Junior Space Camp

For students going into 3rd and 4th grades

June 24th – 28th, 2019

Activities: Students will build rockets, do science experiments, work together in teams, participate in hands-on STEM activities, visit the planetarium, talk with pilots and learn about airplanes and so much more! Friday night we celebrate with an ice cream social for students and their families at the museum!

Schedule: this is a week long day camp from Monday to Friday in the afternoons from 1:00-5:00pm.  Drop off and pick-up will be at the Museum and we’ll also be going to Sparta City Hall, Southside Elementary school in Sparta, the Sparta airport, and the planetarium at UW-La Crosse.

All-inclusive registration Fee: $245
Availability is first come first serve, 20 spots total, only a few left!

Junior Space Camp Details

Locations: The camp will be based at the Deke Slayton Museum with drop off and pick up always at the Museum. Our daily locations will be as follows, and they are all mostly within walking distance of the museum:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday:

  • 1:00pm- 1:30pm- Deke Slayton Museum200 W. Main St., Sparta, WI
  • 1:30pm- 4:30pm- Sparta City Hall201 W. Oak St., Sparta, WI
  • 4:30pm- 5:00pm- Deke Slayton Museum200 W. Main St., Sparta, WI

Wednesday: On Wednesday drop off and pick up will still be at the Deke Slayton Museum, but in-between we will be traveling by bus to:

  • 1:00pm- 2:30pm- Sparta Airport6058 Hangar Way, Sparta, WI
  • 2:30- 4:30pm- Planetarium at the University of LaCrosse1725 State Street, LaCrosse, WI

Friday: On Friday drop off and pick up will still be at the Deke Slayton Museum, but we will be traveling by bus to the field at Southside Elementary to fire off the rockets:

  • Southside Elementary School1023 Walwrath St., Sparta, WI

Phone numbers during camp: If you need to get in touch with your child or the camp organizers during the camp you can either call the museum at 608-269-0033. Or, if the camp is at a different location during the time you are trying to contact us, Museum Director Alli Karrels will be with the students and can be reached on her cell phone at 262-707-8681. Additional phone numbers will be provided upon registration.

Groups: Your student will have the opportunity to work with all of the camp participants throughout the week. We will also be breaking the participants into groups of 4 for team-building and leadership activities. Your student will be part of this same group for the whole week; three days they will be a group member and the other day they will be the group leader- giving every student the chance to lead. Being a team player is vital for an astronaut!

Space Camp Notification: Approximately 2 weeks before the start of camp the student will receive by mail their official letter requesting them to report to the Deke Slayton Museum for the beginning of Junior Space Camp. The package will also include their custom Space Camp shirt which they will wear every day for the week of camp.

Friday Night Ice Cream Social– Friday evening at the end of the camp we will be holding an Ice Cream Social to celebrate the week, students and their families are invited to attend.

Applications are accepted on a first come basis, and we are not accepting more than 18 registered students (there are two scholarship spots available, the total capacity for the camp is 20 students).

* Please submit your application/registration form early to ensure a spot in the Space Camp. If we receive more than 18 registrations we will notify you that the camp is above capacity and issue you a full refund or put you on the wait-list.