• Explore the universe. Step by step.

WHAT AND WHY

Why Camp Astronomy?

This perhaps is the only Adventure Camp for Astronomy of its kind in the world! No Kidding.

Astronomy is the science of the future as people around the world look up to Astronomers and Cosmologers to explain the origins of our universe. Trigger the Astronomer in you and feel the excitement of living in a true Wilderness Campsite. Observe the celestial clockwork through powerful telescopes and with carefully planned hands on activities. Unlock the box that holds the secrets of the stars, planets, galaxies and moons. Fuel your curiosity as you unfold the mysteries of the Universe and surf the endless cosmic ocean like the great discoverers of our time did.

About the Campsite

Nestled deep in the Himalayas, the EdTerra Astronomy Camp is a sanctuary for star gazers and nature lovers alike. Crisp and clear night skies surrounded in a vantage of lush green mountains make it a perfect setting for Astronomers. Apart from hours of star gazing in a peaceful and serene environment every night, Campers enjoy a regular supply of star studded night skies, crystal clear water, aromatic forest air, fresh garden vegetables, appetizing cottage recipes and the occasional sighting of resident mountain birds.

Special care has been taken in selecting the camp keeping in mind the balance of scientific and spiritual exploration which will be guided and supervised by expert mentors.

What will Astronomy Camper
experience?

This exceptional Astronomy Camp is designed to catch the attention of the vibrant young mind and channel it into a habitat conducive to let loose imagination. Carefully crafted activities and precision engineered instruments commit the Camper into an unforgettable journey, one which lasts a lifetime.

EdTerra’s “Truly Educational” advantage takes you back in time as you learn the ancient ways of mapping the cosmos. For the first time, your child shall use a map of the sky and figure out the positions of Stars, Planets, Galaxies and Star Clusters. Campers view in detail, the features of our home galaxy, the Milky Way a.k.a. VíaLáctea or Akash Ganga and become versed with constellations and even the zodiac. Each Camper gets to handle telescopes and explore the Universe at their own pace.

A daily prescription of relevant adventure activities and fun games keeps the Campers fit and makes the experience delightful and all immersive.

What will the Astronomy
Camper take back home?

If you’d love to see your child develop a better understanding of innovation and science, the Astronomy camp by EdTerra Go Direct is the right habitat he/she should experience. Apart from imbibing an appreciation for all things natural, this event will help your child enjoy the view of the cosmos through powerful telescopes, develop a basic understanding of the Universe and the solar system, use the summer holidays to learn new skills and discover hidden talents, participate in team building activities and blossom into an amateur astronomer. All Campers will even assemble their own telescopes and take them home.

Head Educator

RISHABH JAIN

Rishabh Jain’s love for astronomy has taken him across the length and breadth of the country in search of 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

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ITINERARY

A Day by Day Adventure Summary

day 1:

The Universe and Us - Finding our roots From the big bang to the present day, the Universe has changed a lot. Campers will get a basic introduction to the Universe & the Solar system and understand how things move in the solar system. They will get to know about the size of everything in the Universe, both big and small. Campers will learn about the history and development of astronomy and space science and how it has changed our lives with examples such as how the moon phases guide our festivals, the way sowing and reaping of crops depends on position of stars and Earth’s revolutions, and many more. A guided workshop takes students through the minutest details of the working of light buckets, commonly known to us as Telescopes. At the end of day one, the campers will assemble their own personal telescopes and immediately use them. They will step out to observe the Moon in the night sky. Congratulations for that first step into the world of Amateur Astronomy.

day 2:

Mission to the Moon – The Apollo Legacy Today, we spend time admiring and learning about our nearest neighbor. This is the only place in the Universe where humans have set foot. The Apollo missions showcased the technological capability and the dedication towards exploration which we have amassed over the years. Following the footsteps of the Apollo astronauts, campers will also learn the basics of rocket science and understand that how this technology has given us the power to go beyond the cradle of Earth and into the vastness of space. They will design their own rockets and experience for themselves how scientists learned the intricacies of rocket science. Students will plan their own space mission and will learn about the obstacles faced by humans in the quest to reach space. Powerful hands-on activities help them appreciate the dynamics and the nature of calculations involved in planning space missions. Various simulations equip the campers with a real time experience of exploration as they learn about various missions that have been sent to the Red planet to explore the possibility of life on its surface.

day 3:

SUN-Day – Celebrating our Parent or the Papa Star The SUN, also known as the ultimate source of energy is the brightest object in the sky. For thousands of years our existence, the importance of the star and how it controls the delicate balance of life on the planet has been well understood by cultures around the world. Campers understand the composition, features and working of the Sun in detail. We also bust various ancient to modern-day myths that have generally kept people in the dark about the harmful effects of viewing the Sun directly. Campers learn the safest methods and techniques to observe the Sun, use it to calculate time and to find direction. All these techniques can come in handy at any time in their life.

day 4:

Life in the Universe – Alone! Are We? Time and again we ask ourselves this question. Are we alone in this universe or is there any other intelligent civilization or even the simplest life form from any part of the Universe. If they exist and are intelligent, are they aware of our existence or are they riddled the same way. Maybe they visit us all the time. Who knows? This day, campers discuss in detail, the possibility of life in local vicinity of the Earth and beyond as they go on a treasure hunt around the campsite and take a closer look at the planets of the Solar System through powerful telescopes observing their features in great detail.

day 5:

Cosmic Quest – Window to the Universe The beauty of the night sky mesmerizes each and every one of us. Further, a sky studded with stars takes our imagination into distant worlds. It is fascinating how the clockwork precision of the heavens above makes everything look so dreamy. What makes it even more interesting is the coordinated motion and the movement of planets, asteroids and the Moon with the backdrop of stars. This day, campers get to understand what governs this movement and learn to master the navigation of the night sky with the help of techniques which have been in use for ages now, combined with the new age instruments and methods. They get introduced to various precision instruments that will enhance the way the campers observe the Universe as they document their experience in their Astronomer’s Journal.

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 12 and 14 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.

PROGRAM FEE*

Payments can be made by cheque or draft in favor 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
  • Make your Telescope Kit
  • 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
  • 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
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  • Anything that is not expressly mentioned in the inclusions list

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.
  • ***Cancellations shall not be accepted over the phone. A mail has to be sent by the parent himself, mentioning the name of person under whose name the refund cheque will be drawn. EdTerra shall calculate the refund from the date of the mail and not any phone call or sms. The refund shall be made within 7- 10 working days from the date of cancellation.*** 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:

    12-14 yrs

  • Head Educator:

    Rishabh Jain

  • Mode of Travel:

    Train (Shtabdi Express) From NDLS

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