Summer Wings Aviation Camp

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The Department of Aviation Management and Flight at SIU Carbondale offers this week-long aviation camp designed to give interested high school students an opportunity to experience first-hand the thrill of flight. Summer Wings offers those attending the chance to explore a career as a pilot by providing ground and flight training similar to the training that SIU flight students undergo.

Participants will attend ground school classes, fly university flight training devices and aircraft (weather permitting), and enjoy evening activities on campus. Students must be completing their freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school this year to qualify. The camp is limited to 8 students. Please register early. Applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please see our brochure for further information about the camp.



COVID Protocol

SIU is committed to protecting the community, so current campus and state pandemic safety protocols will be followed. The wearing of face coverings are currently not required in most settings but we welcome those who choose or have to wear one. Face masks are only required where regulated by government entities such health care settings. For more information on SIU’s response to the coronavirus and university guidelines, view our coronavirus website


  • Resident Camper: $1,625 
  • Commuter Camper: $1,400

Online registration requires full payment.

Registeration options (REGISTRATION IS CLOSED; camp is full) 

  • Register one for Summer Wings Aviation Camp (requires full payment).
  • Register by phone with a VISA, Discover, or Mastercard by calling Conference and Scheduling Services at 618-536-7751.
  • Fax the Summer Wings Form with credit card payment information to 618/453-5680.

Program Requirement

The Camp Release Form is required for camp participation and must be received in our office prior to camp beginning. 


Please call Sarah VanVooren with Conference and Scheduling Services at 618-453-3472 or send an email to or connect with Lorelei Ruiz with Aviation at 618-453-9251 or send an email to 

Other Aviation Opportunities: NASA Wings

NASA Wings is a camp July 10-15 for which educators nominate potential attendees. Check out our flyer and nomination form for more information.

NASA Wings Flyer

NASA Wings Nomination Form

Cancellation Policy

All requests for refunds must be submitted in writing. Your camp cost, less the $100 non-refundable deposit, will be refunded if you cancel by May 13, 2022. At any time after that date, refunds (less the $100 non-refundable deposit) are made for medical reasons only and all such requests must have a signed statement from your physician. If a medical cancellation request is not received by the first day of camp, a refund is not issued. Refunds are not given to campers who voluntarily leave camp or who are sent home for disciplinary reasons. The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, only those pre-registered will be notified.