Adventure Space Camp remains a popular program for students

students at 4-H space camp

Standing and sitting just outside of Marietta Hall, the countdown began.

One … two … three, and with a slight pull of a string the homemade rocket ship — constructed from a two-liter bottle — shoots into the air and every one of the 30 or so people watch to see how high it goes and where it lands.

“It’s really fun and I’m learning so much here,” said Elias Robson, 13, a rising eighth-grader in Clay Local Schools.

Robson is one of 38 students participating in the 23rd annual Adventure Space Camp, which is sponsored by Ohio 4-H and conducted on Marietta College’s campus. The camp started on Tuesday, June 14 and ends with a graduation ceremony Thursday, June 16.

While shooting off homemade bottle rockets was a big hit for most of the students, there were plenty of other activities and learning opportunities. One in particular that was a big hit was a presentation on the principles of flight by Bill Crell and Bill Ahonen, from the NASA Glenn Research Center.

Caleigh Fryman, 18, who recently graduated from Fort Frye High School, is one of the camp counselors. She didn’t attend Space Camp when she was younger, but she has enjoyed being part of the excitement now.

“I have always enjoyed 4-H camps, and now if I had to pick one it would be the Adventure Space Camp,” she said. “You’d be surprised at the intelligence of these students. They are amazing.”

Allison Caffrey, 14, a rising freshman at Norton High School, admits she wasn’t that interested in attending the camp. That all changed once she arrived.

“I’m having a lot of fun and everything has been great,” she said. “I came because I love space. I definitely love the (Anderson Hancock) Planetarium. I love the 3D images you get of space.”

Robson had another favorite spot on Marietta’s campus.

“The dining hall,” he said. “I’ve never had food that tasted that good in a cafeteria. It’s way better. I’m also having fun staying over night in a college dorm.”