Due to the Covid-19 situation, as of February 4th, both East and West RailCamps have been canceled.
It is necessary to cancel RailCamp 2022. The safety of campers and staff is our primary concern. Covid requirements and restrictions regarding vaccines, testing and distancing differ with federal, state and local policies. We will work throughout the year with our partners to make sure they are onboard to host us again next year.
Most RailCamp activities do not adapt to social distancing. The RailCamp Committee hopes that the pandemic situation has improved so that the 2023 RailCamps can be held.
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.
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 2021). Individuals who enter their freshman year in 2021 will also be eligible to participate. This information pertains to the cancelled 2021 RailCamps.
The cost for attending either camp location in 2022 has yet to be determined. 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.