Our counselor staff (Turkish and International) consists of college graduates and undergraduates. Some are education majors while others are pursuing masters and doctorate degrees in astronomy or have certificates in various education programs. All program staff members receive training in the following areas: space education, Space Camp Turkey activities, and safety for simulator operations.
Senior camp staff and a specialized security staff are on-site or on call 24 hours-a-day, seven days a week when camp is in session to ensure the safety of all campers. At no time are campers allowed off site individually or as a group without an accompanying adult. Off-site trips are limited to those included in the program curriculum. Security of personal items is the camper's responsibility. Campers will be assigned a locker to store items of value; however, we suggest that campers do not bring items of high value to camp.
Counselors are highly trained and certified in the proper use of all simulators to ensure that campers have a safe and enjoyable experience. Each simulator is built to the highest standards and all equipment is safety checked daily and maintained by professional technicians. It is mandatory that all campers wear a safety helmet when using most of the astronaut training equipment. Campers must be at least 4 feet (120 cm) to ride the simulator. Maximum weight for the astronaut training simulators is 210 pounds (95 kg) per person.
The entire facility and each enclosed simulator are equipped with smoke detectors and sprinkler system.
There is a nurse on duty at all times and an eight-bed infirmary in the camp. On the weekdays between 08.00am-6.00pm, health problems are treated by our camp doctor. Outside normal working hours, there is a camp doctor who can come to the camp if the nurse and/or camp doctor deems it necessary.
Children, in cases deemed necessary by the camp doctor, can be transferred urgently to a hospital that is contracted with Space Camp Turkey and located very close to the camp. There is a 112 emergency ambulance station located near the camp.
Male and female campers are housed on separate dormitory floors in the Space Camp building. Each sleep bay accommodates 24 campers in bunk beds. Counselor rooms are located adjacent to each bay. Total bed capacity is 325. Access to the dormitories is controlled by counselors and monitored by video surveillance. There are emergency exits on each floor.
As part of the camp tuition, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided in the Space Camp cafeteria from the evening of arrival up to graduation. During each meal, we offer a variety of foods. Snacks and soft drinks are for sale at our canteen within the facility at the camper's expense. We try to accommodate campers with special dietary requirements. If the requirement exceeds our capabilities, campers are welcome to bring their own food and/or pay the additional cost of meeting those needs.
Please do not send food to camp with your child unless it is to accommodate special dietary needs. Advance notice is required if your child will be bringing food for this reason. Please complete the "diet restrictions" section of the “health form”.
We are extra careful about preparing meals for your children. We work closely with ESBAS Food Services, which operates according to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 22000 Food Safety, management system regulations.
We strictly adhere to parent requests for serving special dietary meals to their children. However, please keep in mind some food prepared by ESBAS may possibly contain traces of allergens. Such substances can originate from (and are not limited to) cereals and products containing gluten, crustaceans, fish, eggs, peanuts and other nut products, soybeans, dairy products, celery, mustard, sesame seeds, sulfur dioxide, sulphites, lupine and mollusks.
We always screen special dietary meals before they are served to campers. However, parents and guardians need to be aware that if their child has an unforeseen allergic reaction to their food, Space Camp Turkey and ESBAS do not assume responsibility or liability for any such incident.
Participants will be responsible for meals and drinks before check-in and after graduation.
As part of the camp tuition, breakfast, lunch, and dinner are provided in the Space Camp cafeteria. At each meal, we offer a variety of foods to appeal to different preferences. Snacks and soft drinks are also available from our canteen within the facility at the camper’s expense.
Cereal, Cheese, Olives, Eggs, Honey, Milk, Fruit, Juice, and an assortment of breads
Chicken Fingers, Pasta with tomato sauce, Fruit, Salad, Juice
Spaghetti and meatballs, Salad, Brownie, Juice
Space Camp Turkey is certified by a BSI external audit and as of February 16, 2010 officially part of the integrated management system implemented at ESBAS.
Space Camp Turkey is officially certified in the following three quality management systems:
ESBAS Food Services, which provides the meals presented to the children attending Space Camp Turkey programs, is certified ISO 22000 Food Safety Management System certification. ISO 22000 aims to maintain safe production and consumption of the foods, improving the production and service processes, thereby making them safe for human health.
ESBAS the parent company of Space Camp Turkey, was awarded the “2017 Turkey Excellence Award” by Quality Foundation (KalDer) during the 26th National Quality Congress award ceremony held between November 21st-22nd, 2017. KalDer emphasized the fact that Space Camp Turkey is an example of the creation of cooperation networks determining creativity and innovation opportunities and evaluated ‘Space Camp Turkey’ approach as ‘Good Practice’ in terms of ‘Sustainable Future Creation’.
Reservations for all programs are made online or through our Reservations Department.
You may pay by credit card or wire transfer. For more information about how to register and pay, please check our “reservation info kit”.
If requested, participants' transportation to the camp from the International Izmir Adnan Menderes Airport or bus terminal may be provided by Space Camp Turkey uniformed officers. Transportation fees are not included in the program fees. You can contact our reservation department to arrange your transportation.
Within two weeks after you make your full payment and submit the application form, you will receive a “Info Kit,” which contains the transportation and health forms. Both forms must be completed with required signature(s) and received by our Reservation Department no later than two weeks prior to the camp session start date.
Your reservation will be cancelled if the required forms are not completed.
If the camper’s travel schedule requires arrival any time before camp starts or any time after camp ends, a planned and supervised program is available.
Please contact the reservation department for details.
Summer and holiday sessions fill quickly. If your desired session date(s) is full at the time you register, you can be placed on our waiting list.
If a slot opens, we will notify you by telephone no later than two weeks prior to session date. We reserve the right to cancel a session date if participation numbers are not adequate.
We understand you will miss your child while he or she is attending camp. However, we discourage visits while camp is in session so that your child may have a true "away-from-home" experience. We do encourage parents to attend graduation ceremonies and will make special arrangements for visitation in case of family emergencies. During registration, parents must designate who is authorized to visit or pick up the camper and proper identification is required at time of visit or pick up.
Campers cannot receive personal phone calls except in case of emergencies. Your child will have the opportunity to call home in the evenings and/or mornings with a calling card or his/her mobile phone (schedule permitting). You may not hear from your child every day. Make sure he/she has phone numbers where family members can be reached at all times. Students do not have access to Space Camp Turkey’s Wi-fi.
Whether or not you send your child with spending money is a personal decision. All meals are included in the tuition cost after check in and before graduation. We have vending machines if the students would like to buy chips, candy bars, beverages, or ice cream. We also have locks and phone cards available for purchase.