Junior Balloonist Program


The BFA Youth Program benefits the youth of ballooning and ensures the future of ballooning. The Junior Balloonist Program is open to kids aged 13-17. Through education, summer camps, training, and mentorship, we provide youth the ability to discover and grow in the sport of ballooning. Our volunteers mentor youth helping them achieve their goals.

The BFA Youth Program operates Youth Summer Camps for teens aged 13-17. The Summer Camps are the ultimate experience for teens who want to learn more about hot air ballooning. No need to worry if you don't have experience handling balloons. Balloon tethers are scheduled throughout the camp (weather permitting) under the leadership of certified pilots. As part of the event, visitations to balloon and aviation related sites are scheduled as well as plenty of hands-on activities. Past years, topic presentations and discussions have included: Crew Safety, Balloon Systems, Basic First Aid, Power Line Safety, Weather, Pilot Training, FAR/AIM, Mapping and GPS, and much more!

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VBCBallooning Campinar

July 13-16, 2020

8:00am - Noon MST


The virtual BFA Junior Balloonist Camp will provide campers with the basic knowledge they will need to start their ballooning adventures. Topics will include Weather, Flight Operations, Aeronautical Decision Making, Navigation, FARs and Airspace, Balloon Systems, Safety (Propane, Fans, Powerlines), Types of Ballooning (Gas, Competition, Rides Sports), Technology, Repair and Maintenance as well as several open panel discussions.

This will not be your typical webinar sessions where you simply sit and listen to someone talk. We expect to have interaction and involvement form the campers throughout the sessions. We have planned lively sessions with excellent speakers from across the country. We have chosen presenters who have incredible experience and knowledge. We hope to give campers a good idea of what it takes to become involved in hot air ballooning and light a spark that with evolve into a love of the sport.

Questions? Email us here