Air Force Camps for Teenagers

By Amy Sutton
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Teen who are interested in a future with the United States Air Force, or who are just curious about what this military branch is all about, can get a taste of the Air Force by participating in one of the numerous teen camps. Choices include space and aviation camps, sports camps and leadership camps.

Sports Camps

The U.S. Air Force Academy Athletics department offers a large selection of sports camps for teens each year, including football, baseball, swimming, hockey, soccer, cross country, wrestling and track and field. Elite camps are also offered, such as team basketball camps, volleyball camps and football camps. Each camp is led by head coaches from the academy, along with local and national top coaches for the various sports.

Space and Aviation Camps

Air Force Services space and aviation camps are hosted by the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. These camps are offered to teens and tweens, ages 12 to 14, who are dependents of an active duty military member, living on AF/JB installation, Air National Guard, AF reserve that has been activated within the last 12 months, AF retired military or AF civilian employees. At camp, your teen will learn about mission control, space walks and experiments on the International Space Station. Teens, ages 15 to 18, are eligible to attend Aviation Challenge, where they participate in mock combat training, zip-lining to simulate a parachute landing and mock SEAL Ops missions.

Leadership Camps

Air Force Teen Leadership camps are held at various locations around the country each year, such as the University of Texas in San Antonio and the Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega, Georgia. At camp, teens participate in activities, such as ropes courses, boat building challenges and classes that focus on financial management, situational leadership and effective communication. Small groups of teens work together to complete these challenges and classes, providing an opportunity to get differing perspectives on things.

Air Force Academy Camp

The U.S. Air Force Academy, near Colorado Springs, Colorado, has a summer seminar for high school juniors heading into their final year of high school. This summer program shows teens what it means to be an officer in the Air Force. Teens participate in physical fitness activities and workshops, which explore various academic majors. Additional parts of the seminar include military knowledge tests, room inspections and training that's similar to that of an actual cadet.

Civil Air Patrol

A Civil Air Patrol program is also available for teens to join. Civil Air Patrol cadets normally meet two hours each week, and one Saturday each month, to get in shape, work on leadership skills and participate in activities such as camping and hiking. During the summer months, cadets also have a chance to attend career academies and leadership camps.