SUMMER CAMP

CALLING ALL ASTRONAUTS AND ROCKET SCIENTISTS!

What’s summer without summer camp? For more than thirty-five years, the New Mexico Museum of Space History has hosted its popular summer camp serving thousands of children since its inception. The goal of our summer camp program is to ignite a spark in our cadets that encourages them to pursue interests in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). With hands-on, fun, and exciting programs, museum educators strive to teach cadets that space science is more than becoming an astronaut – it’s the team behind the astronauts that make the missions successful. Keep an eye on this page for information about what your young explorer look forward to!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHERE IS SUMMER CAMP LOCATED?

Rocketeer Academy is operated out of the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, NM.

WHAT ARE THE GRADE OR AGE LEVELS FOR CADETS?
Dragon – students completing grades 1–3
    
Artemis – students completing grades 4–6
 
Orion – students completing grades 7–9
 
WHAT SHOULD MY CADET WEAR?

Required dress for camp activities will include the cadet’s Rocketeer Academy t-shirt, hat, nametag, and either shorts or long pants and sneakers (NO open-toed shoes). One t-shirt and hat will be provided to each cadet at check-in. Additional t-shirts and hats may be purchased if available.

CAN MY CHILD BRING A CELL PHONE OR A GAME DEVICE?

We ask that parents NOT pack cell phones and other electronic devices. Cell phones, games, and other devices that are visible and used during camp activities or times other than appropriate call times may be confiscated until the end of the day. Anyone bringing a device must understand this policy and keep the item in backpacks or locked in the Education department.

ARE THERE MEDICAL FACILITIES NEARBY?

Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center is within one mile of the Museum.

CAN I TRANSFER MY SESSION

Yes! All session transfer requests must be received no later than two weeks prior to the scheduled start date. Transfer requests are subject to availability.

WHAT IF I NEED TO CANCEL MY CAMP?
  • An 80% refund will be issued for cancellations received four weeks prior to the session start date.
  • A 50% refund will be issued for cancellations received three weeks prior to the session start date.
  • Tuition is forfeited for cancellations received two weeks or less prior to the session start date.
  • Written requests are required for cancellations due to Military PCS orders. Upon receipt of this information, Rocketeer Academy will issue a full refund.
  • No refunds will be granted if your cadet is expelled due to disciplinary actions or leaves camp voluntarily.
WHEN ARE ROCKET LAUNCHES AND GRADUATION ACTIVITIES
  • Rocket Launches and graduation are on Friday. Parents, family, and friends are invited to attend and share the excitement of their cadet in launching their rockets.

    • Rocket launches are held Friday mornings starting at 9:30 am, depending on weather conditions, on the upper parking lot below the Museum. Rocket trajectories are unpredictable, so there is no guarantee that the cadet’s rocket can be recovered. Parking is at your own risk.
    • Graduation will be held immediately following rocket launch activities on the first floor of the Museum. Cookies and punch will be served. Rocketeers will receive graduation certificates and retrieve all of their projects from their instructor and/or assistants.

NOTE: We reserve the right to cancel a session date if participation numbers are inadequate. You may select an alternative date or you may request a full refund of tuition paid should this occur.

For more information, call 575-437-2840, x41132, email msh.info@state.nm.us, or visit the museum education department.