October 2020 - Applications Now Open (spaces are limited)
What: YMCA Canberra Space Squad is Australia's only residential holiday camp program for students in Years 6-9 (or equivalent) who are interested in Space!
Over five action packed days our campers will be immersed in Space and the Space Industry, learn all about space exploration and science, as well as meet engineers, astronomers, astrophysicists and scientists who work on space missions.
During the camp, they visit and experience the Advanced Instrument and Technology Centre (AITC) at Mt Stromlo and touch satellites, look at dwarf galaxies orbiting around Centaurs A, hear about how stars collide and the first ripples in space which are known as gravitational waves. We will also visit the Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex and Questacon, as well as experience virtual reality, astronomy, rover building, coding, rocketry and much more.
Note: Our camp venues may differ or change last minute due to Government and business social distancing restrictions in regards to COVID-19.
There are so many incredible opportunities, experiences and adventures to be had when you join us on the next YMCA Canberra Space Squad.
When: Upcoming Space Squad Camps *
28 September - 2 October 2020 (SciScoutsACT / Space Squad)
Where: Camps will be held in Canberra with participants staying at the YMCA Bush Capital Lodge. Campers will travel by bus from their accommodation to sites around Canberra. Bush Capital Lodge won the category of Best Standard Accommodation at the 2015 Canberra & Regional Tourism Awards.
Who: The Camps are organised by YMCA Canberra, who have organised camps and children’s activities for over 75 Years in Canberra. Each camp has an experienced camp leader, as well as a team of dedicated volunteers. Transport details will be made available to successful applicants.
YMCA Canberra is accredited as a Safeguarding Children and Young People organisation independently audited by the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF). All YMCA Canberra Employees and Volunteers complete appropriate safeguarding and vulnerable people training and have a commitment to safeguarding children and vulnerable people first and foremost in all our programs and activities.
Why: We love Space! Canberra has some of Australia’s greatest Space attractions. In fact, some of the first images of a man walking on the moon were beamed from Honey Suckle Creek, a tracking Station in Canberra. It’s an experience not available anywhere else in Australia.
HowTo Apply: Application for our October YMCA Canberra Space Squad are being taken now. Please click this link to apply: YMCASpaceSquadOctober2020.
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Cost: $550 per student, not including transport to Canberra.
We were heartbroken by the fires that raged across our beautiful nation. Our thoughts continue to be with the communities affected by these catastrophic events. In an effort to support affected families, we are offering 5 places for our upcoming Space Squad Camp, free of charge. If your family has been affected by the recent bush fires and you are interested in enrolling your child in the October 2020 Space Squad Camp, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Latest Information: For updates on the application process, photos, videos, exciting news, visit the Space Squad Facebook page.
Do you want a holiday while your child is busy staying with us at Space Squad? YMCA Leumeah Lodge is conveniently located 10 minutes from the centre of Canberra so the whole family can have a break in the nation's capital while your child gets their dose of space knowledge and is being cared for by the Space Squad team.