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Ava and I talk all things Space camp and flying unaccompanied minor. We also pick out holts.com dads with swag fathers day winner. https://www.holts.com/?utm_source=2018_Promotion_Plan&utm_medium=DadsWithSwag&utm_campaign=June_2018

You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge. You're listening to dad's with Swag, where your coach Shawn has the tools to help you navigate some of life's ups and downs. Let's do it. Whether you're trying to balance work in life, going through a difficult time in marriage or trying to manifest that perfect mate, Shawn can get you from where you are to where you want to be. Loving husband and dadded two amazing girls. Your coach Shunk can help you Trin your dreams into goals and make them a reality. No more faking change. Is kind of start making change with the swaggy's out of them all, your coach Seawan. What is welcome back to another episode of Dad's would swag right here in the swaggiest studios of all the dad's would swag studios. I'm so happy you guys are back here for another week and today I got the amazing Ava live in studio. She's going to talk to us everything about space camp. Now, ever, went to space camp like last week the week before that, and it was a sleepaway camp and Huntsville, Alabama. She flew home all by herself, like big things happening here. So we decide it will take get Aba here in studio so she can talk about all the great things she did at Space Camp, how it was flying, making new friends, putting herself out there, all the things that she did in space camp. Av Us Ay, what's up? Hey? Yeah, so ava, tell us. Tell us a little bit about yourself. You haven't been on a show in a minute. Tell us how old you are now, what grade you're going to be in and all that kind of stuff. So I'm ten now and I'm going to be in fifth grade next year. All right, ten now, fifth grade next year. And you went to space camp, right. Yes, we're with space camp. Spans camp was in Huntsville, Alabama, next to the space and rocket center. Space and rocket center, right, Huntsville Alabama. How was Alabama? It was really fun. It was humid, but it was nice weather. It looked really nice. So yeah, I would say the weather is good compared to Arizona. Yeah, because it gets really hot here. Yeah, and and Alabama it probably gets humid, but it probably wasn't humid yet. No, because spring was just ending. Yeah, and it was it was like the wind. It was starting to get humid and then the wind from like it was windy, so that made it like really nice weather. Nice, so you got a nice little gentle breeze. Yeah, cool. All right. So tell me what was your favorite part about space camp. My favorite part about space camp was definitely the mission simulators that we got to do. I will tell go into some detail. Let the listeners know. They ...

...can't see a mission simulator. You got to explain it to him. I've put it in a mind. So mission simulator is it's right next to the cafeteria and what happens if you go there's no food or drinks allowed, obviously, but you go into there are three different types of missions that you can do. You get to do too. You can do a moon mission, which is past, you get to do a space station mission, which is present, and then you get to do a Mars mission, which is going, which is a future mission that they're planning to do in twenty four, in like two thousand and forty. Okay, okay, very cool, very cool. So that was your favorite part. was was the missions. And then what was another favorite part that you did? Give me something else. What else did you my other my next favorite part was probably going in to do like the simulators, just the simulators, like not mission simulators, just simulators, like there was a few in this one building and it was where you had to Moonwalk. So it was like it was like actual, like gravity moonwalking, like you're not like Michael Jackson moonwalking, know, like actual space moon W wow. So what it was was you got attached to this harness with like five springs at the top of the building down attached to the harness. So you would sit in this really uncomfortable seat and it felt like you were it felt like you were breaking the seat because while it was like going up, because it felt like it was going down, but it was really going up. And then you would go on to the Plat this platform with a bunch of like craters, and you had to do like bunny jump, jogging, side jumping and then the last one you got to do free jump. So I tried to do the five gymnastics jumps, which is Stratto, Pike, talk split and right split and left slip, and so I tried to do that but it failed because I couldn't do any of it in the harness. So it's funny, that's cool, that's cool and your great in a little gymnastics into your space adventures. And then my the second to me later that there was we did three in that building, but the first one that we did kind of freaked me out because it was these three spheres and it would just like spin you around and around, and one guy, one kid, got nauseous on it. So I'm like no, because I was I was number one, so I got to go last. So like I really got to do my decision and I'm like no, I'm not going on that. That was the first one that we did and the moonwalk was the second one. But the last one that we did was this seat one, which was the five movements in space, which is roll left, right, forward and backward. How was that one? WAS THAT ONE? For that one was really fun. You had to like grab onto these things and it was really really fun. Yeah, sometimes going last isn't the best thing...

