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- How is a Camp-In staffed?
- Is there overnight security? Will Security Staff walk through the sleeping areas?
- Why is the Camp-In offered only in the winter months?
- Why does the Camp-In start at 7:00 p.m.?
- Is there a minimum number of participants required for a Camp-In? What is the maximum capacity?
- Will the Camp-In be exclusive to my group?
- We are an all female/male group; are Camp-Ins exclusively for one gender?
- The program is listed for ages 5-13, can I bring my toddler/baby along if they don’t actually participate?
- You state that the transportation for my group/family must be available within a half hour’s notice, why is that? Is it ok that my transportation stays in Drumheller overnight, but not at the Museum?
- Can I just show up at the Museum and attend a Camp-In?
- How do I register for a Camp-In?
- Can I bring my registration material upon arrival?
- Do I have to submit the original forms to you? How do I return my registration material?
- Can I make payment for my Camp-In upon arrival?
- Is there a reduced rate for attending only a portion of the Camp-In program?
- We have to leave early the next morning; can we visit the galleries the day of our Camp-In or come back at a later date?
- We don’t want to visit the Gift Shop the next morning, can we go into the galleries early instead?
- Is there a place to store our gear in the morning until our transportation arrives?
- Can we choose the programs in which we would like to participate?
- Can we go on a hike or go behind the scenes as a part of our Camp-In program?
- Are any of the programs delivered outdoors?
- Does everyone get to make a cast/craft?
- Will it only be my group/family in the programming we participate in?
- Where do meals take place? What are meals like? Are there vegetarian options?
- I have a food allergy, can I eat the provided snack and breakfast?
- We would like to order lunch the day of/after our Camp-In. How do we arrange that?
- Where will we be sleeping?
- You book up to 100 participants per night, does this mean that we will be sleeping in the gallery space right beside all the other participants that aren’t with our group/family?
- Will my group/family be sleeping in the same area?
- Can we sleep somewhere other than the Dinosaur Hall gallery?
- Can we request a certain spot of the gallery to sleep in (e.g., under the T. rex)?
- I am registered to attend the Camp-In with my child and his/her group, however, for medical reasons; I cannot sleep at the Museum overnight. May I leave to spend the night at a hotel and meet the group the next morning?
- I have a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, is it ok to use it overnight?
- Does the Museum provide any bedding/cots?
- The suggested packing list indicates that a twin or double mattress/foamie should be brought to sleep on, why are queen/king sizes not included? Can I bring a cot or build a bed?
- The packing list says to pack water, earplugs and layer-able clothing – is this necessary?
- Are there electrical outlets in the sleeping area that I can plug in my pump for my inflatable mattress/cell phone/camera etc.?
- My child is uneasy in the dark; will the Museum be completely black while we are sleeping?
- Are there shower facilities?
- I was unable to register to attend the Camp-In with my child and their group due to “space limitations.” Can I sit in on the programming and meals but go and sleep at a hotel in town?
- Can I leave the building during the evening?
- Are the Camp-In Staff first aid certified? Is there a hospital nearby?
How is a Camp-In staffed?
Host—will be with you for the duration of your experience until your free gallery time the next morning (they sleep overnight in the Museum as well, but in a separate location from participants)
Support Host— will assist the Host and is responsible for your safety during the evening until midnight.
Security— will relieve your Support Host at midnight and is responsible for your safety throughout the night. He/she will conduct rounds until the galleries open at 10:00 a.m. and will assist the Host in the morning.
Programmers—will deliver your assigned programs during the program rotation in the evening and will leave when you visit the Cafeteria for your evening snack.
Cafeteria staff—will serve you breakfast in the morning.
Gift Shop staff—will make the shop available in the morning for private gift shop time before the Museum opens to the public.
Camp-In specific staff (Host, Support Host, Security and Programmers) are thoroughly screened and must complete an RCMP vulnerable sector background check (clearance for working with children) prior to being hired. Many of our staff currently work (or have previously worked) at the Museum in a different capacity. We have cross sections of our lab, gallery, collections, education, and resource management staff, so don’t be afraid to ask them questions about palaeontology as they love to talk about their work!
Is there overnight security? Will Security Staff walk through the sleeping areas?
