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Camp Pursuit Frisco will be June 6-10 & June 13-17

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Camp Pursuit is based on the freedom of choice, allowing campers in incoming 1st through 8th grade to choose the course of study that best aligns with their passions and interests. Campers choose four courses each week, and every week provides different options–making each week a new experience!

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Readers Choice

Whoa!  We won the 2015 Readers’ Choice for BEST SUMMER CAMP in Frisco Enterprise.  We are happy and grateful to provide a service that others find valuable.  Thank you to whomever submitted our names and to all those who voted on us.  You are the reason we do this!

Timeline and Details

When and where is Camp Pursuit?

Camp Pursuit Frisco will be the weeks of June 6th-10th & June 13th-17th.  Each week provides different course options and a fresh experience!  We are at the beautiful St. Philip’s Academy in Frisco — very accessible, right off the Dallas North Tollway at 9400 Stonebrook Parkway.

We are excited to announce Camp Pursuit Richardson, the week of August 8th at the Audelia Road Branch Library.  Details will be announced May 1st.

What is the Timeline for the Course Catalog and Registration?

  • February 1st – Teacher Applications are due
  • February 6th – Course Catalog Survey opens to subscribers of our newsletter (sign up here)
  • March 4th – Early bird registration opens (sign up early and get a discount!)
  • March 18th – Regular registration begins
  • May 6th – Late registration begins
  • June 6th – FIRST DAY OF CAMP!

Who is Eligible to Attend?

Any incoming 1st through 8th grader who loves to learn and is hungry for knowledge.

How much does Camp Pursuit Cost?

  • Early bird: $350 (March 4th – March 17th)
  • Regular: $375 (March 18th – May 5th)
  • Late: $400 (May 6th – First day of camp)

Part of the registration ($50) is non-refundable as it covers credit card fees, clerical work, scheduling, and ordering supplies.

Is there any Financial Assistance Available?

Every year, Ben and I use our own money to provide two needs-based scholarships.  This year, we have been blessed with a generous donation from a private donor to offer and additional two needs-based scholarships (4 total).  The scholarship application opens Monday, April 26th and closes Friday, May 13th.  If this is something you need in order to send your kid to camp, simply fill out this online Google form.  Winners will be contacted the week of May 15th.

If you feel called to give a week of Camp Pursuit to someone in need of financial assistance, then please donate!  100% of donations go directly towards registering for camp.

Do you accept volunteers?

We love our volunteers, and they help our camp run so smoothly.  We accept volunteers between the ages of 13-17.  Simply read the waivers and complete the SignUpGenius, located here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E0848ABA82CABFB6-volunteer 

What's the cancellation policy and are there any fees?

$50 from the registration cost is non-refundable.  For example, if you paid the early-bird price of $350, then you would get $300 refunded back.  Here’s the full cancellation policy:

Camp Pursuit Cancellation Policy. The $50 registration fee is non-refundable. In the event you must cancel your reservation, you will receive a refund as defined herein: Cancellation notice must be submitted via email to NuMindsAdmin@numien.com. Refund will be issued in the same manner payment was made. 100% of tuition paid (this does not include the $50 Registration Fee) will be refunded if written notice is received no later than four weeks prior to session start date. Cancellations received within four or less weeks of session start date forfeit full tuition. Cancellation requests due to illness or accident prior to the camp session start date require a physician’s written verification. Upon receipt of verification, we will issue a full refund. Cancellations due to personal reasons, etc. will not receive a refund. Camp participants who leave during a session will not receive a refund, regardless of circumstances. We reserve the right to cancel a session date if participation numbers are not adequate. You may select an alternative session date, or you may request a full refund of tuition paid. Cancellations of sessions will occur a minimum of four weeks prior to the session.

What are the Camp Times?

Camp Pursuit is from 9am – 4pm Monday through Friday.  For $75 per family, students can extend camp with an early drop off (8am) and late pick up (5pm).

What does a class look like?

There are four classes per day that campers attend every day.  Each class has unique curriculum written by Camp Pursuit teachers.  Every class is taught by a certified, experienced teacher who has been trained to work with gifted & high-achieving students–including mixed-aged classroom models.  Each class is 70 minutes in length.  To give a better picture, here’s a sample schedule:

Sample Schedule

How do we chose our own courses?

3 Easy Steps to Picking the Right Course

First, understand that all courses are open to all incoming 1st through 8th graders.  Some courses have “Recommended Brain Age” which means that while your kid may be a 1st grader, he or she thinks about a topic at an advanced level.  For example, we have seen classes where a first grader and an eighth grader work side-by-side on computer programming.

Next, find out what your kid is interested in.  The whole purpose of the camp is to allow him or her to pursue their individual passions.  This is not an academic prep camp; instead, it’s a testing ground to get kids fired up about careers or areas of study they normally wouldn’t be exposed to.

Finally, see if there are any glaring reasons why age could be a barrier.  For example, some classes require fine micro motor skills that just haven’t developed.  Don’t let this stop you, I put my 1st grade daughter in an Ed Emberly drawing course last year, and although her project wasn’t as refined as the other students, she loved the course and still talks about it a year later.  However, I didn’t put her in the Mythology course because I was uncomfortable with all of the “relations” those promiscuous gods and goddesses have!

Hope that helps!

Do you offer Camp Pursuit anywhere else?

Last year we did a Mesquite version of Camp Pursuit, and this year we just got the green light to host Camp Pursuit in the Richardson/Dallas Area!  It will be the week of August 8th at the Audelia Road Branch Library.    For details, stay tuned to our newsletter, and if you’re interested in hosting a Camp Pursuit, please feel free to contact us!

Why should I choose Camp Pursuit?

That’s a really good question.  Honestly, we’re just a couple zany educators who gather a bunch of excellent teachers together and try to come up with the coolest courses possible.  We also absolutely love what we do!  We have a time-tested proprietary curriculum model that we use for all of our courses, and we only hire the best teachers–plus we pay them the best we can.  We recognize that Camp Pursuit is more than the sum of it’s parts.  We love learning!  We put your child’s safety first and do our absolute best to ensure a smooth experience.  We have puppet shows and guitars and we write our own songs.  We see the inherent quality in each child and celebrate their individuality and uniqueness.  We built Camp Pursuit under the framework: “What type of camp would I have enjoyed as a kid?”  What else…did I mention the puppet shows?

How can I support what you guys do?

We have bootstrapped NuMinds from the very beginning, which has made us resilient, flexible, and (from time-to-time) nervous as all get-out!  If you love what we do and want to support us, here are a few ways.  And thank you for even reading this far–you mean the world to us!

  1. Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media.  This helps us reach a wider audience and share what we do.
  2. Take just a minute to mention us to your friends.  No advertisement could ever replace the value of word-of-mouth.
  3. Ask your local school or PTA organization if they would like to host a NuMinds program.  Just put us in contact, and we’ll handle the rest.
  4. Volunteer at one of our events.  We’re always in need of help, and we’ll pass the savings on to you in the form of discounted admission.
  5. Send us your ideas!  Many of our ideas have spurned from everyday conversations with those who see a need.
  6. Provide a financial donation.  All donated money goes directly to course expenses–pencils, paper, supplies, etc.
  7. Thank the universe for all the blessings in your life, and then recognize the value of the very breath in your lungs.  Be happy and grateful–making the world a better place!