The UBarU Camp and Retreat Center will be offering its first youth astronomy camp for youth ages 12 - 18 to run from Thursday afternoon through Sunday morning, August 2-5, 2018. 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 IH-10.
Over the long weekend 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, solar viewing, and sky lore about the background and naming of constellations and astronomical objects. There will also be enough free time to enjoy the other amenities at UBarU such as, swimming, hiking, labyrinth walking, and any of a variety of games such as ping pong, foosball and horseshoes.
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.
instructional staff will be composed of experienced astronomers and astronomy
educators who are active within the Austin, San Antonio, and Hill Country
Region. 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 Thursday evening through Sunday morning breakfast.
Campers will be housed by gender in one of up to five sleeping areas where each
sleeping area will have no less than two gender-matched supervisors/counselors.
Cost of the camp is $275 per camper if registered by June 1st, (early bird), and $300 per camper after June 1st.