This year Nitro-X looked a little different, normally we have 7 camps running in Minnesota but due to campus restrictions from COVID-19 we were only able to run 3. Although a small number, we ran a brand new camp this year in Albert Lea and also launched a new camp format! This new format is a one day camp where students, along with their families, can experience a race day and other typical Nitro-X activities. Take a look at our camp highlights and some photos from the camps below!
Northeast Metro 916 Career and Technical Center
White Bear Lake, MN
Camp Coordinator: John Witthauer
5 Day Camp
This 2nd year camp had a record attendance of 23 and already has 12 campers on the waitlist for next summer. Nitro-X has never seen a camp so large before! John’s favorite part of the camp was Friday’s Race Day. They had a hotdog stand, trolley rides, a race with the Washington County Sheriff Department, mentor races, raffle prizes, and a classic car show. John notes that the weather was perfect for camp and that this year they added increased time with the RC cars. Each camper also got the opportunity to try out their woodworking and welding skills this year with special projects.
Riverland Community College
Albert Lea, MN
Camp Coordinator: Jonathan Rymer
5 Day Camp
This was the launch of our first year camp at Riverland Community College! Jonathan notes that running a camp is a lot of work, yet rewarding in that they were able to introduce campers to career and technical education opportunities while having fun and sharing a common interest in RC vehicles of all kinds. This was a unique camp where all of the campers got to keep their RC car at the end of the camp which promoted high levels of student engagement and the opportunity to continue the hobby long after camp is over.
Dakota County Technical College
Camp Coordinator: Christopher Siebenaler
1 Day Experience
This was our first Nitro-X One Day Experience! Campers, along with their families, got the opportunity to race RC cars, ride in a semi-truck, operate mini-excavators, and take college tours. The students divided up into 3 groups and rotated around to each activity and ended the day with a group race! It was so fun getting to see parents enjoy the camp along with their kiddos.