Yes, we have overnight security. They will patrol throughout the evening, but the majority of Dinosaur Hall (where participants sleep) can be seen from the upper galleries. Security may walk around the outskirts of some sleeping areas, but unless there are problems, they shouldn’t need to walk through the sleeping area.
Why is the Camp-In offered only in the winter months?
Due to the extended Museum hours of operation from May to August, increased visitation, and public programming using available space, we are not able to offer Camp-Ins during the summer. If you are interested in attending an extended Camp experience during July and August, check out our EnCana Badlands Science Camp.
Why does the Camp-In start at 7:00 p.m.?
The Museum closes at 5:00 p.m. during the fall and winter. Program and gallery sleeping areas, washrooms, etc. need to be cleaned, program areas need to be set up, and staff briefed prior to the start of the Camp-In. The earliest we can be ready for participants is 7:00 p.m. This also allows participants sufficient time to travel and attend the program after their workday is done.
Is there a minimum number of participants required for a Camp-In? What is the maximum capacity?
We require a minimum of 40 total participants (campers and chaperones) to run a Camp-In. This does not have to be from one group, it is comprised of all the groups registered for that night. The maximum number of participants (campers and chaperones) is 100.
Will the Camp-In be exclusive to my group?
Camp-In nights can be exclusive only if all100 spaces are booked and paid for by one group.
We are an all female/male group; are Camp-Ins exclusively for one gender?
No, due to staffing, and to be fair to family groups attending, Camp-Ins are not designated for one gender only. Camp-Ins are booked on a first come, first served basis so there is a good chance that there will be a wide variety of groups.
The program is listed for ages 5-13, can I bring my toddler/baby along if they don’t actually participate?
No, due to safety reasons and for the enjoyment of all participants, only children between the ages of 5-13 are permitted to attend any portion of the Camp-In program. Underage children will not be allowed to stay. A caregiver will be asked to make arrangements in town for the duration of the program and can meet their group/family during the gallery time at 10:00 the next morning.
You state that the transportation for my group/family must be available within a half hour’s notice, why is that? Is it ok that my transportation stays in Drumheller overnight, but not at the Museum?
Groups/families are solely responsible for their transportation during their Camp-In. As such, in the event of an emergency evacuation that prevents participants from staying overnight in the Museum, groups/families would need transportation to return home and/or leave the Museum site. The transportation driver(s) may stay offsite as long as they can reach the Museum within a half hour to pick up participants.
Can I just show up at the Museum and attend a Camp-In?
No. Participants must be pre-registered.
How do I register for a Camp-In?
Can I bring my registration material upon arrival?
To ensure the comfort, enjoyment, organization, and safety of participants, all registration material must be submitted to the Camp-In Coordinator before the scheduled Camp-In date.
Do I have to submit the original forms to you? How do I return my registration material?
We do not require the original paperwork to be submitted. You can fax, email, or mail the registration material.
Mail: Royal Tyrrell Museum, attn. Camp-In Coordinator
Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0
Courier: Royal Tyrrell Museum, attn. Camp-In Coordinator
HWY 838 Midland Provincial Park
Drumheller, AB T0J 0Y0
Can I make payment for my Camp-In upon arrival?
No. The Museum is not open to the public during the Camp-In program and our overnight program staff do not have access to admission payment terminals and cash. Payment must be made to the Camp-In Coordinator in advance of the program.
Is there a reduced rate for attending only a portion of the Camp-In program?
Unfortunately, the price for the program is a package fee and we are unable to charge for specific components. You may attend only a portion of the program but you will be charged the full program fee.
We have to leave early the next morning; can we visit the galleries the day of our Camp-In or come back at a later date?
Arrangements can be made for families or groups to redeem their next day gallery admission on the first day of their Camp-In, however, this will apply to all members of the group/family. Groups may not have split admission times. You must coordinate and confirm these arrangements with the Camp-In Coordinator prior to your program. If you arrive early the day of your Camp-In without prior arrangement, you will be charged Museum admission. Please note that the Museum closes at 5:00 p.m. You will need to exit the Museum at that time and return for your Camp-In at 7:00 p.m.—you cannot wait inside the Museum until the Camp-In begins.
