COSI Camp-In

The overnight program that lasts a lifetime!

Spend the night at COSI with Camp-In! Camp-In is the overnight camp experience that’s perfect for Scouts, school groups, youth groups, and families of all sizes. Since 1972, COSI’s Camp-In program has provided memorable educational experiences for girls and boys centered on science, technology, and teamwork. COSI’s Camp-In was the first overnight program of its kind in the country!

COSI’s Camp-In 2020: The Science of YOU!

Discover how your body works inside and out as we explore COSI’s Camp In: The Science of YOU! At this one-of-a-kind sleepover, investigate the inner workings of the human body through special activities in our exclusive hands-on gallery. Not only will campers be able to explore all of COSI’s exhibits, COSI Camp-In features live science demonstrations, planetarium shows, and much more. This in-depth and reflective experience is sure to make memories that last a life time!

For campers 1st through 12th grade
Fees:
$51* per camper
$51* per adult chaperone

* The Columbus Arts & Culture Fee is calculated as 5% of the value of two days of group admission to COSI, or $1.00. The Columbus Arts & Culture Fee helps make the arts available to all by funding exemplary artists, arts organization and programs that educate and engage audiences throughout Greater Columbus

This year’s Camp-In Experience will Feature:

The Science of You! Hands-On Gallery
Campers will be able to examine X-rays, get into “engrossing” facts about our bodies, plan well-balanced meals, get heart rates racing, and much more!

By participating in the hands-on gallery…

  • Brownie Girl Scouts can earn their My Best Self Badge*
  • Junior Girl Scouts can earn their Staying Fit Badge*
  • Tiger Scouts can earn their Tiger Bites Adventure*
  • Wolf Scouts can earn their Germs Alive Adventure *
  • School groups will meet both Ohio and Next Gen Science standards
* Badge is not included

All COSI classic exhibits including the following**
  • American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery
  • American Museum of Natural History Traveling Gallery - ¡Cuba!
  • DC Super Heroes™: Discover Your Superpowers
** excluding little kidspace

Two Days Admission to COSI
DANCEMANIA! - A larger than life dance party for all ages.
A Planetarium Show: Starry Night Live
Evening Snack and Morning Breakfast
Unique Camp-In Fun Patch good for $5 off a return youth admission

Camp-In Menu    Camp-In Survival Guide


COSI Camp-In 2020 Dates

Saturday February 15th – Co-Ed
Saturday March 7th – Girls Only
Friday March 13th – Girls Only
Friday March 20th - Co-Ed
Thursday April 2nd – School Groups Only
Saturday April 4th – Girls Only
Friday May 1st – Girls Only
Friday May 15th - Girls Only
Saturday May 16th - Co-Ed
Thursday May 21st - School Groups Only


FAQs:

Q: What is COSI Overnight?

A: COSI Camp-In is the ultimate indoor camping experience. Participants spend 19 hours immersed in all that COSI has to offer enhanced by COSI Exhibits, a Planetarium show, hands on actives and much more.

Q: How much is COSI Overnight?

A: The Overnight Program costs $51* per person

* The Columbus Arts & Culture Fee is calculated as 5% of the value of two days of group admission to COSI, or $1.00. The Columbus Arts & Culture Fee helps make the arts available to all by funding exemplary artists, arts organization and programs that educate and engage audiences throughout Greater Columbus

Q: Is parking included in the cost of the program?

A: No, parking is on your own. Parking for COSI Camp-In is available in the new parking garage in front of COSI. The cost for parking is $12 per car, and can be paid for any of the walk up kiosks for LAZ. Please see the Camp-In Survival Guide for more details on parking at COSI. Bus and oversized vehicle parking is available for $12 in the gravel lot across the street from COSI. It is highly recommended that you remove ALL valuables from plain sight and lock them in your trunk or carry them in the building with you.

Q: How soon do I have to pay for the program?

A: There is no payment due at the time of reservation. Final numbers and payment are due 4 weeks prior to your program date. Fees are non-refundable, but are transferable in the form of COSI Gift Card the night of your program. COSI Gift Cards can be used for anything at COSI and never expire.

Q: What can be expected during Camp-In?

A: Spend the night at COSI with Camp-In! Camp-In is the overnight camp experience that’s perfect for Scouts, school groups, youth groups, and families of all sizes. Since 1972, COSI’s Camp-In program has provided memorable educational experiences for girls and boys centered on science, technology, and teamwork. COSI’s Camp-In was the first overnight program of its kind in the country!
COSI’s Camp-In 2020: The Science of YOU!

Discover how your body works inside and out as we explore COSI’s Camp In: The Science of YOU! At this one-of-a-kind sleepover, investigate the inner workings of the human body through special activities in our exclusive hands-on gallery. Not only will campers be able to explore all of COSI’s exhibits, COSI Camp-In features live science demonstrations, planetarium shows, and much more. This in-depth and reflective experience is sure to make memories that last a life time!

The Science of You! Hands-On Gallery Campers will be able to examine X-rays, get into “engrossing” facts about our bodies, plan well-balanced meals, get heart rates racing, and much more!

