DC Michigan Park CP2018

Camp Pursuit Washington DC (Michigan Park) Course Catalog 2018

 

Each Week of Full Day Camp (9am – 4pm) = $250
Extended Option (8am – 5pm) = $50 per Family

This special edition of Camp Pursuit features Drone Camp by Global Air Media, as featured in many news outlets. All campers will have the opportunity to participate in this empowering high-tech curriculum, and then complete the rest of their camp experience with selections from the course catalog.

 

See Drone Camp in action in the news feature below:

 

To see detailed course descriptions and information about DC (Michigan Park) Camp Pursuit, click one of the buttons below!

 

Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins June 4.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

 

Michigan Park Christian Church

1600 Taylor St NE, Washington, DC 20017


Course/Title: Droids, Drones, and Superbots

Description: The work of the future is moving towards automation, and the role of the superhero is no different. In this course, you’ll construct drones, program droids, and conceptualize superbot technology “more powerful than a locomotive” in order to fight crime and save humanity.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: City of the Future

Description: Cities are amazingly complex, interconnected systems that are constantly evolving with new technology and changing populations. Have you ever wondered what the city you live in will look like deep into the future? Imagine how systems like transportation, sanitation, energy and entertainment will look, sound, and feel. This summer, we are looking for creative minds to engineer and build a city of the future- -one that will provide benefit to all of its citizens! 8 Join us for this thought-provoking exploration into the what-ifs and hows of the future of human civilization.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Mathematical Arts

Description: Both mathematicians and artists are problem-solvers who improvise and view the world in new and innovative ways. In this course, the right brain will meet the left as we create optical illusions, fractals, original tessellations, Penrose tiles, and parabolic line drawings (to name a few). Join us as we explore the beautiful fusion of math and art.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Brain-Baffling Optical Illusions

Description: 40% of the human brain is devoted to seeing and processing visual material; however, optical illusions make us second-guess this powerful sense—causing us to see what isn’t there. Students will learn the science behind the illusions and create their own brain-baffling visuals in this hands-on course.

Through elements of research, art, and artistic products, students will explore the integration between optical illusions and brain science. Advanced topics include neurology and specialized art media.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Codes and Ciphers

Description: Since humans began communicating, there has always been an urge to keep certain information underground: intended for certain eyes only and unreadable to all others. In this course, you’ll study, crack (decipher) and create (encipher) messages in a variety of cipher systems and historical contexts. Although you’ll time-hop throughout history and make stops with Julius Caesar, Ben Franklin and Abe Lincoln, among many others, you’ll end with an exploration of how cryptography–the study of codes and ciphers–has kept up with, and even created, the modern digital age.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Aesthetic Astronomy

Description: The night sky has inspired stories, poems, and art for centuries.  From the ancient myths to the beauty of black holes, students will be filled with wonder and awe at the beauty of the topic, as our team facilitates their individual learning journey into deep space.

Students will explore the science of our cosmos, focusing on astronomical concepts, such as astrobiology, astrophysics, and the new implications of gravitational waves.  Trying to grasp the infinite is such a mind-melding exercise, that students will learn to express their wonder and appreciation through the creation of their own original, star-inspired art, myths, poetry and writings.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Everyday Chemist

Description: Food. Art. Paper. Friendships. What’s the one thing they all have in common: chemistry. From the air we breathe to the disodium inosinate that makes your Pringles salty, chemistry surrounds us every day. This introductory course to chemistry will provide a new lens for how we see our world while getting our hands messy making chemical reactions of our own. Together, we will prove that Chemistry is for everyone, everyday!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Mummies, Myths and Mosaics

Description: How did an ancient society, nestled by the Nile, grow to become a world leader and the envy of its surrounding countries? In this course, we’ll study the government, art, architecture, religion and science of the Ancient Egyptian culture—including a look at some of the myths surrounding their fascinating origins. Create your own artifacts as you explore the explosion of creativity, wealth, and power that made Ancient Egypt the envy of the world. You’ll soon see how the mysterious ways to the Ancient Egyptians compare to our own lives today.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins June 11.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

 

Michigan Park Christian Church 

1600 Taylor St NE, Washington, DC 20017


Course/Title: A Slice of Raspberry Pi

Description: Future computer coders of the world unite as you learn and employ programming to this computer the size of a credit card.  From simple games to setting up servers, this little box is so versatile that the possibilities are endless.  Join us as our professional educators facilitate each student’s journey, allowing individual interests to drive the learning experience.

