Astronaut Camp Expectations, Polices and Procedures

Welcome to camp at The Journey Museum and Learning Center! We are excited to have your child spend time with us! We hope your camp experience will be enjoyable and will inspire a lifelong love of learning.

To ensure everyone has a fun time at Astronaut Camp, please review the following information with your child:


Christine Waller, Education Coordinator
Phone: 605-394-6923

Address: 222 New York St. Rapid City, SD 57701 


  • Refillable Water Bottle


  • Electronic Devices (cell phones, smartwatches, etc.)
  • Toys From Home

*The Journey Museum and Learning Center is not responsible for lost or stolen items left with the camper. 


To ensure every child’s safety, expect the following procedure upon Drop-Off each day (12:45-1 p.m.):

    1. Parents/guardians must check-in with a camp staff member at the sign-in table
    2. Notify staff of any expected changes to pick-up time


Upon Pick-Up each day (4 p.m.), expect the following procedure:

    1. Camp staff may request to check the ID of all adults that come to pick up campers and confirm that the adult is listed on the authorized pick-up list
    2. Parents/Guardians will initial the sign-out sheet


In the event of an accident, first aid will be administered, and parents/guardians will be notified as soon as possible after managing the child’s immediate needs. In case of an emergency, staff will call 911 and contact the parent/guardian or emergency contacts provided with registration.


All refunds must be requested in writing to Troy Kilpatrick at and will be measured on a case-by-case basis.


We expect behavior that is respectful, responsible and safe. Our goals are to provide an environment where all of our campers and camp staff can build lasting relationships and have fun learning through activities at the museum. Please express to your camper that if they feel threatened to immediately tell a camp staff member. Here are some criteria we expect campers to follow:

    • Using language that is socially appropriate and respectful
    • Respecting museum property, staff and fellow campers
    • Acting in a cooperative manner respectful of camp boundaries
    • Making efforts to contribute to programs and activities
    • Cooperating and taking turns with other campers


It is the intent of The Journey Museum and Learning Center to provide a safe environment for participants in our Day Camp program. If a participant is disrupting the program, creating an unsafe condition, or displaying a disrespectful demeanor to camp staff or peers, the participant may be removed from the program. Typically, we follow a 3-occurrence system to determine dismissal and recognize that all behavioral issues, even if repeated, should not necessarily result in the removal from a program. We make every attempt to work with the child and family to improve behavior.


1st Warning (Warning/Reteach): Camp staff will redirect the child to more appropriate behavior.

2nd Warning (Minor): If inappropriate behavior continues, the camper will be pulled aside for a constructive thinking opportunity (time out) to refocus, get on task, and to discuss alternative behaviors.

3rd Warning (Major): After three incident reports, disciplinary action is left at the discretion of staff; however, the child may be suspended. A meeting will be arranged with the parent/guardian, staff member, and the camp director to determine the conditions of reinstatement. Ultimately, a child may be discontinued from the camp or future camps if inappropriate behavior persists.

In severe cases - The Journey Museum and Learning Center has strong concerns in matters of violence. If your child engages in a violent act causing possible harm to another participant or staff person, there is a high likelihood of suspension for at least one day of the camp and possibly removal from the camp indefinitely. The camp director will send letters home to parents or make phone calls home depending on the severity/recurrence of behaviors.

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The Journey Museum is currently in Winter Hours:

Winter Hours

(October 1st – April 30th)
10 AM – 5 PM Monday through Saturday
1 PM – 5 PM Sundays

Summer Hours

(May 1st – September 30th)
9 AM – 6 PM Monday through Saturday
11 AM – 5 PM Sundays


All individual admissions are good for two days with receipt.

Museum General Admission:

Adults (ages 18+) $10
Seniors (ages 62+) $8
Students (ages 6 – 17) $7
Children 5 & under FREE with family

Groups (10+ people):

$7 per person

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.

Education Groups (12+ students):

$3 per student (all students 18 and under)
$5 College Students

Chaperones are requested. Special pricing will be extended to adult chaperones.

Tour guides available. Please call (605) 394-6923 one week prior to visit to schedule.