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Astronomy

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Through laboratory and field work in astronomy, you’ll learn how to use telescopes to study the skies. Along the way, you will observe the moon, planets, the sun and other interesting celestial objects. You will also take pictures of celestial objects. You will get a chance to look at the spectrum of a star—the gateway to understanding how stars work. You will also analyze the spectrum of a star to determine its temperature from data taken through the telescopes we use.

Along the way, you will learn about the night sky and how it fits in with God’s purpose for celestial objects as time keepers. You’ll benefit from daily discussions of astronomy from a biblical perspective that will strengthen your faith and help you develop a strong biblical worldview as it applies to astronomy.

  • Learn how to use an astronomical telescope.
  • Observe planets, stars, and other celestial objects.
  • Take pictures of celestial objects.
  • Analyze data and draw conclusions.
  • Learn the latest and best in creation science as it relates to astronomy.

If weather permits, campers will enjoy a “star party” on Thursday night.

Sample Schedule

8:30-11:30 a.m. Constellations, Stars, and the Celestial Sphere
1-3 p.m. Sun Observations (weather permitting) otherwise Lab Activity
3-4 p.m. Worldview Session: Astronomy and the Bible
10:30 p.m.-1 a.m. Telescopes and Observing Part II (weather permitting)

(Exact times and session content may vary.)

Supply List

A light jacket might be needed if it gets cool at night when observing. A mobile phone will be useful but not required to take pictures through telescopes.

General Information

Arrival/Departure

When to Arrive

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

Day camp drop-off each day will be from 8-8:30 a.m. at the Welcome Center.

What to do When You Arrive

When you arrive on campus, follow the signs to the Welcome Center to check in. Our camp counselors will give you your camp schedule and camp T-shirt. If you have a camp balance, you can take care of it at this time.

When to Depart

Day Camp pick-up each day will be from 4:30-5 p.m. in the Welcome Center. Camp ends on Friday at noon. Check with your specific camp schedule about final presentations, performances or concerts that take place on Friday.

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.

What to Bring

What to Bring

Phones may be used at certain time during the week of camp depending upon activities.

A modest amount of spending money is suggested for The Den, vending machines and Bruins Shop.

Girls: One-piece swimsuit or two-piece swimsuit covering the midriff are appropriate for optional swim times at the campus pool.

Guys: Swim trunks are appropriate for optional swim times at the campus pool.

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

Overnight Campers:

  • Twin bedding or a sleeping bag and pillow
  • Toiletries
  • Towels and shower shoes
  • Bible

What to Wear

Girls: For general camp activities, knee-length shorts or loose pants (yoga-type pants would not be appropriate) are normal camp attire. Tank tops, low cut tops, or crop top styles will not be permitted. For those wishing to take part in any water activities, please bring dark, loose clothing.

Guys: For general camp activities, shorts or pants with a T-shirt are normal camp attire. For those wishing to take part in any water activities, please bring dark, loose clothing.

Accommodations

Lunch 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.

Camp Director

Bob Hill

Bob Hill

Bob Hill has been an Associate Professor in the Physics and Engineering Department at BJU since 2010. His graduate work was done at Ball State University, and his doctoral research focused on physics and astronomy. He continues to do research in observational astronomy as well as advancing the creation model of origins. He is a member of the American Astronomical Society and the Creation Research Society, where he also serves as a board member.

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