Part of the program is a presentation illustrated with slides. The pilot/presenter shares with campers how balloons work and what kinds of things can be done with balloons. Many topics are covered during this time including the history of ballooning and aviation, the effect of weather, the mechanics of modern ballooning, licensing, and how the natural high is better than drugs. This portion of the program is flexible, and can be tailored to any topic to emphasize science or to complement a summer reading program, for example.
The demonstration is where the campers and staff see the balloon in action...inflated, and up close & personal! Witnessing firsthand an inflation of a real balloon is a magnificent and inspiring sight, one that youth and adults alike will never forget.
Outdoor Demonstration: This is what most people think of when they imagine a balloon coming to camp. If you wish, and if the weather permits, we might be able to inflate the balloon on a ball field or in the parking lot. Once the balloon is inflated and upright, if the wind is calm enough, we might even be able to give one or a few rides up and down on a tether. (We will keep the balloon tied with ropes so the wind will not carry it away.) Campers are really excited seeing their camp director or camp counselor go up for a ride. This demonstration takes about 45 minutes. Pricing for additional time and tethered rides are also available, inquire today!
Indoor Demonstration: If you prefer, we can do an equally exciting (and even more educational) demonstration indoors in a gymnasium, mess hall, multi-purpose room...or whatever facility you have. This demonstration is also our backup when weather prohibits inflating outdoors.