Explosives Camp

Rescheduled to August 9-14, 2020

This camp has been canceled for 2020.

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 The Summer Explosives Camp - the first and best camp of its kind! - provides a unique opportunity for hands-on learning experience with explosives. Participants will experience a variety of demonstrations, presentations, projects, and handling and shooting explosives. Camp 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: Canceled for 2020

Capacity: Space is limited to 15 students per session, early application is recommended.

Eligibility: Requires application and acceptance.  Application is open to rising 11th and 12th graders, fall 2020 (must be 16 years of age and U.S. citizen or permanent resident).  A background check is required for students age 18 and over. Canadian residents must get ATF relief prior to application.

Registration Fee: $1,450, which includes room and board, activities, and transportation during the week.

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, 2020


System requires a 300-500 word description of, "Why I am interested in a career that focuses on application of explosives". You may wish to prepare this text prior to processing online application.

  • In addition, we require the following:
    1. one page resume - include any work experience, community/School involvement, academic achievements and awards
    2. letter of recommendation from a high school teacher or counselor

Mail or email the resume and letter of recommendation to:

Attn: 2020 Explosives Camp
Missouri University of Science and Technology
Professional & Continuing Education
G8 Norwood Hall
320 W. 12th Street
Rolla, MO 65409-1560

Acceptance Notification
Notifications of acceptance will be sent to the email address provided in application. Be sure to use an address that is regularly checked. Accepted applicants must then submit registration and payment online to reserve spot, online payment link will be provided with your acceptance notification.

Your acceptance is considered complete only when regisration fee is received. Spots that have not been confirmed with payment will be considered incomplete and offered to other waitlisted applicants.

Registration Cancellation Policy

Persons wishing to cancel their registration must do so by June 1, 2020. 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 experience hands-on activities, as well as, participate in various field trips, including an underground blasting operation, a quarry 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 is a local company that 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. Individuals who wish to cancel must do so before June 1, 2020. Refunds will not be issued after this date.

Contact Us

Are you ready for your next adventure?

For questions on camp content, contact:

Dr. Paul Worsey, professor and director of explosives education

For questions on logistics, application or registration, contact:

Professional & Continuing Education
Missouri University of Science & Technology