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. For more information on the science behind our gaming principles, check out our references page.

Why choose G3 Summer Camp?

We believe that if we bring gamers together, we can turn their talent and passion for gaming into something positive for our community. At the end of the week, our campers will host a community event, with proceeds benefiting a local charity.

How do I sign up?

Registration is available now through June 20th, 2019.

Register now!

If you have any questions, please email us at g34charity@gmail.com

Sample Daily Schedule:

8:30 AM Sign-in
9:00 AM Game Session 1
10:00 AM Game Session 2
11:00 AM Game Session 3
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM Group Discussion
1:30 PM Outdoor Game
2:30 PM Game Session 4
3:30 PM Sign-out

 

What is a game session?

Each game session starts with a short cardio workout. The game will be played for 25 minutes, then there will be a 5 minute review. Campers will get up and stretch, talk about what strategies worked best and how to improve the next time they play, then they will do another short round of cardio and jump back in for 25 more minutes of play!

What games will be at camp?

All of our games are carefully chosen by our staff to be camp appropriate. If you have any questions or concerns about any of the games, please contact us at g34charity@gmail.com.

  1. Rocket League
  2. Brawlhalla
  3. Hearthstone
  4. Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle
  5. Pathfinder
  6. BeatSaber
  7. RPG Maker MV
  8. Mario Kart
  9. Mario Tennis

How is this going to help my child’s development?

Participants will be directly involved in actively making a difference in their community. We call this: Community-enrichment.

They will also 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 in to 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?

Cognitive Benefits:
  1. Improved visual attention and spatial intelligence skills which predict higher achievements in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.
  2. Faster and more accurate decision making in high-stress, time-sensitive contexts.
  3. Improved ability to track multiple streams of information simultaneously, up to three times as much information as an infrequent game-player.
  4. More efficient neural processing generally (their brains use fewer resources during difficult tasks).
  5. More effective information gathering.
  6. Faster and more accurate evaluation of options.
  7. Stronger ability to formulate and follow strategic plans.
  8. Greater flexibility in generating alternative strategies or goals.
Emotional Benefits:
  1. Improve mood immediately.
  2. Ward off anxiety.
  3. Experience more frequent positive emotions, such as delight, curiosity, surprise, pride, wonder, and contentment.
  4. Better able to deal with frustration and anxiety in high stress situations.
  5. More skillful at controlling extreme emotions such as fear and anger
social benefits:
  1. Stronger cooperative mindsets.
  2. Improved communication and collaborative skills.
  3. More engagement in civic behaviors, such as volunteering to help local charities and mentoring.