...because then you can see like if other kids like it or don't, Ye, and then that influences your decision. Sometimes just going first and getting it out of the way, yeah, but sometimes that's better. Yeah. So we had a we had to mission to like trainers. I call them counselors. They're called trainers in space camp, but we had a day trainer and a night trainer. So the day trainer would wake us up in the morning and we would have them until lunch. After lunch we would have our night trainer, which would up, put us to bed and tell US lights out. So who was your what was your day trainers name? My days trainers name was Mela. She was probably the nicest. Big ups the Mela being so nice. And then who was the night my night trainer was Amanda. She was nice, but she was also strict, like she was like we have to do this now, like on schedule, like didn't let us do anything else on schedule, but may let she let us do some simulators if we had some time. So we got to do a few simulators and go into the museum at the space and rocket center. Okay, very cool, very cool. So tell me a little bit about so you went to space camp. Did you know anybody there at all? I did not know anybody there. I was the actually the only person in my and maybe, I think, all of space camp that because that I was the only person who went to Arizona but from area SONA. Most of them we're just from North Carolina and George I see. I see any from Alabama? Yes, there were a few from Alabama. Actually, one person in my team was from Alabama. Okay, name was Valeria, but we called our VIEBS for short. It took me like the whole week just to remember that name. Okay, that's a tough one. But so mostly kids from the south. Where there? Yeah, because that makes sense, because it's so close. Yeah, because you did have a long flight all the way from, yeah, Alabama, had to stop in Dallas and then get to Phoenix. That's a long time to be on a plane. Yeah. So we're going to take a quick little break here and then when we get back Ava, I want you to tell me about what you did to make new friends. Get Space. Can't. Okay, we'll be right back after these messages. Now. That to dad's with swag with your host, Shaunap Onso. Welcome back to dad's with swag. Check us out on itunes and please subscribe, rate and review the show. We need all the love we can get. You can find all our past episodes on Dad's with swagcom. Follow us on social media at your coach, Shawn, and if you have any questions or show ideas or you want to come on the show, email me at Sewan, at Sean alfonsocom Yo, Yo, Yo, what's up? What's up? We're here in the swaggiest studios of all the dad's with Swag Studio and we're about...

...to pick our father's day hold cigar, give certificate winner. I hope you got your submissions in. I. Here we go, AVA A, she's about to pick that winner. I baby girl, picked out winner. Named IT UP D lies twenty seven, going down right here. Put it down right there on top of them hold cigars. Yeah, and we got all of that on instagram live. Go check that out. CHECK OUT OUR INSTAGRAM Post. We got the beautiful Aba picking that name. WHOO, Lucky, lucky, lucky hid eva. We're getting back at this space camp thing. So tell me, we're gonna talk about how you made friends. But before that, in the break, you told me you wanted to talk about something else. What did you want to talk about? I wanted to talk about what the missions I did, because we never got I never got to mention that. All right, tell us about the mission. So the missions, the two missions that I did out of all the three was the space shuttle mission, in the Mars mission, so in the Mars mission, was the first one that we did. So the Mars Mission I was MD, which was which stands for can forgot, it stands for something something, director missions, Gracious, yes, missions operations director, and then in the space shuttle, in the space shuttle mission, I was commander. So I feel like we did the Mars Um the best. But because in the space shuttle mission we had there were four days for it. We had four problems and on I think the third one, I was like Houston, we have a problem, because we had to say he's going to have a problem. So I did this. On the first two. I didn he'Ston we have a problem, and then on the third one, like Houston, we have a problem again, because I was like annoyed from just like having so many problems. But Um, yeah, and something I was that went wrong was the we had mission specialists in scientists or inventors or something like that besides us and they had to leave back team might t plus ten minutes and thirty seconds in counting. But since we were kind of off script because when we had a problem, they kept the clock going, so we were off script. So they left at ten third at team might at t plus ten thirty seconds in counting and but they were supposed to. So they missed all their lines. So we had to say like we had you weren't supposed to say anything that wasn't on the script, but we had to go on and say they're not here, we need to just skip them. We had to keep on doing that in y up on doing that. So everyone was really mad at them at...

