Due to public health efforts to contain COVID-19, the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum are temporarily closed until April 20 or later.
Q: Is this an overnight camp? A: No. Explore Camp is a day camp that runs from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. most days. Housing is not available on-site at the attraction. You can view area housing options here: CreationMuseum.org/places-to-stay.
Q: Can I observe camp while my child is attending? A: Due to the popularity of the program and classroom size, we are unfortunately not able to accommodate observers.
Q: We traveled from out of town for our child to attend Explore Camp. What can I do during the day while my child is in camp? A: Many people enjoy touring the Creation Museum and Ark Encounter and visiting other attractions in the area.
Q: What is the camp cancellation policy?
A: Cancellations requested more than six weeks before the camp date will receive a refund less a $50 cancellation fee per camper. We are unable to refund registrations less than six weeks before the date of the camp for which you are registered. To cancel your registration, please contact us at [email protected].
Q: Registration on the website is closed. Can you put me on the waiting list? Will you open additional seats for a sold-out Explore Camp? A: As we receive so few cancellations, we have not found a need to create a waiting list. Due to classroom size, we are unable to open additional seats for Explore Camp.
Q: Is lunch provided? A: No. However, you can purchase a meal plan for the entire week as part of the registration process. We are currently unable to provide lunches for only part of the week. If you do not purchase the meal plan, you will need to pack a sack lunch for your child each day.
Q: How is Explore Camp structured? A: Each day is topic specific (2020 topics include botany, physical science, forensics, zoology, and astronomy) and consists of four workshops and a lunch break. Each workshop includes a hands-on lab, project, activity, or scavenger hunt to assist the children in applying or reviewing what they have learned. Children will be assigned a team for the week with at least one leader per group to assist and guide them throughout their activities.
Q: Explore Camp encompasses a wide range of grades (6–12). How do you challenge the older students while keeping the younger students engaged? A: All students receive the same instruction but are given varying degrees of assistance during the hands-on portions of the day. Older students are often given an additional challenge or are encouraged to take the assignment to the next level.
Q: How are the children grouped during Explore Camp? Can my children in different grades stay together? A: Teams are separated by grade which allows us to academically challenge each group appropriately. However, there is often some overlap. There is a space on the registration form for you to request that specific children be grouped together. While we cannot guarantee they will be together, we do our best to accommodate these requests. In situations where there is a large age gap in the request, the older child will be grouped with the younger child.
Q: Can my child ride the shuttle from the parking lot to the museum by themselves? A: No. An adult must accompany all Explore campers to the classroom and sign them in.
Q: My child has attended multiple Explore Days during the school year. Will he receive new information during camp? A: Yes. While there will be similarities in content from year to year for repeating topics, Explore Camp curriculums are on a 4-year rotation, giving students a look at a different facet of that year’s topics.
Q: Does Camp include admission to the Creation Museum? A: No, camp does not include general admission to the Creation Museum. Campers attending our 5-day camps will, however, receive a tour of the museum and view the 4-D theater presentation as part of camp.
Q: Will the parent receive a discount for a ticket to the museum? A: No. However, there are many ticket options for you to choose from on our website: https://creationmuseum.org/tickets/.