Overnight Programs

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

Friday Overnight Workshops – All Scouts Science Explorer ($45) 6pm Fri.-8am Sat.
Oct. 23-24;  Jan. 22-23;  Mar. 4-5;  Mar. 18-19;  Apr. 22-23
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 balance and motion and try your hand at mixing together a slimy concoction before ending your science exploration with an electrifying physics presentation You will get all this, plus time to explore the museum and attend a private scout program in the Acheson Planetarium. Please note: we are constantly developing different ideas for this overnight experience; the content may change date to date. To stay updated, please check our web site for more information. This program is open to all levels of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. No specific badge earned.

Friday Overnight Workshops – Cub Scout Explorer ($45) 6 pm Fri.-8 am Sat. 
Nov. 20-21;  Apr. 15-16
Join all levels of Cub Scouts as we discover the wonders of science. Scouts will explore science through exciting hands-on workshops, and participate in an electrifying physics presentation. You will get all this, plus time to explore the museum and attend a private scout program in the Acheson Planetarium. Please note: we are constantly developing different ideas for this overnight experience; the content may change date to date. To stay updated, please check our web site for more information. No specific badge earned.

Friday Overnight Workshops – Junior/Cadette Girl Scouts CSI ($45) 6 pm Fri.-8 am Sat. 
Nov. 13-14;  Mar. 11-12;  May 13-14
Become an agent-in-training to solve a fictitious crime in the museum! Scouts learn the importance of a good memory while conducting an investigation, interviewing suspects and analyzing crime scene samples including blood splatter, microscopic examination of fibers and hair, and even fingerprints. Scouts will interpret data collected during the evening to solve the crime and determine…whodunit!

Saturday Overnight

6 pm Saturday through 8 am Sunday

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

Saturday Overnight Workshops – All Scouts Science Explorer ($45) 6 pm Sat.-8 am Sun.
Dec. 5-6
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 balance and motion and try your hand at mixing together a slimy concoction before ending your science exploration with an electrifying physics presentation. You will get all this, plus time to explore the museum and attend a private scout program in the Acheson Planetarium. Please note: we are constantly developing different ideas for this overnight experience; the content may change date to date. To stay updated, please check our web site for more information. This program is open to all levels of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. No specific badge earned.

Saturday Overnight Workshops – Junior Girl Scout Astronomy ($45) 6 pm Sat.-8 am Sun. 
Jan. 30-31
The Universe is the limit in this astronomy workshop. Check out the sky above in our Acheson 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. We’ll take a look at the stars while using a planisphere. Scouts will get a chance to see how extensive our solar system really is by walking through our scale model. Finish with a visit to the Institute’s Observatory to catch a glimpse of a celestial object or two.

Saturday Overnight Workshops – Junior/Cadette Girl Scouts CSI ($45) 6 pm Sat.-8 am Sun. 
Jan. 16-17
Become an agent-in-training to solve a fictitious crime in the museum! Scouts learn the importance of a good memory while conducting an investigation, interviewing suspects and analyzing crime scene samples including blood splatter, microscopic examination of fibers and hair, and even fingerprints. Scouts will interpret data collected during the evening to solve the crime and determine…whodunit!

Registration/Cancellation for Scout Overnights:

For Scout overnight registrations made more than 45 calendar days from date of visit:

  • A non-refundable deposit of $50 is due at time of registration.
  • Both final number of attendants and invoice balance are due 45 days prior to the date of your program.
  • Your reservation is subject to cancellation if full payment is not received 45 calendar days prior to the date of your program.
    •  Notification of cancellation will be provided to the person that made the reservation.
    • Due to space limitations, only pre-registered attendees may attend a program. No walk-in reservations are allowed.

For registrations made less than 45 calendar days from date of visit:

  • Please contact the scheduling office by phone at 248 645.3210 to complete your registration.
  • Total invoice balance is due at time of registration.

Overnight Group Cancellations made 45 calendar days or more from date of visit:

  • Reschedule with no additional fees.
  • Your $50 non-refundable deposit is forfeited.
  • Remaining prepayment will be refunded by check to the person who completed the reservation.

Overnight Group Cancellations made less than 45 calendar days from date of visit:

  • Any remaining payment will be credited towards a future scouting event occurring before May 14, 2016.

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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