Campers will stretch their brains through total board game immersion, learning about the design process that went into each game, with the goal of each ultimately designing and building their own board game. This camp helps foster problem-solving skills, creative thinking, and craft-construction.
Calendar: Two-week session, Monday through Friday, 12:30 PM to 5:30 PM
Cost: $600 per session, or $550 for early birds (registration by the end of March)
Counselor Ratio: One counselor to every four to six campers
Location: 3850 Lancaster Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Recommended Ages: 11 to 15 years old
Experience Range: new player to advanced, with no experience necessary
Amenities: The cost of each camper’s session includes daily snacks, one or more board games the camper enjoys enough to own, and a personal copy of the board game the camper will design.
A more detailed schedule and curriculum will be posted once we’ve finalized our preparations.
Week 1: Each day the campers will play a variety of board games, taking notes on the aspects of each game that they liked and disliked, and learning about the various mechanics involved (from a design perspective), leading up to Friday, when a professional board game designer will be on-hand to help campers brainstorm their own board game designs.
Week 2: Each day the campers will work on designing and building their very own board game (individually, or in groups, at the campers’ discretion), taking breaks throughout the day to help each other play-test their games, or to play other board games for inspiration.
Campers will learn to play a variety of board games throughout the two-week period. A list of specific games is coming soon!