September 18, 2021
Times: Check-in and evening activity registration begins at 5:00 pm on September 18. Dinner begins at 5:30 pm. The program concludes at 9:30 am on September 19.
Cost: $70 for Youth, $55 for adults (Registration Closes on September 10, 2021)
Activities are located throughout the Village. We'll be camping in the Countryside region of the Village.
Sorry, Registration is CLOSED.
Calling all Scouts and Families! Join us for a unique camping experience in the countryside of Old Sturbridge Village! On Saturday, September 18, Cub and Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and their families are invited to pitch their tents in the Village and enjoy an evening of tours and activities throughout the museum. The evening will be topped off with stories by a roaring bonfire. Not a scout? No problem: all families are welcome!
Participants will enjoy a barbecue dinner and hot breakfast in the morning. Two-day admission to the Village is included.
Date: September 18, 2021
Time: Check-in and evening activity registration begin at 5:00 pm on Saturday; dinner begins at 5:30 pm and is available until 7:00. The program concludes at 9:30 am on September 18. Participants are welcome to explore the Village during the day on September 19, but must pack up their camping gear before the Village opens at 9:30 am. See below for more details.
Ages: Ages 5+; One adult required for every five children; one-to-one ratio for children under the age of 6
Cost: $70 for youth, $55 for adults
Registration deadline: September 10, 2021
The Great Scout Camp Out will take place rain or shine. In the event of significant rain, the program will be canceled. You can see our cancellation policy here.
How to Sign Up:
- Register and pay for your spot by clicking here.
- Fill out and return a waiver for each participant. This waiver is required for all participants, including adults.
- Please fill out and return a roster. All Scout groups and families must complete a roster.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Learn more about this program by reading the answers to frequently asked questions below.
If you have other questions, please call (508) 347-0287 or email email@example.com.
What is the schedule for the evening?
A full list of evening programs and activities will be posted in early April. Last year’s evening programming included hearth cooking, lantern tours, group games, nature drawing, and more. In the meantime, here is an outline of the itinerary:
Program Schedule (subject to change)
Saturday, September 18
- 5:00-6:30 pm: Drop-in registration and check-in at Museum Education*
- 5:00-7:00: Bring camping supplies into Village and set up camping spaces at own pace
- 5:30-7:00: Dinner available in the Center Village
- 7:15-8:15: First session of evening activities**
- 7:30-10:30: Drop-in bonfire in Bixby fields
- 8:30-9:30: Second session of evening activities**
- 9:30-10:30: Snack available on gristmill porch
- 11:00: Bedtime
Sunday, September 19
- 6:30 am: Coffee available at Bullard Café
- 7:00: Wake up!
- 7:30-8:30: Hot buffet breakfast available at Bullard Café
- 7:30-9:00: Break down (everything must be removed from camping fields by 9:15 am!)
- 9:30: Museum opens to public!
* There will be a brief, mandatory orientation upon arrival.
**There are two meeting locations for evening activities. Please refer to the list of activities to find out where yours will meet.
What does the program fee include?
The program fee includes dinner, sleeping accommodations, evening and morning activities, hot buffet breakfast, two-day admission to the Village, and a special OSV patch!
What is the age range for this program?
Ages 5+; One adult required for every five children; one-to-one ratio for children under the age of 6. This program is designed for scout troops and families. Children must be accompanied by an adult for this program.
How is this program different than the Night at the Museum Overnights?
This program is very different than the usual overnights! Scouts will sleep outside in the fields of our historic village and participate in unique evening activities that are not normally offered during the usual overnights. Also, dinner is included as part of the program fee.
Where do we park?
All participants will park at Museum Education for the evening. Click here to see a map of Old Sturbridge Village and here to see how to reach Museum Education. If you wish to visit the museum before or after the campout, you can park at the main entrance.
How do we bring our camping supplies into the Village?
Campers are expected to carry in their own camping supplies from the Museum Ed parking lot. You will not be able to drive your cars to the camping sites. Please take this into consideration while packing! We strongly recommend a wagon or other cart for supplies as the camping fields are a 5 to 7 minute walk from the Museum Education parking lot. Please remember that the Village is very large and this program will involve lots of walking.
What are the sleeping arrangements like?
There will be separate sleeping arrangements for boys and girls (with their accompanying chaperones). If you have questions or concerns about this, please feel free to call (508) 347-0287.
The plots will be in two open fields, which are grass-covered and have some uneven or lumpy terrain. All outdoor sleeping arrangements are within museum grounds. This means that everyone must have their possessions removed from the campsites by the museum’s opening at 9:30 am.
I am bringing a troop/den/pack/unit of Scouts for this event. What do I need to do?
After purchasing your spots, you will need to fill out a roster of all the Scouts attending, along with their emergency contact numbers. Each participant will need to complete a waiver as well. Please see above for details about chaperones.
I have just registered for the program. What do I need to do now?
Make sure to complete the roster and waivers for your troop/pack/den.
How do we sign up for evening activities?
Activity registration will be done upon arrival on September 18 on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be plenty of great activities to ensure that all participants get to do something exciting!
Please note: We will not take advance registration or reservations for these evening activities. Registration and check-in for the evening starts promptly at 5:00 pm and no earlier.
What should I bring?
Participants should bring: Sleeping bags, camping mats or air mattresses with battery-powered air pumps, tents, flashlights/headlamps, toiletries, sleep masks and earplugs, water bottle, camera, non-electronic games, books.
Because of the distance from the Museum Education parking lot to the camping locations, you may want to consider a wagon or wheeled cart to transport your belongings.
Please note: There will not be access to electricity for medical devices or air mattresses in the camping fields.
What should I NOT bring?
Participants should NOT bring: plug-in pumps for air mattresses (no available outlets), hair dryers, alarm clocks, electronic games, alcohol, or music
Are there bathing facilities?
There are bathrooms located close to the campsites, as well as bathrooms at Museum Education. There will also be access to drinking water. There are no shower facilities.
What is the cancellation policy for this program?
A full refund will be granted if:
- Old Sturbridge Village cancels this event due to severe weather
- if the participant cancels 30 days prior to the program, or
- if current COVID guidelines do not allow for participants to cross state lines into Massachusetts
Otherwise, this program is non-refundable.
My child isn’t a Scout—can we still attend?
Yes! Families are welcome to attend.
What about emergencies?
Our overnight staff will discuss emergency procedures with the overnight participants upon arrival. OSV has 24-hour security on the campus in addition to the staff person who will be staying overnight. An emergency contact must be provided upon registration.
I have a question not listed here. Who should I contact?
Please call Museum Education at (508) 347-0287 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.