FAQs

  • Who Can go? 4th and 5th grade students and a parent can go, they are “first come, first serve” the exception is that the student must have at least a “B” GPA
  • Who will Chaperone? We encourage parents to participate and to join us, this program allows adults to participate in the actives along with the children.
  • Does the trip include transportation to Space Camp? NO, Transportation is not included, and is the responsibility of the parents or guardian that is sending the child. We are exploring alternate travel accommodations including bus and group airfare.
  • Does the trip include meals? The trip includes meals during the camp (from Friday’s Dinner to Sunday’s breakfast). It does not include any meals for before or after.
  • Where do the kids sleep? The trip includes sleeping accommodations, but children and chaperones should bring their own sheets, pillows and blankets. The School will assign children and chaperones to specific dorms.
  • How many kids stay in each dorm room? This depends on how many chaperones attend. Each dorm holds up to 8 people, and typically there are 2 to 3 chaperones per dorm. Boys and Girls (including parents) are on separate floors.
  • How does showering, brushing teeth, etc. work? Is there a private bathroom in each dorm room or is there a big, shared facility? Boys and girls are typically separated by floors. There is a dormitory-style bathrooms with rows of sinks, toilets, and shower stalls. Students have 30 minutes to shower, brush teeth, get dressed and ready to begin their day. At night, this process repeats. It works best for half the students to shower in the mornings and the other half at night.
  • If my child takes medication, how will it be dispensed? In the past, the parent of the child or authorized teachers have dispensed medication as needed per a student prescription.
  • If my child has an immediate medical need, how will that be handled? There is a triage nurse on staff at Space Camp. Space Camp and school staff will work together handle transportation should we need it.
  • May I/ should I pack snacks for my child? No. Space camp does not allow outside food, and no food or drinks are allowed in the dorms.
  • Should I send cash with my child? How much? For what will it be used? There is a gift shop on campus and we find that students like to purchase souvenirs. $20 to $50 cash should be more than enough.
  • Will I be receiving updates from the teachers and/or my child so that I know all is well? We encourage parents to attend, but if they cannot, Teachers will have the emergency point of contact who will contact you in the case of an emergency. Kids are not allowed to have electronics including cell phones while at Space Camp.
  • Is there any opportunity for boys and girls to "visit" one another in the dorm rooms? No. Students will be in mixed-gender groups throughout the day but will be separated by floors during sleeping hours. Our day is so jam-packed that there is simply no time for visitation.
  • Is there a curfew? If so, what time? The program is very active and runs from 8:00 AM until 8:30 PM, lights out is between 9:00 and 10:00 PM.
  • Is Space Camp run by NASA? No. Space Camp’s full name is “The U.S. Space & Rocket Center and Space Camp” (formerly U.S. Space Camp) and is owned and operated by the Alabama Space Science Exhibit Commission, which is a state agency whose members are appointed by the Governor of Alabama.
  • Do we have to participate in the Fundraiser? No. The fundraiser is completely optional, and intended to help families pay for the trip. The money raised by each child goes directly to that child’s trip cost.
  • Does Space Camp have a Website? Yes. Space Camp’s website is www.spacecamp.com and the program is the Pathfinder Program. https://www.spacecamp.com/groups/pathfinder
  • Who can chaperone on this trip? This is a AACPS sponsored activity and any parent or guardian who wants to chaperone can. Please note AACPS is committed to providing safe and secure learning environments for all students and employees. Successful completion of a criminal history background check in addition to AACPS volunteer training is required before attending Space Camp. (more information: https://www.aacps.org/Page/1869 )