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Summer Camps FAQ

How long has Mad Science been running summer camps?

Mad Science of St. Louis 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 St. Louis has been running camps in this area for 18 years.

What is the child to instructor ratio?

The child to instructor ratio varies depending on enrollment. We always have at least one counselor for every 12 campers.

What ages are the summer camps designed for?

Most of our camps are designed for children entering kindergarten to entering fifth grade. Our “Red Hot Robots” camp is targeted to children entering second grade to fifth grade. Our preschool camp, "Little Green Thumbs" is recommended for children age 3 to 5.  Please call us at 314-991-8000 for recommendations.

Are different aged children in the same camp?

Yes. A few of our camps are divided by age, but, for the most part, they are not; we use a buddy system where, if required, the older children help the younger ones. Also, our low child to instructor ratio ensures that there is always plenty of help. 

Who are the Mad Science summer camp instructors?

Mad Science instructors tend to be college students pursuing an education or science degree, former/retired teachers, or teachers on summer break. Most of our instructors have worked for us in our after-school programs. All of our instructors have experience working with large groups of elementary-aged children and have undergone an extensive background check. 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!

Do you offer extended care?

Yes, at some of our camps. Pre and post care may be provided by our host locations. This information is indicated on the table of our camp schedule tab.  You will need to contact the partner-host location directly to secure arrangements for extended care.

How do I register my child for a camp?

Depending on the location of the camp, there may be several ways to register: online, over the phone, or in person. The easiest way is through our online registration system. It takes about 5 minutes and accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, and checks. The following Mad Science hosted camps will be made available through our online registration system: Conway Elementary, Creve Coeur Community Center, Ellisville Parks and Recreation, Fairview Heights Parks and Recreation, Faust Park, Olivette Community Center, Parkway United Preschool, Queeny Park, St. John's Lutheran, St. Louis University, and Wentzville.

Our partners’ camp registrations are handled directly through our partners (i.e. school districts, parks & rec., etc.). There are directions in the camp schedule tab and through our online registration system as how to register for each individual camp. 

Please Note: Due to limited spaces in each camp, we cannot reserve a space for your child until we receive your payment. If you are paying by check, we do not reserve your space until we receive the check.

How soon do I need to register to reserve a space for my child?

Some camps and dates fill very quickly, while some may have spaces available up to the start date. We recommend that you register as soon as possible, because space availability depends on how quickly everyone else signs up!

What is your refund policy?

The following policy is applicable for those registration proccess directly by Mad Science (i.e. our online registration system, phone-in, paper): Cancellations that are communicated more than 30 days prior to the start of the camp are subject to a refund, less a $25 service charge. Cancellations that are communicated between 8 and 30 days prior to the start of the camp will be given a refund, less a $50 service charge. 

No refunds will be given for cancellations inside of 8 days prior to the start of the camp - we often are under obligation to pay the camp-facility a facility-fee at that point in time. At any time prior to the start of a camp, you may transfer your registration to another child with no service charge.

If we do not get sufficient enrollment to hold the camp, Mad Science will make every effort to provide alternative camp locations, or you will be offered the option of a full refund. Refunds that do not involve referral-rebates, multi-camp/child discounts will be processed in 3-6 weeks from the scheduled camp-date. Those involving rebates and discounts can take longer to process.

If your child decides he or she doesn't want to continue after the first day of camp, you may withdraw. However, you must call Mad Science at (314) 991-8000 prior to the start of the second day of camp to obtain a refund. After that, no refunds will be given.

Registrations that are proccessed by our partner locations are subject to the refund policy of that location.  

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

Yes, in fact, we encourage it. Each camp is completely different so your child can enjoy them all without repeating activities. Last year, many children initially registered for only one camp. After they discovered how much they enjoyed our activities, they attempted to register for additional camps. Due to the popularity of many of our themes and weeks, several children were disappointed when the additional camps were already sold out.

Do you offer sibling or multi-camp discounts?

We offer a 6% discounts for the enrollment of siblings at certain locations. You may call our office before enrolling in order to be eligible for sibling discounts or you may fill out our sibling discount form to obtain a discount code that may be used on our online registration system. Eligible locations are Conway Elementary, Creve Coeur Community Center, Ellisville Parks and Recreation, Fairview Heights Parks and Recreation, Faust Park, Olivette Community Center, Parkway United Preschool, Queeny Park, St. John's Lutheran, St. Louis University, and Wentzville Parks and Recreation. We do not offer a multi-camp discounts at this time. 

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?

Some of the summer camps are the same as the ones that we have used previous summers. We have had a lot of children take a particular camp again and still enjoy it the second time. Please contact us with any specific questions.

My child has taken a Mad Science camp before, but I do not remember which one.

Call us and we will be happy to look it up for you.

Does Mad Science have a minimum enrollment requirement?

The minimum number of campers necessary to hold a camp is 10. Mad Science tries to inform parents as soon as possible should it appear that a camp will not reach its minimum enrollment. On these occasions, we will offer priority enrollment in other camps. Contact us for additional information on camp cancellations.

What should my child bring/wear to camp?

Mad Science provides all the equipment and materials for both the in-class activities and the take home projects. All you need to provide is a child who is ready to have fun! Children should dress comfortably for that day's weather. We ask that children not wear open toed shoes to a Mad Science camp, specifically no flip-flops. Also, as we will be outside on a number of occasions, please do not dress your child in any clothes that you do not want to get dirty. You may wish to apply sunscreen or insect repellent, or send these items with your child. A hat and/or sunglasses may also be useful. Water bottles are also recommended.

For full-day camps, we require parents to send a lunch and snacks. Refrigeration is not accessible at our camp-sites. Please clearly mark your child's name on all items he/she brings to the camp. PLEASE AVOID PEANUT BASED FOODS. 

Medical Information about your Camper

Prior to actual attendance at a Mad Science full-day summer camp, we require certain medical information from you regarding your camper. This is to assist the camp instructor with knowledge of specific considerations for your camper.

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 have a particular location in mind, please bring it to our attention. Also, some locations do not allow us to advertise for programs at their school on our website

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
  • The ability to darken the room
  • A nearby outside area (approximately 100 ft x 100 ft)

Mad Science provides everything else! Please contact us for more details.

 


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