• A Journey To You; Through The Heavens Above

WHAT AND WHY

Why go for the Astronomy Summer Adventure camp?

It is said that human beings exist because the universe wanted to admire itself. The rings of Saturn, the bands of Jupiter and the craters of our Moon are part of the story that leads all the way to our existence. And it is Astronomy that leads us to these truths. Likes of Galileo, Newton and Einstein knew this well.

Astronomy is not just a hobby, but also a way of living.Apart from developing a scientific temperament in the most fun way, it is perhaps the only science that explores fundamental questions about life. Over the last few years, millions of young minds have stepped into this exciting journey where every re-discovery is an exploration into ‘who we are’, ‘what is our purpose?” and ‘what is our place in the universe?’ This camp then,is the only opportunity of its kind in India for young adults of the 21st century to be inspired by the Cosmos through engaging challenges, hands-on techniques and a result-oriented experience.

About the Campsite

Our chosen campsite is situated in the Himalayas, in the Chamba region of Uttarakhand and it is a sanctuary for stargazers and nature lovers alike. Its crisp and clear skies make it a perfect setting for Astronomers.The camp region is also famed for its peaceful and serene environmentand aromatic forest air while the campsite ensures a supply of fresh garden vegetables, appetizing cottage recipes and the occasional sighting of resident mountain birds. All of this becomes truly special under the guidance and supervision of expertmentors.

What will the Astronomy camper experience?

The camper will experience an all-engaging journey into the world of the Universe, its galaxies, stars, planets, comets and all other amazing celestial objects that dot the night sky. They will learn practical and scientific truths through hands-on activities and fieldwork. They will experience and use our precision-engineered instruments to view the breath-taking sights deep into space and far away from our home planet. Campers handle a DSLR camera and take photographs of the milkyway and planets through powerful telescopes. What’s more? The adventure activities, project work and outdoorgames on the campus keep the participants on their toes at all times.

What will the Astronomy Camper take back home?

A better understanding of innovation and science, an appreciation for all things natural, a scientific temperament, an unending curiosity about the Cosmos and the ‘big picture’ perspective of their world is what the campers will take back along with tangible, practical learning such as:

  • Learning to mapthe milkyway galaxy, to read the sky
  • A better understanding of the Universe and the solar system
  • A creative boost and understanding of team work
  • How to capture images of planets and the moon in a camera
  • The art of night photography
  • How does a telescope work? How to make a telescope.

Head Educator

RISHABH JAIN

With asteroid discoveries under his belt and his work featured in several magazines, Rishabh Jain is an astronomy lover who has travelled across the India to capture clear skies with his camera.

Rishabh Jain’s love for astronomy has taken him across the length and breadth of the country in search for clear skies that he captures in his camera. Over the past few years he has spent a mind-boggling amount of time spreading the science among the masses by participating in, guiding and leading certain Astronomy Clubs, Workshops, and Public outreach events and through several published articles and his own crafted lesson plans on Astronomy. He is also an avid astrophotographer and is well known in the Astrophotography community. One of the key areas of Rishabh’s expertise is conducting outdoor activities based on general science and astronomy. In fact, he has trained several educators and several thousand students over the last few years enchanting them with intricacies and the marvels of stargazing. Rishabh has asteroid discoveries under his belt and his work has been featured in popular magazines and websites like BBC Earth and Universe Today and often appears on TV as an expert on panel during major celestial and earth events. KNOW MORE

PHOTO GALLERY

ITINERARY

A Day by Day Adventure Summary

day 1:

The Universe and Us- Finding our roots The Universe is an ever-evolving space and space is where we live. Billions of years of evolution have given nature the time to present numerous expressions of matter. One such example is us. As we trace back the steps to the Big Bang, we embark on anodysseyto the past where we understand ourselvesas a civilization and as an evolutionary masterpiece. Geared with modern science and methods, participants explore the working of light funnels – Telescopes, and even assemble one for their own use. Later in the evening, they learn to use their own telescopes and explore the wonders of the sky.

day 2:

