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Bob Jones University

Aviation

A week of high-flying fun

Aviation Camp is almost full for July 8-13! Please be sure to register soon.

Aviation camp is full for this year, but you can be added to the waiting list.

Experience an action-packed week at Aviation EDUcamp! If you love flying and you want to explore a future career in aviation, this EDUcamp is the place for you.

Piloting a plane is a thrill few people in the world get to experience. At Aviation EDUcamp, you’ll do that and more. In addition to logging approximately three hours of flight time, you’ll learn the science and skills that make it all possible. And while you’re at it, you’ll get to explore the wide range of opportunities for careers in aviation.

At EDUcamp you’ll benefit from daily devotionals and Bible challenge sessions that will strengthen your faith and help you develop a strong biblical worldview. Camp instructors will demonstrate how you can glorify God by using each new skill.

Activities

  • Fly a plane on a cross-country flight.
  • Make an airplane out of sheet metal.
  • Tour an air traffic control tower.
  • Talk with missionary, military and airline pilots.
  • Learn about aerodynamics, navigation and more!
  • Grow spiritually through devotions and Bible challenges.  

General Information

Arrival/Departure

When to Arrive

Camp check-in for all campers is on Sunday between 2 and 4 p.m. in the Welcome Center.

There will be an evening service, meal and Aviation session on Sunday evening that you won’t want to miss!

If you are making airline reservations, we suggest that you plan your arrival time before 4 p.m. on Sunday. We offer complimentary shuttle service to and from the GSP International Airport as well as the Greenville Amtrak and Greyhound stations. You can request a shuttle on the online registration form.

Monday–Friday, day campers should be dropped off at 8:30 a.m. in the Welcome Center.

What to do When You Arrive

When you arrive on campus, follow the signs to the Welcome Center. Our camp counselors will give you your camp schedule, room assignment (for those staying overnight) and camp T-shirt. If you have a camp balance, you can take care of it at this time.

After receiving your materials, overnight campers can head to the residence hall to get settled in.

Day campers will have some free time in The Den until camp officially begins!

When to Depart

Day campers can be picked up at the Welcome Center at 9 p.m. on Sunday.

For the rest of the week, campers may be picked up at the Welcome Center after the final scheduled event. On Wednesday campers will enjoy a fun highlight of our camp experience, the Bruins Bash, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Davis Field House.

Aviation Camp will end at approximately noon on Friday. We will be having a glider launch in the Founder’s Memorial Amphitorium starting at 11:30 a.m. Parents and family are welcome to attend the glider launch.

What to Bring

What to Bring

Campers should bring sunglasses, camera, sunscreen, a Bible, notebook and pencil for daily Bible challenges and devotional sessions.

Overnight campers should bring bedding (either a sleeping bag or bedding for a twin bed), pillow, flip flops/shower shoes, towels and toiletries.

Phones may be used at any time during the week of camp. A modest amount of spending money is suggested for The Den, vending machines and Bruins Shop.

Please note: BJU cannot be responsible for the loss of money, valuables or personal articles.

What to Wear

Girls: For general camp activities, knee-length shorts or pants (yoga-type pants would not be appropriate) are normal camp attire. Please do not wear skirts for this camp. Athletic or casual shoes (no flip-flops or slip-on shoes due to flight safety) are required.

Clothing with a low neckline in front or back should not be worn (tank tops are not appropriate). The midriff area should be covered at all times (including when sitting down or bending over). Unfortunately, the girls will not be back on campus in time to take part in the pool activities.

Guys: For general camp activities, knee-length shorts or pants with T-shirts are normal camp attire. Men should not wear shorts during the aviation flight instructions. Athletic or casual shoes (no flip-flops or slip-on shoes due to flight safety) are required. For those wishing to take part in the pool activities, please bring appropriate swimwear.

Accommodations

Meals will be served in our dining common in an all-you-can-eat buffet style. Any food concerns (allergies, diet restrictions, etc.) can be noted in the online registration form.

Overnight campers will stay in the residence halls along with the other participants in the camp. Camp counselors will be on each hall.

Day Campers

  • Day campers must live in or stay with family in the immediate Greenville area.
  • Campers may be required to be on campus from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on camp days. Check your camp schedule for specific details.
  • Day campers can also enjoy a fun highlight of our camp experience, the Bruins Bash, on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Lunch and dinner are included in the camp cost.

Camp Director

Michael Gonzales

Michael Gonzales

Mr. Mike Gonzales grew up in northern California. As a college student, he heard the Gospel for the first time and accepted Christ soon after. When he completed his FAA maintenance certificate, he moved to Greenville, S.C. with his wife to attend BJU. After completing his degree he moved back to California to work in the small Christian ministry where he was saved. He returned to BJU in 2002 to work in the aviation department.

In 2014, Mr. Gonzales and two other former faculty members started USAeroFlight, an FAA Part 141 Flight School. USAeroFlight has partnered with BJU to provide quality flight training to those pursuing a career in aviation.