University of Kentucky's Esports Camps Smart Campus
Gaming with Goals
A Camp Like No Other
Immerse your kids in the exciting and engaging world of Esports with the UK Smart Campus "Intro to Esports" Summer Camp! This innovative, interactive camp invites kids aged 8-12 to explore the thrilling universe of electronic sports. From learning the ropes of competitive gaming to discovering the art of teamwork and strategic thinking, this camp provides an engaging balance of education and entertainment. Whether they're new to gaming or seasoned players, our campers will embark on a rewarding journey into the heart of Esports, supported by our experienced coaches, state-of-the-art technology, and a vibrant, inclusive community.
Don't let your child miss out on this unique experience. Fill out our interest form today!
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Welcome to the Esports Summer Camps!
You can register for each camp individually, or both at the same time! Registration will open shortly after FCPS Spring Break. The camp for 8-12-year-olds also offers a comprehensive dive into the world of Esports. The program encourages leadership, advanced strategic thinking, and collaboration, all within a healthy competitive framework. Let your child unlock their potential with us this Summer!
How do I register?
We're thrilled that you're interested in joining our Youth Esports Camp! We plan on opening registration after FCPS Spring Break. In the meantime, please fill out our interest form above to stay informed about when registration opens!
Where do I find the waivers?
What do we need to bring?
We want to make sure that your experience at the camp is enjoyable and comfortable. Here's a list of items you should bring along:
- Please pack a lunch that does not require refrigeration. We recommend easy-to-eat, nutritious options that will keep your energy up throughout the day.
- Hydration is key! Bring a reusable water bottle that you can refill throughout the day. We'll have water stations available for you to use.
Rain Gear (If Applicable):
- Check the weather forecast for the camp days. If rain is expected, it's a good idea to bring along appropriate rain gear, such as a raincoat or umbrella. This will ensure you stay comfortable and dry, no matter the weather.
Forms and Camp Waivers:
- If you haven't already sent the required forms and waivers electronically to email@example.com, please remember to bring them with you on the first day of camp. These documents are essential for participation and help ensure everyone's safety and well-being during the camp.
By bringing these items, you'll be all set for a fun and engaging time at the Youth Esports Camp. We're looking forward to seeing you and are excited for the fantastic activities we have planned!
Where do I pick-up / drop-off?
- Both pick-up and drop-off will take place inside The Cornerstone building, which is conveniently located next to the A Cup of Commonwealth Coffee shop. This location is easily accessible and provides a comfortable space for your children to wait.
Required Items for Participation:
- Please ensure that your child brings their lunch, water bottle, and completed forms and waivers each day. These items are essential for their participation in the camp. If any of these are missing, it may hinder your child's ability to join in the day's activities.
- Campers can be dropped off as early as 7:30 AM. This early drop-off time is designed to accommodate your schedule and provide flexibility.
- You can pick up your children as late as 6:00 PM. We understand the demands of busy schedules, and our extended pick-up time offers convenience for parents.
Activities Outside Camp Hours:
- Outside of our main camp programming hours, which are from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, campers will have the opportunity to engage in free-play in the lounge area. This provides them with a relaxed and enjoyable environment to socialize and unwind before and after the structured camp activities.
Will there be early drop-off or late pick-up?
Yes! We open at 7:30am, so students may be dropped off at that time.
Our Programming ends at 4:30pm, however we will have late pick-up for campers up until 6pm.
Please pickup your children before 6pm. Failure to comply with our pickup policy may result in restriction from future camp offerings.
What will my child be doing during the camp?
We're excited to offer a dynamic and enriching experience at our week-long Intro to Esports camp. Here’s a snapshot of what your child will be doing:
Learning Popular Esports Titles:
- We cover a variety of popular competitive Esports games, ensuring a comprehensive and enjoyable experience. Your child will explore:
- Fall Guys: Learning agility and quick decision-making.
- Fortnite: Understanding strategy, building, and teamwork.
- Rocket League: Enhancing coordination and teamwork in a unique setting.
- NBA 2K: Delving into sportsmanship and strategy.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: Mastering combat skills and reflexes.
- Pokemon Unite: Exploring teamwork in a MOBA environment.
