Minecraft SurvivorCraft Academy

Learn the essential skills to mine, craft and create in Minecraft!

Two sessions offered.
Session 1: June 17-21 (4 days)
Session 2: June 24-28 (5 days)
8:30 am-2:30 pm
All children ages 8-14

Please note: Penn Charter Summer Camps are closed on June 19, Juneteenth.

Drop-off begins at 8:15 am in the Middle School circle (Coulter Street entrance), and pickup is no later than 2:45 pm, also in the Middle School circle.

Transportation is limited; details below.

Session 1 tuition:$505 (4 days)
Deposit required: $505

Session 2 tuition: $600 (5 days)
Deposit required: $600

Space is limited to 20. 

Program Highlights
In Minecraft Survivor, campers will move beyond the creative mode and learn how to mine and harvest all of the needed supplies to thrive and survive in the game. Campers will learn how probability can help them become better miners, apply their math knowledge to plan for larger projects, be introduced to logic and programming through redstone contraptions, learn about economics through bartering, and much more. By the end of the week, each student will have learned how to efficiently gather resources, craft their own tools, and create a working homestead with a farm. Challenges are tiered and matched to each camper's experience level.

Please note: Campers will need a Minecraft log in with a Microsoft Account. Please make sure that multiplayer is enabled for their account.

Camp Staff
Corey Kilbane, a veteran science teacher, technical specialist and expert in creator spaces, will direct this camp. With over a decade of working with students, Corey has also been recognized as leader in the field of technology and education. In addition to supporting teachers and students in the IdeaLabs, Corey teaches atoms and reactions, bits and bots, and service through design. He got his start teaching by creating science magic shows for local schools while studying biochemistry at Washington University in St. Louis. He went on to study organocatalyst methodology as a graduate student at University of Chicago, before returning to education. As a teacher, he continues to develop new curriculum with a high-tech hands-on approach. Recent projects include: gamifying Kerbal Space Program and Minecraft for the classroom, presenting about Making as Learning at conferences including South by Southwest, developing an innovation curriculum with a Wharton professor, serving as a Smithsonian 3D digitization partner, and a summer teaching associate at the National Museum of American History, where he has implemented an interdisciplinary approach to teaching the history and engineering of circuits.


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2024 Enrollment Information for One-Week Specialty Camps

Enrollment is limited, so please register early. Full payment is due at time of registration in order to hold a spot for your child and is nonrefundable. We accept credit card, money order or check payable to William Penn Charter School. If registering after June 1, full payment is due in the form of a credit card or money order. 

Please note: We are not able to offer a lunch option or extended-day. Campers must bring their own lunch, including a beverage. Transportation can be provided for a limited number of campers ages five and older from Center City and Fairmount; see details.

All campers must have a physical examination prior to camp. Print and complete this physical exam form for each camper and returned to the summer camp office before the first day of camp.

By registering, campers and their families agree that should they develop any symptoms in the days leading up to camp or during camp, they will immediately and voluntarily withdraw from participation in the camp until they have confirmed negative test results and are cleared by a physician. 

Specialty Camps Welcome Letter

Contact Information
If you read the Specialty Camps Welcome Letter above and still have questions, contact:
Ari Baker, Director of Specialty Camps
215-844-3460 ext. 279
Summer Camps Office
215-844-3460 ext. 364