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.)
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
Space is limited to 30 campers.
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.
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.
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.
First rocket construction for each individual camper- “almost ready” to fly rocket. Launch rockets in afternoon.
Group rocket construction of competition rocket. Ground-up build of complex rocket. Altitude challenge.
Rocket repairs and rebuilds for lost rockets. Safe landing challenge.
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.
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.
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.
Hours Drop off any time between 7:30 and 8:45 a.m.
Cost $6/day, $30/week
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