Where is camp being held?
DSSF has partnered with DaVinci Academy of Science and the Arts in Ogden. We will hold camp in a wing of their high school on 20th St. and Grant Avenue.
Where do campers sleep?
STAR Camp will use 4-5 rooms for sleeping. These rooms were regular classrooms during the school year. Campers will be sleeping on air mattresses in these rooms. The number of dorm rooms will depend on enrollment for each camp, with 10-15 campers in each dorm. Dorms are divided by male and female. Campers choosing to stay overnight must bunk in the dorm of their gender assigned at birth.
Are there showers?
YES. Davinci High School has two individual showers. We arrange a shower schedule at each camp, so every camper has an opportunity to shower most days if they wish. We encourage all campers to shower at least once while at camps that are four days or longer.
Where and what do campers eat?
Campers will be eat in the DaVinci cafeteria. Breakfast and lunch will be provided by the summer lunch program. Dinners will generally follow this schedule:
- First night--pizza
- Second night--sub sandwiches
- Third night--Potato bar
Will friends and family be put on the same team?
Because of the wide variety of students attending camp we cannot guarantee friends and family members will be put on the same team. Our long experience has shown that it is beneficial if a camper gets to know new people. Each camper will have the opportunity to interact with students from across the country and make new friends. Campers will have the opportunity to submit a teammate request when camp packets are mailed in May.
What if my child has special dietary needs?
Each student is required to fill out a simple medical form. Please list any food allergies on this form. If your child requires special meal accommodations, please contact the camp director ahead of camp.
What if my child needs to take medication while at camp?
Utah State Law prohibits us from dispensing medication of any type to campers. Any prescribed or over the counter drugs must be sent with the student to camp. You will need to list all medications sent with the student on the medical form along with the dosage information. We can remind the student to take their meds at the parents’ request, but they must self administer them. If medication requires refrigeration, please let us know and we can take care of that. Because our days can sometimes be very long, it is advisable that parents send a small supply of over the counter headache or stomach ache medicine (e.g. Ibuprofen, Pepto Bismol tablets, etc.).
How can I contact my child during camp?
Campers will have the opportunity to call or text before breakfast and before lights out. If your camper does not have a cell phone, they may borrow a director’s phone during these times for a few minutes to make a phone call (no texting). Cell phones must be stored in suitcases during daytime hours. If you need to contact your child at any other time, you must call or text the camp number: 801-917-4829
How well are the campers supervised?
The director, Annika Jensen, assistant directors, and 5-7 other staff members stay on site 24 hours a day while camp is in session. Annika’s husband, Ryan, is on site at night to provide extra security and supervision. We have tried very hard to set up a program that we, being parents ourselves, would feel comfortable sending our own children to.
Can my child attend more than one camp in a summer?
Absolutely! We have many campers who spend multiple weeks with us each year and we love it!
Are discounts available?
We work very hard to keep tuition as low as possible for all campers. We currently have just one discount available, which is the “Rebound Discount.” A camper will receive $30 off the second camp they attend in a summer, and $60 off a third camp. These discounts are applied automatically when you register for multiple camps at the same time. If you return to register for additional sessions at a later time, please contact our staff to have the registration and discount handled from our end.
Is financial aid available?
We are always looking for individual and corporate donors to be able to offer scholarships. Please see our scholarship page or contact us for more information. Scholarship application deadlines are always in late April.
Who can attend the graduation ceremony?
We encourage all immediate family and grandparents to attend camp graduations!
What should my child pack for camp?
Packing lists for camp will be sent with the complete camp packet in May.
STAR CAMP Testimonials
Throughout elementary school and junior high school, STAR Camp was the highlight of my summer. It was a place where I could step out of my comfort zone and try new things, like repelling or scuba diving, while also learning the value of hard work and teamwork. Most of all, STAR Camp was a place where my curiosity and wonder were fostered and supported. I am grateful for the community I experienced and the confidence I gained to pursue whatever sparks my interest.
I started attending STAR Camp because it was something my older brother and cousin had loved when they were younger. Space was never the aspect of STAR Camp that captured my attention, but rather the stories of the men who helped forge the path to space. I was in awe of the tales of military giants who transitioned their skill, discipline and drive into something they truly believed in. I fell in love with a more militaristic version of summer camp that the Douglas’s offered called Academy Camp. I have always felt a deep desire to serve my country and my experiences at STAR Camp helped solidify those desires into tangibles goals. STAR Camp helped nurture the seed which led to my graduating from the United States Air Force Academy. I look back on my memories, connections, and relationships that I gained while in those summer programs fondly and am grateful that they assisted in the growth of my dreams.
STAR Camp was the highlight of my summer as a youth. It fueled my passion for space while building my knowledge and character in the areas of physics, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork. The overall atmosphere of the camp made me feel right at home and helped me come out of my shell and develop lasting friendships. In January of 2021 I will start the last semester of my bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering with an aerospace emphasis. I currently work in a lab where I have had the opportunity to design, build, assemble, and test components that will fly on the SPORT CubeSat in 2021. I attribute much of my academic and life success to lessons I learned at STAR Camp.