Empow Summer and Vacation Camp

    For Kids in 2nd through 8th Grade

    Sessions in Belmont, Brookline, Easton, Lexington, Needham, Newton, and Cape Cod

    Empow Camp offers kids a chance to build projects that involve all our technologies, including:

    Video Game Design

    Animation

    LEGO Robotics

    Digital Audio/Video

    3D Modeling

    Architecture

    Music Production

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    All this, plus group activities, outdoor time, and fun.

    *New* for 2015: Empow Camp – Minecraft Edition, a week of game design, world creation, exploration, and modding madness. Available during select weeks. See schedule below for details.

    A Typical Week at Camp

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    Summer Vacation Camp

    Empow Camp returns to Lexington, Newton, Needham and Belmont in 2015, plus Brookline, Easton (Stonehill College), and Cape Cod.

    *New* for 2015! Empow Studios Camp – Minecraft Edition comes to Lexington, Needham, Easton and Cape Cod during select weeks.

    Click on the locations below for schedule, location and registration information.

    Location: Empow Studios, 1776 Mass Avenue, Lexington

    Times: 9am-4pm. Early drop-off 8:30 (no additional charge) and 1-hour extended day (Mon-Thu, additional charge applies)

    Cost: Half day $335; Full day $595

    Location: Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 333 Nahanton St., Newton

    Times: 9am-5pm. Early drop-off 8:30 (no additional charge) and 1-hour extended day (Mon-Thu, additional charge applies)

    Cost: Half day $395 (am)/ $415 (pm); Full day $675

     

    Location: Beth El Temple Center, 2 Concord Avenue, Belmont

    Times: 9am-4pm. Early drop-off 8:30 (no additional charge) and 1-hour extended day (Mon-Thu, additional charge applies)

    Cost: Half day $335; Full day $595

    Location: Presbyterian Church, 1458 Great Plain Avenue, Needham

    Times: 9am-4pm. Early drop-off 8:30 (no additional charge) and 1-hour extended day (Mon-Thu, additional charge applies)

    Cost: Half day $335; Full day $595

    Address: Cape Cod Academy, 50 Osterville-West Barnstable Road, Osterville, MA

    Times: 9am-4pm. Early drop-off 8:30 (no additional charge) and 1-hour extended day (Mon-Thu, additional charge applies)

    Cost: Half day $335; Full day $595

    Sessions

    • June 29 – July 3
    • July 6 – July 10
    • July 13 – July 17
    • July 20 – July 24 – Minecraft Edition
    • July 27 – July 31
    • August 3 – August 7
    • August 10 – August 14

    Register for Empow Camps through Cape Cod Academy. Note that when you click on this link you will first be asked for your name, address and child’s information, and then you will be able to select the appropriate session.

    Register Here


    Location
    : Heath Elementary School, 100 Eliot Street, Chestnut Hill/Brookline

    Times: 9am-4pm. Early drop-off 8:30 (no additional charge) and 1-hour extended day (Mon-Thu, additional charge applies)

    Cost: Half day $335; Full day $595

    Location: Stonehill College, 320 Washington Street, Easton

    Times: 9am-4pm. Early drop-off 8:30 (no additional charge) and 1-hour extended day (Mon-Thu, additional charge applies)

    Cost: Half day $335; Full day $595

    Empow Camp: Minecraft Edition

    Limited Run! Available for only 6 sessions in 4 different locations – Click on a location to register

    Grab your pick axe and join your fellow Minecraftians for a week of game design, world creation, exploration, and modding madness. Campers will contribute to and create unique and amazing worlds that can be taken home and played on a personal Minecraft account. The virtual world combines with the physical when participants test game mechanics in the real world (an outdoor game of capture the flag or a scavenger hunt anyone?) and craft their own Minecraft gear using customized paper craft, perler beads, and other supplies. Campers can use their own Minecraft account or a temporary account from Empow Studios (no additional charge). All levels are welcome.

    Empow Camps are Loved by Parents…

    We loved the Empow experience. My kids could not get enough of it – they nagged us every morning to leave earlier (which has never happened before). I am really pleased that both boys, who have very different interests, were so engaged.

    Melissa, a Lexington Empow Camp mother

    … and by Kids

    “It’s a unique camp… where you can learn new technologies, which is something you can’t really do at home.”

    “I keep coming back here because it’s a place where I can be myself.”

    “If I could come here all the time, I definitely would want to.”

    Highlights of what Empow Campers say. Watch the video for more.

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    Why Empow Camp?

    Empow Camp is built on the idea that technology is the new creative medium, and kids need opportunities to understand how technology can fit into their lives — not just as entertainment, but as an essential tool for being successful. We made Empow Camp to be a unique combination of imaginative play and sophisticated technology made accessible to kids. We incorporate storytelling, design, planning, and collaboration into all projects. Storytelling is a big part of the camp. Each session builds toward a final project that will be showcased on the last day. We have story starters, ideas, and themes to help campers develop their characters and story lines, whether they’re working on an animation, multi-level video game, architecture project, or any other project type.

    A Week at Camp

    Monday AM: Introductions, games, teambuilding, preview of the week schedule, tour of the space and equipment, and ground rules. Monday PM: Plan and complete the first introductory projects. Tuesday – Wednesday: Individual and small-group work on the projects. Mini-lessons and group tutorials & demos. Instructors guide campers toward successful project completion. Thursday: Wrap up the projects, do any post-production, packaging, or final design work. Friday: Fun whole-group project, relax, play games, do mini-projects. Parents come in one hour before dismissal time for a full-group showcase of projects.

    Well-balanced

    Every 2 hours we take a break from projects to do group activities, games, and snacks. Lunch includes an hour-long recess outside (weather permitting), and each day ends with a group meeting and a game. All attendees make a movie of their project and take the movie home on a new flash drive. The week ends with the Friday Showcase of final movies played for parents and a celebration of everyone’s creative ideas.

    This camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local board of health. Empow Camp shall inform parents at the time application forms are provided that they may request copies of background check, health care and discipline policies as well as procedures for filing grievances.