Like any sport or endeavor, the future is in the youth of the country. Without younger folks getting involved in a sport or activity, the current participants grow old and eventually there is no one left to carry on. The sport of ballooning is now different. There are many initiatives out there to help young folks get interested and involved in the sport of ballooning.
AAAA has a Youth Ballooning committee that is involved in preparing and hosting activities to excite teenagers about ballooning. This includes hosting a summer balloon camp that provides hands-on burner (flying) opportunities. You can read more about the camp and its activities on Facebook.
You can also get in touch with the Rio Grande Balloon camp via email. firstname.lastname@example.org
These camps are affiliated with the Balloon Federation of America's Junior Balloonist Program.