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    Game Camp Nation – Waltham, Massachusetts

    Game Camp Nation – Waltham, Massachusetts

    Details

    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Day, Residential, Online
    • Provided By: Independent Provider
    • Session Start: January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December
    • Session Length: One Week, Two Weeks, Six Weeks, Four Weeks, Two Months, Semester, Quarter, Other, Three Weeks, Five Weeks
    • Entering Grade: Below 6th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
    • Gender: Coed
    • Category: STEM
    • Sub-Categories: Computer Science, Game Design, Career Exploration
    • Selective: No
    • Ages: 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19
    • Minimum Cost: <$500
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    Overview

    Game Camp offers video game development courses in the form of day camp, overnight camp, remote learning, and one-on-one lessons for students ages 10-18. Instructors are humble, personable leaders in their field who put students first to facilitate a fun educational experience. Game Camp groups are small so that students can make friends and benefit from a personalized learning environment.

    Course categories include Graphic Art, Game Design, Programming, Leadership, and Electives. Hands-on projects spark curiosity and a sense of accomplishment that accelerates the transition from hesitation to independence. Students can harness their passion for video games to learn career skills, improve self-confidence, and socialize. Creativity, critical thinking, communication & collaboration: Game Camp emphasizes the 4Cs needed for success in today’s media-driven world.

    Reviews (1)

    • Nightmare Camp
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      Reviewed on 08/09/2021 by Mike K.

      This camp is a total disaster organized by some 30-year-old children. We sent our teen to Game Camp Nation in Waltham this summer. The teens are barely supervised (almost no oversight--giving teens a free reign over a hotel is a recipe for a disaster), the organizers barely communicate with parents (and when they do, they are rude and immature), and the teens learn next to nothing. It's just a week+ of playing video games in a hotel. Having sent our other teens to plenty of camps, we have never had a camp experience as bad at Game Camp. Literally no redeeming qualities to this camp.

    Testimonials(2)

    • "My boys, now age 13 and 16, have attended Game Camp Nation for years. They spend all summer (or more) in eager anticipation, and the rest of the year is dotted with anecdotes, in-jokes, and stories from their times at camp. They actually rate Game Camp Nation above Christmas! As a parent, I'm pleased with the opportunities they have to make new friends, and learn to create games. I've watched in near awe as one son used a game designer software package to create a new game in minutes, working faster than I could follow. And, although neither of them has yet to be bitten by the bug to program more, they do keep up with the programming lessons, and have learned to do art and design as well. As a software engineer myself, I'll keep hoping. Game Camp Nation has given them some fabulous growth experiences, and become a highlight of their year."

      - Doug - January 15, 2016
    • “Game Camp Nation is a great place to go and be yourself; a place where you can make new friends and learn new skills. I had an amazing experience throughout the five years that I have attended. I've met some cool friends and staff and have enjoyed the gaming tournaments as well as the instructional sessions. The camp group project is always fun and makes the camp refreshing, which helped make a difference for my experience. Since the camp is held at a hotel, there is a really unique overnight option where campers can stay at the hotel, making it more fun since you are able to use the hotel's facilities. The counselors at camp are very knowledgeable and friendly and make the camp fun; and I valued the chance to be a counselor through the Junior Counselor program. It's fun to be able to use the skills you learn during camp to make your own video game and be able to see the custom characters that you coded yourself.”

      - Josh - January 15, 2016
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