Create-a-Minecraft-Club Starter Kit

Interested in starting up a Minecraft Club at your school, library, community center or home? We’ve got you covered. The first rule of thumb is that clubs come in many shapes and sizes—there is no one way to set-up or run a club. The second rule of thumb is that the kids in your club will definitely have ideas about what it should look like! Listen to their ideas, try them out and see what works.

Step 1: Check your tech

Minecraft is a 3D game and requires some level of tech to run well.

  • Internet: We recommend high-speed broadband (1MBps per user). Check your internet speed.
  •  Computers: Both the amount of memory and the type of processor are important.
    • RAM: We recommend a minimum of 2GB RAM, with 4GB RAM being ideal.
    • Processors: Minimum specs include an Intel Pentium D or AMD Athlon 64 (K8) 2.6 GHz processor. Recommended: Intel Core i3 or AMD Athlon II (K10) 2.8 GHz.
  • Peripherals: Kids are a whiz with trackpads but corded mice are great to have on hand. Headsets are optional but help to keep the noise in the room level to a dull roar.

Step 2: Get the game

The kids in your club might have Minecraft licenses of their own, but if not you can get them at minecraft.net. We recommend one license per child.

Step 3: Select a server

One of the fun aspects of a Minecraft club is playing together with friends and other players in multiplayer mode. This is where choosing a server to play on or setting up a Minecraft server of your own comes in. We love our very own Kid Club server, which is free and moderated by our awesome club counselors. They keep an eye out for any griefing, design and direct challenges, help kids level up their expertise and support them in being polite and helping one another. Just sign up the kids in your club and you can access the server and all its activities during our normal hours of operation.

If you want to set up a server of your own, that’s a great choice, too. Check out your options in this tutorial.

Step 4: Set some goals

Working with the kids in your club to define a set of goals is a terrific way to get started. Do the kids want to focus on building, surviving, or adventuring? Do they want to create a space to hang in together socially and play minigames or do they want to do something specific, like start a book club or learn to code? Start by brainstorming a list of goals—knowing what the kids want to do will help you find the right resources to support them. Revisit these goals frequently and update them as club members’ interests change.

Step 5: Create challenges (or borrow and remix our resources!)

Challenges are one type of activity that can make a club fun and help your kids level up their expertise in both Minecraft and teamwork. These could be treasure hunts, minigames, build challenges or themed events, for example. You can design challenges, the kids can design challenges, or better yet, design them together! Feel free to borrow and remix our resources and stop by our forums to share the ones you invent.

Create a Treehouse

Create an Underwater Base

Rube Goldberg Machines!

Making Music with Note Blocks

Build the 8th Wonder of the World

Waterslide Challenge

Rollercoaster Challenge

Hiding Secret Passageways with Redstone Doors

Recreate a Famous Landmark

Step 6: Peruse our How-tos

Keep your club fresh. Our library of How-Tos can be a great source of inspiration.

How to Make Your Own Minecraft Player Skin

How-To: Playing Spleef in Minecraft

Conquering Parkour in Minecraft

How to Make a Carrot Farm

Step 7: Share with parents

Many parents want to learn more about what their kids are doing in Minecraft. Keep them in the loop!

Step 8: Discover additional resources

We’re always adding new resources to help support you in your quest to create the greatest Minecraft club ever. Here are a few to get you started:

Requirements to run your own Minecraft camp or workshops

How to setup your own Minecraft server to run in the classroom or after-school program

How to run an in-game Minecraft challenge

How to run a Minecraft coding camp

Webinar: Running a Minecraft Coding Camp

Webinar: Running Through a Challenge and In-Game Event

Webinar: Setup Minecraft-in-a-box, Useful Mods

Webinar: How To Setup a Minecraft Camp

Blog: Peer Mentorship and Connected Camps Counselors Program

Blog: How Connected Camps differs from other servers

Blog: Why Minecraft Rewrites the Playbook for Learning

Blog: 6 Life Skills Kids Can Learn from Minecraft

Step 9: Have fun!

Step 10: Tell us about your club

Visit our forums to share, exchange ideas, and more.