create an exciting adventure for your Scouts!  Take some time to explore the world of dinosaurs, learn a thing or two about the importance of the buffalo to the Native Americans and try your hand at mixing together a slimy concoction before ending your science exploration with an electrifying physics presentation.  You’ll get all this, plus time to explore the museum and a Scouts-only planetarium program.  Please note: we are constantly coming up with different ideas for this overnight experience, the content may change year to year or even date to date to stay updated, please check our web site for more information.  This program is open to all ages of Scouts.  No specific badge earned.

Friday Overnight Workshops – Brownie & Junior Girl Scout Astronomy
Nov. 15 6pm; Jan. 17 6pm; Apr. 4 6pm
The Universe is the limit in this astronomy workshop.  Check out the sky above in our planetarium to create a chart to help you identify the stars and learn about the features of the Earth’s moon. Then, learn about the tools used by amateur and professional astronomers.  Here is a unique opportunity for your girls to explore the science of Astronomy while on their “It’s Your Planet-Love It!” Journey.  We’ll explore the wonders of our Sun and learn how the energy it generates helps to drive the water cycle and so much that we take for granted here on Earth.  The Scouts will get a chance to see just how extensive our solar system really is while they take a walk through our model.  Take a visit the Institute’s Observatory to catch a glimpse of a celestial object or two.

Friday Overnight Workshops – Junior Girl Scouts CSI
Jan. 10 6pm; Feb. 7 6pm; Mar. 7 6pm; Apr. 11 6pm; May 2 6pm
Become an agent-in-training to solve a fictitious crime in the museum! Scouts learn how to identify the importance of a good memory while conducting an investigation, interview suspects and analyze crime scene samples.  These include blood splatter, microscopic examination of fibers and soils and even fingerprints while working on their requirements for the Junior Detective Skill Builder Badge!   Scouts will interpret data collected during the evening to solve the crime and determine…whodunit!

Friday Overnight Workshops – Webelos Engineer
Nov. 8 6pm; Jan. 3 6pm
Enter the world of engineering at this hands-on workshop. Start your workshop with a fascinating opportunity to learn about the field of engineering.  We’ll do this by opening the floor to other engineers in the room to talk about a current project or two. Investigate the importance of structure, as it plays a part in an object’s ability to function, as you explore bridge building.  Learn how electricity is generated as you explore electrical circuitry. Design a complex machine to do work as you explore the mechanics behind simple machines. In addition to all of this the Scouts will get the opportunity to take part in an interactive presentation on Forces and Motion in our Auditorium and a Scout specific planetarium presentation.  This workshop is a great introduction for your Scouts into the wonders of physical world.

Friday Overnight Workshops – Webelos Scientist
Dec. 6 6pm; Jan. 31 6pm
Investigations abound in this workshop dealing with the scientific method.  Become knowledgeable of the laws of pressure while investigating scientifically through experimentation some of the theories of Bernoulli and Pascal.  Let your Scouts keep the scientific exploration flowing as you test out Newton’s Laws of Motion.  Discover the wonders of the properties behind the forces of gravity and how an object with mass has a center.  Find out how crystals are formed and take home a crystal-growing solution. In addition the Scouts will get a chance to check out an electrifying physics program in our auditorium and their very own planetarium presentation.