Contact our Reservations Office at 248.645.3210 for scout registration beginning August 1, 2018.

Field trips to Cranbrook Institute of Science offer your Scouts the chance to work with museum professionals and the opportunity to interact with a unique collection of objects and artifacts. Our experts work with your group to coach Scouts through a variety of science topics using interactive workshops and hands-on activities that leave them with a heightened understanding of the natural world and a curiosity to learn more about the wonder of science.

Cranbrook Institute of Science is Michigan’s premier museum of natural history fostering in its audiences a passion for understanding the world around them and a lifelong love of learning.

Programs include:

Boy Scouts

Cub Scouts
Boy Scouts
Adventures in Science Archaeology
Sky is the Limit Earth Rocks! Astronomy
Engineer Chemistry
Air of the Wolf Into the Woods Electricity
Finding Your Way   Environmental Science
  Fish and Wildlife Mgmt.
Forensics   Geology
Make It Move   Indian Lore
Super Science   Soil & Water Conservation
    Space Exploration

Girl Scouts

User Resources Wisely
Bugs Flowers
  Hiker Jeweler
Home Scientist Product Designer (New)
  Inventor (New)  

Overnight Programs

All Scout
Astronomy CSI
Customized Workshops  

Programs are offered October 2018 through May 2019. Advance registration is required.

Planning your Scouting at Cranbrook Experience
Multiple workshops are often available on the same day. Sign up for more than one workshop on the same day and receive discounted pricing. Saturday workshop attendees should bring a clearly labeled lunch or visit our Reflections Café (open 11am-3pm Saturdays).

  • TWO Scout Leaders are admitted FREE for every ten Scouts from the same Pack/Troop registered
  • Minimum workshop size is 10 Scouts
  • ONE chaperone is admitted FREE for every additional FIVE Scouts from the same Pack/Troop registered
  • Additional chaperones/adults are $10 each (includes museum admission)
  • Additional chaperones/adults are only charged once for same-day multiple workshops
  • Additional Overnight program chaperones/adults are $50 (includes museum admission)
  • Workshop activities are for scouts only.  Chaperones/adults may assist scouts with activities, but supplies are for scouts only
  • Due to space limitations, additional chaperones/adults may not be able to participate in programming
  • Advance registration is required and closes 10 days prior to event
  • Late registration may be available by contacting the Reservations Office at 248 645-3210
  • Late registration incurs an additional $2 per scout fee ($5 per scout for overnights)
  • Walk-ins are not accepted
  • Member discount and free passes do not apply to workshops
  • Workshop fees include the cost of general admission. Scouts are encouraged to come early, or stay late, to visit the Institute during regular museum hours.
  • Cranbrook patches are a fun and colorful way remember your visit to the Institute of Science. Patches can be ordered when you register for $3/per patch.

For registrations totaling less than $50, please complete your booking by contacting our Reservations Office at 248 645.3210.

Cancellation Policy
No refunds given. Workshop credit will be issued for cancellations made 21 days or more prior to the start of the workshop, without a fee. Cancellations made between 21 days and one hour prior to start of the workshop will be charged a $5 rescheduling fee per scout. No rescheduling for no-shows or cancellations within one hour prior to the start of the workshop. Please contact our Reservations Office at 248 645.3210 for changes to your registration. All credits must be used within the current scouting season (May 2019).

Available October through May.
Advance registration is required.
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  • +Should my child eat dinner before the program?
    Yes, we will be providing a snack time for the scouts, but snacks will not be served until after 8:30pm.
  • +What is served for snack?
    The light snack is a bag or pretzels, a cheese stick, and a piece of fruit. If your scout has special dietary needs, please feel free to bring your own snack.
  • +May we bring additional food/snacks?
    Yes, although there is no food allowed on the museum floor, you are able to eat snacks in designated areas. Our staff will gladly show you these spaces.
  • +Where will we be sleeping?
    All guests will be sleeping on the museum floor. For your comfort, we suggest bringing a mat or an air mattress.
  • +Are all the exhibits turned off?
    Yes, all exhibits are turned off; however, some emergency lights remain on. If lights are bothersome, we suggest bringing an eye mask.
  • +Do leaders/chaperones need a sleeping bag?
    Yes, you will be sleeping on the museum floor. For your comfort, we suggest bringing a mat or an air mattress.
  • +Can my child bring a cell phone?
    Yes, although we ask that cell phones be used only for parent/child communication and are muted during programming.
  • +What will be served for breakfast?
    The continental breakfast includes: oatmeal, mini muffins, Nutri-Grain Cereal Bars, Go¬gurt, fruit, juice and coffee. If there are any special dietary considerations, you are welcome to bring your own breakfast foods.
  • +How can I get in touch with CIS staff during the overnight?
    Call the museum front desk at 248.645.3209. The front desk is staffed all night.