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Note: many of the answers to these questions will be adjusted to meet COVID-19 guidelines during SATELLITE's virtual 2021 camp.


Who is taking care of my child?

Campers are supervised at all times by NC State students, with staff on call 24/7 at University Towers. In the 23 year history of SATELLITE, we have never had a safety or discipline problem. We hope to continue this streak to 24 years. Counselors are chosen based on their leadership abilities and represent the top students at NC State.

What is the cost of attending SATELLITE?

SATELLITE is funded by donations and grants, but we do ask students to pay a small fee of $30 dollars to attend. This can be paid upon acceptance to camp. Need-based scholarships are also available, contact for more details.

How do I get to SATELLITE?

Directions and information on getting to campus will provided closer to the date of camp.

What’s Included?

Accommodations and all food during camp is included.

What is my role for camp?

Parents will be providing transportation to and from camp and participate in opening and closing sessions (first and last day of camp.) Carpooling with students from the same county is encouraged.


What will I be doing at SATELLITE?

The SATELLITE program strives to introduce its participants to the science and technology related disciplines at NC State. Seminars focus on many of the different avenues of study in the College of Engineering, the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the College of Sciences, and the College of Natural Resources. Through lectures and demonstrations by professors, on-site tours of facilities available for study and research, projects used to demonstrate industrial and research applications, and hands-on exercises, students will begin to gain an understanding of which areas excite and interest them the most. The following are examples of academic activities from past programs:

  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Engineering
  • Animal Science
  • Textiles
  • Education
  • Forensics
  • Genetics
  • Medicine

We have a small section of our schedule from last year to share. This will hopefully give you a better idea on what a SATELLITE camper’s day to day activities will be.


What should I bring to SATELLITE?

Here is a helpful list of things to bring to camp once you are accepted. Counselors call you before camp to double check these items with you.

  • Casual clothing
    • Dress for warm May weather but bring at least one pair of long pants and jacket in-case of unusually cool temperatures
  • Sheets and blanket for a twin bed
  • Pillow
  • Towel and washcloth
  • Toiletries
  • Pair of closed toed shoes (we will be doing a lot of walking so make sure they’re comfortable)
  • Set of dress clothes for closing banquet
    • Ladies-dress pants, skirts, dresses, dress shoes
    • Men-dress pants, dress shirts, tie is optional (no jeans or tennis shoes)
  • Items for a talent show (i.e. an instrument, props for a skit, etc.)
  • Umbrella or Raincoat
  • Water bottle
  • Photo ID (i.e. drivers license/permit)
    • This is MANDATORY to gain access to the Nuclear Reactor which we will be touring
  • All completed forms
    • Entering Survey
    • Insurance information
    • Copy of your insurance card
  • You do not need any money

**Although you will be able to lock your rooms, we suggest that you do NOT bring any valuables. SATELLITE does not accept responsibility for any personal items lost while at the program.


Where is the recommendation form? 

 Our Apply to Camp page contains the Recommendation From and instructions. Contact for any questions or concerns.