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Weeklong Overnight CampsFor answers to frequently asked questions about weeklong overnight experiences including Space Camp, Aviation Challenge, Robotics Camp, and Cyber Camp programs for children ages 9 - 18
Medication at Camp:
- What is the change?
A Medical Authorization Form is now required for EVERY medication being checked in. This includes all prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Why do you need this additional form?
In keeping with the Camp nursing best practices, this form helps ensure the safety of your camper, efficiency of our camper medical review, and the daily care of your child.
- Can I just bring the signed and completed form with me to camp?
To increase the efficiency of your child’s check-in, we request that the form be submitted at least two weeks prior to camp.
- What if I can’t get a medical professional to sign this form?
Over-the-Counter (OTC) medications, vitamins and herbal products WILL NOT be accepted without a signed Medication Authorization form
For your convenience, our nursing clinics stock a variety of commonly used over-the-counter medications in the event the need arises. However, for these medications to be used, a parent/guardian must go into your child’s online health form to grant us authorization to do so. A complete list of these medications is also located on that online form.
Please note, prescription medications will be accepted only in the original container with a complete, current and legible prescription printed in English.
- What if I can’t upload the form, can I send it directly to the nurses?
Yes, please fax the form to 256-721-7143 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- What if my camper is bringing ONLY over-the-counter (OTC) medicines, vitamins, and/or herbal products?
All non-prescriptive medications will require the completion and a health care providers signature on the Prescription and OTC Medication Authorization Form. For your convenience, our nursing clinics stock a variety of commonly used over-the-counter medications in the event the need arises. However, for these medications to be used, a parent/guardian must go into your child’s online health form to grant us authorization to do so. A complete list of these medications is also located on that online form.
- What if my camper is NOT brining any prescription or OTC medications with them to camp?
You will not need to complete the form.
- Where do I find the form to download?
This form is automatically created for you once your online Health Form has been completed. If you have not completely filled out this form, the form will not be there to download.
Log into your online account at MissionControl Once in your account, click on REGISTRATIONS and locate your child’s current camp.
(If you child has attended past camps, make sure you are working under the active/ATTENDING camp.)
Scroll down and click on MEDICAL HISTORY. Make sure there is a blue check mark on the box notating that the online Health Form is complete.
Packing for Camp:
- Am I required to purchase a flight suit?
No, flight suits are optional and may be purchased for $99. Trainees are sized upon arrival to ensure proper fit.
- Are cell phones and tablets permitted at camp?
Just as NASA schedules an astronaut’s personal communication time while on the International Space Station (ISS), Space Camp trainees have scheduled times when personal communication is permitted on cell phones and other mobile communication devices. Astronauts talk to friends and family when they are not working and when the ISS is in the correct range for a communications link. Internet and cellular network permitting, Space Camp trainees have designated time in their schedules in the morning when they are getting ready for their busy day and in the evening before they go to bed. To provide an environment in which our Camp trainees are immersed in the learning and fun of the program, we do not allow cell phones and other mobile communication devices during Camp program time. Details:
- Cell phones and other mobile communication devices may be brought to Space Camp, but we do not encourage or recommend it, as Camp is a time to learn, grow and make new friends.
- Cell phones and other mobile communication devices may be used for communication in the morning before programs begin and at night before lights out. Our program is action-packed, and this communication window is limited. For your information, we do not provide Wi-Fi in the Habitats, nor can we guarantee cellular coverage.
- Cell phones and other mobile communication devices will be secured by the Camp trainee in their Camp-supplied locker with a Camp trainee-supplied lock during program hours and again at lights out until wake up the following morning.
- For any Camp trainee not following the policy, Space Camp leadership will follow the established progressive discipline process of
- issuing a warning and
- calling home/parent, etc.
- Disposable cameras are allowed for photos, but we reserve the right to ask the Camp trainee to put the camera away if it is disruptive to the program or may impinge on the privacy of others. To provide a more authentic immersive experience and eliminate the pressure on trainees to photograph their favorite moments in Camp, we also offer an optional photo package for purchase to capture the Space Camp experience.
