Summer Camp Expectations, Polices and Procedures

Welcome to our Summer Camps at The Journey Museum and Learning Center! We are excited to have your child spend time with us at camp this summer. We hope your camp experience will be enjoyable and will inspire a lifelong love for history and science.

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


Primary Educator: Tally Monteau
: 605-394-6923

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

2021 Camp Sessions 
Each camp has a morning 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. and afternoon 1-5 p.m. session
Each session will have between 6-18 campers

Journey to the Outdoors  June 14-17     June 7
Into the Journey July 19-22 July 12
Journey to the Stars Aug. 9-12 Aug. 2

Members $75 per session              Regular $155 per session

Save with your annual family membership for just $60!


  • Healthy Snack
  • Water Bottle(s) - water fountains will not be available
  • Backpack
  • Closed-Toed Shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug Spray
  • Hat


  • 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. 

Please allow extra time on the first day of drop-off, as staff must confirm the following:
    • Verification of authorized pick-up list
    • Review of pick-up and drop-off procedures
Expect the following procedures upon Drop-Off each day (either 7:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m.):
    1. Parents/guardians must check-in with a staff member at the curb (front door); staff will meet them at their car and check-in with the parent/guardian. Parents/guardians will be asked a list of questions as recommended by the CDC. Any positive answers or an elevated temperature may be cause for a student to be denied entry into the building.
    2. Notify staff of any expected changes to pick-up time 
    3. Parents/Guardians will initial the timesheet
Expect the following procedures upon Pick-Up each day (either noon or 5 p.m.)
    1. Staff may request to check ID for all adults that come to pick up students and confirm that the adult is listed on the authorized pick-up list
    2. Parents/Guardians will initial the timesheet
Staff are trained to handle even the hottest of the Rapid City area's summer weather. Instead of simply canceling children’s fun when the thermometer soars, staff will take precautionary steps during hot and/or severe weather.

We are committed to following the CDC recommendations to keep everyone safe. There will be a hand sanitizer station outside of the entrance door, which students and staff are required to use before entering the room. Each student will have their own desk space facing the front of the room and spaced 6 feet from others.

Students will be required to wear a mask or face covering unless this poses a risk to the student. Students may bring and wear their own. Additional masks may be purchased.

In the event of an accident, first aid will be administered and an incident report will be completed by Journey Museum staff. Parent/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 the child's registration. 

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 Summer 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 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 camper 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.


Requests must be received 30+ days before the start of your camp session for a full refund; 10 to 29 days before the start of camp for a 50% refund; and no refunds are available under 9 days prior to, during or after camp.

All refunds must be requested in writing to Troy Kilpatrick, at

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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.