Brainwave Summer Camps 2018

Our S.T.E.A.M. summer day camps offer fun learning experiences for 5 to 14 year-old campers, as we get the creative juices flowing in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics projects.



  • Times: 9:00am-4:00pm
  • Pricing: see camp listings below

All Brainwave Summer Camps require campers to bring a packed lunch, snacks, a refillable water bottle, and bug spray. Campers will be provided frequent outdoor activity breaks and a morning snack break, lunch break, and afternoon snack break throughout the course of each day.



  • Minecraft Space Engineering Lab

  • 7-9 yrs old
  • Week: June 18-22
  • Pricing: $350

Have you ever wanted to start your own moon base or Mars colony? At the Minecraft Space Agency, we will create our own space bases on alien worlds, with Minecraft! Campers will learn what machines and supplies they need to fill their space base with in order to survive on an alien world, as well as what gear they need to build to explore away from their colony. While campers are having fun with Minecraft, we will also introduce them to engineering and project management basic concepts.

  • Road to Code

  • Programming with Scratch (Level I: Beginners)
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  • 8-12 yrs old
  • Week: June 25 - June 29
  • Pricing: $350

Using Scratch, a programming language developed by MIT, our campers will learn and expand their programming skills by coding a story of their own design. Specifically created to mirror the command structure of languages such as Python and C, Scratch helps kids write their own code with a simple layout and techniques that can be easily grasped by both newcomers and veterans.

This beginners’ class introduces basic concepts to campers new to programming. For those who have some previous experience, this class will help them to practice and apply their skills to creating their own game or animation. Projects are based on skill level of the individual camper. We will then post camper projects on the Scratch website (anonymously) for all to enjoy.

  • Race to the Stars

  • Space Engineering Simulation
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  • 8-10 yrs old
  • Week: July 2-6 (closed Wed., July 4)
  • Pricing: $280

Join us as we take to the stars! Using the game Kerbal Space Program, campers will learn about rocket engineering and design, such as overall shape, when to disconnect sections, and how much fuel to take. Using what they’ve learned, campers will split into teams and we'll take them from project planning to implementing their own command for their own mission to space, and compete against other teams to see who can create the best rocket. It actually is rocket science!

  • Scratch Arcade

  • Programming with Scratch (Level II: Intermediate)
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  • 8-12 yrs old
  • Weeks: July 9-13
  • Pricing: $350

Using Scratch, a programming language developed by MIT, our campers will learn and expand their programming skills by recreating classic video games. Specifically created to mirror the command structure of languages such as python and C, Scratch helps kids write their own code with a simple layout and techniques that can be easily grasped by both newcomers and veterans. This class uses the pioneers of video game technology to introduce applied programming concepts to campers while they recreate classic games like Pong or Asteroids with their own personal flair.

Requirements: Must have taken an introductory programming course including Scratch.

  • Adventurecraft Junior

  • Minecraft Junior Camp
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  • 7-9 yrs old
  • Weeks: July 16-20
  • Pricing: $350

Have you ever embarked on an adventure in Minecraft, fraught with puzzles and danger? Perhaps you've wanted to design your own adventure instead, and pit players against gauntlets of monsters through winding labyrinths. In Adventurecraft Junior, we will help campers to create their own mysteries for their friends to explore and teach some tips and tricks to make any normal room contain a monarch's hoard of secrets.

  • Programming Python

  • 10-14 yrs old
  • Week: July 23-27
  • Pricing: $350

Python is a programming language specifically designed for ease of readability, and as such is a great way to introduce campers to the wider world of coding. While veterans of coding languages such as Scratch may quickly recognise some of Python’s constructs and layout, the format is simple enough that even someone with little to no experience can understand it fairly quickly. It is heavily used in science, big data analysis, and information technology/systems.

  • Playground Programmers

  • Scratch Junior Camp
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  • 5-7 yrs old
  • Week: July 23-27
  • Pricing: $350

Children's playground games are wonderful backdrops for young campers to learn concepts in software programming and stop-motion animation. During the week, campers will enjoy the outdoors by playing games and then turn that fun into a video game, using Scratch Jr. and stop-motion animation! Campers will combine the creative power of LEGO® with image-capture technology to create stop-motion videos in which their creations assemble themselves or interact with each other. They will be guided through developing storyboards, setting up the video camera, and using animation software. At the end of class, campers will take their videos home on a thumb drive.

