Destination Aviation Summer Camp

Know an aspiring aviator?

Experience Destination Aviation Summer Camps at the Aerospace Center for Excellence.

Destination Aviation is located at the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo campus on the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida.

Destination Aviation Summer Camp is an immersive one week experience including hands-on aerospace activities, meteorology, aircraft restoration projects, ground school, field trips and flight opportunities for campers 11 to 15 years of age. Our camps are designed to build upon themselves, starting with a basic understanding of the aerospace industry and moving towards a more in-depth and focused aviation camp. What your child learns and experiences in one camp will help them further their knowledge in the next.

Camp concludes on Friday with a Graduation Ceremony for families and everyone is welcome to take a tour of the facilities of the Aerospace Center for Excellence, including free admission into Ramus SkyLab Innovation Center and the Florida Air Museum.

SCHOLARSHIPS

Scholarships are available upon request.

Email educate@flysnf.org BEFORE registering.

If your child is being sponsored by EAA, 99 or another Organization please email educate@flysnf.org before registering.

New Camp Requirements

(Due to the progression of content in our camps please check the requirements below before registering your student for camp.)

DESTINATION AVIATION  

Beginner Camp
Students ages 11 to 13, entering 6th – 8th grade in 2023 who have never attended a Destination Aviation Summer Camp.

Intermediate Camp
Students ages 12 to 14, entering 7th – 9th grade in 2023 who have attended a Destination Aviation Summer Camp.

Advanced Camp
Students ages 13 to 15, entering 8th – 12th grade in 2023 who have attended both Destination Aviation Beginner and Intermediate Camps. 

Dates

Week One: Beginner

  • Ages 11-13
  • June 12 - June 16

Week Two: Beginner

  • Ages 11-13
  • June 19 - June 23

Week Three: Intermediate

  • Ages 12-14
  • June 26 - June 30

Week Four: Intermediate

  • Ages 12-14
  • July 10 - July 14

Week Five: Advanced

  • Ages 13-15
  • July 17 - July 21

Week Six: Advanced

  • Ages 13 - 15
  • July 31 - August 4

DESTINATION AVIATION SUMMER CAMP TUITION INFORMATION

Camp TUITION: $450

Payments MUST be made online ONLY

Tuition includes:

  • Leadership and instruction under the direction of certified teachers and/or aerospace professionals
  • Private bus transportation to and from all planned experiences throughout the week
  • All course instruction, activities, events, and materials
  • Beginner and Intermediate Camps include: Flying time with a certified FAA private pilot in a general aviation aircraft (Tentative)
  • Advanced camps include: Flying time with a FAA certified instructor from Skyborne Airline Academy Inc. in a general aviation aircraft 
  • Official Aerospace Center for Excellence patch upon successful completion of program guidelines
  • Flight suit and selected equipment
  • Destination Aviation issued t-shirt
  • Official Destination Aviation coin upon successful completion of program guidelines
  • Formal graduation ceremonies

TUITION DOES NOT include the following:

  • Transportation to and from Destination Aviation at the beginning or end of the week
  • Souvenirs and other items available for sale at various locations

Flight Opportunity Information
(Tentative)

BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE CAMPS

Students will depart from Lakeland Linder International Airport in groups of one to three students with a certified FAA private pilot in a general aviation aircraft. Flight times will vary, but will not exceed one hour. Flight days and times will vary depending on the availability of aircraft and pilots for the week. (More detailed information will be provided closer to the start of camps)

**TENTATIVE - More information will be provided closer to the beginning of camps.

ADVANCED CAMPS

The flight opportunity for our Advanced Camp consists of students planning and piloting a cross-country course over central Florida. Two to three students each fly a leg of a course in dual instruction from a certified Skyborne Airline Academy Inc. instructor. The student’s loggable flight experience may include approximately 20 minutes of flight time plus a takeoff and landing. 

Flight will take place on Thursday and may require students to arrive at an early time. This change in schedule will be communicated with parents/guardians in advance.

*Flights are not guaranteed due to unforeseen circumstances, such as weather.

**More information will be provided closer to the beginning of camp.

Times/Schedule

BEGINNER AND INTERMEDIATE CAMP

  • Camps begin at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm 

  • Camper Check-In begins at 8:45 am

  • Graduation Ceremonies take place on Friday from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm with light refreshments

ADVANCED CAMP

  • Alpha Students will arrive Monday – Friday no later than 9:00 am, except for Thursday (Flight Day), students may be asked to arrive earlier than usual. This will be communicated in advance.

  • Camper Check-In begins at 8:45 am

  • Graduation Ceremonies take place on Friday from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm with light refreshments

COVID-19 BEST PRACTICES

The Aerospace Center for Excellence is working closely with Local Health Officials to stay up to date with all COVID-19 best practices recommended by the CDC and Florida Department of Health. 

Further information will be provided to parents/guardians before the start of Summer Camp.

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