Who is Eligible to Attend?
Any incoming 1st through 8th grader who is fueled by curiosity, loves to learn, and is hungry for knowledge and engagement. Some camp locations may vary. Please confirm a camp’s age ranges on its information page.
How much does Camp Pursuit Cost?
Camp prices vary by location. Part of the registration ($50) is non-refundable as it covers credit card fees, clerical work, scheduling, and ordering supplies. Find information on our cancellation policy below.
Is there any Financial Assistance Available?
We are proud and fortunate to have a close partnership with Education Unbound, a non-profit whose mission is to support high potential students in financial need. Education Unbound, as well as other generous sponsors, have pledged a certain number of full scholarships for each week of Camp Pursuit. Scholarships will be awarded via an online application process. The first scholarship application window runs from January 15 to March 1. Recipients will be notified by March 15. You can find the application HERE.
If you feel called to give a week of Camp Pursuit to someone in need of financial assistance, consider making a donation to Education Unbound. You can add a note to your donation indicating your desire for the funds to be used toward an additional Camp Pursuit scholarship.
Do you accept volunteers?
We love our volunteers, and they help our camp run so smoothly. We accept volunteers between the ages of 14-17. A volunteer application and sign-up form will be released in late March. When the volunteer application becomes available, a link will be posted on this page, on our social media, and sent to friends via our email newsletter.
What’s the cancellation policy, and are there any fees?
$50 from the registration cost is non-refundable. 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 does a class look like?
Each class has unique curriculum written by Camp Pursuit teachers. Every class is taught by a qualified, passionate teacher who has been trained to work with a variety of students, including gifted & high-achieving students in mixed-aged classroom models.
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 a “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 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, one of our co-founders put his 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, he didn’t put her in the Mythology course because he was uncomfortable with all of the “relations” those promiscuous gods and goddesses have!
Why should I choose Camp Pursuit?
That’s a really good question. NuMinds was founded by a couple of zany, passionate 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 its 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 NuMinds does?
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!
- Subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on social media. This helps us reach a wider audience and share what we do.
- Take just a minute to mention us to your friends. No advertisement could ever replace the value of word-of-mouth.
- 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.
- 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.
- Send us your ideas! Many of our ideas have spurned from everyday conversations with those who see a need.
- Provide a financial donation. All donated money goes directly to course expenses–pencils, paper, supplies, etc.
- 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!