Access our safe moderated servers and expert counselors
Millions of kids play Minecraft, but getting started and learning how to play can be tough. We’re here to help. Join our free Kid Club for access to our expert counselors in a safe, moderated, multiplayer environment. All that is needed to join are a computer with internet access and a Minecraft account for PC or Mac.
In Kid Club, kids can play Minecraft after school and on weekends with counselors on hand to help them move through gameplay obstacles. Players have their own space in Minecraft to build and can play on their own or as a team. But our Kid Club does more than teach kids how to play Minecraft. We’ve designed learning activities and events that maximize the learning potential of the game. Our programs focus on kids learning certain skills, including problem solving and design, advanced building techniques, online and web literacy, collaboration and community organizing, and digital citizenship.
We provide daily challenges for kids to conquer with our counselors on-hand to provide guidance if they hit stumbling blocks. Our challenges include taking on ‘survival mode’ with a few necessities, building competitions, and collaborative world building. In survival mode, kids are challenged to mine scarce resources in order to complete a build challenge, win a race, or go to head-to-head with other players. During build competitions, two teams compete to build the most epic creations, and once completed, try out each other’s designs. With collaborative world building, players come together to build a town, assign roles to other players, and nurture a community while making new friends.
Kids don’t always have to participate in the challenges. There is also “free play” time where they can build what they want, but still have access to our counselors, including one-on-one time, for any help they might need in executing their plans.
Our Club is also designed to provide a safe space for kids to learn. Our camp counselors moderate interaction in the game to make sure all communication is appropriate and feedback is made in a positive manner. All counselors, who are of college age, have been through an application process as well as one-on-one interviews with our team to discuss their Minecraft skills, experience working with kids, and experience tutoring others. They also receive an 8-hour training session on how to run the daily events and troubleshoot issues with the kids.
Unlike other Minecraft programs, our Club isn’t capped. We can receive as many kids who want to play at one time. We’re able to do this because of two things: our structured schedule and built in free time ensures counselors aren’t over-stretched and our ability to expand our server size as kids join. Access to our free servers also means avoiding the hassle of building your own or paying for a hosting service, and our Club has the added benefit of being geared toward learning as well as having fun.
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