Grown-up Minecraft Camp: Play With Other Adults This Summer

Parents, teachers, and after-school facilitators frequently ask us how to get started playing Minecraft. Their kids love the game but don’t have the patience to help them get started or help them when they get stuck. That’s why we created Grown-up Minecraft Camp. Our camp counselors have the patience and the expertise to help you get started playing Minecraft, learn the lingo and maybe even teach the kids a thing or two.

In 2013, when I was researching the types of summer camps to run at the LA Makerspace, Mimi Ito told me that I definitely needed to run a Minecraft camp. Her son was really into Minecraft but there weren’t a lot of options for kids to learn how to get better at it. Thankfully I was able to recruit Camp Director Tim Young to run the LA Makerspace camp but I really wanted to learn how to play too so I could be helpful to the campers. I installed the game and managed to get into the world but then was stuck. I couldn’t figure out how to move around! Thankfully Tim took the time to explain to me that the touchpad on my Mac wasn’t the optimal way to move around and that I needed a mouse. That small pro-tip made a huge difference to me.

Since then my son started playing Minecraft so I’m motivated to continue to get better so I can help him when he is stuck or needs help leveling up. I’ve become a resource for many parents who, like me, want to be able to play the game with their kid or at the very least have a sense of what’s going on. We have seen first-hand when training educators and parents how to play the game, what a profound difference it makes for them to relate to their kids and their passion for Minecraft.

Over the course of 4 weeks, Grown-up Minecraft Camp is going to take you through the basics of getting started in the game, how to build, craft and even a bit of programming. That’s right, you’re not only going to become a Minecraft gamer, you’re going to become a programmer. What’s great about it is that you can play from home, from work (ssshh) anytime you want. All you need is a computer with Minecraft installed and an Internet connection.

For parents or educators with kids enrolled in the Online Kid Camp, you’ll be participating in similar challenges so you can help each other out at home or in the classroom. One of the key differences between the two camps is that we may end up going a little bit slower during the Grown-up camp, we are going to provide a 24×7 online chat group to ask questions and once per week we’ll host a webinar to discuss topics like griefing and how to support your kids when they need help.

I’m really looking forward to camp and playing with everyone. We have close to 100 grown-ups from around the world enrolled already. It’s going to be a fun way to connect with new people.

See you in July!

Info:
* Camp runs July 6 – August 2, 2015
* Cost: $25 for 4 weeks
* Sign up

Requirements:
* No Minecraft experience required. We have taught people that have never played a video game!
* Time commitment – we recommend a couple hours/week but it’s up to you
* Computer with a Minecraft account (no iPads or game consoles)
* Internet connection

Learn more about the camp:
* Join our Grown-up Camp Slack channel. The team is happy to answer your questions real-time
* Join our weekly Camp Trial to experience what camp will be like for the kids and grownups

SIGN-UP. It’s only $25 for 4 weeks

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