- If a Camp trainee needs to call home at any time, he or she should alert the Space Camp Crew Trainer and arrangements will be made for a call. If you need to check on your Camp trainee, please call Camp Customer Service at (256) 721-7185.
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center is not responsible for lost, stolen or broken electronic devices.
- What comes in the clothing package?
- Space Camp: T-shirt, shorts, hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants, and backpack*
- Aviation Challenge: T-shirt, hooded sweatshirt, camouflage pants and a backpack*
- Robotics and Cyber trainees receive Space Camp gear.
*In the event the exact style is not available, a comparable item will be substituted. Items are distributed at camp. If any of the items do not fit, they can be exchanged as long as they haven't been worn outside of trying them on. All items are available for purchase individually at the pre-paid area in Habitat 1.
- What should I pack?
Packing items in a rolling carry-on suitcase or rolling duffel bag that is easy for the camper to manage. Our lodging facilities are designed with limited personal storage to acquaint students with space limitations on the International Space Station (Space Camp) and in barracks (Aviation Challenge).
Weeklong Programs Packing List
- Masks (previously worn so child is comfortable wearing them)
- Bed linens (twin sheets, pillow case, blanket)
- Hand sanitizer
- Spending money for vending machines - $1 denominations. Vending Machines CAN NOT use wristband funds
- Add funds to wristband. Wristband funds are used at gift shops and Planetarium snack bar.
- Combination padlock (Please ensure trainee knows how to operate the lock.)
- Bug Spray
- Toiletries: soap, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush
- Towels (2) and washcloths
- Hair brush/comb
- Flip flops or shower shoes
- Casual clothes/active wear suitable for active pursuits
- Aviation Challenge Campers Only - (2) Pairs of heavy-duty fabric pants that are okay to get dirty.
- Swimsuit - Due to the active nature of our water activities, for the child's safety and comfort, we require males to wear board shorts and a t-shirt and females to wear a one piece swimsuit with shorts and a t-shirt.
- Climate appropriate outerwear (jacket/rain poncho)
- Socks and athletic shoes (closed-toe shoes)
- Laundry bags for dirty clothes
- Lip balm for chapped or wind-burned lips
- Water bottle
- Prescription medication, if needed
- Backpack or day pack
- During the months of Nov. - March, please bring a jacket, sweatshirt or coat, gloves and hat
- For groups attending in late May – Sept., please bring sunscreen.
Click here for packing list.
Click here to printWhat to leave at home... No outside food or beverages, portable music players, skates or roller shoes, handheld computer games or other expensive items. We discourage cell-phones and other electronic devices. Nuts/peanuts and nut-containing items are NOT allowed in any Space Camp trainee areas of the Space Camp Crew Galley (dining area). Any nut/peanut products brought in will be confiscated and disposed of immediately and without reimbursement.Space Camp and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center are not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items.Click here for instructions on sending medications to Space Camp
- What should my trainee wear at camp?
While at Camp, trainees should wear clothing that is comfortable and designed for active pursuits. Clothing should be appropriate for activities such as hanging in harnesses, working through challenges on the ropes course and should be versatile enough to transition from many varied active endeavors in the course of a Camp day. We suggest durable shorts that cover the upper thigh to prevent chafing from webbing and harness straps for all genders. For water activities, we suggest that all genders wear shorts as/over bathing suits. Females will be more comfortable in one piece bathing suits as they cover the skin and prohibit chafing and burns. Closed-toed shoes are required for astronaut training simulations and many other camp activities. Specific packing lists for each program can be found at spacecamp.com/packinglist We ask that common sense be used in all cases when dressing for camp, clothing that is disruptive or unsafe will be discussed with the trainee and we reserve the right to remove trainees from activities if clothing is not safe for an activity. Please leave all questionable apparel at home and pack for an active week of adventure.
Registration and Account Information:
- Can I come to Space Camp if I don’t live in the United States?
Yes! Space Camp is a global program that welcomes students from all over the world. In fact, more than 20 percent of Space Camp students each year are from international countries and locations. Students must have the proper paperwork to enter the U.S and be fluent in conversational English to attend camp.
