Organizers of the WRAL Freedom Balloon Fest are offering one student residing in the WRAL-TV viewing area a full scholarship to the Junior Balloonist Camp held at Millersville University in Millersville, PA from July 12-16, 2015. The camp, organized by the Balloon Federation of America and run by volunteers, is open to students age 13-18, and previous ballooning experience is NOT required.
Camp experiences include information on rigging, tethering and pack-up, and interactive class sessions where campers will learn from professional pilots about: Crew Safety, Pilot Training, Weather, Airspace, Balloon Systems, Repair & Maintenance, Mapping & GPS, Career Exploration, Decision Making and MORE. Campers will learn what is important to pilots and crew, all while in a fun and safety-oriented environment.
The camp is only open to 20 campers, which means each camp participant will receive one-to-one, focused instruction and a “deep dive” into the world of the oldest form of human flight.
The scholarship includes meals and housing in the secure campus dormitories at the University. When camp ends, campers will leave as a more valuable crew member, better prepared for becoming a safe pilot, and a chance for lasting friendships.
NOTE: Application deadline has passed.