G3 Summer Camp
What is a Gaming Summer Camp?
Greater Good Gaming Summer Camp (G3SC) is an environment for kids with a passion for games to make new friends, refine their gaming skills and develop their intellectual, emotional, and physical selves by developing the following:
- Leadership and Teamwork Skills
- Determination and Grit
- Sportsmanship and Ethics
- Basic Programming and Game Development Skills
- Communication and Collaborative Skills
- Creative Thinking and Problem Solving Skills
For more information on the science behind our gaming principles, check out our references page.
Below are some frequently asked questions about Greater Good Gaming Summer Camp!
Why choose G3 Summer Camp?
What is the Friday showcase?
How do I sign up?
If you have any questions, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
What is a game session?
What games will be at camp?
RPG Maker MV
How is this going to help my child’s development?
Campers will learn how to use games to make them smarter, healthier, and happier. We call this: Self-enrichment.
Examples of Self-enrichment:
Leadership and Teamwork Skills
Video games have come a long way since Pong and Pac Man. There are now complicated, co-operative or competitive strategy games where players must work as a team to tackle difficult challenges. Learning how to work together is going to win the game, but more importantly, it is going to help kids become more effective teammates in school and in any future work environments.
Discipline and Grit
When we play a good, challenging game, we lose. A lot! Gamers fall in the hole, run out of time, and miss the target 80% of the time! All of that failure translates into a lot of grit! Gamers stick with difficult problems up to 2x longer than non-gamers.
Having the discipline to take a step back, evaluate the problem, and keep coming at it from different angles is an attitude towards playing games that is built into our game camp.
Each time we sit down to play games, we take a break after 15 minutes to discuss what strategies worked, and which didn’t. What new tactics can we use to conquer this challenging task?
Sportsmanship and Ethics
One of the best things kids learn when they enter into traditional sports programs is how to win and lose gracefully. This is a key component that goes missing when we let kids loose, playing games without any guidance. It is important to have coaches as well as your peers supporting good conduct whether you win or lose. This is true whether you’re playing a video game, on a sports field, or out in the real world. We are all painfully aware of the kinds of toxic harassment and bullying that are commonplace in online environments. These behaviors need to be addressed at younger ages if we want to see them changed! Kids need to understand that what they say online matters. Hiding behind a screen name is no excuse to be cruel.
By playing together and making friends at camp, kids will learn to respect their teammates, as well as their opponents, any time they play games.
What are the benefits of gaming?
- Improved visual attention and spatial intelligence skills which predict higher achievements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
- Faster and more accurate decision making in high-stress, time-sensitive contexts.
- Improved ability to track multiple streams of information simultaneously, up to three times as much information as an infrequent game-player.
- More efficient neural processing generally (their brains use fewer resources during difficult tasks).
- More effective information gathering.
- Faster and more accurate evaluation of options.
- Stronger ability to formulate and follow strategic plans.
- Greater flexibility in generating alternative strategies or goals.
- Ward off anxiety.
- Experience more frequent positive emotions, such as delight, curiosity, surprise, pride, wonder, and contentment.
- Better able to deal with frustration and anxiety in high-stress situations.
- More skillful at controlling extreme emotions such as fear and anger
- Stronger cooperative mindsets.
- Improved communication and collaborative skills.
- More engagement in civic behaviors, such as volunteering to help local charities and mentoring.