- How do I make a buddy request for my child and his/her friend?
Teammate requests may be made by using the “Roommate Request” button in the "Camp Services" section of your online account. You can find the login details in your confirmation email. Only one friend should initiate the buddy request. You will need the name and email address associated with the friend’s account. To accept a request, the person will need to log in and press the “Roommate Request” button and then enter the code in the “Accept a Request” section. Teammate requests must be completed no later than two weeks prior to the camp session start date.
- What are the form submission deadlines?
FORMS: Health Form, Transportation Form, Dietary Form, Parent Safety Form must all be completed and on file prior to 30-days before your arrival date.
- What if I need to change my child’s camp dates?
We hope that your child can attend their selected date; however, we understand situations may arise where you’ll need to change their registered week. In order to transfer camp weeks, please call our sales center directly at 1.800.637.7223 (256.837.3400), or email us at email@example.com. Parents needing to change camp dates have the following options:
- Moving to an available date in that same camp
- Moving to another age appropriate camp in an available week
- Wait listing for another date
- Cancelling your date and holding funds for the following camp season
- Cancelling your date with a refund per standard refund policy (90% of paid tuition minus the $100 non-refundable registration fee is cancelled 8 weeks or more before the camp start date)
Our system does not allow us to provide a swap option. This means that a camper cannot find another in his/her requested week and call or email to trade places in the registration. All session transfer requests must be received no later than two weeks prior to scheduled session start date. You may request one session transfer at no charge; each additional transfer will cost $25. If you change your scheduled date to a date with a higher tuition, you will be required to pay the difference at the time of the transfer.
- What is the payment submission deadline?
The $100 non-refundable registration fee and 50% of the camp price is due upon booking. The balance must be paid in full 60 days prior to camp check-in date.
PAYMENT: If your account still shows an outstanding balance, your credit card on file will be auto billed 60-days prior to your arrival date.
- Where can I find camp prepaid items?
Visit Space Camp Mission Control and click "Login and View Registrations." Login and open your child’s account by clicking on his or her name. There, you’ll see all available items, including previous purchases.
- Who do I contact for questions about my account?
- If you have questions about attending one of our programs, need assistance with registration, forms or have other concerns; please call 1.800.637.7223 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Please note, we typically reply to emails within two business days.
Staying at Camp:
- Can I request my child’s Habitat room?
We house trainees according to best fit in the Habitats. With our capacity maxing out at approximately 1,000 trainees per week, we cannot take individual requests for Habitat rooms. Trainees will be roomed with other trainees of the same gender, same age group and doing the same program (e.g. Space Camp 9-11 year old boys will be roomed together). If your child booked and is attending Camp with a friend of the same gender, they will be roomed together.
- Can I send a care package or letter to my camper?
- We are unable to receive shipped items for Space Camp trainees.
- For any questions, please contact Camp Customer Services at 256-721-7185.
- Can I visit my child at Camp?
We understand that you will miss your child while he or she is attending our program. Unfortunately, you cannot visit your child while camp is in session as it takes away from an immersive camp experience. We do encourage parents to attend graduation ceremonies at the end of the week.
- Does my child have to stay overnight at camp?
After 35 years of camp operations, we find that having children stay overnight drastically reduces homesickness. Allowing a child to be picked up and dropped off daily would cause a great deal of disruption to the team. Additionally, our camps can have some very long days – often going from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Therefore, children must stay on-site during our residential camp programs.
- What if my child gets homesick?
The key to dealing with homesickness is to prepare the child in advance. Some suggestions are:
- Ask a close friend or relative to register for the same camp sessions your child is attending.
- Have your child spend the night with friends or relatives.
- Discuss what camp will be like before your child leaves home and discuss any concerns.
- DO NOT tell your children that you will rescue them if they do not like camp.
- Assure your child of your love.
- Send along a favorite stuffed animal.
- Do not go into great detail about what the child may be missing at home.
If, despite all efforts, your child does become homesick:
- Acknowledge your child’s feelings.
- Reassure your child of your love.
- Reassure your child that camp is an opportunity for children to grow, mature and gain independence.
- Do not mention how much you miss your child.
