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Rocketry Camp

Is your child interested in the dynamics of flight and does he/she love to build things? Does he or she like a challenge and enjoy friendly competition? If so, Rocketry Camp is the perfect place to spend the week.

Register online! (Read Enrollment Information on the right.)

July 16-20
9 am - 3:30 pm

Boys and girls ages 8-14
Tuition: $470 (includes materials fee to cover the cost of engines, advanced rocket kits, and a launch pad and model rocket to take home)
Deposit required: $470

Also available:
Extended day

Space is limited to 30 campers.


Camp Staff
Tim Lynch (aka “Doc”) has been teaching science for the past 28 years, 20 years at Penn Charter, teaching biology, molecular biology, space biology, botany and robotics. Doc has received the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program’s Teacher Recognition Award. He will be assisted by some terrific staff from Penn Charter’s Day Camp.

Program Highlights

Rocketry Camp will use ESTES rocket products. ESTES is world renowned as a leading manufacture of innovative products for the model rocket industry. Campers will receive their own launch pad and beginner rockets to use throughout this five day camp. Once the basics of rocket safety and design are under our belts, we will form Rocket Scientist Lab Groups. Members of these groups, now part of the PCSA (Penn Charter Space Administration), will build advanced rockets to reach “orbit” altitudes, return “living” cargo to Earth, and make precision touchdowns back at PCSA headquarters.

Daily Schedule:

Day 1
Rocketry basics and safety. Launch pad construction. Build “camp demo” rocket. If time, first launch of demo rocket. Discuss wind compensation, engine selection, altitude measurements.

Day 2
First rocket construction for each individual camper- “almost ready” to fly rocket. Launch rockets in afternoon.

Day 3
Group rocket construction of competition rocket. Ground-up build of complex rocket. Altitude challenge.

Day 4
Rocket repairs and rebuilds for lost rockets. Safe landing challenge.

Day 5
Rocket repairs and rebuilds for lost rockets. Ultimate mission: Highest altitude with safe landing on the moon.

Rainy Day Option
Kerbel Rocket Simulator

Schedule includes daily free swim and recreational activities.

Lunch Option
Don't feel like packing lunch in the summertime? Try our lunch option. Campers will be served a nutritious and balanced meal with various choices. Daily offerings will include one entree (salad, sandwich or grill item) one small drink, and one snack or fruit. Cost: $6/day, $30/week. Campers are encouraged to sign up in advance if interested in this option, although cash “drop-ins” will be accepted. The lunch option is not available for Junior Bunks (most three-, four- and five-year-olds). No refunds/credits for missed days/weeks. 

Extended-Day Program
Interested families may enroll in the extended-day option by indicating so in the appropriate space on the application. Campers may enroll in the Early-Bird Program, the After-Camp Program or both. Families who need this service occasionally or in an emergency must contact the director, and cash payment must be received the day the service is provided.
Prices listed below apply to advanced registration only. Drop-ins accepted on a daily basis without registration for a cash fee of $15 per day, per program.

Early-Bird Program
Hours  Drop off any time between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m.
Cost  $6/day, $30/week

After-Camp Program
Hours  3:30-5:45 p.m. Pick up any time before 5:45 p.m.
Cost  $11/day, $55/week
Snack and supervised activities included. 
A late fee of $1 per minute will be charged for pick-up after 5:45 p.m.

Transportation can be provided for campers from Center City and some surrounding communities. However, our provisions for your child’s transportation do have limits. Once registration has been submitted, any changes to pickup and drop-off locations must be e-mailed well in advance, and a $25 administrative fee will be charged. Friends of campers may not ride the buses unless they have signed up in advance for transportation. We ask your cooperation in registering early for this extra service.
Round-trip $100/week; one-way $50/week

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2018 Enrollment Information for One-Week Camps (except Enrichment and Varsity)

Enrollment is limited, so please register early. Nonrefundable full payment is due at time of registration in order to hold a spot for your child. We accept credit card, money order, cash or checks payable to William Penn Charter School. There is also a nonrefundable $25 registration fee for each applicant (whether attending one or multiple camps). If registering after June 1, full payment is due in the form of a credit card, money order or cash. A $25 administrative fee will be charged for any changes made to the application after it has been submitted, including transportation changes.

The camp fee covers all regularly scheduled activities, instructions and materials, including a camp T-shirt. Campers who do not choose the lunch option must provide their own lunch, including a beverage.

All campers must have a physical examination prior to camp. Print and complete this medical form for each camper and returned to the summer camp office before the first day of camp.

Welcome letters are available here or on our registration site:
Science Camp (ages 6-8) welcome letter to come
Science Camp (ages 9-12) welcome letter
Science Engineering Camp welcome letter 
Science Invention Camp welcome letter 
Robotics Camp welcome letter 
Drone Camp welcome letter  
Rocketry Camp welcome letter
Chess Camp welcome letter 
Adventures in Animation Camp welcome letter 
Filmmaking Academy welcome letter  
CodeCraft Academy (ages 9-12) welcome letter 
DesignCraft Academy welcome letter 
Girls Empowerment welcome letter 
Handwork Studios: Day and Fashion and Machine Sewing welcome letter 

Contact Information

If you have questions, contact:
Charles Kaesshaefer, Director
Penn Charter Summer Camps
215-844-3460 ext. 364

Penn Charter

A Friends School for Girls and Boys, Pre-K to 12

3000 West School House Lane Philadelphia, PA 19144 215.844.3460
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