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FAQ

How long has Mad Science been running camps?

Mad Science of Greater Kansas City 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 Greater Kansas City has been running camps in this area since 2003.

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 13 students.

What ages are the camps designed for?

Most of our camps are designed for rising first graders to sixth graders. Our “Rockin' Robots” camp and “3, 2, 1 Blast-Off!” camp are targeted to rising second graders to sixth graders. If you have a 4-year old child some of our camps may be appropriate. Please call us for recommendations.

Are different aged children in the same camp?

Yes and no. A few of our camps are divided by age, but, for the most part, they are not.  Mad Science activities are designed to be conducted in an age- and grade-appropriate manner. Activities consist of large group discussion, small team workgroups and individual tasks.  Our instructors typically group the campers by age and/or grade to ensure the material is presented at an appropriate level.  We use the buddy system if a camp has children of different ages. 

Who are the Mad Science 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?

Mad Science offers before and after care for the camps held at New Century Fieldhouse.  Activities will be provided prior to the start of camp as well as afterwards.  Please check with our other camp partners directly to ask about extended care and to secure arrangements with them.

How do I register my child for a camp?

Depending on the location of the camp, there may be many ways to register: mail, over the phone, in person, or online. Our partners’ camp registrations are handled directly through our partners (such as the school districts, parks & rec., etc.). On occasion, we provide registration assistance to a partner-hosted camp.

Please refer to our Camp Schedule for registration phone and web site for each location. 

Mad Science sponsored camps enroll through our online registration system. It takes about 5 minutes and accepts Visa, MasterCard, and checks. Note: Registration requirements, start dates, end dates, and minimum camp size may vary by location. 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?

If you cancel a registration that you have made through Mad Science:

  • at least 30 days prior to the start date of the camp, there will be a $25 service charge;
  • 8-29 days prior to the start date of the camp, there will be a $50 service charge;
  • 7 days or less prior to the start date of the camp, there will be no refund.

You may transfer your registration to another child at any time prior to the start date of a camp. There is no service charge for this transfer.

If Mad Science cancels a camp due to insufficient enrollment, we will make every effort to provide alternate camp locations. If we are unable to find an acceptable alternative, we will offer you a full refund of your registration fee.

If your child is removed from a camp due to behavioral issues or consistent late pick ups, there will be no refund.

Mad Science camps are offered at a number of host locations, and the refund policy of the host location may be different than ours. In these cases Mad Science will adhere to the host location's refund policy. Please check with your location for information about their refund policy.

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?

Not 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 camps are the same as the ones that we have used in previous summers, but we always have some that are new or redesigned for this year. Contact us for further information. 

Does Mad Science have a minimum enrollment requirement?

The minimum number of campers necessary to hold a camp is usually 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. Check the Refund Policy above 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.

Due to the frequency of food allergies and diet restrictions, Mad Science does not provide snacks or drinks for campers. Please pack snack items and drinks you want your child to have. We cannot guarantee that coolers or refrigeration will be accessible at our camp-sites.

For full-day camps, we require parents to send a lunch and snacks. PLEASE AVOID PEANUT BASED FOODS. Please clearly mark your child's name on all items he/she brings to the camp.

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.

Mad Science T-Shirts and other items

Mad Science may offer custom designed T-shirts or Hydration stations for our campers depending on availability.

Are these the only locations where you will be holding your camps this year?

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.

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 12 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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