Posted by: COSI | April 17, 2009

A million memories

2009campin-million-patchWhen I came to Columbus three years ago it seemed that the greatest common thread of memory of COSI that I encountered was the Camp-In memories from a person’s youth, or as a parent. I didn’t realize until a bit later that COSI was the co-creator of the Camp-In concept with the local Girls Scouts at museums. Camp-ins are now copied worldwide!

I also didn’t realize that in the 37 years since that first experimental evening took place with 1,000 girls descending on the old, smaller COSI facility, that 1,000,000 campers have participated just in our programs. Well, actually that millionth camper won’t show up until this weekend—but we’re ready to celebrate.

And tonight is the Camp-In alumni event—so I’m anxious to hear more of the stories that seem so vivid in people’s memories—in some cases decades later. I had hoped that our Ning site would have helped us gather more stories ahead of time. I thought it was a cool way to reconnect with our past campers but it’s been a bit slow taking hold. Maybe the Camp-In Ning site will help be a sharing place for the stories after this big weekend.

1970's Camp-In at COSI

1970's Camp-In at COSI

Do you have any memories or stories from a Camp-In experience? Please share as I think this is an extraordinary tradition and legacy.



  1. I was a scout camper at COSI Camp-in 1990! My mom and I each got African clawed frog tadpoles, which grew into little frogs. I still fondly remember them and the rats that play basketball! I actually have my COSI patch on my hiking backpack that I still use today. I can’t wait to make the trip down to take my own kids to COSI, and I’ve thought about signing my girls up for scouts, solely for the chance to go to the camp-in!

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