Mission to the Mars – Exploring Worlds Today, we spend time admiring and learning about the planet other than the Earth, which is most explored by humans, Mars. Campers will learn the basics of rocket science and understand how this technology has given us humans the power to go beyond our home planet and into the vastness of space. Campers will design their own rockets and see how scientists learned the intricacies of rocket science. Campers will plan their own space mission and learn about the obstacles to planning and executing expeditions to distant worlds. Various simulations equip the campers with a real time experience of space exploration and they learn about various missions we have sent to the Red planet to explore the possibility of life on its surface.

day 3:

SUN-day, A Day to celebrate the source of all our energy The Sun is the elemental force that makes life possible on our planet. It controls the fine tuned orchestra of life on Earth by giving it the heat and energy required for sustenance of innumerable cycles and processes. Therefore, understanding the relationship between the Sun and the Earth, the composition of the Sun, its features and working in detail is of vital importance in the age of global warming and dialogue on sustainability. This day, we also bust various myths regarding solar observations. Campers observe the Sun using various safe methods and also calculate time and find directions with the help of it, a technique that can come in handy at anytime.

day 4:

To infinity and beyond – Exploring the cosmos This day is dedicated to understanding the mysterious night sky, to go back in time and understand how our ancestors cracked the code to the symphony of the Universe. How they understood the cosmos so well. How they used techniques that even modern scientists and astronomers use to the present day. Campers learn to read the night sky. With the help of methods and precision instruments specifically designed to accelerate the learning process, every participant gets an opportunity to understand and explore the cosmos at their pace. The camp educators guide the young astronomers in populating a journal, which is reviewed at the end of each observation.

day 5:

Do aliens really exist? Perhaps the greatest feat in the field of science will be the discovery of alien life. While we haven’t yet discovered any tell-all signs of life in the universe, the greatest scientific minds have not discounted the possibility that alien life might be on an Earth-like planet, circling a Sun-like star in our own galaxy or the ones further away. Campers and the head educator together rack their brains around mysteries such as: if aliens do exist, what keeps them from contacting us, and whether they really are amongst us already, etc. In a very interactive and fun filled session, campers get an experience of their lifetime as they search for life beyond the solar system.

day 6:

Closing Ceremony The last day of the camp is dedicated towards adventure and recognition. Teams go on a treasure hunt and find the wonders of the Universe. While on the journey, they compete, solve riddles and earn prizes while exploring the area. On returning to back to base camp, a festive environment welcomes them where they participate in games, challenges and activities based on Astronomy and space science. Victorious teams and exceptional individual participation earns recognition while all the rest take home memories and mementos.

ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q  Who should attend this Camp?

    A   Any child between 14 and 16 years of age is welcome to join the Camp.
  • Q  How many participants can be expected to attend?

    A   Your child can expect a maximum of 30 other kids for company. The Camp strength has been kept down to provide personalised attention to individual participants and for the effective execution of the program activities.
  • Q  What sort of accommodation can my child expect?

    A   Accommodation will be in tents at a well-furnished campus with all the basic amenities (electricity with certain time limit at few campsites, running water, hot food, etc.). Each tent will be shared by minimum of 4 and maximum of 6 children. Girls and boys shall have separate accommodation.
  • Q  What is the adult:child ratio? And who all shall be part of the camp?

    A  The adult:child ratio of the students while travelling is 1:10 and on campus is 1:7. The camp shall have A) Campus Chief - who shall be over all facilitator of the camp and main mentor for the students. B) Activity Chief- An expert in the chosen activity. C) Program Leader/ Journey Mentors - Trained EdTerra Educators who shall assist the AC and the CC. D) Doctor - Doctor on call.
  • Q  What about my child's safety during the camp?

    A   Your child's safety is of paramount importance to us. The Campus Chief leading this Camp has been trained by EdTerra on child protection, child behaviour and development, health and safety, activity program delivery, EdTerra's code of conduct, policies and procedures. The Activity Chief will accompany the children on all activities along with the JM. All the staff members are qualified to administer First Aid.
  • Q  What things should my child bring to this Camp?

