Your Week at Camp

Galileo Summer Quest

Mystery Room

The Great Escape

This week, campers will break out of a Galileo-designed escape room, then use what they learn to create their own. They’ll investigate a range of puzzle types and systems for puzzle flow. They’ll experiment with padlocks, simple circuitry, magnets, black lights and invisible ink as they build out the features of their rooms. Working with a team of fellow room designers, they’ll develop clues and interactive objects that lead players to a logical solution. After plenty of testing, they’ll invite friends and family to puzzle their way out of their escape room experience.

Project Spotlight

The Mystery Room

Campers will learn a process for planning puzzles and work in teams to design, build and test a mystery escape room. They’ll need to be visionary, turning their tricky ideas into reality.

BE VISIONARY: I believe that it is my place to turn ideas into reality

Weekly Breakdown


Campers will be courageous while attempting to complete the Galileo Escape Room. They’ll deconstruct how the room was planned to start to get an idea of how puzzles can flow together, and come up with a theme for an escape room experience of their own design.


Campers will practice being visionary by coming up with props that involve action at a distance, like cranks and pneumatic machines (air-powered systems).

Ask your camper: How are you going to incorporate action at a distance in your escape room?


Campers will need to be collaborative when they plan their grand finale as a group. They will pair off and test each other’s rooms for the first time (alpha testing), then provide both positive and constructive feedback to support each other in improving their escape room experiences.


Campers will redesign based on testing the previous day, then beta test in new combinations of camper pairs.

Ask your camper: Why do you think testing the room is important? How will you redesign based on the results?


Campers will polish last minute changes to their designs, then stage their room for friends and family to puzzle their way out of their escape room experience.

Innovation At Home

  • Create a puzzle room of your own at home. Combine some of your favorite puzzles from camp with new ideas, like these DIY suggestions from Lock Paper Scissors.
  • Level up your cardboarding, circuitry skills, and so much more at, an online community for kids to explore existing passions, and discover new ones.

Put your puzzle master skills to the test at an escape the room game near you:

Galileo Innovation Approach

The Galileo Innovation Approach® (GIA) is our guiding principle. The GIA is at the core of every activity your kids do at camp, from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade. Having a Galileo Innovator’s Mindset, Process and Knowledge makes a lasting impact on the way children think, explore and create.

1. The Innovator's Mindset: How Galileo innovators approach the world

I am Visionary

I am Courageous

I am Collaborative

I am Determined

I am Reflective

2. The Innovator’s Knowledge:What Galileo innovators need to understand

Concepts and Facts

Historical Context

Skills and Techniques

Audience and Environment

3. The Innovator’s Process:How Galileo innovators innovate

Read more about the GIA