My 10-year-old has never been into sports and while he will go outside and play and maybe kick a ball around, his true love lies with electronic devices. This is not always a good thing and we do limit his time but he just isn’t the outdoorsy type and will never be one for organized sports so traditional summer camps are definitely not for him. Level Up Kids summer camp seemed like the absolute perfect fit for him so when they asked if I would be interested I jumped at the chance to see if this was something he would enjoy.
He attended their week long Adventures in Minecraft coding camp and I will tell you this kid was in seventh heaven. He was so excited and happy to get up early and go to day-camp all week which is a far cry from the boy who just a couple weeks earlier was struggling to get up for school. He was more than happy to play his favourite game while at the same time learning how it all worked.
I asked him to tell me about his experience and how he felt about the camp. He isn’t much for words but I was able to get him to open up a little bit and this is what he said t me:
I did have a lot of fun and even though the code didn’t always work for me, I still learned a lot about coding. I also was able to start from scratch a few times which also helped me learn more about how the code worked. My favourite thing about going was seeing how the code worked in the Minecraft game. I really liked seeing thing added into the game that I wrote the code for. Figuring out all the problems and finding a way to fix them was fun for me. I would totally do this camp again!
If he wants to do this camp again then he truly enjoyed himself. I can’t say enough great things about this camp and the camp counsellors that were there as well. I know my son really liked both of them and I only wish it had been longer as he loved it so much.
Level Up Kids, an engaging week-long day camp for seven to fifteen-year-old kids, focuses on teaching technological skills in a creative, kid-friendly learning environment. The camp is launching its continual learning summer sessions June to August with the choice of twelve innovative programs across Canada, including Robotics Camps and Coding Girls. Level Up Kids encourages the next generation of Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Sheryl Sandberg while incorporating a balance of high-energy outdoor games and a variety of fun camp activities. Level Up Kids is rapidly expanding from one location in New Brunswick to twenty camps in locations across Canada, the United States, and Trinidad and Tobago.
“We started Level Up Kids because we want our kids to have the freedom to work anywhere in the world and compete in a growing technological culture,” said Jeff Hughes, Founder of Level Up Kids. “I wanted to teach my own kids to code to help combat the skill gap and job gap. By 2020, there will be an estimated one million unfulfilled programming jobs in Canada.”
Level Up Kids’ unique programs will teach vital skills including problem-solving, abstract and quantitative reasoning, viable argument construction, mathematics modeling, strategic thinking, application of tools, precision and attention to detail. With twenty locations across Canada, Minnesota, and Trinidad, children receive personalized instruction with a 10:1 student to instructor ratio.
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This is the perfect mix of electronic learning and outdoor play that was perfect my son and for any other children like him. Consider sending your child to a Level Up camp and you won’t be disappointed.
Disclosure: I was given a one-week camp opportunity for my son in exchange for an honest review of the Level Up Kids camp. This post reflects my honest opinion as always.