Photo of pilot and youth in cockpit of an airplane.

WACO summer camps set to launch

In Historic WACO Field, NAHA News /

Thousands of parents in the Dayton region look for ways to keep their children’s minds engaged over the summer months. Aviation summer camps at the WACO Learning Center in Troy offer a solution.

Aviation Summer Camp is a day camp that takes a student through the history, theory, and science of aviation.  The week begins with a look at lighter than air flight, progresses to manned flight in aircraft and concludes with rockets and the space program.

Campers build and fly several models that include gliders, kites, hot air balloons, paper rockets, rubber band powered airplanes, 2-liter bottle rocket, and more. They fly a radio-controlled airplane, flight simulators, and even have the option to fly in a fullscale airplane.

The camp is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June 1-5 for students who have completed fourth through seventh grades. A few scholarships applications are available.

Additionally, WACO offers two weeks of Robotics Camp. These evening camps are designed to teach 16 students concepts in science, mechanics, engineering, and computer programming by building a robot with LEGO bricks, gears, axels, motors and sensors. The students develop sskills to program the robot to complete certain tasks. Though the student will not be able to take the robot home, they will demonstrate their accomplishments to parents on the last night of camp.

Robotics camp is scheduled for June 15-19 for students entering fourth through sixth grades and July 20-24 for students entering sixth through eighth grades.  The camp is taught each evening from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. by local engineers. The camp’s fee is $45 for the week.

WACO Air Museum & Learning Center is located at 1865 S. County Road 25A in Troy, Ohio. Visit or call (937) 335-9226 for more information.