We don’t want to visit the Gift Shop the next morning, can we go into the galleries early instead?
No, the galleries are being prepared and cleaned to open to the public. You can continue to watch the video being shown in the auditorium or wait in the Learning Centre Lobby until 10:00 a.m.
Is there a place to store our gear in the morning until our transportation arrives?
There is a public coatroom available. It is located near the Admissions Desk in the main lobby.. Please note that this space is not secured, however, we do have lockers available for $1 each that you may also use.
Can we choose the programs in which we would like to participate?
No, the program schedule is made in conjunction with the program staff available to work for the evening. Current activities may include:
Fossil Casting - make a cast from a mold of a real fossil, learn where it was found, and how old it is!
Digging for Dinos - dig for real fossils in dig tables using the techniques and tools a palaeontologist would
Matrix Sorting - learn to identify fossil from rock and distinguishing characteristics between fossils
Dinos in the Dark - using flashlights, learn all about theropod dinosaurs in a darkened Lords of the Land gallery tour
Cretaceous Alberta Dinos - learn all about Cretaceous fossils found in our area in this gallery-based program
Craft – pendant making, magic clay ornament or flying pterosaurs. Campers make/paint/decorate a craft to take home with them in this very popular program.
Can we go on a hike or go behind the scenes as a part of our Camp-In program?
During the Camp-In season it will be dark outside when you arrive at the Museum, and there may be snow, ice or frost on the hiking trails that make them unsafe for hiking. Therefore, hikes are not scheduled as part of the program. However, on exceptionally nice days, you are free to hike on the path during the day following your Camp-In.
Due to the size and active nature of our working areas, staffing and security, a behind-the- scenes tour cannot be included in the Camp-In. Behind the scenes tours are not available to the general public
Are any of the programs delivered outdoors?
No, due to the time of year and the hours that the Camp-Ins run, all programs are primarily indoors. If the weather is good and the sky is clear, we offer the program Asteroids, in which participants can go outside to look through a telescope at the night sky.
Does everyone get to make a cast/craft?
Unfortunately, no, the adult chaperones, as per the chaperone duties document, are needed to assist the campers with their activities. As the programming time is limited, they will need help the children complete their cast on time.
Will it only be my group/family in the programming we participate in?
There may be other groups or families with you during the program sessions. Depending on the size of your group and the number of participants attending the Camp-In, your group may be split during programming and/or paired with other families/groups during the sessions.
Where do meals take place? What are meals like? Are there vegetarian options?
Meals are served in the Cafeteria at the Museum. With advance notice, we will do our best to accommodate food allergies and dietary needs. For a list of food served during the Camp-In please check out our Menu.
I have a food allergy, can I eat the provided snack and breakfast?
Possibly. We will do our best to accommodate all food allergies, however, we cannot guarantee that the food or supplies have never come into contact with allergens at any point. If there is a major concern, you are more than welcome to bring your own food; please indicate this on your registration material so that the Camp-In Coordinator can ensure that the evening staff are aware and that arrangements are in place. We have refrigerators and microwaves on site that can be used, but other than that, the Cafeteria and its equipment cannot be used to store or prepare outside food. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact the Camp-In Coordinator. Unfortunately, we cannot guarantee a peanut-free environment.
We would like to order lunch the day of/after our Camp-In. How do we arrange that?
Please contact the Cafeteria directly to make arrangements at 403-823-8223. They will be more than happy to assist you and there are a variety of options.
Where will we be sleeping?
Participants will be assigned sleeping areas in the Museum’s galleries (primarily in Dinosaur Hall) by their Host. You will be sleeping on the floor in the pathways around the exhibits. Please note that personal items are not to be placed in the exhibits.
You book up to 100 participants per night, does this mean that we will be sleeping in the gallery space right beside all the other participants that aren’t with our group/family?
Each group/family that attends will be assigned their own sleeping area, however, all participants will be sleeping within the same gallery space. This means that you will most likely be able to see the other groups/families, but we try to provide as much privacy as possible.
Will my group/family be sleeping in the same area?
Yes, each group will be assigned to a sleeping area by their Host. Groups/families can arrange themselves within that area however they wish, while still following the guidelines set by their Host or Support Host.