- Do not let them know you are homesick for them, too!
- What if my child gets sick?
There is a 17-bed unit where registered nurses tend to the needs of camp trainees and other guests. RNs are on site around the clock when weeklong Space Camp is in session. Click here for more information about Sick Bay.
- What is your allergen policy?
Snacks containing nuts or may contain nuts are not allowed at Space Camp and will be immediately discarded without reimbursement. Such items will not be sold in our Habitat store. Our Gift Shop and vending machines contain products that may have been manufactured in a plant or facility that processes nut products. No nut products may be brought into Camp dorm areas. Our Kitchen makes every effort in using products that do not contain, may contain, or are produced in a facility that processes nut products. Our Chefs and nutritionists work to meet special dietary and handle them on a case by case basis. We make every effort to ensure that camp areas such as our Habitats (Camper dorm areas), Camp Galley (Kitchen and Dining area) and Astrotrek are nut-free environments. However, we cannot guarantee the total absence of nut products on our premises. In addition to our tree nut policy, our kitchen also takes efforts to ensure no cross-contamination of other allergens in regards to our special needs diets. All Camp meals are prepared in the same kitchen area so dairy, gluten and meat-by-product items will be present in the kitchen, and as a result there is a very minimal chance that food products may come into contact with other items. Because of this, we cannot provide a guarantee against allergen cross-contamination.
- Where do campers sleep during camp?
While at Camp, your child will be housed in the on-site Habitat facilities with 24-hour security and nursing staff. Click here to learn more about your home away from home.
- Will my child get sick on the simulators?
Our astronaut training simulators are designed to give trainees a taste of early astronaut training. They should not become sick or dizzy on any of our simulators.
Traveling to and from Camp:
- Can my child arrive a day early?
Trainees arriving on their own by air for weeklong, overnight camps may be picked up at the Huntsville International Airport (HSV) one day early, provided their flight time requires this. There is a $125 fee for this service. This includes on-site meals, lodging and supervision before the program begins.
- Can my child depart the day after graduation?
Trainees departing after weeklong overnight camps may be taken to the Huntsville International Airport (HSV) one day after graduation, provided their flight time requires this. There is a $125 fee for this service. This includes on-site meals, lodging and supervision after the program ends.
- What are some options for parents if they plan to travel to Huntsville?
Travel and lodging information is available for parents who are planning to travel to Huntsville with their child and wish to stay within the local area during the Camp week. Click here for more information.
- What are the check-in, orientation and graduation times?
Please visit Space Camp Mission Control and select your camp in the "Preparing to Launch" dropdown to learn more. Click here
Space Camp and Aviation Challenge programs are located at:
U.S. Space & Rocket Center
One Tranquility Base
Huntsville, AL 35805
- Will Space Camp pick up my child from the Airport?
Trainees arriving for weeklong, overnight camps may be picked up at the Huntsville International Airport (HSV) for an additional fee. Space Camp and Aviation Challenge are located approximately 15 minutes from Huntsville International.
To arrange airport pick-up and drop-off, simply pay the fee and fill out your transportation form located in your camp confirmation.
Round-trip Airport Transportation fee: $100
For questions about fee payment, arrival and departure times, call 1.800.63.SPACE (77223) Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Central time. For unaccompanied minor information please email email@example.com or call 256-721-7185
Instructions and Troubleshooting:
- How can I view my child's camp photos?
- A BUNK1 Photo instruction email will be sent the day after your child checks into camp. If you do not receive it, please contact our Sales Center at 1-800-637-7223, option 1 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLICK HERE for step-by-step help.
- A BUNK1 Photo instruction email will be sent the day after your child checks into camp. If you do not receive it, please contact our Sales Center at 1-800-637-7223, option 1 or email email@example.com.
- What are the rules when my camper is being transported on USSRC transportation
- All passengers must remain seated at all times the bus is in motion.
- All body parts should remain inside the vehicle at all times.
- Speak quietly on the bus so that the driver can focus on driving.
- Keep the aisles clear for emergencies!
- Always listen to the driver.
- Be cautious and safe entering and exiting the bus.