- Crazy Games: Enjoying a mix of fun and engaging games.
- Valorant: Developing tactical skills and precision.
- Chess: Enhancing strategic thinking and foresight.
Understanding Competitive Play:
- We focus on the fundamentals of competitive gaming, including strategy development, reaction timing, and game-specific skills.
Managing Emotions in Gaming:
- Essential life skills such as handling frustration and anxiety in competitive environments are discussed and practiced, helping to foster a positive mindset.
Promoting Healthy Gaming Habits:
- The camp emphasizes healthy gaming behaviors, including breaks, posture, and balancing gaming with other life activities.
Creative and Diverse Activities:
- To ensure a well-rounded experience, we'll also engage in various creative activities. These are designed to let all the learning sink in and provide a balanced approach to gaming and personal development.
Your child's day at the camp will be filled with learning, fun, and the opportunity to develop both gaming skills and valuable life lessons. We aim to provide an environment that not only enhances their gaming prowess but also contributes to their overall growth and enjoyment.
What kind of games will my child be playing?
We have a diverse selection of games lined up for the campers, tailored to suit different age groups while ensuring a fun and educational experience for everyone. Here's a breakdown of the games your child will be enjoying:
Games for All Age Groups: All campers, regardless of age, will have the opportunity to play a variety of popular and engaging games. These include:
- Fall Guys: A fun and colorful obstacle course battle royale game.
- Fortnite: A widely popular battle royale game that combines shooting, building, and survival skills.
- Rocket League: An exciting fusion of soccer and car racing.
- NBA 2k: A realistic basketball simulation game.
- Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: A fast-paced action/fighting game featuring a variety of characters.
- Mario Kart 8: A fun and fast-paced racing game featuring beloved characters from the Mario universe.
- Pokemon Unite: A team-based, strategic Pokémon battle game.
- Crazy Games: A collection of quick, fun, and engaging games of various genres.
- Chess: The classic game of strategy and skill.
Games Specifically for Ages 12-14: For the older campers, aged 12 to 14, we introduce a few more complex and strategic games, providing them with a challenge and an opportunity to develop advanced gaming skills. These include:
- Apex Legends: A battle royale game set in a sci-fi universe, known for its strategic play and character abilities.
- Tekken 7: A competitive fighting game focusing on 1-on-1 battles.
- League of Legends: A popular multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) game, known for its strategic depth and team play.
- Overwatch: A team-based first-person shooter with a variety of unique characters and roles.
- Valorant: A tactical first-person shooter game requiring teamwork and strategy.
Will lunch be provided?
At our Youth Esports Camp, we want to ensure that all campers have enough energy for an active and engaging day. Here's our plan regarding meals and snacks:
Lunch: We kindly ask that each camper brings their own lunch. Since lunch is not provided by the camp, this approach allows each child to have a meal that caters to their dietary preferences and needs. Please pack a lunch that does not require refrigeration and is easy to eat.
Snack Breaks: To keep our campers fueled and ready for all the activities, we will provide two snack breaks during the day – one in the morning and one in the afternoon. These snack breaks are a great opportunity for campers to recharge and socialize.
We recommend packing a nutritious and filling lunch along with a water bottle to keep your child hydrated throughout the day. Our aim is to keep the energy high and ensure that all campers have the stamina for a day full of learning and fun.
What if my child has medication?
We understand the importance of ensuring that your child's medical needs are met while they are at our camp. Here’s what you need to know and do regarding medication:
- When you are filling out the camp registration form, please make sure to complete the medication section. This section is designed to gather essential information about your child's medication needs.
Self-Administration of Medication:
- It’s important that your child is able to self-administer their medication. Our staff can provide a private room or a quiet space for your child to take their medication comfortably and discreetly.
Limitations on Staff Assistance:
- Please note that our camp staff are not authorized to assist in the application or administration of medication. This policy is in place to ensure the safety and well-being of all our campers.
Communication and Safety:
- If you have any specific concerns or instructions regarding your child’s medication, feel free to communicate those with our camp administration team. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By ensuring these steps are followed, we can create a safe and accommodating environment for your child at our Youth Esports Camp. We are committed to making the camp experience enjoyable and worry-free for both you and your child.
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