FAQs

CAMP INVENTION

FOR PARENTS

  • 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 take-apart 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.
  • 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. Our National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees work hand in hand with our curriculum writers to infuse our programs with Inductee stories, challenges, and triumphs from the greatest minds of our nation.

  • What will my child do at Camp Invention?

    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.

    Learn about our program and a typical day!

  • How will I know if the location my child attended last year will be returning?

    We will send an email notification announcing when the location is returning to all those who attended the previous year. This email is typically sent within a few days of the location signing on with us. Keep an eye out for this email, as it contains exciting information about the brand-new program! Alternatively, we also encourage you to check back on our website regularly to see if the location has returned.

  • 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 program team-to-child ratio?

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

  • 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!

  • How are the children divided into groups?

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

  • 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 program team is permitted to dispense medication except in the case of the administration of an EpiPen (See EpiPen® requirements). 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. Please make sure to fill out the AUTHORIZATION FOR ADMINISTRATION OF SEVERE ALLERGY OR PRESCRIBED MEDICATIONS form and bring it on the first day of camp. 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.

  • 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. If you do switch to a different program location, the refund policy stands within the initial program start date. 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.

  • 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 through the local level.

    Also, some locations offer an Extended Day programming option through Camp Invention. Exciting activities will be available during these additional times to help accommodate working family schedules at an additional cost of $80.  This information is provided on the Registration page or you may contact our Customer Relations Department at 800.968.4332 to inquire.

  • 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.

    Registration costs cover the set-up and materials your child will be using during camp, as well as costs to cover staffing based on enrollment. Your child will create an exciting prototype from the take-apart and upcycle items, in addition to take-home projects from each module. Finally, every child will receive a Camp Invention t-shirt.

  • What is the refund policy?

    The registration price includes a non-refundable fee of $50 for Camp Invention and Invention Project participants and a non-refundable fee of $20 for Counselor-in-Training, 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. These costs cover any additional materials that were intended for your child to use during the week and costs associated with staffing based on enrollment.

    Unfortunately, we do not provide refunds for Club Invention. 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.

  • My child is unable to attend a day during the week of camp. Am I able to receive a refund for the days they will not be able to attend?

    As a non-profit, Camp Invention allocates the funds paid for your child’s registration far in advance for the materials and Program Team Members that are needed for your child’s camp experience. Due to this, Camp Invention is unable to pro-rate the cost of camp for the days your child will not be in attendance.

  • 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 at least 60 days before the start of your camp. 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 only location that will work for your family is at maximum capacity, your child can be placed on a waitlist at the time of registration.

    If we receive notice of a camper cancellation in a full program, a representative will call and email parents of children on the waitlist in order of registration date. Once you are contacted, you will receive a designated number of business days to call us back with your full payment before the next child on the waitlist is offered a spot.

  • Is Camp Invention a non-profit or charitable organization?

    Camp Invention, a program of the National Inventors Hall of Fame, is a 501 (c)(3) organization. Our Federal Tax ID number is 34-1580038.

  • Still have questions?

    Contact us at campinvention@invent.org or call our Customer Relations Department at 800.968.4332, and we will be happy to help. Please note, if you have unsubscribed from our email list, you will not receive camp announcements for your area, discount code notifications, or the necessary Participant Forms you will need to bring on the first day of camp.

FOR TEACHERS

  • Is the Camp Invention program located in the school district where I teach?

    The Camp Invention program can be hosted at any local school, university, or community center. Each summer, the program is hosted at over 1,500 locations nationwide.

  • Can I teach the program at my school?

    Stipends are provided for local educators to lead and direct the Camp Invention program. All background information and step-by-step instructions are provided to ensure the success of any professional educator. Due to its inquiry-based approach, Camp Invention curricula provide a unique professional development opportunity for educators.

  • How many school program team members are needed?

    The Camp Invention program upholds a 1:8 program team-to-child ratio. Staffing levels are based on enrollment, ranging from five to seventeen program team members.

  • How long will the program run in my school?

    Typically, the program runs for five days (usually Monday through Friday) for 6.5 hours each day. However, Camp Invention schedules and curricula are easily modified to accommodate four-day and half-day schedules if a five-day program is not feasible. The National Inventors Hall of Fame continues to produce new curricula each year, so multiple weeks of programming are also easily accommodated.

  • How much does the program cost schools?

