StarChild Question of the Month for April 1999


Can you tell me about Space Camp?



U.S. SPACE CAMP® ( is a five-day program where you'll learn what it takes to be an astronaut. Activities include simulated Space Shuttle missions, IMAX® movies, training simulators, rocket building and launches, scientific experiments, and lectures on the past, present, and future of space exploration. You must already be attending class in the 4th grade and be at least 9 years old. The only other requirement is a desire to have a great time!

Besides SPACE CAMP®, there are six other programs available. These are SPACE ACADEMY® ( for grades 6-8, ADVANCED SPACE ACADEMY® ( for grades 9-12, Parent/Child SPACE CAMP® ( for ages 7-11, SPACE ACADEMY® for Educators (, and Adult SPACE ACADEMY® (

SPACE CAMP® is located in Huntsville, Alabama. The tuition changes annually and often there are special prices available. They also offer a scholarship program for students wishing to pursue that option. Details can be found on their website given below. In addition, many civic organizations have been known to offer assistance in sending worthy candidates and fund-raisers are often held with the trip as a prize.

To find out more about the various SPACE CAMP® programs, visit


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