Why 2019 will be the perfect year to visit Space Camp

The countdown is officially on.

Space Camp, where young people get hands-on experiences others only read about, is planning a yearlong celebration in 2019 to honor the 50th anniversary of the moon landing.

And with a special sale for Black Friday weekend just days away, the stars have aligned to make 2019 the ideal year to visit this incredible place.

Loyal readers know I’ve blogged about Space Camp before. I wrote about the week I spent there in 1995. I shared how Space Camp introduces young people to high-paying career fields in desperate need of qualified candidates. And I discovered why on Earth they put Space Camp in northern Alabama.

Today, in addition to sharing details on the 2019 celebration, I wanted to explore how Space Camp helps young people find their team.

What’s planned for 2019

On July 20, 1969, the world watched as Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong and his crew landed on the moon. Fifty years later, this historic first fascinates and inspires a new generation of young people.

Next year, Space Camp and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center will harness this skyrocketing interest in space into a yearlong celebration.

No matter which week you select for your visit, your son or daughter will be part of something amazing.

Find your team at Space Camp

In a high school with 1,000 students, there might be a rocketry club and a STEM club and perhaps even a Future Mars Explorers club.

Students at smaller schools might still be searching for their perfect team.

That’s where Space Camp comes in. Participants meet like-minded young people from across the country, making lifelong friends who speak their language.

“I grew up on a farm in Minnesota and told people I wanted to work at NASA,” one young person said. “They just patted my head. At Space Camp, they said I can.”

They’ll get more than mere encouragement that the career of their dreams is within reach. They’ll get an actual plan for how to get there. Consider Space Camp a kind of workforce development program for young people interested in the stars.

Space Camp launching its Black Friday weekend sale

Send your son or daughter to Space Camp — or treat yourself to an Adult Space Academy program — for less than the normal price.

Space Camp’s Black Friday weekend sale runs from Black Friday through Cyber Monday. That’s 12:01 a.m. CST on Nov. 23 to 11:59 p.m. CST on Nov. 26.

Space Camp has just one sale a year, so this is your chance to save.

You don’t have to settle on a date when you buy, though you’ll want to grab a prime date as soon as possible. Space Camp provides customized gift certificates you can wrap and give to a lucky recipient.

Give the gift of Space Camp at spacecamp.com/BF18.