    A   Post registration, EdTerra will provide an exhaustive to-pack list, enabling participants to pack appropriately for the journey.
  • Q  What sort of toilets can my child expect?

    A   Most of the campsites have attached toilets (western style). Some campsites might have toilet at a maximum distance of 80 m from the tents. In case the toilets are not attached we shall have separate washrooms and toilets for girls and boys.
  • Q  What sort of food can my child expect?

    A  

    At the campsite normally vegetarian food. Nonveg is served twice during the program, on the first and the last day. Our menu has good variety and is designed to balanced taste and nutrition.

  • Q  Is there any preparation required prior to travelling for the camp?

    A   A) Outdoor camps involve a lot of walking. It is recommended that the participants do engage routinely in some physical exercise to build their stamina for the camp. B) In case the child is prone to motion sickness, do inform the travel leaders and avoid eating heavy oily food prior to the journey. C) Tetanus shot before the camp is compulsory, EdTerra does not encourage any vaccines to be given at the campsites unless necessary.
  • Q  How will the students travel to the campsite?

    A   Students will travel from New Delhi Railway Station (Ajmeri Gate) to Haridwar by Shatabdi and futher on by bus. Please contact us for more details.
  • Q  How can we stay in touch with our child while he/she is at the camp?

    A   We operate in wilderness areas where internet connectivity is intermittent. Mobile phones are not allowed on the campsites. In case of an emergency on camp, the staff shall contact you directly on the emergency number provided by you on the form. In case of an emergency from your side, please leave a message on our emergency number and we shall connect you with your child at the earliest. ** Note since the children are at times outside the campsite there might be a delayed response time. We will keep posting updates on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/edterraindia) as and when they are sent in by our campus chief, We shall try our level best to post pictures of camp but, the photos posted may or may not feature your child or all participants at once. Each photograph will represent the conditions at the camp indicating that it is running smoothly.
  • Q  How do I register my child/children?

    A   Please click on Register Now to choose from 3 easy options. You can register online. You can also download the registration form from our website, print, fill-in and submit it at our office along with the applicable fee or call 011- 48885800 for more information. *The students participating in Astronomy camp will have late night observations. Therefore, their day shall start at 8 AM and end by midnight.

PROGRAM FEE*

Payments can be made by cheque or draft in favour of EDTERRA EDVENTURES PVT LTD. We also accept credit cards and cash at our office only. We do not accept any part payments. Participant is registered only after the payment is made. Do read the cancellation clause below.

Payment, Cancellation, Inclusions and Exclusions

Inclusions and Exclusions in brief:

Inclusions

  • Maximum of 6 participants sharing accommodation in comfortable tents
  • Road transfer from Delhi to the campsite and back
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and hot beverages (coffee and tea)
  • Aquagaurd/RO facility (bottled water on request and at additional cost)
  • All instructors, collaterals and travel fee
  • Insurance
  • Meals on the way to the camp location and back (if required)
  • All applicable taxes

Exclusions

  • Airfare, if any
  • Any kind of personal expenses or optional tours, extra meals and beverages ordered, laundry and
  • phone calls
  • Soft drinks
  • Anything that is not expressly mentioned in the inclusions list Payment Terms

Payment Terms

100% Camp fee in advance for confirmation.

Cancellation Policy

  • 14 days prior to departure, Rs 2000 will be deducted.
  • 2 days prior to departure, no refund. is applicable.
  • *** EdTerra can cancel/ call off the program in case there is a threat towards political unrest, in case of natural calamities and in case EdTerra fails to meet the minimum group size requirement.
EdTerra shall, under no circumstances be responsible for natural calamities/ political disasters that occur during the journey and program. However, EdTerra will ensure that the best possible measures are taken to keep the child safe in case any untoward incident occurs during the program.

Program at a glance

  • Total Seats Left: 30
  • Date:
    C3: 24th - 30th May
  • Program Fee:

    Rs. 28,874

  • Venue:

    Camp X Terra - Rani Chowri, Chamba

  • Ages:

    14-16 Years

  • Head Educator:

    Rishabh Jain

  • Mode of Travel:

    Train (Shtabdi Express) From NDLS

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