On-Campus Destination Aviation Summer Camp

Know an aspiring aviator?

Experience Destination Aviation Summer Camps 2021 at the Aerospace Center for Excellence.

Destination Aviation is located at the beautiful SUN ‘n FUN Expo campus on the southwest corner of Lakeland Linder International Airport (KLAL) in Lakeland, Florida.

Destination Aviation Summer Camp is an immersive one week experience including hands-on aerospace activities, meteorology, aircraft restoration projects, ground school, field trips and flight opportunities for campers 11 to 18 years of age. Our camps are designed to build upon themselves, starting with a basic understanding of the aerospace industry and moving towards a more in-depth and focused aviation camp. What your child learns and experiences in one camp will help them further their knowledge in the next.

Camp concludes on Friday with a Graduation Ceremony for families and everyone is welcome to take a tour of the facilities of the Aerospace Center for Excellence, including free admission into Aerospace Discovery at the Florida Air Museum.


Scholarships are available upon request.

Email educate@flysnf.org BEFORE registering.

If your child is being sponsored by EAA, 99 or another Organization please email educate@flysnf.org before registering.

New Camp Requirements

(Due to the progression of content in our camps please check the requirements below before registering your student for camp.)

Students entering grades 6th – 8th grade in 2021 who have never attended a Destination Aviation Summer Camp.

Students entering grades 7th – 9th grade in 2021 who have attended the Destination Aviation Charlie Summer Camp.

Students entering grades 8th – 12th grade in 2021 who have attended both Destination Aviation Charlie and Bravo Summer Camp.


  • Camp 1 July 12 – July 16 Destination Aviation CHARLIE WEEK
  • Camp 2 July 19 – July 23 Destination Aviation BRAVO WEEK
  • Camp 3 July 26 – July 30 Destination Aviation ALPHA WEEK


Camp TUITION: $400

Payments MUST be made online ONLY

Tuition includes:

  • Leadership and instruction under the direction of certified teachers and/or aerospace professionals
  • Private bus transportation to and from all planned experiences throughout the week
  • All course instruction, activities, events, and materials
  • BRAVO AND CHARLIE CAMPS include: Flying time with a private pilot in a general aviation aircraft
  • ALPHA CAMPS include: Flying time with a FAA certified instructor from Flight Safety International in a general aviation aircraft (Tentative)
  • Official Aerospace Center for Excellence patch upon successful completion of program guidelines
  • Flight suit and selected equipment
  • Destination Aviation issued t-shirt
  • Official Destination Aviation coin upon successful completion of program guidelines
  • Formal graduation ceremonies

TUITION DOES NOT include the following:

  • Transportation to and from Destination Aviation at the beginning or end of the week
  • Souvenirs and other items available for sale at various locations
  • Lunch and beverages

Flight Opportunity Information


Students will depart from Lakeland Linder International Airport in groups of one to three students with a private pilot in a general aviation aircraft. Flight times will vary, but will not exceed one hour. Flight days and times will vary depending on the availability of aircraft and pilots for the week. (More detailed information will be provided closer to the start of camps)

**TENTATIVE - More information will be provided in June


Students will travel from the Aerospace Center for Excellence to Flight Safety International in Vero Beach, Florida for their flights. This flight opportunity consists of students planning and piloting a cross-country course over the east coast of Florida. Two to three students each fly a leg of a course in dual instruction from a certified Flight Safety International instructor. The student’s loggable flight experience may include approximately 20 minutes of flight time plus a takeoff and landing. Students and Instructors will depart from ACE no later than 6:00 am. 

*Flights are not guaranteed due to unforeseen circumstances, such as weather.

**TENTATIVE - More information will be provided in June



  • Camps begin at 9:00 am and end at 4:00 pm 

  • Camper Check-In begins at 8:45 am

  • Graduation Ceremonies take place on Friday from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm with light refreshments


  • Alpha Students will arrive Monday – Friday no later than 9:00 am, except for Thursday (Flight Day), students will need to arrive no later than 6:00 am before the bus leaves for Flight Safety in Vero Beach, FL.

  • Camper Check-In begins at 8:45 am

  • Graduation Ceremonies take place on Friday from 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm with light refreshments

Parent Handbook

Please read the Parent Handbook for more information and keep for your reference.


Important Information Before Registering

Before you register please make sure you have downloaded and completed all three forms required for successful registration. You will have to upload a copy of each during online registration. Please save each form as: (“child’s last name”_”form name”). Once you have completed the registration form and click the submit button, you will be redirected to a payment form to finalize your registration. Further camp instructions will be sent at the beginning of Summer so keep a lookout!

** The Release and Waiver Form requires a notarized signature before being uploaded in registration.**

** You MUST also provide us with the original Release and Waiver Form with you on the first day of camp.**

Camp Counselor Requirements (Volunteers)

Must be at least 16 years old

  • Must have attended 3 years of Destination Aviation Camp or attended all three levels of Camp
  • Must complete application
    • Must provide a five sentence + paragraph explaining why you’d like to be a Camp Counselor within the application form.
    • Must have a parent permission form signed and uploaded to the application form.
  • Must have a teacher recommendation (The teacher can email their recommendation to educate@flysnf.org)
  • Must provide community service hour sheet to Education Director for signature on the Friday of each camp week.


Be an enrolled student in the aviation program at Polk State College or Southeastern University 

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Complete application form
    • Must sign waiver and upload to application form if attending field trips

Destination Aviation Summer Camp Registration

  • Please make sure before you begin that you have all REQUIRED forms listed on the Web page completed before you continue.
  • Please select which week you are registering for. Double check your weeks and dates before registering!
  • Required for flight suit size
  • This is required for weight and balance for flights.
  • Please complete and upload the Permission Form located on the Destination Aviation Web Page.
    Download Permission Form
  • Please complete and upload the ACE Medical History Form located on the Destination Aviation Web Page.
    Download Medical History Form
  • Please complete and upload ACE Release and Waiver located on the Destination Aviation Web Page. This form MUST be notarized before being uploaded.
    Download Release and Waiver Form
  • Payments MUST be made online ONLY.
    After clicking submit you will be taken to the payment gateway.
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