You can learn more about Raspberry Pi by visiting their website: www.raspberrypi.org

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Rock N’ Roll Rocketry

Description: It’s science! It’s math! It’s history…and quite literally, it’s a BLAST! In our rock’n rocketry course, students will explore some of the basic principles of Newton’s Laws of Motion and the aerodynamics of flight as they construct and fly their own model rockets. We’ll discuss the critical issues of safety, collaboration, and design as we work to tackle the rocket challenge–culminating in a spectacular Friday launch party!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Scientific Sculpture

Description: Experience the union of art and science as you produce something unpredictable, unforeseen, yet scientifically captivating.  

In this course we will be creating 3-Dimensional sculptures based on the laws and principles of science.  Campers will get the opportunity to use various mediums, such as marshmallows, toothpicks, soaps, cardboard boxes, tempera paint, and plaster casting.  

There will be four different types of scientific sculptures to create, each revolving around a unique scientific theme.  Each day will be filled with creativity and fun!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Minecraft Architecture

Description: I know, we had you at “Minecraft.” The premise of this course is simple: Each class session begins with a discussion of a particular type of architecture, then students build with that theme inside Minecraft.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Game On!

Description: Complex problem-solving, advanced cognitive reasoning, nonverbal communication…wait, is this an intelligence test?  No way, we’re talking about the magic of board games.  From the tombs of King Tut to Catan, games have played a part in our human history for millennia, and now it’s time to bring that passion home.

In this fun, hands-on course, students will learn various games, explore what makes a board game fun, and incorporate their unique interests and passions into their own game design.  More advanced topics include creative writing, economics, and engineering.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Super Sleuths

Description: In school, we learn three big sciences: Earth, Life, and Physical Science. But did you know that these three are used alongside technology to solve crimes? In this course, campers will solve crimes and other mysteries using data collection, analysis, observation, logical reasoning, and critical thinking skills. Experiments will take us from DNA extraction to dental forensics to fiber analysis and so much more!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: The Science of Taste

Description: What makes cookies delectably sweet, lemons puckeringly sour, and dark chocolate so delightfully bitter?  Through hands-on food preparation and plenty of opportunities to taste, we will explore the biology of our own taste buds as we take them through each of the five primary tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (say what?).

Get ready to get messy in the kitchen!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Stop Motion Movie Making

Description: From Gumby to Kubo and the Two Strings, stop motion is the illusion of making everyday objects come to life. This course begins with the fascinating history of stop-motion–from thaumatrope to kinetoscope, and quickly dives into today’s more advanced techniques. This hands-on course will test both persistence and “persistence of vision” as you create amazing stop motion movie magic.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


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Frequently Asked Questions

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!

  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!

Do you have additional questions? Please send us a message via the Contact Us page!

Contact Us

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About NuMinds

NuMinds creates engaging, mixed-age STEAM programs throughout the year. From full-day enrichment events, to week-long academic camps, and dynamic training for both parents and teachers, we strive to fuel the “Edvolution” in thinking and learning for the 21st century.

Brilliant young minds don’t always get all the intellectual nutrition they need from their daily diet of school and extra-curriculars. Our co-founders were driven by the vision that NuMinds could provide a layer of enrichment beyond the school day, where real, inspired learning creates the conditions for lifelong curiosity and self-development:

Real ​– our programs extend beyond basic academic needs into the realm of enrichment, where a learner’s authentic engagement with ideas, processes and products is paramount.

Inspired​ –our programs derive from our own sense of inspiration and are focused on developing a learner’s own passions and interests.

Learning​ –our programs provide new knowledge, insight and wisdom that is valuable to the learner’s and the    world’s development and advancement.

About Camp Pursuit

Camp Pursuit is the only high-achievement day camp comprised of mixed-age, S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Humanities, Mathematics) classes for incoming 1st – 8th graders.  Students get to build their own summer camp by choosing FOUR COURSES of study for each week.  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.

 

How do we choose our own courses? ​ There are 3 Easy Steps to picking the right course:

  1. First, know 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!

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 of tuition paid (not including the $50 registration fee).  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. In the event of cancelled course, you will be notified four weeks prior to the camp start date.  You may select an alternative session date, or you may request a full refund.

 

To see detailed course descriptions and information about DC Camp Pursuit, click one of the buttons below!

Already have 4 courses picked out for your camper(s)? 

