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Air Force Youth Programs proudly presents Summer Camps!

Even though it may be a break from traditional schooling, keep your kids entertained and foster new learning with a variety of camp opportunities across the country. With camps for sports to leadership to aviation and space, your kids will learn new things, grow as young adults, and make lifelong friends!

Check out all of the camps being offered that are science and leadership-based below!

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Air Force Residential Camps

Air Force Teen Aviation Camp
The menu below describes each of the centrally managed Residential Camps. 

Air Force Teen Aviation Camp – application due by May 30

June 26 - July 2 - United States Air Force Academy (USAFA)

Air Force Space Camp – application due by June 10

Session 1: July 21 - 26 - Huntsville, AL
Session 2: July 28 - August 2 - Huntsville, AL

Air Force Teen Leadership Summits – application due by June 10

Session 1: July 7 - 12 - Jekyll Island, GA
Session 2: July 21 - 26 - Wahsega 4-H Center, Dahlonega, GA
Session 3: August 5 - 10 - Cheley Camp, Estes Park, CO

The POCs for all Residential Camps:
Ms. Teresa Witschen - teresa.witschen.2@us.af.mil or 210-395-7514
Mr. James Yracheta, james.yracheta.1@us.af.mil or 210-395-7252
Mr. Kevin Hansen, kevin.hansen.4@us.af.mil or 210-3957248
Ms. Mona Hamilton, mona.hamilton@us.af.mil or 210-395-7725

The PDF application for all Air Force Youth Programs Residential Camps must be completed and emailed no later than the application deadline listed by each camp to the POCs listed above and to
AFFCCSystem.Admin-02@us.af.mil

It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to confirm receipt of the application.

 Air Force Services Child & Youth Programs is excited to sponsor AF Space Camp at the US Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, Ala.,  for 2011. Youth will experience, imagine and interact through Space Shuttle mission simulations, tours of the center and the chance to witness first-hand the everyday challenges faced by astronauts.  The camp is an inspiring week of fun and enriching space activities.  More information is available at http://www.spacecamp.com (U.S. Air Force/file photo)

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Air Force Teen Aviation Camp

This camp provides youth, who completed their Freshman or Sophomore year in high school at the end of School Year (SY) 2018/2019, opportunities to explore careers in the Air Force and as aviators.  Aviation Camp is held from 26 Jun-2 Jul 19 at the Air Force Academy (USAFA), Colorado Springs, CO.

Eligible Applicants must meet all the following requirements:

  • A dependent of an AF Active Duty or Active Duty Military assigned to/living on/working on an AF led installation, AF Retired, AF APF and NAF Civilian Employees, Air National Guard (ANG), and AF Reserve (AFR)

  • At the end of SY 18-19 completed their Freshman or Sophomore year in high school

  • Have a valid picture ID (ex. military ID, driver’s license, school ID, or passport)

  • Have not previously attended Teen Aviation Camp

Participants should plan on arriving in Colorado Springs, CO after 1200 hours on Wednesday,

June 26 and must depart before 1300 hours on Tuesday, July 2.  The only exception is for OCONUS participants traveling from Asia or Europe; these participants may arrive in Colorado Springs, CO on Tuesday, June 25.

Transportation costs to/from Colorado Springs, CO and spending money are the responsibility of the participants.

Lodging, meals, and activity fees are centrally funded and begin upon arrival.


Air Force Space Camp

This camp provides youth, 12 - 18 years of age, opportunities to explore careers as astronauts.  Youth have the opportunity to select from five different Academies; see below for descriptions.  Space Camp is held at the US Space and Rocket Center, Huntsville, AL.  Two sessions are offered: July 21 - 26 and July 28 - August 2.

Eligible Applicants must meet all the following requirements:

  • A dependent of an AF Active Duty or Active Duty Military assigned to/living on/working on an AF led installation, AF Retired, AF APF and NAF Civilian Employees, ANG, and AFR

  • 12 - 18 years of age - Note: High School Graduates are not eligible

  • Have a valid picture ID (ex. military ID, driver’s license, school ID, or passport)

  • Have not previously attended an Academy in their same age group

Session 1 participants (July 21 - 26) should plan on arriving in Huntsville, AL no later than 1330 hours on Sunday, July 21 and must depart no earlier than 1500 hours on Friday, July 26.  The only exception is for OCONUS participants traveling from Asia or Europe; these participants may arrive in Huntsville, AL on Saturday, July 20. 

Session 2 participants (July 28 - August 2) should plan on arriving in Huntsville, AL no later than 1330 hours on Sunday, July 28 and must depart no earlier than 1500 hours on Friday, August 2. The only exception is for OCONUS participants traveling from Asia or Europe; these participants may arrive in Huntsville, AL on Saturday, July 27. 

Transportation costs to/from Huntsville, AL and spending money are the responsibility of the participants.

Lodging, meals, and activity fees are centrally funded and begin upon arrival.

