Sky & Earth- UBarU Youth Science Camp – July 28-Aug 3, 2019

The UBarU Camp and Retreat Center will be offering a week long, science camp for youth ages 11-14 years old to run from Sunday July 28 afternoon through Saturday morning, August 3, 2019. UBarU is an 142-acre licensed youth-camp facility and an IDA-certified Dark-Sky Park, located in the Texas Hill country less than 20 miles west of Kerrville, TX, and convenient to I-10.

Over the week campers will be immersed in a variety of astronomy-related activities including: nightly observing and star parties, leaning how to recognize constellations to navigate through the night sky, an introduction to imaging with smaller telescopes as well as other UBarU science-related activities including renewable energy, communication/HAM radio, water management, and more. There will also be time to enjoy the other amenities at UBarU such as, swimming, hiking, labyrinth walking, and a variety of games.

Most of the observing and imaging activities will be centered in or around the newly completed UBarU Youth Astronomical Observatory that was created primarily for youth education. The observatory is equipped with several telescopes including, a PlaneWave 12.5” CDK, a Sky-Watcher 16” GoTo Dobsonion, and a Celestron Nexstar 127mm SLT and a Coronado Solarmax III 70 BF15 which share the same mount; the telescopes are complemented with a good selection of high-quality eyepieces and cameras. In addition, the main viewing area has ample room to accommodate a dozen or more campers and instructors at one time. There will be additional scopes available in the wider viewing area outside of and adjacent to the observatory building, where campers will receive hands-on instruction in learning how to use a telescope to locate astronomical objects.

The instructional staff will be composed of experienced astronomers and scientists. Besides the instructional staff there will sufficient additional counselors on hand to insure proper supervision of the campers throughout the day. There will be regular (B,L,D format) full meals prepared and served on site starting from dinner on Sunday evening through Saturday morning breakfast. Campers will be housed by gender in one of up to four sleeping areas where each sleeping area will have no less than two gender-matched supervisors/counselors.

Cost of the camp is $600 per camper if registered by June 22nd, (early bird), and $625 per camper on/after June 23rd. 

If your youth is interested in attending 2 UBarU camps this summer, you can save $100 off the second week of camp.  Look for an email after you register for the first camp.