LocationHigh Altitude Ballooning


The Summer Institute of High Altitude Ballooning is located on the beautiful campus of Gustavus Adolphus College, located in St. Peter, Minn., 65 miles southwest of the Twin Cities on Highway 169.

The camp offers a carefully supervised introduction to college life. Students live in college residence halls, eat in the nationally ranked campus-dining center, and attend sessions in college buildings. The structure, opportunities, and adult supervision available at Gustavus make it a first choice for concerned parents.


What to Bring

Thank you for enrolling in the Gustavus Adolphus College High Altitude Ballooning Camp. We are very excited to work with you and to provide you with an outstanding experience in a FUN camp setting!

In order to assist with your planning, I thought it would be helpful to share some important logistical information with you. First, you are free to arrive at Gustavus anytime between 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM on Sunday, August 1. Please enter campus via College Avenue where you will find signs clearly indicating directions to the Jackson Campus Center. You will find parking lots located directly in front of the building. Please report to the lower level of the Jackson Campus Center to obtain your room key, housing assignment, and other camp materials. Once you have checked in, a camp staff member will escort you to the dorm where you will be staying.

Our first official function will begin at 5:30 PM. The schedule for Sunday, July 17 will look like this:

  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Registration and Final Payment
  • 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Dinner
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM Orientation

Second, when packing, you will want to consider bringing the following:

  • Toiletries
  • Cash for snacks or souveniers from the Gustavus Bookstore
  • Camera
  • Fan
  • Sunscreen

Camp Attire

Casual summer attire is appropriate for the week. The academic buildings utilized during the day are air-conditioned and can be a bit chilly. Please plan accordingly.


If you would like to bring a laptop or tablet to camp, you will have access to our wireless network, but not to a printer. Please note that it is not required to bring your laptop or tablet, as you will have access to computer labs on campus throughout the week.

General Information

The BookMark will be open during the week for snack foods and other items that you may want to purchase.

If a remaining balance is due after July 3, an E-mail notice will be sent to you with final payment information that will have a link to process payment by credit card otherwise checks can be made payable to Gustavus Adolphus College on Sunday, July 17 when you arrive on campus.

Should you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. I look forward to seeing you on July 17! 


Jessie Petricka
Professor of Physics
Chuck Niederriter
Professor of Physics