Aviation Camp
Session 1: June 23 – June 28, 2024
Session 2: July 7 – July 12, 2024

Rising 9th – 12th Grade

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 College of Liberal Arts Department of Aviation, and the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering Department of Aerospace 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. Campers will have 24/7 counselor supervision.


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


Meals will be provided at The Edge at Central Dining. All dietary restrictions and allergies are taken into consideration for each meal.


Aviation Camp is hosted at Auburn University’s Regional Airport.

James Birdsong
Dr. 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.


Registration begins December 1, 2023 at 9AM.

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Camp Fees are $1,010 and include the following items:
  • On campus housing
  • All meals, snacks and drinks while at camp
  • Program instruction, materials and equipment
  • Transportation to and from off-campus field-trip sites
  • Recreational activities

All cancellation requests must be submitted via email. Please send your request to opce@auburn.edu.

Cancellation Procedure:

  1. Cancellation request received at least 6 weeks prior to the start date of the program: Full refund, less $100.
  2. Cancellation request received less than 6 weeks but at least 3 weeks prior to the program start date: Refund of 50%
  3. Cancellation request received less than 3 weeks prior to the program start date or “no show”: No refund.

Note: Refunds will be issued to the individual/organization who made the original payment.

What to Bring to Camp:

Please pack lightly – but do not forget to bring bedding, a towel, and toiletries.

Campers should refrain from bringing no more than one (1) suitcase and one (1) personal sized bag to camp.

Dorm Room:
  • XL twin sheets/thick blanket or sleeping bag and pillow
  • Alarm Clock
  • Phone Charger
  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Body Wash
  • Toothbrush and Toothpaste
  • Soap
  • Bath Towel
  • Hairbrush
Clothing & Shoes:
  • T-shirts: Loose fitting, tank tops must have straps three fingers wide and cover all undergarments
  • Shorts: At least 3.5” inseam
  • One (1) pair of jeans/long pants
  • One (1) pair of Khaki pants for airport tours
  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Pajamas
  • Tennis Shoes: We walk up to 6 miles daily!
  • Closed toed shoes
  • Swimsuit: For girls, a modest one piece swimsuit. For boys, no speedos or jammers.
  • Flip-flops or Water Shoes: For the pool
  • Sweatshirt or Jacket
  • Dress up Outfit: Dressy casual (modest) outfit (e.g.: modest sundress, polo & khakis, pants & blouse)
  • Rain Jacket or Poncho
  • Laundry Bag
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach Towel: For the pool
  • Bug spray/Sunscreen
  • $50 key/meal card deposit: Make check payable to Auburn University
  • Government issued ID
    • If camper has been issued a government ID (for example, Driver’s License), they must bring it along to camp for field trip
  • Spending Money

Last Updated: November 28, 2023