Written by 14 year-old camper, Amanda (Diamond Server)
I was already a pretty seasoned Minecraft player before I joined Connected Camps’ Summer of Minecraft program. To be honest, I really wasn’t sure what to expect. A summer camp I can do from home? It sounded interesting, but I was uncertain how it would work, what I would learn.
Connected Camps Summer of Minecraft turned out to be a great experience in so many ways. There was rarely a negative vibe and by end of the four weeks friendships and bonds were made amongst the campers and counsellors making it tough to log out.
The camp took Minecraft multiplayer to the next level. Some campers got to experience Minecraft in multiplayer for the first time. My parents have warned my brother and I about the dangers of playing with strangers in multiplayer environments, but the multiplayer server that Connected Camps provides is safe. There were always a few lead counsellors online who watched over us, played with us, and taught us new skills (redstone elevators).
Minecraft is more than just a video game. It is a borderless world in which you can build whatever you want. A giant skyscraper, a big castle with traps inside, or an underground stronghold. You name it. Over the course of the camp, kids got to participate in games and challenges with and against other campers. The campers also enjoyed playing survival together. A popular hangout in the survival world was the marketplace where players set up shop, buy, sell or trade items with fellow campers/counsellors. We also spent time building individual or team creations in the creative world.
The challenges and games that ran throughout the camp were one of my favourite parts of the server. Challenges varied from team building challenges to capture the flag to camper vs counsellor fights. All of the challenges encouraged collaboration, problem solving, the use of your imagination, different building techniques, teamwork, sportsmanship and netiquette. In some of the challenges, you had guidelines you had to follow. For example, in the museum building challenge, the campers had to build a museum in an allotted amount of space, and have a certain number of exhibits. But if you didn’t feel like joining the challenge or game, you didn’t have to.
Connected Camps was about more than playing Minecraft. I met so many new people and the sense of community that started to grow around the server was astounding to see and to be a part of. When someone joined, everyone would greet them with open arms, and when the server closed, everyone sadly said their goodbyes. You can’t put a price on the friendships that were made during the short time we had on the Connected Camps server.
Fall Programs & Discount Code
Connected Camps is starting up their new fall program, Club Minecraft, which offers a Kids Club Membership and After School Coding options. The Kids Club membership consists of after school and weekend access to Connected Camps safe and moderated servers. The After School Coding Camp will teach gamers to code in-game using the programming language Lua.
Tweenhood readers can use promo code TWEEN30 to receive a 30% discount at check out.
Images courtesy of Amanda