  • Cardboard Engineering Quest

  • 7-9 yrs old & 10-14 yrs old

1-Week Junior Camp (ages 7-9)

  • Weeks: July 30-August 3
  • Pricing: $350

Step into another world as your wits are put to the test! This is our most comprehensive STEAM adventure, during which we will be teaming up with The Painted Turtle's Art Camp. Campers will build their 21st Century skills in this engineering and science camp, and no STEAM stone will be left unturned as we reclaim the forest from an evil overlord and his minions. We will come together to collaborate on customizing flags, as well as design and build structures from the finest cardboard in the land! Recess breaks will include cooperative team building games and waterballoon relay races.

Learn more about The Painted Turtle's art camps:

Painted Turtle Art Camps & Courses

2-Week Pro Camp (ages 10-14)

  • Weeks: July 30-August 10
  • Pricing: $650

Campers will participate in all of the week 1 activities listed above before moving onto the second half of this two-week program. We will embark on adventures that will challenge our scientific, engineering, creative, and physical abilities. Clues will be presented that will require interpretation and decryption, as well as problems that will require campers to collaborate, research, design, and build solutions. Teams will have to outwit each other in order to be the one to reclaim the forest. At the end of this two-week adventure, we will celebrate the victors with a party!

View a fun video from one of our past Cardboard Engineering camps.

  • Adventurecraft Masters

  • Minecraft Camp
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  • 10-14 yrs old
  • Weeks: August 13-17
  • Pricing: $350

Have you ever embarked on an adventure in Minecraft, fraught with puzzles and danger? Perhaps you've wanted to design your own adventure instead, and pit players against gauntlets of monsters through winding labyrinths. In Adventurecraft Masters, we will help campers to create their own mysteries for their friends to explore and teach some tips and tricks to make any normal room contain a monarch's hoard of secrets through the use of advanced redstone and programming command blocks!

  • STEAM Productions Stop Motion Animation

  • 7-14 yrs old
  • Week: August 20-24
  • Pricing: $350
  • Age Group A: 7-9 yrs old
  • Age Group B: 10-14 yrs old

One part creation, one part production, all parts fun! For this STEAM camp, we will be teaming up with The Painted Turtle's Art Camp. Using any materials on hand (e.g., LEGO or clay), campers will combine their power of storytelling with image-capture technology. They will create videos in which their creations interact with each other through the power of stop-motion animation. Instructors will help campers develop short storyboards, set up the video camera, and use the animation software. At the end of class, we will email campers their videos. Develop all your STEAM skills as you produce a visual masterpiece.

Learn more about The Painted Turtle's art camps:

Painted Turtle Art Camps & Courses

All camps are subject to cancellation, should a minimum enrollment not be met. There are no refunds or reductions once a participant is registered for any reason, unless The Enrichment Center @ 2nd Nature Academy cancels a camp, whereupon all participants will be informed in advance and payment will be refunded.

Registration Fee & Forms

A once-annual, non-refundable $25.00 registration fee is due at the time of registration. Discounts do not apply to the registration fee.

To register, all campers must submit the following paperwork:

  • Registration form
  • Signed Camper Conduct Agreement (pg. 3 of Registration form)
  • Physician’s Well-child Physical Form (from pediatrician)
  • Current immunization records (from pediatrician)

Before/After Care

  • Times: 7:30am-9:00am / 4:00-6:00pm
  • Pricing: $75 additional per week

Discounts do not apply to before/after care.


Summer 2018 Discounts & Credits:

Early registration: Register and PAY IN FULL for 1 or more weeks by March 31, 2018 and receive 5% off of camp rates. Any additional weeks added after March 31st are not subject to the discount. This discount is not to be combined with any other discount and only applies to a summer of 2018 Brainwave Camp.

Sibling Discount: If enrolling 2 or more siblings, full price must be paid for the 1st child and a 5% discount per additional child may be applied for up to 2 siblings thereafter for a camp of equal or lesser value, within the same summer. This discount is not to be combined with any other discount and only applies to a summer of 2018 Enrichment Center (Brainwave/Painted Turtle) Camp.

Refer-a-New-Friend Credit: For each new friend you refer to a 2018 Enrichment Center Summer Camp (Brainwave or Painted Turtle) who enrolls, you will receive a credit of $30 off of a future Enrichment Center program of your choosing. This credit only applies to referrals who have not previously participated in any of The Enrichment Center/The Painted Turtle's programs. This credit expires after one calendar year from date of referral.