CHOP Patients Ponder Outer Space

Published on in Children's View

Rocketships displayed on a tableFor three summers, CHOP patients have enjoyed a week of camp activities, thanks to the nonprofit Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, founded by Paul Newman, along with Child Life staff and CHOP volunteers. This year’s camp had a space theme and included a session on decorating rocket ships, then “launching” them on a track. We got some of the kids’ thoughts about outer space.

Thomas, 6, outpatient

Q. If you could travel on a rocket ship, where would you go?

A. To the cold planets, so I could see if there are ancient ice marks.

Christie, 23, inpatient

Q. How would you feel seeing Earth from outer space?
A. I would feel small and in awe of how minute we are compared to the enormity of space.

Mallory, 8, outpatient

Q. If you went into space, what would you like to do there?
A. Jump higher and do lots of flips. I like gymnastics.

Jocelyn, 18, inpatient

Q. If you could travel on a rocket ship, where would you go?
A. To the moon. I think it would be dark there.

Carson, 9, outpatient

Q. If you went into space, what would you miss?
A. I’d miss the pool. There wouldn’t be a swimming pool in outer space.

Madison, 5, outpatient

Q. If you could travel on a rocket ship, where would you go?
A. I’d go to the moon. The sun would be hot. It would turn your feet to lava. But I don’t want to see any aliens! They’d bite you.