...the end. Yeah, I could see. I could see how that could be a little bit of Mission Control Problem, you know. Yeah, so tell me about meeting friends. How was it going to like a place that you've never been before with and being around a bunch of people that you didn't know and like? Tell me a little bit about it. So the first few days it was like the first day I was getting into it and my mom had to leave for her flight. So for like twenty minutes I was alone, sitting on a bend, just sitting on a chair. For like twenty minute it's alone, and then we went into the museum. Then we went to the museum and otherwise than that it was kind of easy to make friends. Like I just hung out with the people that I slept with, which was six other girls and we all just hung out. There was some there was some drama here and there, but otherwise it was all like just I made friends pretty easily. Yeah, so six girls in a habitat. Tell me, tell me how to how that works out. Six little girls in a habitat. WHAT GOES ON IN THE HABITAT? So the habitat. It kind of looks like rolls of toilet paper, like six rolls of toilet paper. There are four stories and Um, we were in level three, room fourteen, so we we had to walk up a lot and it was what happened was like we were talking, talk for like a few hours and then when lights out went off, we would turn on our desk lamp and we would still talk a bit and then like people kind of got annoyed and we're like hey, we in. One of those people were me, and they're like hey, we're trying to sleep. Can you guys be quieter? So then they started to whisper. So that's pretty much this went on. But when we were leaving to go to graduation, we had to put our our bags at the last level. So this will happened when I went down because I had a suitcase. So I was like bringing it down the stairs, and the stairs were made out of metal, so like they were really loud and I thought I was going to get caught, like be get in trouble, and I did, I got but at least it was on the first floor, so I just had to pick it up for a bit. But, like, the suitcases were so heavy because we had to put a week full of clothes, toiletrees, towels and like other like stuff like brushes and all that kind of stuff. So our bags were like heavy, even if we got like souvenirs too. So and I had like three other bags because I had my backpack, then my daily bag and then my suitcase and then so like I own. So I think that maybe space camp should make...

...different type of stairs, like maybe so that like they can actually we can actually roll our bags down. Why doesn't space camp just have an elevator? They do, but that's only for I don't honestly, I don't know if they have an elevator. What I need to Huntsville Space Camp. You need to put it in an elevator so kids aren't walking a bag up and down flights it. But they also have stairs, because we have these things called Stealth points for the Commander Cup, which is just a prize to get at graduation in the called Stealth points, where if you are super quiet, you get you can get thirty extra points. Well, if you're quiet coming in, you're just silent. You like don't talk when you're coming in and up the stairs. You're not like running and then and then if you get to your room quietly. But for us we were like we were always like the first team to get there. So and like there were other camps. So like aviation challenge, which is like like like safety type camp, if you know what I'm saying. Yeah, I got you. Yeah, and then there was space camp, robotics and Space Academy and then space camp, which I was in. So space camp was always the first ones to get there, and our team, we were team canus. All the teams were in space camp are named after constellations, so we were team Canis and them. We would always get there first and lead this one leadership. Lady yelled at everyone in like that was after we had our lights out. You're all trying to go to bed. She would yell at everyone. Hey, people upstairs are trying to go to sleep. Even though she was the person who making us not go to sleep because she's she's say not to yell, even though she's yelling. Oh Man, I can't stand that. Hypocrisy. Hypocrisy. Yeah, so pretty much she's being a hypocrite. Yeah, so it wasn't too challenging to make friends. You know, you, you. The HABITAT was pretty cool. What about like brushing your teeth and showering and all that? Okay, so the showers were disgusting. They had like balls of hair and so like a twenty minute line. So I only showered for like like when I went in on the first day to see the showers, I was so disgusted out of that I didn't take a shower that day. But I took a bath that morning, so I didn't really need to bathe. I just wanted to see it because I also had to go with the bathroom. So this I showered the last two days of space camp. You Nice, because your roommates really liked that one. That is, they didn't think you people, because this girl had perfumed so and it was like it was smelling. It was really good. It was warm vanilla sentences and she would spray it every day. So our because you all stunk from not showering. Know, everyone's know, everyone agreed with me how the showers were disgusting. Yeah, and brushing your teeth. You handled that, okay, yeah, that...