By participating in the hands-on gallery…
    Brownie Girl Scouts can earn their My Best Self Badge*
    Junior Girl Scouts can earn their Staying Fit Badge*
    Tiger Scouts can earn their Tiger Bites Adventure*
    Wolf Scouts can earn their Germs Alive Adventure *
    School groups will meet both Ohio and Next Gen Science standards
* Badge is not included

All COSI classic exhibits including the following**
    American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery
    American Museum of Natural History Traveling Gallery - ¡Cuba!
** excluding little kidspace

Two Days Admission to COSI
DANCEMANIA! - A larger than life dance party for all ages.
A Planetarium Show: Starry Night Live
Evening Snack and Morning Breakfast
Unique Camp-In Fun Patch good for $5 off a return youth admission

Q: What is a typical Overnight Program schedule like?

A: 6:00pm - 7:30pm Check–In Gear Storage
At Check-In, your group leader will receive wristbands for everyone in your group and your sleeping area assignment (what we call a “campsite”).

You will then be guided to your campsite to store your gear. This will be in the hallways of COSI. Please note that COSI recommends that each camper’s items are placed in a trash bag with their name and groups number LARGLEY written on their bag. COSI is not responsible for any lost or stolen property.

If you would like, lockers will be available on a first come, first served basis for an additional cost. Lockers are 29 inches deep, 19 inches wide and 23 inches tall.

You and your group will be assigned a time for the REQUIRED Welcome Show. Everyone at the Welcome Show will get a current schedule and map during this entertaining, yet educational, orientation.

6:00pm and 7:30pm Dinner Options
There are no pre-ordered meals this season. However, our Atomic Cafe will be open for you to purchase food. A menu can be found on the COSI web page. If you packed dinner, please eat in the group lunchroom!

7:00pm - 10:15pm Open Exploration
The Science of You! Hands-On Gallery
Campers will be able to examine X-rays, get into “engrossing” facts about our bodies, plan well-balanced meals, get heart rates racing, and much more!

Explore All COSI classic exhibits including the following*
American Museum of Natural History Dinosaur Gallery
American Museum of Natural History Traveling Gallery - ¡Cuba!
*excluding little kidspace.

8:30pm - 10:30pm SNACK
Items may include: Teddy Grahams, string cheese, and 100% fruit juice

11:00pm - 11:30pm DANCEMANIA!
A larger than life dance party for all ages.

11:30- 11:45 Return to your Campsite
Set-Up at this time and prepare for lights out at 11:45pm

7:00am Lights on & Wake Up
Campers will pack up their gear and bring it out to their vehicles for storage.

7:30am - 8:00am Breakfast
Items may include: cereal, muffin, apple sauce, juice, milk

The program concludes after Breakfast, but you are welcome to stay and explore COSI until close at 5:00 p.m.

Q: Is dinner included in the price of an overnight program?

A: Dinner is NOT included in the price of an overnight program, but may be purchased the night of your visit in the Atomic Cafe. Please download the PDF menu on this webpage to see

Q: How long is an overnight?

A: The Camp-in programing begins with check in at 6:00 p.m. and concluded at 9:00 am the next morning. All Camp-in participants are permitted to come visit COSI the day of your stay until close the following day. This excludes special events, and certain traveling exhibition charges.

If your group is plaining on arriving before 6:00 pm on the day of your program, please contact the Camp-in team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Q: Where do overnight participants sleep?

A: Many campsites/sleeping areas are located in the carpeted hallways throughout the building and in certain exhibition areas on concrete floors. You are encouraged to bring a sleeping pad or yoga mat to make your sleeping more comfortable. Your campsite could be on either surface. So, plan accordingly. Due to safety regulations, there are strategic lights that must remain on in case of an emergency.

If you have light and/or sound sensitivities while sleeping, you may want to come prepared with an eye mask and/or ear plugs. Electricity is located throughout the hallways and exhibition areas but can’t be guaranteed to be in your campsite. Plan accordingly with portable chargers and long charging cables.

If you need electricity for medical devices (C-PAP) please indicate that on your reservation and we will make sure that you are accommodated. Failure to notify us of any special needs may result in you being in a campsite without the proper accommodations.

You can update your reservation with this information by calling 614-228-2674.

Air mattresses are permitted but if they exceed 3 feet in width, you MUST have more than one person on the air mattress. Each campsite is marked off to give each person about 2 feet of space for their sleeping bag.

Food and drinks are NOT permitted in your campsites. Please plan to eat any snacks in the group lunchroom only!

Q: What is COSI’s required ratio of chaperones to campers at overnight events?

A: Groups are encouraged to follow their specific group’s recommendations for adult chaperone ratios. COSI requires a minimum of 1 adult (18 years or older) per 7 campers.

Q: Can siblings or friends attend overnights or day programs?

A: COSI’s Camp-In is specially designed for children in grades 1-12 to explore science in a safe, fun environment. Siblings and friends outside the Camp-In age range (younger than first grade) cannot be accommodated at COSI Camp- In and are not permitted.

Guests arriving with children outside the Camp-In age range may be asked to leave COSI without refund.

Q: Are consent and release forms required for all overnight participants including adult chaperones?

A: COSI doesn’t require medical forms or permission slips for overnight participants. Simply follow the guidelines for your group or organization.

Q: Where do I go for more information?

A: You can send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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333 West Broad St.
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