14 Hour Workshop/ Experience $50 per Scout

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
Planetarium program
Auditorium physics program (not included with CSI)
Evening snack
Continental breakfast

Overnight Workshops – All Scout Astronomy ($50) 6pm-8am
Nov. 23-24; Jan. 25-26
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 study the features of the Earth’s moon. Then, discover and explore 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.

Overnight Workshops – All Scout Science ($50) 6pm-8am
Jan. 10-11; Feb. 21-22; Feb. 28-29; Mar. 27-28; Apr. 24-25
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 website for more information. This program is open to all levels of Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. No specific badge earned.

Overnight Workshops – Junior/Cadette Girl Scouts CSI ($50) 6pm-8am
Nov. 15-16; Dec. 13-14; Mar. 7-8; Apr. 17-18
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 $100 is due at time of registration.
  • Both final number of attendees and invoice balance are due 45 days prior to the date of your program.
  • Your reservation is subject to cancellation if payment in full is not received 45 calendar days prior to the date of your program.
    •  Notification of cancellation will be provided to the person who made the reservation.
  • 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 $5 per scout fee
  • Walk-ins are not accepted

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

  • Please contact the Reservations 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 $100 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 1, 2020.


  • +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.