...was easy. You just they had like six sinks and there were two different types, two different sides of bathroom, even though there was a male bathroom, even though habitat one, which was ours, is for girls, I have a tattoo, is for boys and habitat three, as I think, for Aviation Challenge. So I don't know why they put a male bathroom in habitat one if they could just go and have a tattoo because that's where they yeah. Yeah, so I don't think just have to woman bathrooms, because that one ever uses the boys bathroom. Yeah, no boys allowed in it. Yeah, all right, makes sense. Rip. I have to figure something out on that. Yeah, so tell me a little bit about the gift shops at Space Camp, because you came home with an awful lot of swag. Tell me about the gift shops. So there was one gift shop in the habitat was just a tiny little gift shoup with like water, snacks, stuffed animals, toys, books pon shows all the things that you will need and then some just souvenirs, fun souvenirs, and then we went for two three days. You were supposed to only go for two days, but we went for three days because we had time with Mela. But so we went to the main gift shop in the space and rocket center three times and I didn't buy anything there because I already went there with my mom on when we came there on Saturday, I already went with her. So I didn't really get that much stuff. But them my mom refilled my band, because we had these wrist bands was like our name, where we're from, our code thing, a little bar code, and then our team, so you could put money on it, and my mom kept on refilling it with fifty dollars so I could buy like these little like you know, like the Sour pucker straws. Yeah, yeah, they had those and I got I only got one because I didn't have enough money for to I only got one, but it was so, so good because I haven't had one such a long time. Yeah, sounds cool. Sounds cool. So you did a little damage at the gift shop. Yeah, all right. So we're going to take another break pay some bills here, you know, get some shoutout store advertisers. Hold cigars going to talk about them a little bit and then when we come back I want to talk to you about flying. Oh yes, okay, I will be back. Now back to dad's was swag with your host, Shawn Up Onso. Welcome back to dad's with swag. Check us out on itunes and please subscribe, rate and review the show. We need all the love we can get. You can find all our past episodes on...

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...you would wait for your parents. But I didn't wait for my parents because they were all the way in Phoenix. So I sat there until every person was gone. Then I went to this guy named Brian and I waited like maybe an hour or so and until we went to the museum so he could show us that his brother in law made a lot of army weapons. So we went to the military section in the museum and then we just stayed there for like a few hours. We just stayed in the museum hang out, went to the gift shop and yeah, so and after that there was this one. A bunch of aviation challenge people came and hung out there and then we went to lunch. We didn't have that long of a lunch that we usually do at that like we usually did at space camp, but we still had I still got to eat some food to get my stomach before my flight. Then after that we went and dropped someone from aviation challenge off and then about thirty forty minutes later, I went to the gate, the space camp entrance gate, and just waited for this they said that it was a bus, even though just a car, to come and drop me off to the airport. There's other guy who was not a miner came, was in with me and he was going to Phoenix to so and they just talked to us until we got there. It wasn't that long of a drive. But then after that they had to sign me in on American Airlines, like get my little minor pouch that said I was a miner. Then I had to go over to security, but I didn't know that I had a water bottle that was apparently full with water in the bought the very bottom of my bag. So after I went through security, I had to for the there was a girl sitting waiting for me after out security and we had to go and dump out the water and then come back all the way through security, and after that we just went to my gate. I would just texting with my dad and mom and telling them just like what's going on, knowing that I was safe and everything like that. And then after that I went on to the gate before anyone else, which was kind of cool, and I just got to meet everyone on the plane and went to my seat. I was always in the back of the plane, or like almost back. So then after that flight, these two random guys like they weren't even waiting for me at the gate. I was just like walked off and stand like just stood in a random spot for like five minutes. In this came and they were kind...

...of sketchy to me, like I didn't really trust them, but they did give me food. So then after that I trusted them because they gave me food and I was starving. Even though I had some barbecue chips, I was still really hungry because I don't have that much for to eat for lunch and I was still hungry. Would you spend your lunch money on Pizza Hut? Well, know, before that daddy had given you some cash. Would you end up spending the cash on instead of saving it for lunch on your return flight? Well, I thought that they were going to feed because really they had little mule packs for America. From America. Where did you spend your cash on? I spend it on some barbecue chips, toilet trees and stuff animals. Okay, just making sure, so we center with cash. Then we found out she didn't have no cash. This is the one part where American Airlines I wasn't too thrilled with, because I was trying to contact somebody at American Airlines, like over and over again in their customer service was horrible, like the guy who would answer their eight hundred number, who I got transferred to, is like nothing, there's nothing we can do about it. It was like two o'clock or three o'clock and Phoenix and their corporate headquarters were already closed. I ended up having a contact the airport itself and talk to an amazing woman there and at the airport's customer service, not Americans customer service, but DFW's customer service and not that beautiful soul. She got some DFW passes and, you know, hooked up Ava with the DFW passes to be able to get her something to eat. But American Airlines, man, you all dropped a ball. I don't know if there's anybody who listens to this show to know somebody in American Airlines. If they want to give me a shout, man, I'd love to talk to some head Hancho up there and just let him know how they can probably make their unaccompanied minor program better, more efficient and less sketchy. As my daughter would say, I still go on so to sketchy. Dudes. Hooked you up with some some food, you guys pizza. I got pizza high. I got a small cheese pizza and a power it and then this one guy, one of the guy out of that you guys brought me to. Forgot what it's called. It was like this building for for on accompanied miners. Yeah, forgot it's called. So it's like the unaccompanied miners holding area, not a holding area like you had to buy. It cost extra money to buy. My grandma's friend bought it for me. Oh yes, the the platinum club or flat Admiral's Club, the admirals crap. Yeah, so my grandma's friend, her name was BEV. I think it's Bev. We call our fannock. Well, my sister calls in. My grandma called her fat neck. I don't. I just call her Bev because I don't really hear about her. which so, yeah, so, and she um gave, let paid for a Morst...

