What: YMCA Canberra Space Squad is Australia's only residential holiday camp program for students in Years 2-6 (Junior), Years 6-9 (Youth), and Years 10-12 (Senior) 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, UNSW Canberra’s Australian National Concurrent Design Facility (ANCDF), The Academy Of Interactive Entertainment (AiE), 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: Space Squad Camps 2021*
11 – 15 January 2021 (Senior Camp, Grades 10-12)
18 - 22 January 2021 (Youth Camp, Grades 6-9)
25, 27 – 29 January 2021 (Space Squad Junior Day Camp, Grades 2–6) - camp will not be operating on the Public Holiday on 26 January 2021
6 - 10 April 2021 (Senior Camp, Grades 10-12) - camp will operate Tuesday – Saturday
12 - 16 April 2021 (Youth Camp, Grades 6-9)
28 June – 2 July 2021* (TBD)
5 - 9 July 2021 (Female Cadet Camp)* Further information currently unavailable
20 - 24 September 2021 (Space Squad Junior – Day Camp Grades 2-6)*
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: Applications for our April 2021 Space Squad Camps are being taken now. Please click relative link to apply
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Cost (per student, not including transport to Canberra)
Space Squad Junior Camp - $500.00 (Note: week long camp with no overnight)
Space Squad Youth Camp - $650.00
Space Squad Senior Camp - $795.00
Latest Information: For updates on the application process, photos, videos, exciting news, visit the Space Squad Facebook page.
Volunteering Opportunities: Interested in volunteering at one of our Space Squad Camps? Please send in your Expression Of Interest and a copy of your resume via the Mission Control details below.
For all questions contact Mission Control on (02) 6242 4040 or at email@example.com
Bring the whole family to Canberra
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. Please let our Space Squad Mission Control team know you are interested to receive up to 25% off code pending multiple night stay.