Click Here to Register

 

Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins June 4.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

 

Michigan Park Christian Church

1600 Taylor St NE, Washington, DC 20017


Course/Title: Droids, Drones, and Superbots

Description: The work of the future is moving towards automation, and the role of the superhero is no different. In this course, you’ll construct drones, program droids, and conceptualize superbot technology “more powerful than a locomotive” in order to fight crime and save humanity.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: City of the Future

Description: Cities are amazingly complex, interconnected systems that are constantly evolving with new technology and changing populations. Have you ever wondered what the city you live in will look like deep into the future? Imagine how systems like transportation, sanitation, energy and entertainment will look, sound, and feel. This summer, we are looking for creative minds to engineer and build a city of the future- -one that will provide benefit to all of its citizens! 8 Join us for this thought-provoking exploration into the what-ifs and hows of the future of human civilization.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Mathematical Arts

Description: Both mathematicians and artists are problem-solvers who improvise and view the world in new and innovative ways. In this course, the right brain will meet the left as we create optical illusions, fractals, original tessellations, Penrose tiles, and parabolic line drawings (to name a few). Join us as we explore the beautiful fusion of math and art.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Brain-Baffling Optical Illusions

Description: 40% of the human brain is devoted to seeing and processing visual material; however, optical illusions make us second-guess this powerful sense—causing us to see what isn’t there. Students will learn the science behind the illusions and create their own brain-baffling visuals in this hands-on course.

Through elements of research, art, and artistic products, students will explore the integration between optical illusions and brain science. Advanced topics include neurology and specialized art media.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Codes and Ciphers

Description: Since humans began communicating, there has always been an urge to keep certain information underground: intended for certain eyes only and unreadable to all others. In this course, you’ll study, crack (decipher) and create (encipher) messages in a variety of cipher systems and historical contexts. Although you’ll time-hop throughout history and make stops with Julius Caesar, Ben Franklin and Abe Lincoln, among many others, you’ll end with an exploration of how cryptography–the study of codes and ciphers–has kept up with, and even created, the modern digital age.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Aesthetic Astronomy

Description: The night sky has inspired stories, poems, and art for centuries.  From the ancient myths to the beauty of black holes, students will be filled with wonder and awe at the beauty of the topic, as our team facilitates their individual learning journey into deep space.

Students will explore the science of our cosmos, focusing on astronomical concepts, such as astrobiology, astrophysics, and the new implications of gravitational waves.  Trying to grasp the infinite is such a mind-melding exercise, that students will learn to express their wonder and appreciation through the creation of their own original, star-inspired art, myths, poetry and writings.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Everyday Chemist

Description: Food. Art. Paper. Friendships. What’s the one thing they all have in common: chemistry. From the air we breathe to the disodium inosinate that makes your Pringles salty, chemistry surrounds us every day. This introductory course to chemistry will provide a new lens for how we see our world while getting our hands messy making chemical reactions of our own. Together, we will prove that Chemistry is for everyone, everyday!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Mummies, Myths and Mosaics

Description: How did an ancient society, nestled by the Nile, grow to become a world leader and the envy of its surrounding countries? In this course, we’ll study the government, art, architecture, religion and science of the Ancient Egyptian culture—including a look at some of the myths surrounding their fascinating origins. Create your own artifacts as you explore the explosion of creativity, wealth, and power that made Ancient Egypt the envy of the world. You’ll soon see how the mysterious ways to the Ancient Egyptians compare to our own lives today.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


→Click Here to Register Now←

Registration
Registration begins February 16, and is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Late registration begins June 11.

Course titles and detailed descriptions for this event are included below.  You will be prompted to select FOUR (4) courses for your child at registration.

Click Here to Register

Hours
M-F 9am to 4pm* *Extended hours available.

Misc.
Pack a sack lunch for your child.

 

Michigan Park Christian Church 

1600 Taylor St NE, Washington, DC 20017


Course/Title: A Slice of Raspberry Pi

Description: Future computer coders of the world unite as you learn and employ programming to this computer the size of a credit card.  From simple games to setting up servers, this little box is so versatile that the possibilities are endless.  Join us as our professional educators facilitate each student’s journey, allowing individual interests to drive the learning experience.

You can learn more about Raspberry Pi by visiting their website: www.raspberrypi.org

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Rock N’ Roll Rocketry

Description: It’s science! It’s math! It’s history…and quite literally, it’s a BLAST! In our rock’n rocketry course, students will explore some of the basic principles of Newton’s Laws of Motion and the aerodynamics of flight as they construct and fly their own model rockets. We’ll discuss the critical issues of safety, collaboration, and design as we work to tackle the rocket challenge–culminating in a spectacular Friday launch party!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Scientific Sculpture

Description: Experience the union of art and science as you produce something unpredictable, unforeseen, yet scientifically captivating.  

