Aviation Camp – Session 2: July 9-14, 2017 – CAMP FULL

Are you thinking about a career in aviation as a pilot? Engineer? Unmanned aircraft operator? Airport manager? Air traffic controller? Corporate aviation? If you are a rising 9th-12th grade student and you would like to learn more about these and other aviation career opportunities, we invite you to attend our Aviation Camp at Auburn University.

The air transportation industry connects the world's economies and the demand for aviation professionals has never been stronger. Auburn University has been a leader in aviation education since the early 1940s and is proud to offer this youth program to begin developing the next generation of global aviation leaders.

Working with faculty and staff from Auburn's Aviation Center and Auburn University Regional Airport, the Harbert College of Business, and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering, participants will experience a fun-filled week of various hands-on activities and exploring the world of aviation. Field trips, guest speakers, simulator, aircraft, and flight line activities will provide a wide variety of new and eye-opening educational experiences. No prior preparation or classes are required.

Camp participants will experience campus-life while residing in Auburn's resident dormitories, eating at campus dining facilities, and enjoying evening social and recreational activities. Attendees will have 24/7 counselor supervision.

This camp is intended for rising 9th – 12th grade students.


Campers will reside in the Hill Dormitories or the Quad dorms. They are designed in suites consisting of two double-occupancy rooms connected by a bathroom.


Campers will have various meal options for breakfast and lunch in The Student Center. Unlike breakfast and lunch, dinner is held in The Village Dining facility, where they have unlimited options of a buffet-style meal.

James Birdsong
Mr. James Birdsong

A career Air Force officer, James served as a command C-130 pilot, headquarters staff officer, academic instructor, and squadron operations officer. He has held various positions in finance, operations, safety, systems acquisition, and strategic planning, and has extensive international experience working in Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America.

He currently teaches meteorology, air transport economics, and operations management courses, and is the faculty lead for the youth aviation summer enrichment program. Prior to his current position, James led Auburn's Summer Experience youth programs, as well as select professional and continuing education courses.


Tuition is $825 per person and covers all instruction, housing, meals, transportation fees, and recreational activities. Enrollment will be limited to 20 students so register early.

Auburn Youth Programs Scholarships

Two at-large (open to anyone) partial scholarships, valued at $300, are being provided by Auburn Youth Programs and University Outreach. The winning students will have $300 applied towards the program cost. To apply for this scholarship, please complete the automated scholarship application below:

  • Scholarship Application
  • Scholarship applications will be accepted until March 1, 2017 and selections will be made March 15, 2017.

This camp is currently FULL but we do have a waitlist that you can sign up for. Should a spot become available, we will contact those on the waitlist in the order their signup was received.

Wait List Sign-up

Last Updated: April 24, 2017