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Space adventure camp is GO for summer 2021!

The 2021 summer camp season will be modified to accommodate COVID-19 guidelines and protocols and feature a new location and shortened duration (4 days; 3 nights). Camp weeks will run Sundays through Wednesdays for five weeks beginning July 4, 2021, and end on August 4, 2021.

Cost:  $695 per student – covers tuition, rooms and meals

Space Adventure Camp (Week 1 – 4)
Ages 11-15
Dates: Week 1: July 4 – 7, Week 2: July 11 – 14, Week 3: July 18 – 21, Week 4: July 25 – 28

Space Adventure Camp combines fun with the opportunity of building and launching model rockets, designing and building robots, and flying drones. Campers will also have a chance to go behind the scenes at a working aerospace facility to witness STEM in action firsthand and meet professionals.

Rocketry – Whether experienced in rocket building or not, students will get a chance to build and launch several types of rockets. As skill and interest levels vary, campers will build their first rocket from a kit, and the second rocket will be custom-built.

Robotics – The robotics program uses Lego Mindstorms EV3 kits to challenge students of any skill level. Each camper will design, build and program their robots and incorporate competitive challenges to task their robots with specific actions.

Advanced Space Adventure Camp (Week 5 only)
Ages 13-16
Week 5: Aug 1 – 4
Advanced Camp is for returning campers and those with more experience in rocketry or robotics. Students will select their focus for the week, deciding whether to concentrate on rocketry or robotics. Campers will face more complex design, construction, programming challenges, and problem-solving. Campers who select robotics will utilize Arduino to build a robot using gears, circuits, and metal parts. Campers who choose rocketry will use CAD design and 3D printers to build their rocket from scratch with altimeters to capture measurements during flight. Advanced campers will also have an opportunity to go behind the scenes at a working aerospace facility to see STEM in action, meet professionals in the field, and learn about internships and careers.

*New Temporary Location*
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We are moving the overnight camp to the cabin accommodations at the Lower Shore Family YMCA’s Camp Racing Moon for the 2021 season located at 1900 Worcester Highway, Pocomoke City, Maryland 21851.  This facility is located on a beautiful 100-acred wooded campus approximately 15 minutes away from our previous overnight location at Wallops Island, Virginia. The cabins are newly built, and the expansive outdoor setting offers a perfect backdrop for camp operations.

*New 2021 VSFA COVID-19 Action Plan & Family Agreement*

To operate a safe, successful summer, we must partner with you to send healthy campers to camp at the start of the session. The camp preparation must include new things this year as we aim to keep our camp families’ safety as our top priority.

We are using this action plan to keep our families updated on how VSFA is planning to run the summer camp season based on developments from the CDC, American Camp Association (ACA), Association of Camp Nurses (ACN), and both Virginia and Maryland Department of Health mandatory requirements and best practices, as well as from our local health authorities.

While we want to communicate the most accurate information at all times, please note that the following COVID-19 requirements and guidelines are subject to change as we approach our 2021 summer camp season.

Read the full “2021 VSFA COVID-19 Action Plan & Family Agreement: Mandatory Requirements and Best Practices for Camp Operation and Families of Campers” here.

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