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 5-18. 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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15440378 1288881817852458 4637204223498570232 oWe are happy to announce that registration for the 2017 BFA Junior Balloonist Camps will start on March 1, 2017. We will have 3 camps this year, each hosting around 20 campers.

If you or your club is interested in sponsoring a camper or making other contributions, contact BFA Youth Director This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Look for the sign up at BFA.net.

2017 Camp Dates:

Oshkosh, WI (June 10-15)

Reno, NV (June 17-22)

Albuquerque, NM (July 8-13)