Explosives Camp

June 11-16, June 18-23, 2017

The program comprises a variety of lectures, demonstrations, handling and shooting of explosives, field trips and projects, and culminates in the setup and shooting of a fireworks display. It will encompass detonators, high explosives, blasting agents, rock blasting, display fireworks and demolition. You will have a behind-the-scenes look at how explosives are used in industry and entertainment. But the number one thing that you will do at the Summer Explosives Camp is have fun!
Explosives campers make arts and crafts with C-4 before detonating the objects at the experimental mine.
  • Registration Details
  • Camp Activities
  • Transportation Policy
  • Campus Cancellation Policy

Registration Details

Dates: June 11-16, 2017 and June 18-23, 2017 (2 sessions)

Eligibility: Rising 11th and 12th graders (must be 16 years of age). Camp is open to U.S. residents only. Canadian residents must get ATF relief prior to application.

Registration Fee: $1,450, which includes room and board. Do not send registration fee with your application. Registration will only need to be paid if you are accepted into one of the camps.

Application Deadline: April 15, 2017

Capacity: Space is limited to 20 students per session.

Application process

Complete the application packet:

  • One page resume
  • 500 word essay on "Why I am interested in a career focusing on the application of explosives"
  • Submit to a criminal background check (18 years of age or older)
  • Letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor
  • Parent contact information including email address
  Mail APplication Packet to :

      Dr. Paul Worsey
Mining and Nuclear Engineering
      226 McNutt Hall
      1400 N. Bishop Ave.

      Rolla, Missouri 65409

We will notify accepted students by email by May 1, 2017. Accepted applicants will then register and pay the fee to reserve their spot. Spots that have not been reserved will be open to waitlisted applicants.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Persons wishing to cancel their registration must do so by May 31. No refunds will be made after this date (unless the spot is filled by an alternate on the waitlist).

Camp Activities

Ever wonder how dynamite works? How about fireworks? You will learn how these things work from experts like lead instructor Dr. Paul Worsey, who co-hosted “The Detonators,” which aired on the Discovery Channel. You will have hands-on experience learning the following:

  • Safety precautions when handling explosives
  • How to prime and shoot dynamite
  • Where explosives are used
  • What explosive-related careers are available
  • How underground blasts work
  • How pyrotechnics are used in special effects
  • How to make a 3" fireworks shell
  • How to set up and shoot off a fireworks display
  • Basics of explosives demolition

You will attend various field trips, including a field trip to view underground blasting operations, a quarry field trip to view surface blasting, and a pyrotechnics tour of Premier Pyrotechnics.

Transportation Policy

Participants must provide their own transportation to and from Missouri S&T. USA Express provides shuttle service from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport to campus. The shuttle service schedule is available online, or you can call toll free at 1-800-872-9399.

Campus Cancellation Policy

Missouri S&T reserves the right to cancel any program in the event of insufficient registrations, severe weather or natural disaster. In the event of cancellation, registrants will be notified immediately via email and phone, and all fees will be returned in full.

Contact Us

Are you ready for your next adventure?

For more information, contact Dr. Paul Worsey,
professor and director of explosives education