    Through our parent-paid tuition model, there is no cost to the host school or organization. Host sites need only provide the space – five classrooms and a multipurpose room – and the National Inventors Hall of Fame home office provides everything else. Many Title I schools/districts and 21st Century Community Learning Centers use their federal funds to provide the program to their students when the parent-paid model is not an option. In addition, the National Inventors Hall of Fame partners with corporate and nonprofit foundations, through grants, to provide funding so that underserved children can participate in the Camp Invention program.

  • What does the program provide for schools?

    The Camp Invention program is an all-inclusive, turnkey program. The National Inventors Hall of Fame home office provides the curricula, materials, T-shirts for participants and staff, flyers, posters, banners, training, program team compensation, and step-by-step instructions to ensure ease of operation and a quality experience for all. Even the registrations and payments are handled completely by the home office.

  • How can teachers get involved?

    The key is to act now — the sooner you get started, the more time you’ll have to ensure your program’s success. The first step is as easy as selecting a week and location and contacting the National Inventors Hall of Fame home office at 800.968.4332. A Regional Representative will contact you and walk you through the process — every step of the way.


INVENTION PROJECT

FOR PARENTS

  • Who writes the Invention Project curricula?

    We have a team of experienced educators and scientists who specialize in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) and creativity education. This team integrates 21st-century learning with fun hands-on activities that align with Next Generation Science and Common Core State Standards. Curricula are inspired by the National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees. Our team of curriculum writers takes great pride in incorporating Inductee stories, challenges and triumphs into each program.

  • How can I learn more about Invention Project?

    Contact our Customer Relations Department at 800.968.4332, and we will be happy to help.

  • Who teaches the Invention Project program?

    Invention Project Instructors are qualified educators in your local area. These talented educators are selected for their abilities to excite and motivate students, and their enthusiasm for creative learning.

  • What is the program team-to-child-ratio?

    We maintain a program team-to-child ratio of 1:12, which grants our participants the opportunity to flourish in a small group environment.

  • Is Invention Project right for my son or daughter?

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

  • What will participants do at Invention Project?

    Each day, we take on fast-paced, high-energy challenges that build STEM and business learning in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

  • Will my son or daughter spend time outside?

    Some Invention Project sessions 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 son or daughter 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 Invention Project staff is permitted to dispense medication except in the case of the administration of an EpiPen® (see EpiPen® requirements). We will, however, remind participants 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 son or daughter 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.

  • Can my son or daughter 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 program, 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 Invention Project 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 son or daughter 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 participants need to bring to Invention Project?

    • A packed lunch and drink 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
    • Any medications clearly labeled with his or her name and the necessary forms
    • Recyclable items
  • Does Invention Project offer early drop-off and late pick-up?

    Invention Project 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.

  • How much does Invention Project 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, which 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 at least 60 days before the start date of your program. 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.

  • Is Invention Project a non-profit or charitable organization?

    Invention Project, a program of the National Inventors Hall Of Fame, is a 501(c)(3) organization. Our Federal Tax ID number is 34-1580038.

  • What if the program my son or daughter 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.

FOR TEACHERS

  • How do I get started?

    If you are interested in running Invention Project at your school, contact us at NIHFatmyschool@invent.org. Once we have received your email, a Regional Representative will contact you with additional information.

  • Why would I want to instruct the program?

    Instructing at Invention Project provides an authentic experience in inquiry-based, creative problem solving in a student-led educational environment. Our evaluations tell us that educators transfer the skills they practice in our programs back to their classrooms, year after year. All background information, materials, and step-by-step instructions are provided. Additionally, a stipend is provided to all teachers involved in our programs.

  • How many program team members are needed?

    The Invention Project program upholds a 1:12 program team-to-student ratio. Staffing levels are based on enrollment, ranging from 2 to 10 program team members.

  • How long is the program?

    Invention Project programming is designed to be flexible and meet your specific afterschool and/or summer scheduling needs. Your regional representative can help you choose a program configuration that works best for your needs.

  • How much does the program cost to bring to my school?

    Through our parent-paid tuition model, there is no cost to the host school or organization. Host sites need only provide the space — a few classrooms and a multipurpose room — and the National Inventors Hall Of Fame home office will provide everything else. Many Title I schools/districts and 21st Century Community Learning Centers use their federal funds to provide the program to their students when the parent-paid model is not an option. In addition, we partner with corporate and nonprofit foundations through grants to provide funding for underserved participants, wherever possible.

  • What does the program provide?

    The Invention Project program is an all-inclusive, turnkey program. We provide the curricula, materials, flyers, posters, banners, training, program team compensation (in some models), and step-by-step instructions to ensure ease of operation and a quality experience for all. Registrations and payments are managed by us.