New camps mean new friends and new experiences! We’ve added to our Creative Technology camp series with Photo Exploration and Video Exploration as well as Comics Creators, which is our first for elementary grades. And don’t miss the exciting hands-on Circuit Building camp or the special 3-day session of Build a PC just for grades 6-8.

Summer Camps

Photo Exploration

NEW! Creative Technology Series: Explore the possibilities of digital photography with artistic photo projects. Discover how to take amazing photos on a phone or DSLR camera with a process that starts even before you tap the shutter button. Daily photo challenges help you learn about composition, framing, cropping, color, lighting, focus, and depth of field. After learning how to capture great images with the camera, create a portfolio and perfect your images using photo editing software.

Grades 6-8
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $250

Video Exploration

NEW! Creative Technology Series: Perfect your video recording and editing skills and explore the power of video. Learn key skills like lighting, framing, blocking, recording sound, dubbing, and adding effects. Practice techniques like storyboarding and shot planning, scene transitions, and choosing close ups or long shots. Rise to the challenge of daily projects like making a silent film, interview, commercial, or splicing together archive footage. Learn the ins and outs of online video editing software.

Grades 6-8
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $250

Game Design

Creative Technology Series: Create your own fun games while learning about coding and game design. You’ll learn the skills you need to start developing games. Plan out your game’s setting, develop gameplay mechanics, code it, and add graphics and sound. No coding experience required. You’ll take home your finished PC game to play and share, along with its source code so you can keep working on it using GameMaker Studio 1.4.

Grades 6-8
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $250

Comics Creators (grades 3-5)

NEW! Creative Technology Series: An immersive introduction to comic book storytelling for campers in elementary school (grades 3-5). Learn from a professional comic book artist as he guides campers through creating the story, dialogue, and art, then arranging the panels to express action and emotion. Practice using comics software to design your stories. (Can’t draw? We’ll provide premade images to help.)

Grades 3-5
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $250

Circuit Building - Explore Electronics

NEW! Explore electronics with a week of circuit building projects. Learn how electronic circuits work by taking apart gadgets, prototyping with kits, and safely experimenting with components. Build circuits with LED lights, sounds, motors, batteries, and simple microchips. It’s a great foundation for kids who want to get into electrical engineering or robotics. Take home your own kit of parts with project guides as well as a complete soldered project.

Grades 6-8
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $250

Drone Flight

Prepare for the future of flight! Drones are everywhere, and they’re more than just toys. Trained pilots and engineers will be in high demand, so join us to practice your piloting skills and learn to fly safely and precisely. Start with flight simulators and move up to flying toy quadcopter drones with remote video feeds. Work together to complete scenarios like search-and-rescue and wildlife tracking.

Grades 6-8
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $250
Held at NC State McKimmon Center in Raleigh

Build A PC (grades 6-8)

NEW! Extended session for middle schoolers: Learn how to build a computer from scratch, including: choosing parts, installing parts into the case, adding a graphics card, troubleshooting, loading software, testing and benchmarking. Get hands-on experience as you build, modify, and tear down computers, including a start-to-finish gaming PC build.

Grades 6-8
Three-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $200

Waitlist
Scholarships still available

Build A PC (grades 9-12)

Learn how to build a computer from scratch, including: choosing parts, installing parts into the case, adding a graphics card, troubleshooting, loading software, testing and benchmarking. Get hands-on experience as you build, modify, and tear down computers, including a start-to-finish gaming PC build.

Grades 9-12
Two-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
Cost: $150

Waitlist
Scholarships still available – Apply here
Scholarship recipients skip the waitlist, but only a few are left!

Additional Summer Camps in Raleigh and Cary

Game Design in Raleigh

Creative Technology Series: Campers will learn programming concepts and teamwork as they create and build games. Develop your game’s code, gameplay mechanics, levels, graphics, and sound. Learn how real game studios work on big-name games. Students use GameMaker Studio, software that’s used by professionals for popular commercial games like HyperLight Drifter and Spelunky. Participants can use this free software to keep working on their games after camp.

