Here are some of our most common questions:

Are there Scholarships or Financial Aid?

Yes. However, applications for financial aid must be received prior to March 1 for that year’s summer program. Please contact the AstroCamp Registrar for an application and more information.

How are counselors hired and trained?

All cabin counselors are current university students with a background working with children. Applicants go through a rigorous hiring process including multiple interviews, a background check, and drug testing. Many cabin counselors were even campers themselves!

Counselors go through a rigorous 8-day training program prior to any campers arriving at camp. They are trained in team-building, group-leading, child development, safety, and being sensitive to individual campers needs and life experiences. Counselors complete training with the tools and knowledge to support campers through common camp challenges such as homesickness, trying new things, and friendship building.

AstroCamp takes pride in hiring the highest quality staff. All of the AstroCamp instructors are required to have at least a Bachelors Degree in Physics or Astronomy, and it is not uncommon for our instructors to have a Masters Degree or PhD.

Our instructors come to AstroCamp from all over the United States and occasionally from overseas. Safety is one of our primary goals therefore all instructors are required to have 1st aid, CPR-PR, and Waterfront Lifeguard certifications as well as comprehensive on-site training.

If my child is flying in, how will they get to camp?

AstroCamp Counselors will meet your camper at their gate, help them to get their luggage and accompany them on a bus to AstroCamp where they will meet their cabin counselor.

Approximately 40% of our campers fly in each summer. There is an additional charge for airport shuttle service. Please see the Parent Guide under “Current Families” tab for more information.

Can my camper write or email me from camp?

Your camper can write to you from camp. Stamps, postcards and stationery are available in the camp store. It’s not a bad idea to send stamps, envelopes, and paper with your camper to camp.

You can e-mail your camper by using our email system please see the Parent Guided under “Current Families” tab for more instructions.

You can always write your camper (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED) at:

Camper’s Name
Team Number
c/o AstroCamp
8144 Mount Laurel Road
Clover, Virginia, 24534

Can I send my camper care packages?

Please DO NOT send care packages, as they will be returned. If your camper needs something (e.g. toothbrush, pillow, shoes, etc), please contact camp directly.

Can I call my child at camp? Can my child call home?

We request that you call your child only in the case of an emergency at 434.454.4059. We strongly believe in the benefit of campers and parent’s disconnecting from each other other than letters. Incoming parent phone calls can be a challenge because campers are busy in program from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Campers are only allowed to call home with the knowledge and consent of the Summer Camp Director.

Can parents visit their kids?

Due to the remote location of our facility, and for the safety of all our campers, we do not allow parental visits during camp.

Who do I call if there is a family emergency?

In case of an emergency or any essential communication, we are happy to arrange a time for your camper to be near a phone, as appropriate. Our Camp Secretary is on duty from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. The office number is 434.454.4059.

Additionally, the Summer Camp Director has an Emergency Phone with him 24 hours a day. This number is 434.579.7425.

If my camper has special requirements, how are they accommodated?

We will make every effort to accommodate any special requirements your camper may have. Please contact the Summer Camp Director, John Swanwick, as soon as possible and he will discuss any needs and issues with you.

If you have any further questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the AstroCamp Registrar or Summer Camp Director at the business office: 888.836.1212 or 434.454.4059.

What is the weather like at AstroCamp?

The days can often be hot and humid (mid to upper 90s with 90% humidity) but the nights can be mild and very pleasant.

Please review the packing list to pack appropriately.

Do you accommodate special dietary needs?

We provide a vegetarian option at every meal. We also have a salad bar at both lunch and dinner. If you have any other dietary restrictions, please provide information in your camper registration so that we can make special accommodations.

How do you deal with a severe food allergy?

We deal with food allergies every day. We have provided a letter from our Kitchen Director that explains the accommodations we can make for children with food allergies, as well as a basic menu of the meals at AstroCamp. The best course of action is to read the letter, then contact our Kitchen Director if you have any further questions.

As always, the earlier we know about your severe food allergies, the better we can serve your specific needs.

What is the water temperature in the pool?

The pool averages 84 degrees throughout the year.

Do you have a nurse or doctor on site?

We do have a medical professional on the premises for our summer programs. The Health Center is where all prescription and over the counter medications are stored and dispensed by our camp nurse. Additionally, our staff holds certifications in first aid, CPR for the Professional Rescuer, and Lifeguarding.

For more serious issues we can contact the local paramedics who will arrange transport to the local clinic or hospital. The typical EMS response time to our facility is 10-16 minutes.

Can a child who has asthma participate?

Campers with asthma participate in our program all the time. It is critical for campers with asthma to bring their inhaler with them to every program, including programs such as neutral buoyancy and the giant swing.