Brainwave Summer Camps 2017

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.

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Weekly Camps

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.



  • Adventurecraft Junior (FULL)

  • Minecraft Junior Camp
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  • 7-9 yrs old
  • Week: June 26-30
  • 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.

Skills will be introduced and expanded in Redstone Engineering. Campers will have continued access to their world so that they can share it with their friends.

  • The Fold

  • Inventions with Paper (3-Day Holiday Week Camp)
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  • 8-12 yrs old
  • Week: July 5 - July 7 (W-F)
  • Pricing: $175

Paper is everywhere; in our printers, in our notebooks, and even strewn about our desks. These simple sheets serve as a host for our words, but they can also be so much more--a robot worm, an electricity generator, or even a structural dome. In this camp, we will create complex, scientific wonders from these familiar, simple sheets and bring them home to amaze.

  • Playground Programmers

  • Scratch Jr. & LEGO® Stop Motion
  • 5-7 yrs old
  • Week: July 10-14
  • 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, students will take their videos home on a thumb drive.

Scratch Jr. was created by MIT for younger children and introduces kids to the world of programming through colorful characters and a simple approach to writing code by using color-coding and interlocking code-blocks.

  • Cardboard Quest

  • 2-Week Camp
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  • 10-14 yrs old
  • Weeks: July 17-21 and July 24-28 (10 days)
  • Pricing: $625

Step into another world as your wits are put to the test! This is our most comprehensive STEAM adventure. 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! From there, we will embark on adventures which 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!

This is our most multidisciplinary camp as we will incorporate art, natural and life sciences, mathematics and engineering into the two-week outdoor quest. View a fun video from last year's Cardboard Crusaders camp.

  • Cardboard Kingdom (Last call: ALMOST FULL!)

  • 1-Week Camp
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  • 7-9 yrs old
  • Weeks: July 31-August 4
  • Pricing: $350

Step into another world as your wits and honor are tested in our very own Sherwood Forest! A one-week version of Cardboard Quest, this camp is designed for younger participants and incorporates the same challenges on a smaller scale. Using the ancient techniques of the paper-sages and the forces of nature, campers will test their mettle in many challenges to reclaim the forest from an Evil Overlord and his minions. They will be formed into teams and first customize their own flags, forts, and armor from the finest cardboard in the land. Then, the young squires will embark on an adventure which will challenge their scientific, engineering, creative, and physical abilities. We will present clues that require interpretation and decryption, and problems that will require campers to collaborate, research, design, and build solutions. Teams will have to outsmart each other to see who reclaims the forest.

This is our most multidisciplinary camp as we will incorporate art, natural and life sciences, mathematics and engineering into this outdoor quest. View a fun video from last year's Cardboard Crusaders camp.

  • Animation & Arcade

  • 2-Part Series (Optional) Camp
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  • 8-12 yrs old

    Scratch Animation (Part I) (FULL*)

  • Week: August 7-11
  • Pricing: (Part I only) $350 (Parts I & II) $625

The first of an optional 2-part series, this camp may be followed by Scratch Arcade to further build upon skillsets learned. This camp may also be taken as a standalone camp.

Using Scratch, a programming language developed by MIT, our campers will learn and expand their programming skills by re-creating a book or movie of their own choosing. 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 introduces basic concepts to students new to programming and builds on existing students who have intermediate level experience. This camp focuses more on the artistic aspect of computer programming. Campers will identify key events, re-create digital versions of main characters, develop a story board, and then translate into code. Projects are based on skill level of the individual student. We will then post their projects on the Scratch website (anonymously) for all to enjoy.

*Stay tuned: Additional dates may be offered. Please contact us by email or phone for more information.

Scratch Arcade (Part II) (Last call: ALMOST FULL!)

  • Week: August 14-18
  • Pricing: (Part II only) $350 (Parts I & II) $625

A continuation of the content from Scratch Animation, this camp is a fantastic way to build upon previously gained skillsets or to acquire brand new ones! Scratch Arcade can operate as Part II of the series or be taken as a standalone camp.

Using Scratch, a programming language developed by MIT, our campers will learn and expand their programming skills by re-creating their favorite board or video game. 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 introduces basic concepts to students new to programming and builds on existing students who have intermediate level experience. Campers will deconstruct key elements of their chosen game, develop the game physics, build the environment, and translate into code. Projects are based on skill level of the individual student. We will then post their projects on the Scratch website (anonymously) for all to enjoy.

  • Adventurecraft Masters (Seats filling up!)

  • Minecraft Camp
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  • 10-14 yrs old
  • Week: August 21-25
  • 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 mapinstead, 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 show some tips and tricks to make any normal room contain a monarch's hoard of secrets.

Skills will be introduced or expand skills in Command blocks. Campers will continue to have access to their world so that they can share it with their friends.


All camps are subject to cancellation, should a minimum enrollment not be met. In the event of a cancellation, participants will be informed 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: $70 additional per week

Discounts do not apply to before/after care.


Summer 2017 Discounts & Credits:

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. This discount is not to be combined with any other discount and only applies to a summer of 2017 Enrichment Center Camp.

Refer-a-New-Friend Credit: For each new friend you refer to a 2017 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.