In this course we will be creating 3-Dimensional sculptures based on the laws and principles of science.  Campers will get the opportunity to use various mediums, such as marshmallows, toothpicks, soaps, cardboard boxes, tempera paint, and plaster casting.  

There will be four different types of scientific sculptures to create, each revolving around a unique scientific theme.  Each day will be filled with creativity and fun!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Minecraft Architecture

Description: I know, we had you at “Minecraft.” The premise of this course is simple: Each class session begins with a discussion of a particular type of architecture, then students build with that theme inside Minecraft.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Game On!

Description: Complex problem-solving, advanced cognitive reasoning, nonverbal communication…wait, is this an intelligence test?  No way, we’re talking about the magic of board games.  From the tombs of King Tut to Catan, games have played a part in our human history for millennia, and now it’s time to bring that passion home.

In this fun, hands-on course, students will learn various games, explore what makes a board game fun, and incorporate their unique interests and passions into their own game design.  More advanced topics include creative writing, economics, and engineering.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Super Sleuths

Description: In school, we learn three big sciences: Earth, Life, and Physical Science. But did you know that these three are used alongside technology to solve crimes? In this course, campers will solve crimes and other mysteries using data collection, analysis, observation, logical reasoning, and critical thinking skills. Experiments will take us from DNA extraction to dental forensics to fiber analysis and so much more!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: The Science of Taste

Description: What makes cookies delectably sweet, lemons puckeringly sour, and dark chocolate so delightfully bitter?  Through hands-on food preparation and plenty of opportunities to taste, we will explore the biology of our own taste buds as we take them through each of the five primary tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter and umami (say what?).

Get ready to get messy in the kitchen!

Brain Age: 1st-8th


Course/Title: Stop Motion Movie Making

Description: From Gumby to Kubo and the Two Strings, stop motion is the illusion of making everyday objects come to life. This course begins with the fascinating history of stop-motion–from thaumatrope to kinetoscope, and quickly dives into today’s more advanced techniques. This hands-on course will test both persistence and “persistence of vision” as you create amazing stop motion movie magic.

Brain Age: 1st-8th


→Click Here to Register Now←

Frequently Asked Questions

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!

  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!

Do you have additional questions? Please send us a message via the Contact Us page!

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LocationGrade LevelDates
Venue
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Camp Pursuit Austin
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1st - 8thJuly 23-27
Westover Hills Church of Christ,
8332 Mesa Dr, Austin, TX 78759
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1st - 8thJune 18-22
June 25-29
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(Kaufman County)
1st - 8thJuly 9-13
Martin Elementary School,
11601 US-175 Frontage
Rd, Crandall, TX 75114
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(Lake Highlands)
1st - 8thJuly 16-20
July 23-27
Scofield Church, 7730 Abrams Rd, Dallas,
TX 75231
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Registration
Campus Pursuit North Dallas1st - 8thJune 18-22
June 25-29
Episcopal Church of the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Rd,
Dallas, TX 75254
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Camp Pursuit Flower Mound1st - 8thJuly 9-13Sacred Ground Dance
3301 Long Prairie Rd. Ste 135
Flower Mound, TX 75022
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Camp Pursuit Frisco1st - 8thJuly 23-27
July 30-Aug 3
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Registration
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Camp Pursuit Lebanon (Eastwood)1st - 8thJuly 2-6
July 9-13
Eastwood International School 
Sami Solh Street Mansourieh el Metn، Beirut, Lebanon
Lebanon (Eastwood) Course CatalogWaco (Columbus Ave.)
Registration
Camp Pursuit McKinneyK - 8thJuly 9-13Caldwell Elementary
601 W. Louisiana St, McKinney, TX 75069
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Registration
Camp Pursuit Prosper1st - 8thJune 11-15
June 18-22
Cockrell Elementary, 1075 Escalante Trail, Prosper, TX 75078Prosper Course CatalogProsper
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Camp Pursuit Sulphur Bluff1st - 8thJune 4-8
Sulphur Bluff ISD, 1027 Co Rd 3550, Sulphur Bluff, TX 75481Sulphur Bluff Course CatalogSulphur Bluff
Registration
Camp Pursuit Waco
(Art Forum)
1st - 8thJuly 16-20
Art Forum of Waco, 1826 Morrow Ave, Waco, TX 76707 Waco Course CatalogWaco (Art Forum)
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Camp Pursuit Waco
(St. Pauls)
1st - 8thJune 4-8
June 11-15

St. Paul's Episcopal School, 517 Columbus Ave, Waco, TX 76701Waco Course CatalogWaco (Columbus Ave.)
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