Why should I attend ACE Camp?
Students who attend ACE camps have the fortunate opportunity to see up close and first-hand, how our aviation system works from the inside looking out. They will tour many facilities and meet military and civilian experts who are willing to share their knowledge and experience about what it takes (and what NOT to do) to get into their career fields. This insight will enable them to prepare NOW for their future and plan their academic course accordingly based on their desired occupation. The U.S. aviation industry is the most advanced, safest and professional system in the world, and remains that way only because of the high standards each organization, business, and individual maintains. Below are some of the many aviation industry jobs - both military and civilian - that are in demand now and will be in the future:
* Air traffic controllers Aircraft manufacturing Fixed base operator
* Aviation mechanics Flight attendants Ground attendant
* Airline pilots Passenger service agents Aircraft refueler
* Military pilots Flight dispatcher Crash Fire and Rescue
* Avionics specialists Airport manager Corporate pilots
Who are the ACE Academy staff members?
ACE Academy students are supervised the entire week by a professional staff consisting of Coordinator, Director, Assistant Director, Lead Counselor, Counselors, and Chaperones. All staff members and chaperones have strong aviation backgrounds as commercial pilots, air traffic controllers, airframe and powerplant technicians, and certified current Instrument and Flight Instructor ratings, both for land and sea aircraft.
How do I apply for ACE Academy?
To apply online for the Portland Camp, click on the day camp link above, then click on apply link on the left side of the page. Fill out all blocks and then click "submit". If this is done correctly you will receive a "thank you for your application" reply immediately after your application is submitted.
To apply online for the Bangor camp, click on the Bangor camp application request link above, then fill out all blocks completely and click "submit". If this is done correctly you will receive a "thank you for your application" reply immediately after your application is submitted.
For both camps, you will be contacted via email that your application has been received, and a teacher/guidance counselor recommendation form will be emailed to you.
To apply to either camp, you will need a teacher/guidance counselor or adult (if homeschooled) recommendation form completed, and submit a hand-written, 200 word essay answering these two questions:
1. Why should we accept you into ACE Camp this year?
2. What event inspired you to pursue an aviation career, and what is your plan to achieve your goals?
Send the recommendation form and the essay to the address listed on the "contact" page above.
If you do not wish to apply online, simply send us your name and address via email to any of us on the "contact us" link at the top of this page indicating you want an application form mailed to you, and we will gladly send one to you.
Can I sign up for the camp now?
Yes, registration is now open! Students are signed up on a "first-come, first-served" basis. This means your application package must be complete and we receive all of the following: online application, teacher/guidance counselor/parent (if homeschooled) recommendation, a $50.00 non-refundable deposit, and a 200 word hand-written essay.
How many students can come to ACE Camp?
The maximum enrollment for the Portland day camp is 20 students. The Bangor overnight camp will take 30 students.
What will be the housing / dining arrangements for camp?
The Portland camp meeting facility is the Cianchette Center, home of the Pine Tree Council for the Boy Scouts of America, located at 131 Johnson Road, next to the Portland Jetport. Students will be expected to bring their own lunches and snacks/beverages will be provided.
The Bangor camp is an overnight camp, and students and staff will reside at Camp Roosevelt located in Eddington, Maine. Dining services will be arranged through a professional caterer.
How will ACE students be transported during camp week?
ACE Academy charters a school bus and a driver from a local bus company.
Would my son/daughter be covered in the event of an accident / incident during camp?
Yes. ACE Academy has full liability coverage for air and ground operations with $1 million dollar policies in the event any incidents or accidents that may occur. We do require all students to have their own medical coverage in place prior to the camp beginning. This information will be requested in the parent packages we send out to all students attending.
How much does it cost to go to ACE Academy and how do I pay my tuition?
Due to necessary air and ground insurance costs, the tuition for ACE Camp 2013:
Portland day camp: $ 350.00
Bangor overnight camp: $ 750.00
For those students who wish to apply for financial aid, upon request, we will send you a financial aid form to complete. After reviewing this form, we will make a decision as to the approval of the request, and what the award will be.
Due to a large volume of applicants, we have a "first-come, first-served" tuition lock-in policy for both ACE Camps.
If your application package is complete and you have been accepted, your slot is reserved but not locked in until we receive the full tuition amount. Once camp enrollment fills up, we will have an alternate list in the event there are any cancellations.
Payment instructions for the Portland camp are on the "apply" link on the day camp page.
Payment instructions for the Bangor camp are on the "contact" page above.
My son will be entering the 9th grade in the fall of 2013. Is he eligible to apply for the Bangor camp?
What do I need to bring to camp?
Once you have been accepted into camp, we will be sending you a "parent packet" that has numerous forms that must be read, signed and returned to us. In this packet there will be a list of items that students will need to bring to camp, and a list of items they are NOT to bring to camp.
Does ACE Camp have a conduct and discipline policy?
Most definitely! Safety is our primary mission for all students and staff, and our conduct and discipline policy is spelled out very clearly to all students and parents prior to coming to camp, with a signed copy and reinforced during the camp. This policy is strictly adhered to and we explain exactly what actions and steps will be taken in the event of a problem with any student. If the incident is severe and jeopardizes anyone's safety, the student's parents will be contacted immediately to come get them and they will be dismissed from the camp with no refund.