FAQs for Parents

FAQs for Parents

Find answers to parents’ most frequently asked questions about the National Inventors Hall of Fame programs.

Our team of experienced STEM educators and PhDs specialize in diverse subject areas. This team of education-focused professionals integrates 21st-century learning into fun, hands-on activities that align with state and national education standards. Our National Inventors Hall of Fame Inductees directly inspire our curriculum writers who infuse our programs with the stories, challenges and triumphs of the greatest minds who have helped shape our lives.

Children use their creativity, imagination and inventive thinking skills to solve problems, always building on what they learned the day before. Using upcycled materials brought from home, they are challenged to overcome obstacles from crossing a river of hot lava to rescuing sea creatures or solving a worldwide issue with a device of their creation. Through hands-on fun, science is made exciting and accessible while children work together as a team. Though activities vary depending on the program selected, each one is designed to educate, inspire and challenge your child to think outside of the box.

Learn more about our programs here.

When a location signs on with us, we send an announcement email to all the families who attended the year before to let you know your site is back. 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! We also encourage you to check our Program Locator regularly to see if your location has returned.

Program instructors are qualified educators in your local area. These talented individuals are selected for their enthusiasm for creative learning, which they use to excite and motivate children.

Camp Invention maintains a program team-to-child ratio of 1:8. Our pre-K, after school, and middle-grade programs have a team-to-child ratio of 1:12, affording the children the opportunity to flourish in a small group environment.

Our programs combine teamwork with the need to work independently at times. Your child must have the basic skills to be self-sufficient, be able to use hand tools successfully, have an age-appropriate maturity level, adhere to the behavior policy and be willing to participate in the imaginative, creative process. We produce a high-energy experience that at times can be noisy and highly stimulating, and it requires an open mind. The summer program environment is very active and teamwork-oriented, as children will rotate rooms and Instructors throughout the day for each module activity, which can vary from a typical single-classroom/teacher setting during a school year. 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!



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

Some of the program modules can involve outdoor fun; however, this depends upon the host site property and current weather conditions. At no time will children leave the program location.

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 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 Medical Authorization section on the What to Prepare 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.

Parents of participants with severe allergies requiring an EpiPen® should select YES in the EpiPen® section when registering their child, and need to complete the Medical Authorization section of the What to Prepare form. The Director must be trained by the parent in the administration of epinephrine and arrangements should be made before the program start date. For any additional questions, parents can call our Customer Relations Department at 800.968.4332.


Some of our program materials may contain latex or gluten. If your child has a severe allergy to either of these, please contact our Customer Relations department at 800.968.4332 to discuss alternative items parents may be able to use during the program. As such, we are unable to provide any guarantee of ‘gluten or latex free’ products due to the possibility of secondary contamination outside our control, including items participants bring from home that could potentially cause an allergic reaction. In the case of a severe allergic reaction, Program Team Members will follow emergency procedures for treatment. If your child has severe allergies, please indicate the specifications during registration and complete the Medical Authorization section on the What to Prepare form for the first day of the program.

If there is availability, you may switch programs up to one week before 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 original program start date. Please contact our Customer Relations Department at 800.968.4332 to find out more.

We do everything possible to ensure each program runs. 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. When a program is canceled, we notify each participant as soon as possible.

If a location needs to close for only a portion of the program due to unforeseen circumstances (such as inclement weather), the progressive and flexible nature of our curriculum allows us to work with the local level on schedule adjustments, so your child doesn’t miss out on any of the innovative fun.

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.

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 with any questions.

As a nonprofit 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. Please keep in mind discounts cannot be combined.

Registration costs cover the set-up and materials your child will be using during camp, as well as costs to cover Team Members 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 special program t-shirt.

For Camp and Invention Project, $75 of each registration fee is nonrefundable, and the remaining balance is refundable up to 11:59 pm ET on the Sunday three weeks prior to the start date of the program (unless cancellation insurance is purchased). Cancellations made after this time are nonrefundable, as materials and educator costs are allocated and final. 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. Scholarship registrations are nonrefundable.

As a nonprofit, the National Inventors Hall of Fame allocates the funds paid for your child’s registration far in advance for the materials and Team Members needed for your child’s program experience. Due to this, Camp Invention is unable to pro-rate the cost for the days your child cannot attend.

Payment is accepted in full through Discover®, VISA®, MasterCard®, personal checks, travelers’ checks and money orders. Charges will appear as NIHF PREK-12 PROGRAMS on your credit card statement. For Camp Invention only, an installment payment plan is available if you use a credit or debit card and your registration is received at least 10 weeks before the start of your camp. One-third of your program cost is charged at the time of registration, and the remaining balance is divided into two equal payments to be automatically charged at approximately 30 days and 60 days after the initial deposit. All three payments must be paid by credit or debit card. Please make sure the card used does not expire before the final payment date. Nonpayment or any card declines will result in the cancellation of your registration order, which is applicable to our refund policy.

Some locations fill up faster than others, and we cannot hold spots without full payment. If your desired program is full, you are encouraged to consider other locations available in your area or your child can be placed on a waitlist at the time of registration.

When a participant cancels their registration in a full program, our Customer Relations Department 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.

The National Inventors Hall of Fame is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting STEM education for all ages to promote innovation and entrepreneurship. We do this through our programs: Camp Invention, Club Invention, Invention Project and Invention Playground. Our Federal Tax ID number is 34-1580038.

We would love to hear from you! Please contact us at [email protected] 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 forms you will need to bring on the first day of the program.