Any parent knows that finding their children activities to keep them busy during the dog days of summer can be quite an ordeal.  To help parents, The City of Norfolk Recreation, Parks and Open Space (RPOS) offers a number of youth camps throughout the summer. One of these camps are the Norview Navigators.

The Norview Navigators camp, now in its third year of existence, is designed for older campers (ages 13-16).  It is the only teen summer camp offered by the City of Norfolk.  The goal of the camp is to expose youth to things that they would otherwise not get to experience. As a part of the camp, participants go on a number of field trips. Two of these trips happened to be to the Aviation Institute of Maintenance’s (AIM) campus in Chesapeake, VA.

The first of these trips occurred on July 27th, with camp participants learning about the fundamentals of flight/aeronautics and some of the practical applications of those fundamentals.  As the day continued, the youth were introduced to drone technology. The teens got to sit down and take control of a drone through AIM’s drone simulator program. Afterwards, the day wrapped up with a live demonstration of a drone flight.

“The staff at AIM were awesome,” says Markia Mickles, Recreation Specialist with Norfolk’s RPOS.  “They kept our group engaged with great hands on activities.”

The Navigators returned to the AIM campus on Friday, August 3rd for an introduction into aircraft maintenance. Campers received a brief lesson on aircraft safety standards and then were able to get down and dirty with hands-on projects in metal fabrication, aircraft tire and wheel assemblies, and aircraft inspections.

“Our campers learned a lot about aircraft and the work that goes on behind the scenes on a day-to-day basis to prepare an aircraft for flight,” Mickles continued. “The Norview Navigators want to extend their thanks to AIM and look forward to working with the school again in the future.”

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