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+ Space Academy (12 - 14 years of age)

Session 1: 20 participants // Session 2: 20 participants

Launch on missions to the International Space Station, the moon or Mars! Train like an astronaut on the 1/6th Gravity Chair and the Multi-Axis Trainer. Even design, build and launch a team rocket! Learn team-building skills on the low elements at our Area 51 Challenge Course and in one of our water facilities -- and put your creative thinking skills to work in our engineering design challenges. Get inspired with stories about commercial pioneers like Elon Musk, founder of SpaceX!

+ Advanced Space Academy (15 - 18 years of age)

Session 1: 16 participants // Session 2: 16 participants

Train like an astronaut on the 1/6th Gravity Chair and the Multi-Axis Trainer. Design, build and launch a team rocket, and safely recover its payload. Learn team-building skills on the high elements at our Area 51 Challenge Course. Experience neutral buoyancy while SCUBA diving in the Underwater Astronaut Trainer! (Pending physician approval). Test your skills in our Engineering Challenges by constructing a heat shield and building a Rover. Fly jet aircraft simulators! Discover the role the International Space Station plays in our global community. Prepare for every contingency as you go to Mars on an extended-duration mission simulation! Earn one credit hour of freshman-level general science from University of Alabama in Huntsville in this college-accredited program!

+ Robotics Academy (12 - 14 years of age)

Session 1: 20 participants // Session 2: 20 participants

Program robots to interact with the world using a variety of sensors and motors. Choose from various advanced lessons in building robotic attachments, programming with sensors and data functions, or using both tactile and hands-free human interface devices. Create your own customized LED cannon using series or parallel circuits that you can take home! Use the binary number system and logic functions to understand how machines “think.” Design, build and pilot underwater robots using the SeaPerch ROV system! Train in cutting edge, custom-designed Unmanned Aerial Systems simulations!

+ Mach II (12 - 14 years of age)

Session 1: 15 participants // Session 2: 15 participants

Experience the unique sensation of feeling three times your normal weight in our one-of-a-kind centrifuge! Practice water-survival skills using our helicopter simulators for a water crash and rescue by a survival lifter. Learn about aeronautics, propulsion and aviation history. Fly in a UAV drone simulator to reinforce lessons learned at our static displays and artifacts. Master aerial combat and compete to be the best of the best in Top Gun! Embark on a search and rescue mission to bring a downed pilot back from behind enemy lines while communicating as a team and evading hostile forces! Culminate your week with the Thursday night campfire ceremony with skits and awards.

+ Mach III (15 - 18 years of age)

Session 1: 4 participants // Session 2: 4 participants

Unite as a team at the Area 51 Challenge Course with high and low ropes elements. Brave the centrifuge, the 150-ft. zip line, and all of our training simulators! Reinforce leadership, teamwork and decision-making skills in our immersive F-18 cockpit simulators. Use a UAS simulator to plan for missions and provide real time data to a command center during mission execution. Learn wilderness survival skills and orienteering. Plan and carry out three missions, each with their own challenges! Compete to be the best in a bracket style head to head competition where only the best can claim the title of Top Gun. Culminate your week with the Thursday night campfire ceremony with skits and awards.


Air Force Teen Leadership Summits

These camps provide teens, 14 - 18 years of age, opportunities to focus on leadership development and self-confidence, learn about programs and services available to AF dependents, and build an appreciation for, and sense of belonging to, the AF community. Throughout the week, teens will participate in military traditions, community service projects, musical performances, and environmental education classes. Teens have the opportunity to select from three different types of camps; see below for descriptions and dates.

Eligible Applicants must meet all the following requirements:

  • A dependent of an AF Active Duty or Active Duty Military assigned to/living on/working on an AF led installation, AF Retired, AF APF and NAF Civilian Employees, ANG, and AFR

  • 14 - 18 years of age. NOTE: High School Graduates are not eligible

  • Be physically/mentally capable and willing to participate in all camp activities

  • Have a valid picture ID (ex. military ID, driver’s license, school ID, or passport)

  • Have not previously attended a Teen Leadership Summit

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+ Beach Teen Leadership Summit

Session 1: 120 participants – July 7 - 12 - Jekyll Island, GA

Beach Teen Leadership Summit is a great way to enjoy the beaches of Georgia all while learning leadership skills. This is a brand new camp! Camp options include beach time, beach ecology, team competitions, marsh ecology, leadership classes, and so much more!

+ Classic Teen Leadership Summit

Session 2: 120 participants – July 21 - 26 - Wahsega 4-H Center, Dahlonega, GA

Nestled in a valley of the Chattahoochee National Forest, Wahsega 4-H Center hosts the Classic Teen Leadership Summit. High adventure activities include high ropes, zip line canopy tour, white water rafting, hiking, fishing, archery, survival classes, and more.

+ Adventure Teen Leadership Summit

Session 3: 120 participants – August 5 - 10 - Cheley Camp, Estes Park, CO

Bordering Rocky Mountain National Park, Cheley Colorado Camps is a family owned and operated summer camp. Daily adventures include hiking, intense mountain biking, horseback riding, horse colt training, arts & crafts, woodworking, technical climbing, and archery.

Transportation costs, lodging, meals, and activity fees are centrally funded. Extra spending money is the responsibility of the participants.