Your Week at Camp

Galileo Summer Quest

Mystery Room

The Great Escape

Project Spotlight

The Mystery Room

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, experimenting with padlocks, simple circuitry, magnets, black lights and invisible ink. After plenty of testing, campers will invite their friends and family to puzzle their way out of their one-of-a-kind escape room.

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

Daily 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, then come up with a theme for an escape room experience of their own design.

Ask your camper: How challenging was the Galileo Escape Room? Did it help you generate ideas for your own design? What theme and back story did you come up with for your room?


Campers will practice being visionary by coming up with props that involve action at a distance, like cranks and pneumatic machines (air-powered systems). They’ll learn how to construct their own puzzle paths, then showcase what they have so far and receive feedback from their team.

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 practice providing both positive and constructive feedback to support each other in improving their escape room experiences.

Ask your camper: How was the experience of giving and receiving both positive and constructive feedback to your team? Did you build of the ideas of others to improve your room?


Campers will redesign based on testing the previous day, practicing being determined to get their room finished and incorporate feedback they’ve received so far. They’ll focus on creating an immersive experience, adding details to enhance their chosen theme before beta testing in new group combinations.

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, being reflective as they see the impact their room has on the people who use it. Finally, they’ll stage their room for friends and family to puzzle their way out of their escape room experience.

Ask your camper: What’s your favorite puzzle or feature in your Mystery Room? Would you change or add anything if you had one more day to work on your project?

Camp Continued

Activities and outings to build on this week's experiences

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