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High Flight Adventure Camp for Kids - Ottawa
Mike Bourget, a member of EAA’s Canadian Council is the CEO and Founder of this unique Kids Camp. Mike’s is a wonderful story of a prominent EAAer reaching out to kids in his community. Learn more at www.highflightadventures.com.
Area youth who feel the call to flight are in luck; Canada’s only aviation-based overnight youth camp is located right here in the National Capital area.
High Flight Adventures Inc., the first of its kind in Canada, provides a residential camp experience that aims to help youth develop unique skills through aviation, and helps build leadership and self-esteem.
This is the second season for High Flight Adventures Inc, with two camps scheduled at Smiths Falls airport, July 6-10 and July 13-17. Camp cost is $499 (plus taxes).
Youths ages 11-15 will have the opportunity to learn about flying through team and self-esteem building exercises. “We want to teach kids that, if you learn a little, you can do a lot,” Bourget said.
An air traffic controller and pilot, Bourget has a vision to help shape youth through aviation. As a committed community builder, he wants to share his passion for flight with young people. High Flight Adventures is the product of that vision.
Through hands-on exposure to aircraft building (a real, flying airplane is being built by campers over several seasons), model rocket building and firing, wooden glider model building, remote control aircraft piloting, aeronautical science, and unique “Challenge Initiatives, High Flight Adventures fosters character development, physical health, and a sense of achievement in each participant. Special guest speakers will be joining campers at the fire-pit in the evening.
The best part: Roughly 3 hours in flying time in Transport Canada-certified aircraft. Participants at High Flight Adventure will fly a three-legged flight. Each leg will represent a new challenge as campers fill the roles of:
- Co-pilot (Yes participants will fly the airplane)
- Navigator (Tell the pilot where to go)
- Flight engineer (Is the plane safe and ready for a flight?)
Each participant will be entitled to a free “Young Eagle” flight in a vintage Chinese warbird (weather permitting). Each of their names will appear in the world’s largest logbook.
Added this year are a walking tour of the Vintage Wings Collection in Gatineau, plus a tour of the Ottawa Air Traffic Control Tower. As an added bonus – Sporty’s Pilot Shop provides free online ground-school to all Young Eagle participants.
In the fall, camp participants will have the best-ever “What I did Last Summer” tales to share with their friends. Just ask those who attended last year! (Check out the High Flight Blogs.)