Club. So if, if, then, if you're listening now, thank you for getting me. Animal's Club. But the bad part about it was right when you draw me off to the admirals club and left I had to go to my gate. But this was the fun part, you know, like, if you know what I'm talking about, like they're the red cars that they put handicap people on when they have to go like to the gate. It has like a little red light. Oh yeah, yeah, mover. Yes, I got to go on that. It was so fun and I don't think. Yeah, that's the person who was driving me. Would go like B when, like Sho and in my head, Mike, don't hit them, don't hit don't don't know, don't hit, don't hit them. I'm just like saying that in my head but she would go like baby. So they would move. It was so fun. Nice, Nice. Okay. So then you get to your gate at DFW. Done. What happens? Yeah, and then that was probably the best fight because the people were so nice. So I had to go like behind by a wall, not like but like it was with the customer service people at that game, and they were so nice. There was this one guy named Jeff and he was I think he was either a fight attendant or the assistant pilot, okay, and he gave me little wings that said flight crew American was. So I have the actually in my room on my desk. So, yeah, that was really nice and a lot of people on that flight asked me so many questions about it. And on the flight, Um, this family that was sitting next to me this the mom was in the aisle and I was in the aisle and she had these little chocolates and she gave them to all the fight attendants in her family and she gave two to me. Was I got to pick them and I got a old chocolate one and then I chocolate. I forgot what's called like a chocolate something cake. It's I go on. Yeah, so then I when I landed, I saw my dad in the corner of my eye just filming me and I'm like MMM, great, and I wasn't. I was fine with him filming me. I'm just like that. I saw him right in the corner. I'm like great, great, great, great, great, like not like bad, but like I was like great, he's filming me, because this is the part where you like, I'm in the stage where I don't want to get filmed that much. It's embarrassing for my parents to film me in front of people. Yeah, I'm not that embarrassed. I'm just like, because it weren't that many people, I'm just like, please, don't film me. But it was really fun when I finally got to see my family again. So yeah, it was nice. We had to go to badges claim, though, because I had too many bads, so I had to go to badges claim to...

...get my suitcase. It didn't cost that much money. Only costs like twenty more dollars, right. So what was the most fun about flying unaccompanied minor? Um? How nice the people were. That was the most fun part, like, and actually the most fun part was probably getting to go on the plane before anyone else. That's pretty cool because I got to like meet the whole entire crew. Um, yeah, that was probably the most fun part about the foot was the scariest part of flying unaccompany people who took me there, like the people, like, I don't know any of the people from American airline because I've never gone on an American Airlines before. Like I barely go on American Airlines. I mostly go on southwest with my mom. But Um, so I. So it was kind of scary a bit for me. It was scary to like have adults just like that I didn't know, I didn't trust, just take me somewhere. Yeah, that is kind of scary. Yeah, and then what was if you can give one piece of advice to a kid who's gonna travel unaccompanied minor for the first time, what would that piece of advice be? Okay, stay strong, be brave and be courageous. That's all I have to say. If cuz if you're not being brave, you're going to be like, I don't want to do this at the last second and then you won't be able to get home. Yeah, so I would say be brave, be courageous and let the people who trust, the people who are taking because they've dealt with it before, so they know how to take care of you. Yeah, and then maybe also you could put in there keep the cash in your pocket so you could, yeah, yeah, keeps keep a bit of cash so that the problem that my dad had to go through doesn't happen to your dad. Yeah, exactly, exactly. Yeah, but thank you so much for coming on this episode. Is there anything else that you want to say about Space Camp? You want to give a shout out to anybody? I want to give a shout out to Mela and Amanda for being the best counselors I have ever had in any camp. All Right, anybody else? Anything else? Is that it? That's it. We out. Thanks for listening to DAD's sweat. Check out new episodes every Thursday or go to dad's for swagcom download past episodes.

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