The nature of aviation and space activities depends upon striving for excellence in science and technology. It also promotes the development of creative and logical thinking skills along with the teamwork concept for problem solving. What better way to stimulate learning and learn these important life skills than through the exciting experience of "hands-on" activities that explore the wonders of flight and space exploration. The camps listed here are offered by NCASE members and others. Please note this is a listing of camps only, not an endorsement.

For information, please contact the member listed. The NCASE serves as a compilation resource only and does not have specific information on individual camps.

Members: to list a camp, compose an email message with the subject line "NCASE AVIATION CAMP," identify your member organization, then send it to


Air Academy Camps
Camp Dates: varies
Ages: High School
Sponsor: EAA
Location: Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Durham Flight Camp
This is a unique summer camp that will introduce students to many aspects of the aviation industry, including the process of attaining a pilots license. Each student will recieve three hours of flying on single engine/land aircraft. The course is specifically designed for those students who have a keen interest in learning to fly but are too young to obtain a licence. Includes a "mini" Private Pilot groundschool, a museum trip, and a tour of airport facilities including the control tower. Read more about our camp.
Camp Dates: Visit site for dates
Ages: Middle School
Sponsor: Durham Flight Centre
Location: Oshawa Ontario, Canada, Oshawa, Ontario. L1H 7K4
Cost: $295.00

ACE Camp
Aerospace Career and Education Camp. Aviation/Aerospace career exploration Read more about our camp.
Camp Dates: July 13-16, 2014
Ages: High School
Sponsor: SDSGC / SD DOT - Aviation Division
Location: South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD 57105
Cost: $350.00

NBCFAE Ace Camps
Shaun Sanders - NBCFAE National President
Dr. Annette Douglas - NBCFAE National Chairperson of Education, Training, and Recruitment

The National Black Coalition of Federal Aviation Employees (NBCFAE) through its Aviation Career Education Academy (ACE) camps has provided leadership, education and guidance to acquaint young people with the potential of finding careers in the air transportation system and general aviation.

The NBCFAE has reached well over 100,000 students nationwide spanning its thirty plus years.

ACE activities include, extended aviation career summer camps, day classes and briefings, trips to airports, air flight to other cities, and visits to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) facilities including towers and centers.

It is at these camps that we provide varying activities that include overnight camp outings trips to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), hands on activity, ground instruction, flight instruction, pilot simulations, seminars, flight certification classes, and much more aviation education.

Students often end the ACE workshops with actually flying a single engine aircraft.

NBCFAE has partnered with learning institutions, Federal Aviation Administration, the Organization of Black Airline Pilots, Tuskegee Airmen, and other aviation groups to encourage students to explore aviation and aerospace career opportunities. Some of our senior students and those who attend on a regular basis have assumed careers in the aviation industry and occupations as commercial and/or military pilots.

For the most current information and/or application to participate in any of the NBCFAE Aviation Career Education Academy Camps, please visit the site below. Read more about our camp.
Camp Dates: See site for latest information
Ages: High School
Sponsor: NBCFAE
Location: Many locations

ACE Academy Camps
ACE Academies are summer educational programs for middle and high school students that can last from one day to one week and are co-sponsored by FAA along with many other organizations. The focus is on aviation career exploration with emphasis on opportunities for women and minorities. Students experience instruction in aviation history, the physics of flight, field trips to aviation sites and hands-on activities. Our goal is to have one program in each state and U.S. territory. This program reaches approximately 2,000 students each summer. Dates, locations, cost and age requirements vary according to sponsoring organizations. Read more about our camp.
Ages: Grades 1-3

The Eileen Collins Aerospace Camp
Annual Summer Camp Separate dates for the boys camps and the girls camps Location: Elmira, New York This camp is a week long day camp with one overnight. The focus of the camp is to increase the students' understanding of and passion for flight in all forms. Held at the Soaring Capital of America, this camp includes a ride in a sailplane (motorless aircraft), a Cessna, a tethered hot-air balloon ride, rocketry, science experiments, and overnight stay in the museum, and trips to local area aviation and science museums. Trips include the Glen Curtis Museum, the Museum of Science and Technology in Syracuse, and Cornell Space Craft Imaging Center. For more information, go to Camp tuition is $400 per camper, with partial scholarships available. Read more about our camp.
Camp Dates: See the website for current program
Ages: Grades 3-5
Sponsor: National Soaring Museum
Location: Elmira, New York

"Balloon Camps"
Balloon Federation of America "Balloon Camps" The Balloon Federation of America Jr. Balloonist summer camps are based at local college campuses and are chaperoned by experienced pilots and crews. Activities are designed for all skill levels and interests. No need to worry if you don't have experience in hot air ballooning. Balloon tethers are scheduled throughout the camp (weather permitting) under the leadership of FAA licensed pilots, to provide hands-on, practical ballooning experience. A tethered hot air balloon ride refers to when a balloon is secured to the ground by several points and allowed to rise 50-75 feet above the ground. Tethering is an excellent way to introduce people to balloon flight. Campers explore math, science, and technology careers throughout the week in hands on settings. This is the ultimate experience for those 13 to 18 who want to learn more about hot air balloons and crewing for hot air balloons. Camp fee is $450.00 and may vary depending on the area of the country. To learn more about camps near you, please visit or or call 515-961-8809. Read more about our camp.
Ages: Grades 1-3

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