How is Online Summer Camp any different than Online School (which is not fun for my student)?
Online Camp has very little in common with Online School. Most importantly is that our counselors (many of whom are teachers) and our programs are designed to put fun ahead of education… and engagement ahead of information. As such, our online adventures are more like a computer game in that the camper has autonomy, a tangible sense of progress, and the companionship of their friends as they navigate the story. As well, we have breakout rooms for smaller groups and new policies that will allow campers more freedom to communicate with each other, as long as their conduct is appropriate.
How is Online Summer Camp any different than playing computer games all day?
These are just a few of the ways that our Online Summer Camps are better than computer games:
Our adventures are live and face-to-face. What this means is that your camper isn’t playing games with computer generated avatars, but instead, real people in real time.
Computer games cannot adapt to a player’s needs. Our staff are engaged with your camper and available to address their questions and concerns.
A computer game won’t monitor your child’s interactions and keep you in the loop. When campers are in separate rooms, there will be counselors there with them. If campers are experiencing conflict with each other, our staff are there to assist.
A computer game won’t let your camper meet and make new friends face-to-face. We have already had a number of our campers make new friends online and their parents connected with each other so that they could continue socializing online after the camp was over.
Computer games won’t get your camper involved in activities away from the screen in order to make progress in the adventure. Our campers are building props, costumes, and doing physical activities to help change the outcome of the story.
Our adventures provide a leadership experience for your older teens in our Online CIT program where they play characters and help run the plot for the kids. This kind of responsibility and performance is a good addition to their job or college application.
What about Screen Fatigue?
Our campers have not reported Screen Fatigue from a full day of online camp. This is largely because the adventures are inspirational and exciting instead of draining and boring (like some Zoom meetings for work that parents may have experienced). As well, we have many opportunities to get the campers up and out of their chairs with physical activities that help move the story forward. Exercise plays a big part of keeping campers mentally sharp and involved. We also have scheduled breaks to allow campers to socialize with each other and eat meals. If you are still concerned about screen fatigue, please see our new Half-Day version listed in #6.
Why do I need online camp when my child can just go outside and play this summer?
We remember being a child and spending our summer days outside, romping around with our friends, riding a bike to the swimming pond, and going to sleep-overs. Unfortunately, many of these activities will be severely limited if not impossible this summer. There will be limits on the size of group gatherings for a while and some of your child’s friends may not be available for in-person socializing. Swimming facilities are not expected to open this summer and sleep-overs may not be the best option if the CDC is still requiring a level of physical distancing. The summers we remember fondly will not be the summer of 2020.
How will you keep my camper engaged for the duration of the day?
Our Online Camp mimics our Offline Camp with plenty of opportunities to roleplay, battle monsters, solve mysteries, and meet new characters. Costuming is still a part of our online camp experience and we do encourage campers to attend dressed as their characters. There are scheduled breaks throughout the day as well as many activities to get our campers up and out of their chairs and moving around.
What enrollment options do you have?
You can enroll your child in the following program types:
Full Day (Mon-Fri 9a-3p)
Extended/Quest Day (Mon-Fri 8:30a-6:00p)
“Overnight” (Mon-Fri 9a-9p with a dinner break from 6p-7p)
NEW: Half Day (Mon-Fri 9a-11:30a)