How long has Mad Science been running camps?
Mad Science of N.E.Central FL 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 N.E.Central FL has been running camps in this area for over 10 years.
What ages are the camps designed for?
Most of our camps are designed for rising first graders to sixth graders. If you have a 5-year old child who is entering kindergarten, some of our camps may be appropriate. Pre-K camps may also be available for children aged 3-5. Please call us for recommendations. We do also have some middle-school aged camps. If you need help finding a camp that's right for you, just contact us by phone or email!
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; 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. Please see the online registration form or call us to see which camps are divided by age.
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 and fingerprinting through the county school system. 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?
Some of our camp partners offer extended care programs. Please check with us for more information.
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. The easiest way is through our online registration system. It takes about 5 minutes and accepts Visa, MasterCard, and checks. Most of our Mad Science hosted camps will be made available through our online registration system. Our partners’ camp registrations are handled directly through our partners (such as the JCC, YMCA, parks & rec., etc.). On occasion, we provide registration assistance to a partner-hosted camp. 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?
For all camp registrations (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 full refund. 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 or location 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.
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?
Some partner locations may offer sibling and multi-camp discounts. The best discount you can get is our early-bird discounts, so register early and save a ton!
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 camps are the same as the ones that we have used in previous summers, but each instructor teaches each camp a little bit differently. We also have some new camps each summer. We have had a lot of children take a particular camp again and still enjoy it the second time!
My child has taken a Mad Science camp before, but I do not remember which one.
Email 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.
For full-day camps, we require parents to send a lunch and snacks. PLEASE AVOID NUT BASED FOODS. Please clearly mark your child's name on all items he/she brings to the camp. We cannot guarantee that coolers or refrigeration will be accessible at our camp-sites. If your child has food allergies, please be sure to let us know. Although we will do our best to keep each camp site nut free, since campers bring their own lunches, we cannot guarantee a nut-free environment.
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. If your child has any medical or behavioral issues, please let us know PRIOR to the start of camp so that our staff can ensure their fun and safety. 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 and other fun Mad Science gear during your camp. If you would like to purchase any of these items, please let your Mad Scientist know. All of our gear for sale is by CASH only, and all proceeds go to benefit our Mad Science Scholarship Program! T-Shirts are also available during online registration.
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 (and Facebook Page!) 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.
What is the Late Pick-up Policy?
We give parents a 5 minute grace period after the camp end time to arrive. We understand things happen and sometimes parents can be a little late picking up their kids! After 5 minutes, we charge a $1/minute late fee, which can be paid directly to the instructor. If a parent is consistently abusing the grace period, an additional fee may be charged.
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.
Mad Science provides everything else!