What could be more exciting than being immersed in the stars, surrounding yourself with views of the galaxy, learning how to build rockets or code rovers?
The Space Squad program is Australia’s best residential holiday program for students in years 2 – 12. It is designed to ignite and fuel that spark of passion for space and STEM-based careers, robotics, engineering and astronomy.
Across 5 action-packed days, we plunge our cadets into the space industry where they will learn about space exploration and science, they will meet engineers, astronomers and astrophysicists. They will gaze at stars, visit technology and space centres, build and launch rockets, fly drones and code rovers.
Are you ready to learn, discover and experience a whole new world of space? We’re ready to launch – we just need you!
Space Squad is run by an experienced leader as well as a whole team of dedicated volunteers and space specialists.
Our Space Squad camps are part of the Y Canberra Region, who have been running camps, children’s services and youth activities in and around Canberra for over 75 years.
The YMCA Canberra Region is an accredited Safeguarding Children and Young People organisation, and is independently audited by the Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF). All our employees and volunteers are committed to, and are trained in, keeping young people safe as our priority in all programs and activities.
During Space Squad, our cadets will have the opportunity to meet, visit and experience a range of things from the Advanced Instrument and Technology Centre. to Canberra’s Deep Space Communication Complex.
They will touch satellites, look at dwarf galaxies, learn how stars collide and about space ripples, experience virtual reality, rover building, rocketry and more!
*Dates are subject to change, please check in with ACT Health FAQ and our Facebook Page to stay up to date.
11 – 15 January: Senior Camp (Grades 10-12)
18 – 22 January: Youth Camp (Grades 6-9)
25 – 29 January: Junior Camp (Grades 2-6) *no overnights, camp doesn’t run on 26th January
6 – 10 April: Senior Camp (Grades 10-12) *camp will run Tuesday – Saturday
12 – 16 April: Youth Camp (Grades 6-9)
28 June – 2 July: Youth Camp (Grades 6-9)
5 – 9 July: Air & Space Female Cadet Camp (Ages 15-18)
20 – 24 September: Junior Camp (Grades 2-6) *no overnight
27 September – 1 October: SciScouts Camp
The Space Squad Camps are held in Canberra with our space cadets staying at the YMCA Bush Capital Lodge. Students will travel via bus from their accommodation to sites around Canberra.
Bush Capital Lodge is located in a tranquil bush setting with quick and easy access to Canberra’s main attractions and venues, making it an ideal space for our space cadets to be based out of. Bush Capital Lodge won the category of Best Standard Accommodation at the 2015 Canberra and Regional Tourism Awards.
Canberra itself has some of Australia’s greatest space attractions! In fact, some of the first images of a man walking on the moon were beamed from Honeysuckle Creek – a tracking station in Canberra. This is an experience not available anywhere else in Australia!
Applications for our Space Squad Camps open closer to each Camp’s date.
Check here or on our Facebook page to stay up to date with when your Camp applications open.
Please note, this price does not include transport to and from the camp.
Q: How do I get to and from Canberra for Space Squad?
A: All cadets will need to make their own travel arrangements to get to Space Squad. Our Y Canberra Region staff can facilitate airport transfers for cadets that are flying in and out of Canberra airport.
Q: What kinds of activities can the students expect?
A: We strive to make each camp different and unique, however some of the things that we often do and that students look forward to include:
– Canberra Deep Space Communication Complex;
– Mount Stromlo Observatory;
– Learn to build a telescope, program robots, fly drones and using virtual reality;
Q: Can Space Squad cater for allergies and medical needs:
A: Absolutely! The YMCA caters for school groups all year round and has a comprehensive food allergy management system in place. When you apply, you will have the opportunity to give any details regarding allergies, dietary and medical requirements. We also have First Aid trained staff on site.
Q: Who is responsible for the Cadets?
A: Space Squad is supervised by camp managers who are Y Canberra Region employees. These camp managers are responsible for the care of the cadets in the program, and they are supported by a team of volunteers who assist in delivering the program and supervising the cadets.
All Y Canberra Region staff and volunteers hold valid Working with Children’s Checks and undergo a National Police Check.
Q: Can parents come along as volunteers?
A: In order for your child to get the most out of the Space Squad program, we do not allow parents to volunteer on the same program as their children.
For families wishing to visit Canberra while their child attends Space Squad, we have created a guide of things to do here, and offer a discounted rate at our Leumeah Lodge in Gold Creek.
We do invite parents to attend the Space Squad presentations on the final morning of the program.
Q: How can I follow my child’s progress on camp?
A: Space Squad’s Facebook is updated very regularly with photos and videos showcasing what we are up to. If you would like your child to be part of these photos, all we need is your permission. This is a question in the application form.
Q: Are there scholarships available?
A: Yes! We have a limited number of scholarships available per camp. These aim to provide children who would otherwise be unable to attend due to financial difficulties the opportunity to be part of the program.
To read more or to apply for a scholarship, go to the Apply tab.
Q: What do I pack to come to Space Squad?
A: Luckily, we have a handy packing list! You can find it here.
For all updates on the application process, photos, videos, events and other exciting news follow us on the Space Squad Facebook page!
Have a read through our Space Squad information above. If you still have a burning space question, or just want more information contact us below.
Phone (02) 6242 4040
191 Dryanda Street