Our fun and flexible camp lets kids build kingdoms, strategize takeovers, save the planet, and cure disease together, all by playing games! Whether they’re casting spells, fighting monsters, examining probability in Magic: The Gathering, or outwitting their opponents in ancient strategy games like Chess and Go, our campers learn good strategy and good sportsmanship. With each game they play, campers develop a stronger understanding both of game mechanics and how they translate in real life, and they can even test that knowledge themselves in our Creative Game Design program.
Kids love us because they have a blast, and parents love us because their children are developing critical cognitive and social skills for both school and everyday life.
Our camp program is for kids entering first grade and above and begins June 9th.
Full Day Full Week (9am-4pm): $700 Non-Member/$630 Member
Individual Full Days (9am-4pm): $150 Non-Members/$135 Members
AM Half Day Full Week (9am-12pm or 2pm-4pm): $425 Non-Member/$382.50 Member
PM Half Day Full Week (9am-12pm or 2pm-4pm): $400 Non-Member/$315 Member
(No Individual Half-Day AM & PM registrations)
Extended Day (4PM - 6PM): $200 (Full Week) / $40(Individual Day)
Daily lunch and a park/play break are included.
Snacks are provided.
Registration closes at 8:30 AM the previous day (24 hours in advance). We are unable to accept late, same-day or walk-in registrations.
Drop kids off between 8:30-9am. Our morning programming starts promptly at 9:10 am and our afternoon programming starts promptly at 1:40pm, so please have your child here on time so that they don't miss the fun. Our counselors are American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certified.
MORNINGS 9AM -12NOON
Mornings are ideal for exploring and learning new games in a relaxed and supportive environment.
All campers begin with assigned groups for Open Play, where they pick from a curated selection of age-appropriate games. Our staff shares a variety of mechanics and games that require different skill sets. We teach strategic approaches for game success while encouraging good sportsmanship among players.
In the second half of the morning, campers take part in Creative Game Design, where they explore game mechanics, create original games, and develop game materials. Campers immerse themselves in an investigation of the mechanics, illustrations, and interactivity inherent to strategic board game design. We encourage campers to design based on what they know and what skills they have acquired during activities, and they are given the opportunity to test their game mechanics in actual play.
Morning Chess Club: Campers have the option to join our Chess Club. Chess Club introduces our campers to chess as well as other abstract strategy games, such as Yinsh, Dvonn, Abalone, Go, and Splendor. This morning option is ideal for developing minds that want to learn how chess pieces move and how best to organize approach and defense strategies. No experience with chess is necessary to join this club. Two or more players are required in order to offer Chess Club; if there aren't 2 or more players, campers will join the rest of the group.
LUNCH & PARK BREAK 12:00 - 1:30PM
Lunch is included for full-day campers. We make our campers' lunch on-site in our cafe and serve the following menu:
Monday: Pasta with Pesto (no nuts).
Tuesday: Turkey & Cheddar on Caputo's Bread.
Wednesday: Meatball, Red Sauce & Mozz Sands on Caputo's Bread.
Thursday: Chicken Fingers.
We will also offer carrots and fresh fruit during lunch. If your child has a dietary restriction, please send lunch as we do not have the capability to offer an alternative. If your child has an allergy or travels with an EpiPen, you must alert staff at drop-off and provide explicit written instruction on your child’s waiver.
AFTERNOONS 1:30 - 4PM
Afternoons build on the skills explored earlier in the day, and allow campers to focus more deeply on their choice of mechanics and specific areas of interest. Campers have the opportunity to sign up for an activity of their choice. Available options may include League/Tournament Play, Role-Playing Games, Wargaming, and Board Games.
League/Tournament Play focuses on promoting good-spirited tournament-style play, teaching the rules of specific games (e.g. Pokémon, Magic: The Gathering, Scrabble, Chess, Dominion), and determining point values and rankings when appropriate.
Tabletop Role-Playing Games are narrative systems and encourage cooperation, decision-making, and creative thinking. Popular systems for campers include Dungeons and Dragons, Cypher System, Star Wars Roleplaying Game, and various independent RPGs well suited to one-time sessions.
Miniature Wargaming is a genre of games in which players collect, assemble and paint miniatures to represent an army which they then use as game pieces to play through scenarios and battles. For campers, we offer Warhammer: Age Of Sigmar and Warhammer 40K. Campers are encouraged to bring their own armies if they have them. New players will be able to use our store models to learn how to play
Board Games: Campers may select age-appropriate games from our massive board game library. Afternoon groups explore different strategic approaches for game success and continue to focus on good sportsmanship.
We offer bagged snacks (Fritos/Pretzels/Sun Chips) in the morning and a home-baked sweet treat (usually a chocolate chip cookie) in the afternoon. There is always water available and campers should bring a refillable water bottle. You may want to send an additional snack if you have a hungry child. ** Please do not send anything that contains nuts, as there may be children with serious nut allergies. If your child has dietary restrictions that we should know about, please be sure to tell us. **
Changes: We know that schedules change, and we are happy to try to make changes to your Full Week, Full Day, or Half Day registration with 7 days advance notice, if availability allows. We cannot make incremental schedule changes (i.e., one day out of a Full Week or half day out of a Full Day). Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with change requests.
Absences: If your child will be absent for camp, we are happy to offer four Walk-In Play credits for each day. In order to request and receive these credits you must notify us by 9am on the same day of your child’s absence by email to email@example.com. Only email notifications/requests can be considered.
Any other rescheduling, credits, or refunds are issued at management’s discretion. Any credits expire on September 1, 2021.
Our morning programming starts promptly at 9:10 am and our afternoon programming starts promptly at 1:40pm. If you are running late to pick up your child, please call us asap. We offer a 10 minute grace period at our 12 noon, 4pm and 6pm pick up times. For each 10 minutes late beyond that, a $5 late pick up fee will be charged.