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Program: RailCamp

The application for RailCamp 2021 is now ready. It is available at the bottom of this page. The Rail Camp Committee is planning the activities and scheduling our visits to rail facilities. Due to the Covid-19 situation the final decision to hold camps will be made April l, 2021. Most RailCamp activities do not adapt to social distancing.

We are not asking for a deposit with the application this year.

PLEASE NOTE: Covid-19 restrictions regarding work have put a financial strain on some families. No camper has ever been turned away because of his/her ability to pay the tuition. Many NRHS chapters and other sponsors have provided scholarships and money is available from the Rail Camp Fund. If you have a chapter close to you, contact them about a scholarship. If not, the RailCamp Committee will match a camper with a scholarship. There is a financial assistance form included in the application.

The NRHS’s annual RailCamp program offers a unique opportunity to high school students providing hands-on training in one of America’s oldest and most important industries. During the one-week program campers will learn about railroad history, preservation, maintenance, operations and experience firsthand how to couple rail cars together, to inspect equipment and help to maintain steam and diesel locomotives.

About RailCamp

RailCamp is an educational experience for high school students who have an interest in railroads and railroading. The program is designed to teach students about 21st century railroad operations, dispatching, and maintenance while providing a simultaneous experience in the early history of U.S. railroads in the development and settlement of our country. Students will learn both modern and historic elements of America’s most vital transportation mode, including how diesel, electric, and steam locomotives function, how track is built and maintained and how early freight and passenger cars were constructed.

With a focus on the ways in which revolutionary technical changes in modern railroading affect today’s business, students will attend a week-long camp where they will participate in railroad operations, interact with railroaders, learn about preservation techniques, experience railroad history, career opportunities, and work with real railroad equipment. Camp opportunities are offered in both Newark, DE and Tacoma, WA during the summer months.

Applying to RailCamp

The program is open to high school boys and girls who are currently freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors (class of 2020). Individuals who enter their freshman year in 2020 will also be eligible to participate.

The cost for attending either camp location is $1,390 per camper, including a non-refundable $50 fee when an application is submitted. Transportation arrangements and expenses are the responsibility of the camper. Scholarships are available, but do not cover transportation. Applicants do not have to be NRHS members to attend.

Applications are now being accepted. The application is a .PDF file that has check boxes and text fields. Please click in a box to activate it and make your selection or type in your answer. Please follow the instruction in the application form. The file is available to download here:

2021 Application RailCamp Form


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