Can we sleep somewhere other than the Dinosaur Hall gallery?
No, participants will be assigned to sleep in Dinosaur Hall due to its proximity to washrooms, emergency exits and the staff’s ability to patrol the surrounding space without interrupting the participants during the night.
Can we request a certain spot of the gallery to sleep in (e.g., under the T. rex)?
Unfortunately requested sleeping space cannot be accommodated, as sleeping areas are assigned based on the number and size of participating groups/families on each Camp-In night.
I am registered to attend the Camp-In with my child and his/her group, however, for medical reasons; I cannot sleep at the Museum overnight. May I leave to spend the night at a hotel and meet the group the next morning?
Absolutely. Please contact the Camp-In Coordinator who will notify the evening staff. Check in with your Support Host during the evening to confirm the time you will leave and make arrangements for your return.
I have a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine, is it ok to use it overnight?
Yes. We do have a few electrical outlets in the gallery; however, they are not necessarily easily accessible. Please indicate you require a CPAP outlet on your registration form so that the Camp-In Coordinator can ensure that the program staff are aware, and that arrangements are made in advance. We also ask that you identify yourself to the Host or Support Host when you are being shown your sleeping area upon arrival.
Does the Museum provide any bedding/cots?
No, due to health and safety concerns, the Museum does not provide, and is not responsible for, any of the sleeping items needed to stay overnight. Please refer to our suggested packing list for items you will need to bring with you.
The suggested packing list indicates that a twin or double mattress/foamie should be brought to sleep on, why are queen/king sizes not included? Can I bring a cot or build a bed?
We ask that only twin or double sized mattresses or foamies be used due to the capacity and structure of the sleeping area. A walking pathway around sleeping areas is required for participants to walk through to washrooms, or to use as an exit route in the event of an evacuation. Larger mattresses/foamies do not allow for this room in some of the sleeping areas.
We do not restrict setting up cots or build-a-beds (inflatable mattresses with frames); however we do discourage it for the same reasons above. As well, in the event of an evacuation or emergency, cots and framed mattress can become a tripping hazard.
The packing list says to pack water, earplugs and layer-able clothing – is this necessary?
For the preservation of the specimens, the galleries tend to be dry and warm. We recommend that each person have a bottle of water and wear light clothing that can be layered. The ceiling fans are left on during the night to provide some air circulation; they do make some noise and because you are sleeping in a large space with many unfamiliar people, you may wish to wear earplugs to block the ambient noise.
We have water fountains and a water coin operated vending machine onsite, however we cannot guarantee the availability and reliability of the machines. Please note that the vending machines takes change only (no bills or cards) and there is no change machine onsite.
Are there electrical outlets in the sleeping area that I can plug in my pump for my inflatable mattress/cell phone/camera etc.?
Yes, there are a few electrical outlets in the gallery that you can use to inflate an air mattress, charge a phone, etc. but most are not close to the designated sleeping areas so should not be used to charge items overnight. If you require the use of an electrical outlet for medical reasons (i.e. a CPAP machine) please inform the Camp-In Coordinator in advance of your visit so arrangements can be made to accommodate it.
My child is uneasy in the dark; will the Museum be completely black while we are sleeping?
Yes, the sleeping area will be dark; however, the washroom and pathways will be lit. We recommend that you pack a flashlight to use if you need to get up during the night.
Are there shower facilities?
No, there are no shower facilities available to participants of the overnight programs.
I was unable to register to attend the Camp-In with my child and their group due to “space limitations.” Can I sit in on the programming and meals but go and sleep at a hotel in town?
No, our maximum capacity is not only based on the area for sleeping, but also the maximum capacity of the programming spaces and ratio of staff to participants.
Can I leave the building during the evening?
The Museum is secured during your Camp-In. You must ask your Host/Support Host/Security for access. You may leave to access your vehicle for forgotten items or step outside for a smoke break, but you are not permitted to leave the premises without permission.
Are the Camp-In Staff first aid certified? Is there a hospital nearby?
Yes, our Host, Support Host, Security and many of our programming staff are all first aid certified. They are able to provide basic first aid, but are not permitted to administer medication or injections, or to make any medical decisions regarding a participant or group.
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