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Art and Creativity at Camp

Art is subjective, it is different and unique to each and every person and comes in different forms and mediums! We believe there is no right or wrong way to pursue art and we strive to foster our campers imaginations and creative abilities in a positive direction. That is why AstroCamp offers many outlets for expression of creativity, as well as provides a space for creative development.

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There are many different mediums of art around camp. We are excited about expanding our repertoire this summer with the introduction of a few new classes. Art is all about exploring a medium that is interesting or fun to you.

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Arts and Crafts is a general exploration of creativity. It is a project based class, where an instructor will lead the group through an activity like tie-dying or screen printing, but the freedom of design is up to the camper.

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We also offer more specified classes. Whether it’s ceramics, painting, blacksmithing, cooking, film or photography, animation, acting, or music, AstroCamp has it all. So put those creative hats on and get to making something!

Building Character at Camp

Summer at AstroCamp means throwing out preexisting ideas of what people think of you and finding yourself instead. It is a place to build upon you as a person, while being surrounded by a network of positive and inspiring individuals.

AstroCamp prides itself in being a safe space for campers to be the people they want to be. It is a community based off of openness, respect, understanding, and acceptance. This summer is a great time to branch out, try new things, and ultimately take steps toward discovering your own voice, who you are, and who you want to be. Don’t hold yourself to a standard that is impossible to reach, or confine yourself in a box that society has tried to label. Create your own label…or don’t!

Don’t be afraid to be silly and goofy, or color your hair and paint your nails. Just because some people consider it “normal” doesn’t mean that you have to too. What is normal anyway? And why does someone else get to tell you what that means?! While at AstroCamp, learn about yourself by fueling your imagination, asking questions, and accepting those that are different from yourself.

Facing Your Fears

Going to camp for the first time can be nerve wracking for some kids; they’re in a new place, away from their family, and facing all new challenges. Luckily, there are ways to face these fears and come out of camp stronger and more confident than you went in.

The easiest way to become comfortable with a new place is familiarity; the more you get to know it, the less intimidating it becomes. The first step in that familiarity is the tour every camper takes, but it also just comes from spending time here at camp. A spot on camp may seem scary at first, but any fun activity taking place there begins to replace the fear associated with that location with a fond memory.

Homesickness is one of the most common issues students face on camp, and with good reason. For many campers, AstroCamp is their first overnight camp at all, and feeling separated from your normal support system can be really isolating and frightening. That’s where the counselors and other campers come into play, however. The counseling staff are there to help campers through the struggles of camp, and the cabin groups quickly form friendships that can last for years to come. They may start out feeling isolated, but it’s hard to stay isolated for long at camp.

The other big place campers deal with fear is on our ropes course, even those not normally afraid of heights. Our motto here is “Challenge by Choice,” meaning a camper only has to do what they feel comfortable with during a ropes course element. Often, instructors will have them set a goal before starting to climb, and then once they reach it will ask them if they’d like to push forward.

Often, taking that first step past what they thought they were able to do will embolden them to keep moving and complete the element, achieving something they thought was impossible for them. This experience teaches them how to face their fears and push themselves in a healthy way, an experience they will take from camp and be able to apply for the rest of their lives.

Don’t Miss This Summer Fun

Don’t miss all this fun Early Bird Incentive ENDS SOON!

Register your camper on or before December 24th, 2016 and save money with our Early Bird Incentive Program!
Incentive pricing indicated in RED!

AstroCamp Summer • One-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 8 – 13

One-Week Session 1:  June 10 – June 16        $1,300 (Before December 24th – $1,200)
One-Week Session 2:  June 17 – June 23        $1,400 (Before December 24th – $1,300)
One-Week Session 3:  June 24 – June 30        $1,400 (Before December 24th – $1,300)

Please Note: AstroCamp One-Week Sessions Run From Saturday To Friday!

NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

AstroCamp Summer • Two-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 12 – 17

Two-Week Session 1:  July 2 – July 14        $2,400 (Before December 24th – $2,300)
Two-Week Session 2:  July 16 – July 28      $2,400 (Before December 24th – $2,300)

Please Note: AstroCamp Two-Week Sessions Run From Sunday To Friday!

A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

Applying and Registration 

All of our camp sessions fill up very quickly, so APPLY EARLY!

Click HERE to register now!

For additional information or questions, please contact us.
Phone: 800.645.1423 or 909.625.6194
Fax: 909.625.9977 or 909.625.7305
AstroCamp • 27282 Calle Arroyo • San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Email: AstroCamp Registrar
Office Hours M-F: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch 12:30-1:00)

Dance or Shake into Registration

Dance, move, harlem shake or do whatever you have to, to get to AstroCamp Today!

Registration NOW Open with Early Bird Incentive Program

Register your camper on or before December 24th, 2016 and save money with our Early Bird Incentive Program!
Incentive pricing indicated in RED!

