mission captain flight wings

We’ve talked to Flight Directors and experienced teachers to find out what it takes to give students the best missions possible. Now, we are encouranging all teachers to become their class’s Mission CAPTAIN:

Crew Manifest: Arrive with correct Crew Manifest(s) already filled out. Assignments should be based on student strengths. If possible, make two extra copies for the flight directors.

Photo of sample completed crew manifest

Arrive on time. Plan to arrive 10 minutes before your scheduled mission. If this will not be possible, please call in advance to change your start time (and call the morning of if you are running late).

Patch: Bring — or email us — a student-created MissionPatch to represent your class. (This could be a classroom activity, extra-credit project, etc.) 

Training: Before your mission, attend a Mission-Ready Teacher Workshop. Workshops are available for new and returning teachers, and will earn you professional development credit.

Adult Chaperones: Bring at least one prepared teacher/adult chaperone for each activity room (2 to 3, depending on your programs)

In-Class Activity: Do at least one in-class activity to prepare students for their mission. (We recommend a combination of communication practice and mission overview.)

Needs Noted: Inform Flight Directors of any relevant student special needs, such as reading disabilities, hearing impairments, or sensory issues. You can note these on the crew manifest. Contact us in advance to discuss any special accommodations, such as leaving early, oversized classes, or lunch after a half-day program.


As a token of our appreciation for giving your students the best experience possible, be sure to pick up your Mission CAPTAIN flight wings pin!

Even if you can’t “earn your wings” this year, do as many of these elements as you can to give your students the buy-in, confidence, and support they need to have a great mission.

More details on how to best prepare your class can be found on our Mission Prep page.