Junior Balloonist Program


The BFA Youth Program benefits the youth of ballooning and ensures the future of ballooning. The Junior Balloonist Program is open to kids aged 13-18. Through education, summer camps, training, and mentorship, we provide youth the ability to discover and grow in the sport of ballooning. Our volunteers mentor youth helping them achieve their goals.

The BFA Youth Program operates Youth Summer Camps for teens aged 13-18. The Summer Camps are the ultimate experience for teens who want to learn more about hot air ballooning. No need to worry if you don't have experience handling balloons. Balloon tethers are scheduled throughout the camp (weather permitting) under the leadership of certified pilots. As part of the event, visitations to balloon and aviation related sites are scheduled as well as plenty of hands-on activities. Past years, topic presentations and discussions have included: Crew Safety, Balloon Systems, Basic First Aid, Power Line Safety, Weather, Pilot Training, FAR/AIM, Mapping and GPS, and much more!

For more info contact:
Mike Shrum, Chair  
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JB Logo websiteHello future campers!

In early October 2017 the Balloon Federation of America had a board meeting in Albuquerque, New Mexico and at that time the locations of the two camps for 2018 were announced.  I am excited to share this information with you! We will once again be hosting a camp in Albuquerque, New Mexico from July 7th - 12th, 2018.  Our second camp will be at Spencer Lake in Waupaca, Wisconsin from June 25th-30th, 2018!

Registration is not yet open.  We anticipate it opening around the beginning of March 2018.  Information will be posted on this site when registration is available.

Registration priority is given to new campers first with returning campers second.  Many balloon clubs offer scholarships for their member teens to attend camp.  We encourage you to join your local balloon club and become more involved in ballooning in your own area as well as by attending camps!


Dawn Chase

BFA Camp Liaison