Girl Camp-ins

Girl Scout Camp-In

Space Center Houston engages Scouts in an interactive and hands-on learning environment. Scouts will have an enriched experience in our Scout Camp-In program that teaches young girls about the science, technology, engineering and mathematics involved with space exploration. Each camp-in is tailored to the individual ages of the Scouts. The activities are badge-inspired, STEM-based and all about space!

New activities

Come experience Space Center Houston’s all-new Girl Scout Camp-In activities. Immerse yourself in a setting where your imagination can take flight as you design, build, create, program and launch into a new world of opportunity and exploration. Demonstrate Girl Scout leadership skills as you work with your peers to solve the real-world problems NASA often encounters. How can you make an astronaut’s job easier? How do you program a robot? How do you plan an astronaut rescue mission on Mars? Get ready to launch into an incredible experience in our all-new Girl Scout Camp-Ins.

Girl Scout Camp-In

Girl Scouts

Brownies

Badge inspiration: Inventor

Did you know NASA innovations have advanced the technology of many common household items? Infrared ear thermometers, water filters, memory foam and cordless vacuums are just some of the NASA technologies that can be used in everyday life. What if you had the chance to invent something for astronauts in space? At a Brownies camp-in, your mission is simple: Be creative and have fun! Design and build new structures on Mars, work together as a team to complete a simulated asteroid training mission and experiment with robots to ensure your mission is a success.

Designing the future
NASA is researching ways to improve our daily lives and life in space. They need your help! Astronauts need your ideas on how to do their jobs more efficiently. Challenge yourself and see how far your imagination takes you.

  • Step back in time and take a walk through the Skylab 1-G Trainer to learn about the challenges astronauts faced while living and working in space in the 1970s. You may be surprised to find out how difficult it was.
  • Travel to an International Space Station module to see how astronauts manage their daily routines in microgravity, and find out how NASA has helped advance technology for the betterment of all humans. Help the next generation of astronauts by sharing your ideas of how they could accomplish these tasks more efficiently.  
  • Teamwork and communication are critical for astronauts as they work together to complete missions. Plan for the future of exploration by putting your engineering skills to the test in the Mars Communication Tower Design Challenge.

Overcoming obstacles
Imagine you and your fellow crew members are on a mission to collect samples from an asteroid. While in space, the airlock on the International Space Station malfunctions and the crew must repair it before performing a spacewalk to retrieve the asteroid sample.

  • Work together to rebuild a malfunctioning airlock on the space station.
  • Suit up and prepare for your first “spacewalk” to an asteroid and bring back the best sample.

Exploring new horizons
In this simulation, you and your team of astronauts are conducting research on Mars and need to transport samples from the surface to your base. Using a robot and a custom-built payload that you design, transport your samples across the Martian terrain.

  • Discover what it takes to engineer, program and communicate as a team the way astronauts do on actual missions.
  • Learn the basics of programming and robotics as you send your robot to explore the Martian surface.
  • Design and build a custom payload compartment that will safely transport Martian samples.
2017 available dates
Sept. 1
Sept. 30
Oct. 21
2018 available dates
Feb. 17
April 21
July 13
Sept. 1
Dec. 1
First Day Evening
5 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston entrance
6 p.m. Buffet dinner served in Zero-G Diner
6:45 p.m. Bring luggage in from vehicles
7:15 p.m. Welcome show in Blast-Off! Theater
7:45 p.m. Activity One
8:30 p.m. Snack / Activity Two
9:15 p.m. Activity Three
9:55 p.m. Set-up camp / get ready for bed
10:30 p.m. Lights out

Second Day Morning
6:50 a.m. Wake-up / pack-up / load gear in vehicles
7:30 a.m. Buffet breakfast served in Zero-G Diner
8:15 a.m. Large-screen film “Destination Station” in Space Center Theater
9 a.m. Two Options –

Option #1

  • Tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Returning at 10:30 a.m. to explore Space Center Houston
  • Note: Requires use of 2nd day ticket

Option #2

  • Shopping time in Space Traders Gift Shop
  • Depart for home
  • Allows for use of 2nd day ticket on another day

Please note that the above schedule is subject to change without notice. During days of high visitation for the center, the large-screen film may be canceled to allow for the NASA tram tour to depart at 8:15 a.m.

