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Summer Camp Frequently Asked Questions

Kids in all camps get a variety of hands-on science activities, field trips, and class presentations, including:
1. A museum tour.
2. IMAX movie and planetarium show.
3. Build and launch rockets.
4. Grades 4-12 (Voyagers, Navigators, Explorers) field trips to appropriate sites.
5. Grades K-3 (Pioneers, Pathfinders) field trips to the Alameda Zoo in Alamogordo or other local attraction.

Camps are day camps, 9-4, at the Tombaugh Theater of the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo. We are not holding overnight camps in 2014.

Camps for Pioneer (K-1) are offered as half-day sessions, morning and afternoon, with an option to sign for both.

Campers normally are grouped by the grade they will enter in the coming fall. You may request that an older child be placed in class with a younger sibling or friend, if you feel they will fit in OK. We reserve the right to move a child back to a socially appropriate level if this does not work.

Camps themes are One Giant Leap (space basics), Alien Hunter (life on other worlds), Rex Rocket (dinosaurs & asteroids), and Homesteading Mars (build a greenhouse on the Red Planet). See brochure and web pages for more details.

Regular check-in is Monday, 9-10 am, with orientation at 10 am.

Rocket launches are held Friday morning, 9-11, in the upper parking lot above the Tombaugh Theater. Parents and the public are invited to watch. Parking is restricted to the east side, and that is at your own risk. Please follow the Launch Director’s instructions. For their safety, please do not pull your child from the group without checking with his teacher first. You are welcome to enter the launch area to take pictures of your child during setup and launch, but with staff permission and escort so we may ensure everyone’s safety.

Graduation is at 3 p.m. Friday in the Tombaugh Theater.

Each class is led by a teacher or experienced academy counselor with an assistant. We welcome volunteer parents in the classroom. All camp staff have a background check.

Photography and video of cadets is a normal part of camp activities. We use these in our marketing materials and on line (Facebook, etc.). The camp application form includes a photography release. You may decline this part of the activity. Please let us know that your child is not to be photographed.

We will post a list of area motels that offer discounts for parents who wish to stay from out of town.

For more information or to register, contact the NM Space Academy Director Dave Dooling at 575-437-2840 ext. 41137 or email dave.dooling@state.nm.us