*Please note that all forms must be submitted prior to event date.
TIMES AND FEES for Houston Scouts at the Museum
All Scout sleepovers are from 7 p.m. - 8 a.m. Admission is $50 per scout and $25 per chaperone. For every four Scouts attending from the same Troop or Pack, ONE chaperone attends for free!
For more information or to make a reservation, please contact Lydia Dungus at (713) 535-7238 or via email.
what your scouts get
Activities that help meet badge requirements for Girl Scouts and Pin and Loop requirements for Cub Scouts
Unlimited access to state-of-the art interactive exhibits
Late night snack
Continental breakfast (muffins, bagels, danishes and kolaches)
Frequently Asked Questions
HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE OVERNIGHT?
To reserve a space, a $10 non-refundable deposit is required for each scout and chaperone. To fully book your troop or pack, please complete the above registration forms and submit with payment. Completed forms can be emailed, faxed or mailed to our Reservations Coordinator.
Children's Museum of Houston
Houston, TX 77004 (713) 528-0563
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AT THE SCOUTS OVERNIGHTS?
We offer Math and Science activities for Cub Scouts in Houston (Wolf Scouts and higher) to help meet their pin and loop requirements. Scouts will have time to participate in both activities and still explore the Children's Museum, or choose between the two and have even more time to explore. Scouts Overnights include unlimited access to state-of-the art interactive exhibits, sleeping in one of the Museum’s galleries, a late night snack and continental breakfast (muffins, bagels, danishes and kolaches). Houston Girl Scouts participate in a tour of the Museum and learn what requirements they can meet within the Museum Exhibits. Please note that Museum activities may not meet all merit badge requirements, but it will get them started in the right direction.
HOW LONG ARE THE SCOUTS OVERNIGHTS?
Our Overnights give Scouts the opportunity to explore the museum after hours, earn badges, belt loops and/or pins, and sleep in our galleries. Overnight check-ins begin at 6:45 p.m. Scouts will receive an orientation to the museum and the evening’s schedule. Troops/Packs are then assigned to one of our Discovery Guides who will accompany the Scouts as they explore the museum. The groups will spend about 20 minutes exploring nine gallery spaces. In addition to exploring the galleries, activities related to badges/belt loops/pins will be offered. Scouts will get a chance to have a snack during their exploration time. Lights are out at 11 p.m. Troops/Packs will not have time to explore the galleries again in the morning, but may return later that day to explore. Continental breakfast will be served at promptly 7 a.m., and participants will exit the building by 7:45 a.m.
WHAT SCOUTS ACTIVITIES WILL BE AVAILABLE?
Unique and creative workshops are offered to help Cub Scouts meet requirements for the Math and Science loops and pins. Houston Scouts will also have the chance to explore the Museum at their own pace, meeting further requirements for Language and Culture, Art, Citizenship and Physical Fitness. Girl Scout programming is still being developed for Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts.
WHAT IS THE MUSEUM'S RECOMMENDED RATIO OF CHAPERONES TO SCOUTS AT THE OVERNIGHT?
At least one adult is required for every four scouts, but scouting groups are encouraged to follow their council recommendations for adult chaperone ratios.
WHAT IF I HAVE SOMEONE IN MY GROUP THAT HAS SPECIAL NEEDS?
We can accommodate those with special needs, but please contact us prior to the Overnight to provide specific details.
ARE CONSENT AND RELEASE FORMS REQUIRED FOR ALL OVERNIGHT PARTICIPANTS, INCLUDING ADULT CHAPERONES?
Yes, every Overnight participants are required to submit a consent and release form (this is included in the REGISTRATION form section)! Only individuals who have turned in a Children's Museum of Houston consent and release form to the Reservations Coordinator will be allowed to stay at the Overnight.
MAY WE BRING OUR OWN FOOD AND DRINKS?
No, the Museum will provide a late night snack and a continental breakfast for all attendees. It is recommended that guests eat dinner prior to arrival. If you need to make special arrangements, please contact Lydia Dungus at 713.535.7238.
WHAT DO I NEED TO PACK FOR MY OVERNIGHT STAY?
Attendees will need a sleeping bag or blanket, pillow and a change of clothing. You may also bring a small mat to sleep on if you wish. Inflatable air mattresses, cots or more than one small clothing bag are prohibited due to space limitations. Please leave electronics at home.
MAY I BRING MY CAMERA?
Yes, cameras are allowed in the museum.
WHERE DO OVERNIGHT PARTICIPANTS SLEEP?
Attendees are separated by Troops and Packs, and assigned specific galleries to sleep.
CAN NON-SCOUT SIBLINGS OR FRIENDS ATTEND SCOUT OVERNIGHTS?
No, Scout Overnights are for registered Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts only.
CAN MUSEUM MEMBERSHIPS BE USED TO COVER OVERNIGHT COSTS?
No, museum memberships cannot be used to cover the cost to attend the Houston Scout Overnight.
WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?
The Museum reserves the right to cancel the Houston Scout Overnight if the event registration does not meet minimum enrollment requirements. If the Overnight is cancelled by the Museum, a full refund will be issued to your group. If the reserving group cancels the reservation, there are no refunds or transfers available.