Length of tram tour and the locations visited vary depending on the season.

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Girl Scout Camp-In

Juniors

Journey Inspiration: It’s your planet – love it! Get moving! Transform your energy from potential into kinetic.

Are there different types of energy and from where does energy come? How do we make sure we always have energy and how is it transferred? It takes energy to do everything, even in space. During a Juniors camp-in, you will learn what it is like to be an engineer and answer these types of questions for a series of projects on which NASA is currently working. You will experiment with three different forms of energy and learn how NASA engineers can use all of them to power a journey to Mars.  

Wind turbine engineering challenge
NASA’s next stop is the red planet, but for astronauts to live and work on the surface, they will need a reliable energy source. NASA is designing highly specialized wind turbines to be used on Mars, and this is your chance to harness energy.

  • Work as a team to design, build and test customized wind turbines that will work on Mars and supply energy to the astronaut base.

Star power
Solar power is a popular and accessible renewable energy source, but it is not the easiest to use. Discover the challenges NASA engineers face when using solar energy to power a voyage across space.

  • Engineer a spacecraft using real solar panels.
  • Learn to compensate for the lack of energy you receive from the sun as your spacecraft travels farther from Earth on your journey through our solar system.
  • Determine the best time to leave Earth to get to your destination based on the orbital paths of the planets.   

Energizer data bots
On the International Space Station, batteries are used to store energy from solar panels to use when the sun is blocked by the Earth. The batteries they use are similar to the ones you use at home and are based on chemical potential energy. Find out how batteries work and discover the potential behind this energy as you build your own energizer data bot.

  • Create the circuit of life and get those electrons flowing when you turn potential energy into kinetic.
  • Learn how batteries work and what chemical processes are taking place.

Build your own data bot and circuits to bring your bot to life.

2017 available dates
Sept. 2
Oct. 20
Oct. 21
Dec. 1
2018 available dates
March 3
June 16
Aug. 25
Sept. 15
Oct. 13
First Day Evening
5 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston entrance
6 p.m. Buffet dinner served in Zero-G Diner
6:45 p.m. Bring luggage in from vehicles
7:15 p.m. Welcome show in Blast-Off! Theater
7:45 p.m. Activity One
8:35 p.m. Snack / Activity Two
9:25 p.m. Activity Three
10:10 p.m. Set-up camp / get ready for bed
10:45 p.m. Lights out

Second Day Morning
6:50 a.m. Wake-up / pack-up / load gear in vehicles
7:30 a.m. Buffet breakfast served in Zero-G Diner
8:15 a.m. Large-screen film “Destination Station” in Space Center Theater
9 a.m. Two Options –

Option #1

  • Tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Returning at 10:30 a.m. to explore Space Center Houston
  • Note: Requires use of 2nd day ticket

Option #2

  • Shopping time in Space Traders Gift Shop
  • Depart for home
  • Allows for use of 2nd day ticket on another day

Please note that the above schedule is subject to change without notice. During days of high visitation for the center, the large-screen film may be canceled to allow for the NASA tram tour to depart at 8:15 a.m.

Length of tram tour and the locations visited vary depending on the season.

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Girl Scout Camp-In

Cadettes

STEM in Space

Learn how science, technology, engineering and mathematics are used in space. Experience the excitement of STEM when you put numbers and theories to the test. Learn how STEM is involved in each part of the process of sending humans to Mars and think outside the box to find solutions to the problems you will face during your missions. Innovation and problem solving are required as you work individually and as a team to find out what it will take to get to Mars.

Ready for launch
To get to Mars, NASA plans to launch astronauts on the Space Launch System (SLS) rocket. Understanding the physics behind launching a rocket into space is crucial to the design of your rocket and its launch.