Grades 6-8
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
See RecLink site for camp fees (Barcode #218388)
Held at Chavis Community Center in Raleigh
Note: This camp is offered through City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources. Registration fees and policies differ. Scholarships are not available.

Digital Creativity in Raleigh

Learn the ins and outs of digital media production. Get creative with fun projects using photo, sound, and video editing software. Campers will create a design based on a photo, put together sound effects to tell story, and record a video with special effects. Learn how to use powerful, free software programs so you can keep creating at home. A combination of design studio and art class, this is a must for aspiring artists, musicians, game designers, and filmmakers.

Grades 6-8
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
See RecLink site for camp fees (Barcode #218387)
Held at Marsh Creek Park in Raleigh
Note: This camp is offered through City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Resources. Registration fees and policies differ. Scholarships are not available.

Drone Flight in Cary

Practice piloting skills and learn to fly safely and precisely! Start with flight simulators and move up to flying quadcopters with remote video feeds. Work together to complete challenging scenarios like search-and-rescue and wildlife tracking.

Grades 6-8
Five-day camp, 9 am – 4 pm
See ClassWeb site for camp fees (Barcode #111987)
Held at Bond Park Community Center in Cary
Note: This camp is offered through Town of Cary Parks, Recreation & Cultural Resources. Registration fees and policies differ. Scholarships are not available.

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Scholarships

Need-based scholarships are available for all our camps. Use this scholarship application form to apply. Make sure to apply for a scholarship before registering.

Non-Profit 

Kramden Institute’s mission as a non-profit includes increasing access to technology education to youth in North Carolina. Your camp fees and other support enable us to offer scholarships for every program we offer.

Policies and Information

Please carefully read the policies and information below before you register.

Refund Policy

Refunds are available until two weeks before the camp start date.

Lunch and Snacks

If your student has food restrictions, be sure to list them on the registration form. We’ll provide snacks and water, but students need to bring their own lunches. Make sure your child is aware of any allergies they have and what foods to avoid. We will have peanut-, tree nut- and gluten-free snacks available.

Schedule

Camps are from 9 am to 4 pm each day. You can drop off as early as 8:30 am, and pick up no later than 4:30 pm. If your child has to miss a day of camp, please let us know as soon as you can.

Contacting your Camper

If you need to contact your child or the instructors during the day, call 919-293-1133.

Check In and Check Out by Authorized Adults

When you drop off your child in the morning, please come in to the office to check in. Please also come in to check out your child at the end of the day when picking up. If the person who is picking up your child was not listed on the camp registration, the parent/guardian who registered the child must provide that person’s name in advance. Only authorized adults will be allowed to pick up a child.

Behavior

Campers are expected to treat the instructors and other campers with respect at all times. If a camper is disruptive, instructors may intervene to help the camper improve their behavior. Continued disruptive behavior may result in temporary or permanent dismissal from camp. Physical aggression or threatening behavior will result in immediate, permanent dismissal from the camp.

Medical and Special Needs

If your child has an epi-pen or other daily or emergency medication or device, please make sure they bring it. Let the instructors know they have it when you check in. If you have information about your child’s special needs that will help our instructors make sure your child has a great time at camp, please let us know by phone or email before camp begins.

Outdoor Activities

Our camps include lunch and other break times and activities when campers will be outdoors (weather permitting). Make sure your child brings appropriate clothing and supplies (jacket, sunscreen, water bottle, etc).

Phones and Electronic Devices

Campers are permitted to bring their devices to camp, but may only use them when allowed by the instructors. If device use interferes with camp activities, the instructors may take possession of the device until the end of the day.

Camp Locations

Unless otherwise noted, camps are held at our office in Durham near RTP. Some camps are located in Raleigh and Cary.

Camp Schedule

Our spring camps are held the week of April 2. Summer camps run from the week of June 11 through the week of August 20. See each camp’s listing for specific dates.

Questions?

Email camps@kramden.org or call 919-293-1133.