2019 RANGER Academy for Construction & Engineering

Introduction to Construction

According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 200,000 construction jobs go unfilled every year in the United States. Surprising but true, and incredibly important for those interested in finding a career path that's rewarding and lucrative... and not likely to be made obsolete by automation.

This was the inspiration behind RangerACE Construction Camp — a one-week day camp designed to introduce incoming 9th graders and 10th graders (ages 13-15) in the Austin area to an exciting and rewarding career in construction. Over the course of 5 days, each camper will be given the opportunity to explore construction-related careers with professionals, while helping to build a personal foundation for excellence. 

We are offering two, one-week sessions at NO CHARGE for qualifying applicants (there is a refundable $50 application fee). Each session will feature 20 campers. Given the limited number of spaces available, it's important to apply soon. So don't wait!


2018 Schedule



Session 1: June 11 - June 15 | M-F, 9am-3:30pm

Session 2: June 18 - June 22 | M-F, 9am-3:30pm


Campers must be between the ages of 13-15 years old; 20 campers per session. (Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis)


Each 1-week camp will take place at Driveway Austin (8400 Delwau Road, Austin, TX 78725)


3 RangerACE Instructors (UT education students) will lead the students daily. In addition, at least 1 RangerACE Pro will visit the camp daily to share their insights on how to be a success in the field. Instructors include Rhiannon Chambers, Halle Herzog and Lucas Best from UTeach.


Each camp will be divided into teams of five (4 campers per team), and each team will form their own construction company to complete the tasks each day. Throughout the week students will design, estimate, bid, layout and construct an 8’ x 8’ concrete pit stall at Driveway Austin, a Go-Kart Track in Austin.


On the last day of each week, campers will compete in a GO-KART RELAY RACE, which will begin from the pit stalls the RangerACE campers made!


No-cost to the camper, but there is a $50 refundable deposit due at time of enrollment, and returned upon completion of camp. Lunch will be provided daily.


Created by the Covalent Foundation, with support from Ranger Excavating, Driveway Austin, Austin Geologic and CC Aggregates.

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Our Program

RangerACE camp is a production of the Covalent Foundation, a 501(3)(c) organization whose mission is to provide funding for Central Texas nonprofits to support projects that serve women and youth in need.  For more information, visit covalent.org.


You’re Gonna Dig This!

We only have a limited number of slots available. So don’t wait too long!