AstroCamp Summer • One-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 8 – 13

One-Week Session 1:  June 10 – June 16        $1,300 (Before December 24th – $1,200)
One-Week Session 2:  June 17 – June 23        $1,400 (Before December 24th – $1,300)
One-Week Session 3:  June 24 – June 30        $1,400 (Before December 24th – $1,300)

Please Note: AstroCamp One-Week Sessions Run From Saturday To Friday!

NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

AstroCamp Summer • Two-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 12 – 17

Two-Week Session 1:  July 2 – July 14        $2,400 (Before December 24th – $2,300)
Two-Week Session 2:  July 16 – July 28      $2,400 (Before December 24th – $2,300)

Please Note: AstroCamp Two-Week Sessions Run From Sunday To Friday!

A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

Applying and Registration 

All of our camp sessions fill up very quickly, so APPLY EARLY!

Click HERE to register now!

For additional information or questions, please contact us.
Phone: 800.645.1423 or 909.625.6194
Fax: 909.625.9977 or 909.625.7305
AstroCamp • 27282 Calle Arroyo • San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Email: AstroCamp Registrar
Office Hours M-F: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch 12:30-1:00)

Early Bird Incentive Ends Soon!

Here is some of our summer fun for your enjoyment!

Sign up before December 31st, 2015 and SAVE $$$$!

To Register Click HERE

AstroCamp Summer • One-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 8 – 14 

One-Week Session 1:  June 11 – June 17         $1,050 ($1,200 after 12/31/15)
One-Week Session 2:  June 18 – June 24         $1,150 ($1,300 after 12/31/15)
One-Week Session 3:  June 25 – July 1             $1,150 ($1,300 after 12/31/15)

Please note: AstroCamp  One-Week Sessions run from Saturday to Friday

Space is limited in some sessions. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE

AstroCamp Summer • Two-Week Sessions

Coed Ages 12 – 17

Two-Week Session 1:  July 3 – July 15          $2,150 ($2,300 after 12/31/15)
Two-Week Session 2:  July 17 – July 29        $2,150 ($2,300 after 12/31/15)

Please note: AstroCamp Two-Week sessions run from Sunday to Friday

Space is limited in some sessions. A NON-REFUNDABLE deposit of $200 is required to register. Register HERE.

Applying and Registration 

All of our camp sessions fill up very quickly, so APPLY EARLY! Our online registration system is open for registration.  For additional information or questions, please contact us.

Phone: 800.645.1423 or 909.625.6194
Fax: 909.625.9977 or 909.625.7305
AstroCamp • P. O. Box 1360 • Claremont, CA 91711
Email: AstroCamp Registrar
Office Hours: 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM (Lunch 12:30-1:00)

Here’s a taste of one of our popular summer activities, 3D Printing. Don’t miss out on all this FUN!!!

Dungeons and Dragons and Trolls, Oh My!

Most of the people who come to AstroCamp end up playing Dungeons and Dragons (D&D) for the first time. It is also our most popular class, as our campers will try as hard as possible to load up their schedules with the famous role playing game!

D&D is a role playing game. You start up by coming up with a character and deciding what you want them to be like. It could be an elf who really likes chocolate, a dwarf who just wants to prove himself to a human who wants to steal anything shiny, or anything in between. These characters are often a combination of people’s real personalities, and fictional personas they enjoy such as Han Solo, Malcolm Reynolds, Legolas, or Hermione Granger.

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The game is run by someone known as the Dungeon Master. They describe the worlds and situations that the players find themselves in. After that, the game plays as a cooperative storytelling challenge crossed with an improv session. No two games go the same way. When a player has their turn, they decide what they want to try to do and roll the dice.

The Dungeon Master then reveals the results of the attempt, the next person takes their turn, and the story continues. Players try to see things from their character’s perspective and react accordingly. This often creates ridiculous, tense, hilarious, or outrageous situations!

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The possible scenarios are almost limitless, from engaging in deadly battles with dangerous foes, to heroic rescues, or even political intrigue and moral uncertainty!  We often hear stories around camp of characters’ exploits. These range from throwing a bomb into an erupting volcano to trying to tame and ride an angry dragon to escape with its treasure! (Note: Both of these are “real” examples.)

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D&D is far from the only role playing opportunity offered at camp. This summer, instructors ran games of Pathfinder, Star Wars: Edge of the Empire, Lasers and Feelings, XD20, GURPS, and more. We even had a camper invent a role playing game where everyone played crazy advanced robots!

These games give campers an exciting way to meet and get to know each other while practicing teamwork and creativity. They also make great learning environments, as players are constantly evaluating the odds and working with probabilities without even realizing it! There are tons of games and rules out there… the only real limit is your imagination.

 

Tie-Dye Arts & Crafts

“The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” -Albert Einstein

Arts & Crafts is a staple of summer camp, and campers all across the country are exploring their creative side daily.  AstroCamp is no exception, especially because of the importance of imagination and creativity in science. 

Art cultivates connections, uncovers patterns and reveals new ways of seeing things.  These are exactly the tools every good scientist needs. 

