Minecraft is a pixelated digital building blocks video game that has quickly become popular because it offers something for all ages and skill levels. Both my kids have been hooked for several years. Admittedly, it takes time to figure out (but that’s what makes it fun), but once you do, the possibilities are endless. That’s where Connected Camps is such an amazing summer camp option.
Whether your child is new to Minecraft, or eager to learn more advanced techniques, Connected Camps is offering a 4-week Summer of Minecraft experience for gamers of all levels. The camp offers parents peace of mind, as kids play on their moderated, multiplayer camp servers as they learn to build and explore in an interactive world limited by only their imagination. They’ll learn to strategize, connect with other players, set goals, plan ahead for upcoming challenges and work together with others to complete challenges. The takeaways of the camp include:
- Problem solving and design
- Advanced building techniques
- Online and web literacy
- Collaboration and community organizing
- Digital citizenship
How Does the Camp Work?
Campers require a computer with a Minecraft account for a PC/Mac computer plus a stable broadband Internet connection. The tablet, game console and pocket editions will not work for the camp.
Connected Camps will have their servers running from 7 am to 11 pm in the Eastern, Pacific and Central time zones. Kids can login anytime when the servers are open during the 4-week camp period. Counselors will be available on the server at pre-determined hours, so that kids can plan to login at the same time, should they require assistance.
The camp offers access to:
- A fun and safe multiplayer server
- Knowledgeable camp counselors
- An online community around shared interest in Minecraft
- Curriculum and participant guides
- Online forums for additional community building and support
Here’s a sneak peak as to what to expect in the first week of camp:
Settling and Home Building – Players will claim their plot of land and build their home in the community. Players can complete the challenge through different pathways:
- Advanced Building – Take your builds to the next level. Collaborate with other players to make your creations in game look better than ever with advanced building techniques.
- Documenting and Sharing – Like what you see on the server? Learn to document your Minecraft experience with screenshots, videos, and writing to be shared on the rest of the Internet through photo albums, YouTube, and blogs.
- Creating Player Challenges. – Make this week’s challenge your own by creating your own and issuing it to other players. We’ll feature the best player created challenges in our game announcements and blogs.
Camp Dates and Fees
The camp runs from July 6 to August 2, 2015 at a cost of $150 per child and is recommended for kid’s ages 9-13. You can also sign up for a free camp trial.
Parents Can Play Too
For an additional $25, parents can register to join the grown-up server to learn Minecraft. This runs the same four-week period as the kids online camp, July 6 – August 2, 2015. The grown-up server will be accessible around the clock and includes expert advice from Minecraft researchers and educators. Weekly webinars will run in parallel with the kids camp. What a fabulous idea!
30% Camp Discount
Connected Camps is offering a 30% discount for Tweenhood readers. Simply use promo code AHM30 when registering online.
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.