FAQs for
Parents

Your child is
curious, and so
are you.

Here are the answers to our most frequently asked questions:

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1. The Program

Who writes the Camp Invention curricula?

We have an experienced group of individuals who specialize in a range of diverse subject areas. This team of education-focused professionals makes a conscientious effort to integrate 21st century learning while promoting fun hands-on activities that align with state and national education standards. Inspired by our relationship with the National Inventors Hall of Fame, our team of curriculum writers takes great pride in incorporating Inductee stories, challenges and triumphs into each program.

How can I learn more about Camp Invention?

Contact us at campinvention@invent.org or call our Customer Relations Department at 800.968.4332, and we will be happy to help. You can also check out our About Us page or visit Camp Invention Headquarters on Facebook!

2. Educators & Staff

Who teaches the Camp Invention program?

Camp Invention Instructors are qualified educators in your local area. These talented individuals are selected for their abilities to excite and motivate children and their enthusiasm for creative learning.

What is the staff-to-child ratio?

Camp Invention maintains a staff-to-child ratio of 1:8, which grants children the opportunity to flourish in a small group environment.

3. Child Placement

Is Camp Invention right for my child?

Because Camp Invention combines teamwork with the need to work independently at times, your child will need the basic skills to use hand tools successfully, an age-appropriate maturity level and the willingness to participate in the imaginative, creative process. We produce a high-energy summer camp experience that at times can be noisy, active and requires an open mind. If you feel Camp Invention is a good fit for your child, find a location near you or call our Customer Relations Department at 800.968.4332 to register today!

My child is entering Kindergarten. Can he or she attend?

Though we strive to reach children of all ages, the curricula for the Camp Invention programs are not written to accommodate kindergarteners. Campers will engage in reading, writing and problem solving activities written at a first-to-sixth grade level.

How are the children divided into groups?

Children are placed in groups based on their age and grade, with the curricula geared toward each specific grade level.

4. The Camp Invention Day

What will my child do at Camp Invention?

Each day, children participate in four continuous modules that place them in settings like a strange planet, a faraway island or deep under sea. Children use their creativity, imagination and inventive thinking skills to solve problems within each environment, building on what they learned the previous day. Using upcycled materials brought from home, they could be challenged to rebuild a rocket ship, cross a river of hot lava, rescue sea creatures or assume another mission. Through hands-on fun, children get excited about science while working together as a team. Though activities will vary depending on the program selected, each one is designed to educate, entertain and inspire. Please refer to the Camp Programs page or the Typical Day page for further information.

Will my child spend time outside?

Some of the Camp Invention modules can involve outdoor fun; however, this is contingent upon the host site property and current weather conditions. At no time will children leave the program location.

My child needs to take medication. Who will dispense it?

All medication must be delivered in its original container and will be administered by a pre-authorized individual designated by you. No member of the Camp Invention staff is permitted to dispense medication except in the case of the administration of an EpiPen. (See EpiPen® requirements below.) We will however, remind children when it is time to take their medication and supervise them as they take it, so long as you have authorized self-administration. If you are not comfortable with your child self-administering his or her medication, you or a pre-authorized individual are welcome to come to the site to dispense the medication when necessary.

My child requires an EpiPen® in case of allergic reaction. Who will administer it?

Parents of participants with severe allergies requiring an EpiPen® should call our Customer Relations Department at 800.968.4332 to acquire the necessary forms, or print the forms here and begin making arrangements for the week of camp. Epinephrine administration authorization forms must be completed by parents and the physician, and the Director must be trained by the parent in the administration of the epinephrine syringe prior to the start date of the program. Click here to view and print EpiPen® authorization and administration forms.

5. After Registration

Can my child switch to a different program location after he or she is already registered?

As long as there is availability, you may switch programs up to one week prior to the beginning of the originally registered program. There is no additional cost to change locations, but if the new site is priced higher than the original camp, you will be responsible for paying the difference. Please contact our Customer Relations Department at 800.968.4332 to find out more.

Do you ever cancel programs?

We do everything possible to ensure that each Camp Invention program takes place. If for any reason we must cancel a program, you will have the option to receive a full refund, or we can place your child in a nearby location, if it is available. If and when a program is canceled, we notify each participant as soon as possible.

What do children need to bring to Camp Invention?

  • A packed lunch, drink and snack clearly marked with his or her name, unless you are notified otherwise
  • Completed participant forms, with all signature lines signed and turned in on the first day of the program
  • A broken or unusable household appliance for your child to take apart during the I Can Invent® module. This item will not be returned to you in working condition. Pieces of the original item will be used in a hands-on group activity during the week of camp. To view a list of acceptable items click here
  • Upcycled materials that will be used in the completion of camp activities throughout the week. To view a list of acceptable items click here
  • Any medications clearly labeled with your child’s name and the necessary forms

Does Camp Invention offer early drop-off and late pick-up?

Camp Invention does not provide early drop-off or late pick-up. However, some individual sites may choose to offer this at an additional cost. This information is provided on the Registration page or you may contact our Customer Relations Department at 800.968.4332 to inquire.

What is the Inventors Showcase program?

Our Inventors Showcase program is the tail end of a fascinating, fun-filled week. Typically, the Inventors’ Showcase is scheduled for the afternoon of the final day, but the exact time will vary. Families and friends are invited to attend and show support for their aspiring inventor. Our campers are proud to show off their amazing inventions and show how their ideas transpired. Remember that your child’s work is more than just boxes and tape; it’s a tangible representation of his or her newly-acquired teamwork and creative-thinking skills.

6. Cost

How much does Camp Invention cost?

As a non-profit organization, we strive to keep costs low to better serve all communities. Some facilities require an additional fee to host our program, so costs will vary by location. Please refer to the Registration page for pricing information specific to your site. If you plan on taking advantage of one of our discounts, please keep in mind these offers cannot be combined.

What is the refund policy?

The registration price includes a non-refundable fee of $50 for camp participants and a non-refundable fee of $20 for Counselor-in-Training. This portion of your registration covers any additional materials that were intended for your child to use during the week and costs associated with staffing based on enrollment. The balance of the registration cost is refundable up to three weeks prior to the first day of the program. All cancellations after this time will result in a loss of the entire amount paid. Please keep in mind as long as there is availability, you may switch programs up to one week prior to the beginning of the originally registered program.

What kind of payments do you accept?

Payment is accepted in full through Discover®, VISA®, MasterCard®, personal checks, travelers’ checks and money orders. An installment payment plan is available at no additional cost if you use a credit or debit card and your registration is received on or before March 31, 2014. If you choose this option, please note that advertised discounts do not apply. One-third of your program cost will be charged at the time of registration, and the remaining balance will be divided into two equal payments that will be automatically charged at approximately 30 days and 60 days after the initial deposit. All three payments can only be paid by credit or debit card.

What if the program my child wants to attend is already full?

Some locations fill up faster than others, and unfortunately, we cannot hold spots without full payment. If your desired program is full, you are encouraged to consider other locations available in your area. If the location that is currently closed is the only location that will work for you, you can request to be placed on our waiting list by calling our Customer Relations Department at 800.968.4332. If a spot becomes available due to a cancellation, those on the waiting list are notified as soon as space becomes available.

Is Camp Invention a non-profit or charitable organization?

Camp Invention, a program of Invent Now, is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Our Federal Tax ID number is 34-1580038.

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