What does every artist need? A great space to inspire creativity.  A new area called, “The Space Creative” was designed and built for Summer 2015. Along with Arts & Crafts, “The Space Creative”, is home to our brand new pottery class.  Under the guidance of professional potters, Esther Smith http://estherannsmith.com/ and Erik Gellert http://erikhubertgellert.com/, campers will experiment with a variety of pottery techniques and glazes, learn about firing process, and create their own clay masterpieces on the pottery wheel and by handbuilding. 

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With so many creative and hands-on classes now at AstroCamp, campers may need a separate suitcase to carry home all of their creations.  From blacksmithing to welding to 3-D printing and pottery, the days of going home with just a tie-dye t-shirt are long gone.  Just wait to see what we add for Summer 2016!

Why Summer Camp?

We live in an era of growing consumption of technology. Even children under the age of two spend an average of an hour per day plugged in.  This makes it even more critical for children to disconnect from both technology and the real world. Don’t worry mom and dad, time away from you can be a very healthy experience for your child, and for you.

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These eight and nine year olds pose with their counselors after pushing their boundaries to conquer the skycoaster!

Whether the time away is for a week, three weeks, a month, or the whole summer, this brief time away will allow your child to grow in ways you have never imagined. Regardless of how your child lives the rest of the year, the camp living environment is different!

Campers are together 24 hours a day requiring teamwork, continuous communication, patience, and problem solving to live in harmony. This intimate environment allows campers to build strong friendships in a relatively short time. The friends your child will make at camp will be unlike any others in their lifetime. If you ask any child about their camp experience, they will often talk about things that only their camp friends can understand. These friendships are one of a kind because camp friends see you in a huge variety of circumstances.  Whether its at your best, soaring down the zipline for the first time, or at your worst, hungry and grumpy and losing your cool. Learning to cope with failure and success are vital life skills.

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One of the boys’ cabins gets takes a walk on the wild side!

The time spent away at summer camp gives your child the opportunity to explore who they are in a completely new environment. Challenging them to handle experiences on their own and outside their normal comfort zone. Camp provides your child with a safe nurturing environment to test the boundaries of what he/she thinks they are capable of. When they succeed, they build confidence in themselves and if they fail they have a diverse group of peers and staff to support them.

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While we pride ourselves on our unique and top of the line activities, sometimes the most important times for kids are when they are just playing together!

At camp your child can try new things, focus on and excel at familiar activities that meet their interests, build confidence in him/herself, become part of a unique camp family, and find or rekindle a love of nature! There are hundreds of summer camps available that would greatly benefit your child. AstroCamp is unique because of its amazing location, the adventurous and educational programs, and the passionate, well-educated staff. Not only does the staff ensure the safety of your child, they are experts in their field and have a focused appreciation, respect and love for everything they do. Regardless if they are teaching arts and crafts, scuba diving or exploring the surroundings, they foster educational experiences through fun interactive activities!

The benefits of summer camp are endless and lasting. We can’t tell you how many times we meet timid children who leave camp with newfound confidence. These quiet campers grew out of their shell. They sang in front of the entire camp, learned to rock climb or mountain bike, and shared too many laughs to count with their friends. These are the experiences that are magical and priceless! Don’t let your child miss out on everything camp has to offer.

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How Do You Pack for Camp?

We hope you enjoyed our silly video on how we at the Guided Discoveries office pack for camp. Now, we need your help!!!We want you to put together a silly, creative, short video on how and/or what you pack for camp. The video should be no longer than one minute and no shorter than 6 seconds. Your video might be shown on any or all of our social media platforms. Please email your videos to Alisa VinZant at alisa@gdi.org. If you have any questions, please call 1-800-625-1423.

If you don’t want to or you don’t like doing videos then there is another option for you to win. We want to know why camp is important to you? How camp has made a difference in your life? What do you love about it and why do you keep coming back? Basically, what does camp mean to you! Please write your answers in paragraph form. You are welcome to write as little or as much as you wish!

Again, please send all videos and what camp means to you paragraphs to Alisa VinZant at alisa@gdi.org. Please call 1-800-625-1423 if you have any questions or concerns. All entries must be received by May 22, 2015. Happy taping and writing! We look forward to seeing you at camp soon!!!

WELCOME TO ASTRO BLOG

We would like to thank you for visiting our blog. AstroCamp is a hands-on physical science program with an emphasis on astronomy and space exploration. Our classes and activities are designed to inspire students toward future success in their academic and personal pursuits. This blog is intended to provide you with up-to-date news and information about our camp programs, as well as current science and astronomical happenings. This blog has been created by our staff who have at least a Bachelors Degree in Physics or Astronomy, however it is not uncommon for them to have a Masters Degree or PhD. We encourage you to also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Google+, Twitter, and Vine to see even more of our interesting science, space and astronomy information. Feel free to leave comments, questions, or share our blog with others. Please visit www.astrocampsummer.org for additional information. Happy Reading!

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