  • Learn about the essential parts of a rocket and how they work.
  • Assemble and design your own take-home model rocket.
  • Experience the thrill of a night launch when you put your rocket to the test. Watch your rocket shoot for the stars and return safely to Earth!

Surviving space
Imagine you’re travelling to Mars and you learn that the crew who landed before you is missing. Race against time as you follow clues to solve the mystery of what happened to the crew. In real emergencies, NASA has to work quickly and efficiently to protect the astronauts from danger.

  • Practice a wide variety of skills while working under pressure to solve a series of questions and complete tasks to find the missing astronauts.

Rolling with robotics
Learn the importance of using robotics on Mars and how to operate, control and accomplish specific tasks with robots. Once astronauts land on Mars, they will need to explore and collect samples. Using robots, you will strategically discover the rugged terrain of Mars while completing specific tasks.

  • Design and build a payload to transport materials.
  • Program your robot and learn the basics of coding.

Complete different objectives as you navigate your robot around Mars.

2017 available dates
Nov. 4
2018 available dates
Feb. 9
June 2
Aug. 18
Nov. 16
First Day Evening
5 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston entrance
6 p.m. Buffet dinner served in Zero-G Diner
7 p.m. Welcome show in Blast-Off! Theater
7:35 p.m. Activity One
8:25 p.m. Snack / Activity Two
9:20 p.m. Activity Three
10:05 p.m. Get luggage / set-up camp / get ready for bed
11 p.m. Lights out

Second Day Morning
6:50 a.m. Wake-up / pack-up / load gear in vehicles
7:30 a.m. Buffet breakfast served in Zero-G Diner
8:15 a.m. Large-screen film “Destination Station” in Space Center Theater
9 a.m. Two Options –

Option #1

  • Tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Returning at 10:30 a.m. to explore Space Center Houston
  • Note: Requires use of 2nd day ticket

Option #2

  • Shopping time in Space Traders Gift Shop
  • Depart for home
  • Allows for use of 2nd day ticket on another day

Please note that the above schedule is subject to change without notice. During days of high visitation for the center, the large-screen film may be canceled to allow for the NASA tram tour to depart at 8:15 a.m.

Length of tram tour and the locations visited vary depending on the season.

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American Heritage Girls

Are you ready for your next big camping adventure? Sure, every American Heritage Girl goes camping, but have you ever wanted to camp … in space?

At our all new American Heritage Girls Camp-Ins, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind experience. Enjoy an action-packed evening filled with interactive, engaging activities, private tours, explosive educational shows and more. This program is designed for third-year Tenderhearts through Patriots. Every activity is based on requirements from multiple space related badges so you can earn while you learn.

2017 available dates
Oct. 7
2018 available dates
April 7
July 14
First Day Evening
5 p.m. Check-in at Space Center Houston entrance
5:45 p.m. Buffet dinner served in Zero-G Diner
6:35 p.m. Welcome show in Blast-Off! Theater
6:55 p.m. Activity One
7:30 p.m. Snack / Activity Two
8:15 p.m. Activity Three
8:55 p.m. Activity Four
9:35 p.m. Film “On-Human Destiny” in Destiny Theater
10 p.m. Get luggage / set-up camp / get ready for bed
11 p.m. Lights out

Second Day Morning
6:50 a.m. Wake-up / pack-up / load gear in vehicles
7:30 a.m. Buffet breakfast served in Zero-G Diner
8:15 a.m. Large-screen film “Destination Station” in Space Center Theater
9 a.m. Two Options –

Option #1

  • Tram tour of NASA Johnson Space Center
  • Returning at 10:30 a.m. to explore Space Center Houston
  • Note: Requires use of 2nd day ticket

Option #2

  • Shopping time in Space Traders Gift Shop
  • Depart for home
  • Allows for use of 2nd day ticket on another day

Please note that the above schedule is subject to change without notice. During days of high visitation for the center, the large-screen film may be canceled to allow for the NASA tram tour to depart at 8:15 a.m.

Length of tram tour and the locations visited vary depending on the season.

Book Now