This year marks the 24th year the Aviation museum of Kentucky will host it’s flight camps during the summer. Camps are offered in Lexington, Bowling Green, Louisville and Pikeville. 6,578 students have attended over the years with many former students now being professionals within the aviation industry – military and commercial – pilots, management, manufacturing, development, etc. Students from 17 states and 86 communities have been a part of the camp.
Each camp is limited to just 38 spaces and occurs over a 2 day period from 8:30 – 3:30 each day.
Typically, camps are staffed by 3 teachers (12 to 1 student to teacher ration). Additional help is provided by volunteers and museum staff to do set up, serve lunch, etc. Teachers are trained to teach the curriculum including use of the technology and the exhibits in the museum for those camps.
Classes typically include the following topics: aeronautical navigation, airplane instruments and their use, flight simulation (proper control procedures for take off, stable flight and landing; monitoring instrument numbers; navigation to another airport, etc.); commercial and military aircraft; special aircraft uses; aeronautics; air traffic control; airport operations; aerospace; aircraft design; weather and history.
Aviation camp utilizes science and math skills to teach navigation, aeronautics, weather, aviation technology and flight simulation.
Each Aviation Museum of Kentucky camp student receives an actual flight lesson conducted by a certified flight instructor who then signs off in the student’s log book. Campers aldo receive lunch and snacks daily and a camp t-shirt.
See the website for further details on specific camps dates, locations and age groups for each. Note that the June 20 – 21 camp can also be attended by adults!
Financial aid is available and parents must apply instead of the students. Requests may be approved depending upon the application and the availability of funds. The application form is contained on the museum’s website www.aviationky.org . Click on ‘Camp’, then select a camp and then click on the ‘Financial Aid’ button.
If your child has attended this camp, let us know about your experience in the comments below. If they have attended another camp in the Lexington area, let us know about that too so we can check into it.
For more information on the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, visit our Attraction Information page.
For more great summer camps, visit our Best of the Bluegrass| Summer Camps page.