Museum of Science Sleepover

Here is a great chance to see the museum and spend time wtih a great group of friends.  Get the excitement of Sleeping Out but safely inside.  Hopefully there won't be any walking dinosaur skeletons like in "Night at the Museum"!
Last Minute Update

Steve Carelli posted some files to our yahoo groups folder with all the details for the overnight.  To find the files, go the the Pack 2 Yahoo Groups main page.  In the yellow bar on the left side of the page, click on 'Files'.  Then from the list that appears on the page, click on 'Activities', and then Museum of Science Overnight. The files can also be found here and are as follows:

Info for Adults

Overnight Survival Manual

Wolfgang Puck Food Menu

The 'Overnight Survivial Manual' has all the important details needed regarding the overnight, including a sample schedule of events.  Here are the key details, including information taken directly from the survival guide:

Health Forms
All participants including parents and siblings must have a completed medical form to participate.  Please bring a completed health form dated Nov 1 or later to the overnight, or be prepared to fill one out at the Museum before you receive your ticked.  A link is provided below, to an electronic .pdf health form.  You can download the form, fill it out at the computer, and save the file (under a different name) with all the information included.  Also, after you print the form, please add the rank of your scout (Bear, Webelos I, etc) under your last name on the left margin of the first page.  This will help me for sorting the forms for future use.  Please, don't forget to include a photo copy or printed scan of the front and back of your insurance card.

Hint: Fill out the form with all the address information included then just change the information as needed for other family members and save under a new name before moving on to another family member.

I reccomend doing a Google Search for the Boston Museum of science, and getting a map and directions that way.  The address is:

Museum of Science, Boston
1 Science Park
Boston, MA 02114-1000

You can also see the directions as described by the Museum of Science


Participants park in the Museum garage at a reduced rate from 4:00 p.m. until noon the following day. Regular parking rates are charged for additional time. Please note that parking on the ground level of the garage is not permitted. Take a ticket and proceed to the upper levels (2 – 5) to park your car. When you exit the garage, please bring your ticket into the Museum with you.

Arrival and Registration
Plan to check in between 5:00 and 6:30 p.m.

Park in the upper levels (2 – 5) of the Museum garage and bring your gear to the ground level. Look for the special entrance in the corner of the garage. Can't find it? Ask a garage attendant or security guard to help direct your group.

After you enter, leave your gear in the hallway under your group name and proceed to check-in. At check-in, please be prepared to sign in participants under your care. You will receive a map of the building, a schedule of events, and other information for a safe, successful stay. Overnight staff is available to assist you during the program.

If you arrive after 7:00 p.m., go to the Information Booth in the Museum lobby and ask an information specialist to contact an overnight staff member to check you in.

What to Bring
Sleeping Gear
Each participant should bring an indoor sleeping bag. Adults who have survived an overnight recommend that you bring an air mattress or foam pad for sleeping on hard, cold floors. Outlets are available for CPAP machines and inflating mattresses. Place all belongings together in one package or bedroll to facilitate storage and access. All your gear should be clearly labeled with your group and individual name to minimize the loss of items. Your gear will be stored in a hallway with the belongings of hundreds of other participants.

You'll do a lot of walking, so wear comfortable shoes and clothing. Shoes must be worn at all times. We recommend dressing in layers, as the temperature in the Museum is unpredictable. Participants usually sleep in light clothing.

A water bottle is strongly recommended. Feel free to bring cell phones and cameras. You can take photographs in most areas of the Museum. Participants may wish to bring money to purchase souvenirs and educational items at the Museum Store.

What Not to Bring
Please do not bring tents, cots, hair dryers, curling irons, alarm clocks, electronic toys, games, music, or alcohol.

We provide an evening snack and light breakfast. Complimentary tea and coffee are available for adults at designated hours. Participants may bring dinner and eat in the designated picnic area. Dinner may also be purchased at the Riverview Café, open until 6:30 p.m. for overnights. Please allow enough time to complete your dinner before programming begins at 6:45 p.m. Those with special dietary needs are encouraged to bring their own food substitutes. For more information: 617-589-3180.

Also, the resteraunt offers a 'Dinner Deal' to sleepover participants at the Riverview Cafe for $7.50.  Details can be found at

The program ends at 11:00 a.m. Overnight staff are available until this time. Pack and store your gear in your vehicle during the scheduled time before the Museum opens to the public. Please make arrangements for gear, parking, and buses before the overnight staff leave at 11:00 a.m. If you still have energy, stay longer and explore!

If you have any questions about this information, or about the overnight, please let me know.

I'm  looking forward to the event, is should be a lot of fun!!

Yours in Scouting,

Steve Carelli

Updated with the details:

Pack camp out event at the Boston Museum of Science on Saturday November 20th:
For those that are attending the MOS overnight additional info including what to bring, when to arrive and where to park, can be found at

There are plenty of useful links about the event including a FAQ section. 
This link can also be found on the Bear Den 4 website.

Below info is directly  from the MOS website:

Please do not bring tents, cots, hair dryers, curling irons, alarm clocks, electronic toys, games, music, or alcohol.

Each participant should bring an indoor sleeping bag, and air mattresses are recommended for adults. The Museum is big, so wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Plan to dress in layers for activities and sleeping so that you can regulate your own comfortable temperature. Participants may wish to bring money to shop at the Museum Store.

Check-in is 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. Scheduled activities begin as early as 6:45 p.m. and conclude at 11:00 a.m. the following day. Groups are welcome to stay and explore the Exhibit Halls after the Overnight Program ends.

Overnight Program participants may park on levels 2-5 of the Museum garage overnight. Participants pay a flat rate of $5 per car from 4:00 p.m. until noon; if you arrive before 4:00 p.m. or stay later than 12:00 p.m. the following day, regular parking rates will apply.

Upon  arrival participants should bring their gear to the lowest level of the garage and look for the special Overnight Program entrance. Groups will be directed to store gear in their designated space and proceed to registration.

The Museum is across the street from the Science Park stop on the MBTA Green Line. It is about a 20-minute walk from North Station (Green Line, Orange Line, Amtrak, Commuter Rail).

An evening snack and a light breakfast are provided during the overnight. Participants may purchase dinner in the Riverview Café, eat before they arrive, or bring dinner with them to eat in the designated picnic area. Participants can also purchase one of our special Overnight Program Dinner Deals from Wolfgang Puck Catering. Learn more about our food options.

Participants sleep on the floor throughout the Museum Exhibit Halls. Some surfaces are industrial carpet, others are tile, and all are hard. Air mattresses are welcome for adults (we have outlets to inflate them). Groups are pre-assigned a sleeping space.

Lights are out at midnight. Since the Museum is a large facility, please be patient as we turn off all the lights; it may take about 20 minutes.

The Museum is a very large, old building, and the temperature will vary from area to area. We recommend bringing layered clothing such as a t-shirt, shorts, and sweats, and a sleeping bag so that you can regulate your temperature to meet your comfort level.