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2005-Jul-27, 09:55 PM
SUMMARY: Most teenagers go to summer camp in order to learn arts and crafts, hang out beside a lake in the northern wilderness, and perhaps learn to horseback ride. Nevertheless, every year a small handful of teenagers opt out of the traditional camp and travel to the desert of the American Southwest. Instead of learning how to build a fire they discover how to use research-grade telescopes, instead of discussing the latest fashions they debate planetary formation, and instead of identifying plant types they identify the hydrogen line in Vega. What kind of person spends free time doing that?

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2005-Jul-28, 09:51 AM
A great article. Shows the great enthusiasim of the author in a feild she obviously loves. Hopefuly it will inspire others to follow astronomy from an early age.

Definately a name to watch for in the future.

Rebecca Jensen-Clem
2005-Jul-28, 08:01 PM
As a camper this year, I can confirm everything Yvette said from the student's point of view: there is nothing more amazing then watching the building that houses the largest telescope in the world open and spin so smoothly that the only way to tell your moving is to look up at the sky and see the stars moving across the sky. There is nothing more exciting than searching for objects beyond the orbit of Pluto, and for objects that might hit the Earth! It was so wonderful for me to find that through this camp, I can make a real contribution in astronomy -- an opportunity few high school students encounter. I encourage any and all high school astronomy enthusiasts to apply for this camp, because it will change your life. It certainly changed mine.

- Becky J-C

2005-Jul-28, 08:09 PM
There is also a nature camp in Quebec where you can do astronomy. It's called Port au saumon ( http://www.cepas.qc.ca/ in French only). I learned a lot about amateur astronomy and cosmology in that camp when I was a teenager.