Starting with basic commands, campers will be taught in a
step-by-step progression how to build a game that they design. Camp
begins with an introduction to Game Maker software including adding
rooms, building walls, adding backgrounds, warping to new levels,
music, sound effects and many other great techniques. The first few
days focus on programming basics and by late week the children are
well on their way to creating their own unique game. At the end of
camp each child is provided access to our custom download site. From
this site they can download GameMaker LITE software, their games,
our custom walk through guide and resource folder. Campers can
continue to develop their games and create new ones as well.
Video Game Creation- The Sequel
Ages 8-15 • Introductory-Intermediate, MS Windows
the spirit of Mario, Sonic, Samus and other legendary video game
stars, comes our newest camp offering. Campers use Game Maker
software to create side-scrolling, platform game with running,
jumping, falling, climbing, blasting, and enemy stomping! Students
will incorporate real world physics like gravity and
friction, while plotting out head scratching mazes for
themselves and other avid gamers to solve. Actual programming
techniques will be used to create power-ups and saved game data
during the journey. Each camper's game will be a unique adventure
programmed entirely by him or her! Additionally campers
receive access to our custom download site featuring thousands of
Morning Session: 9AM-12PM
Afternoon Session: 1PM-4PM
All Day Session: 9AM-4PM
AM or PM Session
All Day Session
1/2 Day Chess & 1/2 Day Computer
Two 1/2 Day Computer
*Late Registration Fee- Please add $25 for registrations
after April 27, 2012
Tuition includes chess
board & pieces, camp t-shirt, trophy, scorebook, certificate with group photo and work folder
YES! We still have openings!
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Once your registration is received you will be emailed a confirmation packet
which includes important forms that must be returned on the first day of camp.
Please do not mail these forms to us. You must provide an email address with
your registration, as this is how you will receive any and all communication
about the camp.
All registrations and payments must be received by midnight the Friday before
camp starts. After this date, add $25 to tuition and then you must register/pay online. Walk-in spots available on a first come, first serve basis
and subject to a $25 walk-in fee. Discount rate of $20 off per camper with groups of five or
more. Registrations and payments must be mailed together to qualify for group rate.
Please call 888.65.CHESS or 281.257.0078 for more
information or email email@example.com for more information. USA Chess does not offer extended care, however the host
school may offer it through their own summer programs. Please contact the host
school if you are interested.
The camp schedule is structured, but at the same time it is fun.
Classroom size for our chess program averages 12-15 campers. It can be
more in our computer enrchment programs (but no larger than a typical
school computer lab). We make every effort to group friends together, but
groupings within the chess programs are dependent on the camper's chess
playing ability. Teaching methods and lessons are specific to each
instructor, but th main focus is the same: present the chess material in a
fun, exhilarating and entertaining way. All necessary equipment is
provided. There are no expectations placed upon the campers, and the
atmosphere is very relaxed. A typical day in our chess program will
include instruction, activities and, of course, an opportunity to try
their new skills with an opponent. For half day campers, the day consists of two classroom lessons lasting
an hour each, with an hour break in between for practice and snack. All-day
campers follow the same schedule, with an hour break in between for
practice and snack. Computer enrichment programs typically have two longer
sessions with a snack break in between. All day campers follow the same
schedule, with an hour-long lunch/recess break. Snacks and drinks are
provided during break time. Students attending the all-day session should
bring a lunch that does not require refrigeration- we prefer lunches
without nut products. Active Learning Services does not provide extended
care, although many host schools offer extended care as part of their
summer programs. Parents should contact the host school directly to find
out what programs are available. The final day of camp is Graduation
Day. Parents have the opportunity to observe a lesson, or your child's
computer program creation. Each camper is then called forward to receive a
trophy and a certificate of achievement. Chess campers also receive a
chessboard and pieces and a folder full of work completed throughout the
week. Computer enrichment campers will receive information on how to
download their games and software from our website.
Snacks and juice will
be provided at the camp during snack time, however lunch is not. Campers are
required to bring a complete lunch of their own if attending all day.
Refrigeration of lunches will not be available. If your child has specific
allergies you will be given the opportunity to describe these allergies in the
forms emailed to you upon completion of registration. Since peanut allergies are
wide-spread, we attempt to purchase snacks that do not contain nut products.
However, if your child has an extremely severe allergy of any kind, we recommend
that they bring their own snacks to camp.
We do not anticipate any
disciplinary problems during the camp, but we still must set standards. A Chess
Camp Code of Conduct is provided to set the standard. If a disciplinary problem
arises within the camp, the camper will receive one warning and a phone call
home to their parents. If a second disciplinary problem arises, that camper
could be expelled from the camp without any financial credit. If a camperís
behavior becomes so severe or endangers other campers, immediate expulsion from
camp without phone calls, warnings, or financial credit may be necessary.
Our staff is comprised of the best hand-picked children's chess
instructors in North America and our computer enrichment staff is
specifically trained to teach the software and curriculum. We feel so
strongly about our instructors' abilities that we fly them to each of our
camps from their home cities. Our selection process for instructors is
highly competitive. In addition to in-person meetings, interviews and
classroom observation, we conduct thorough background checks to ensure
that only the best instructors are part of our team. Teaching children is
their passion and their enthusiasm is infectious.
A full refund minus a $25 service fee is given if cancellation request is
received 30 days before camp. After this, refunds will not be given. If a child
is sick and is unable to attend the camp, a doctorís note is required for a
refund minus service fee to be given. Switching sessions or camps is permitted
based on space available. There will be a $25 change fee accessed for any
Parent-Only Class NEW TIME
Join us each Tuesday for a parent-only class. Parents who have never
played chess before will learn the basic rules and opening tactics. For parents
who know about chess, opening principals and strategies will be discussed.
When: Tuesdays 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost: $29 if pre-registered, $39 on-site.
Where: Camp Location
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