WELCOME TO THE BIT SPACE SUMMER MAKER CAMP — Where Ideas Become Reality
When: Weekly camps starting June 15th through September 4th
Where: 2541 W Lawrence Ave, Chicago, IL 60625
Camper Age Range: 7-14 (campers will be put into groups of 7-10 and 11-14 year olds)
Camp Hours: 9am – 4pm
Before & After Hour Care (included in cost): 8.30am – 5.30pm
Tools and technology: Our younger campers learn to safely and effectively use basic hand tools and power tools in our woodshop, become familiar with 2D design software and laser cutting, and integrate basic circuitry and motors into their projects. Campers create individual projects in a group setting.
Summer maker camp at Bit Space is a week-long immersion into design-thinking, collaborating, and making for children ages 7-14. Each week, we will spark your child’s curiosity and flex his or her creative muscles like never before. With the support of expert guides (real-life architects, designers, and makers) your child will discover how to turn a unique idea into a reality using the newest tools and technology available. Campers work individually, in small groups, or as a team to create something that explores, expresses, and expands upon their skill and creativity.
Full-day, one-week camps ($700)
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Monday – Friday
Before care available: 8:30 – 9:00 a.m. (included)
After care available: 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. (included)
Camper-to-Guide ratio is 5:1 or less!
No lunch provided; bring a nut-free lunch and snack
Focus on fun and skill building
Campers get to bring home what they make
Parents are invited to end-of-week presentations
Divided into two age groups: 7-10 and 11-14
Camps offered at two locations: Lincoln Square and Wilmette
Safety is the number one priority at Bit Space. To that end, we make sure to have a better than 5:1 ratio of campers to guides, and even smaller ratios in the woodshop. Campers are never left unattended, and the level of direct supervision depends on what tool they’re using. Campers are given safety and usage training on all of our tools before using them, and we have procedures in place to ensure safety throughout the shop (see our Code of Conduct form for more information). When using tools, campers will always be required to wear eye protection, and we have ear protection available as well.
By dividing our campers into age groups, we are able to equip our campers with tools, technologies, and techniques in a structured environment appropriate to their developmental level. All levels emphasize learning-through-doing in a social environment. Campers work on projects that bridge the physical and digital world and end with an exhibit of their work each Friday!
Our younger campers learn to safely and effectively use basic hand tools and power tools in our woodshop, become familiar with 2D design software, 3D modeling programs, and laser cutting, and integrate basic circuitry and motors into their projects. Campers create individual projects in a group setting.
Weekly Maker Camps: Lincoln Square
June 29 -July 3
August 31-September 4
A Typical Week of Camp
The morning of the first day of camp will include activities to help the guides and campers get to know one another. The campers will go through our “stations” where they will learn how to safely and effectively use the tools in our shop. We will discuss Bit Space rules and expectations and brainstorm ideas for the week.
On the final day of camp each week, parents and friends are invited to come to our end-of-week presentations at 3:00, so our campers can show off their fantastic creations.
Registration, Payment, and Cancellation
Registration for all camps can be found on our website. Bit Space will offer refunds if we receive a written cancellation notice prior to April 30th, but a cancellation fee of $100 will be incurred. No refunds will be given after April 30th. We do not issue full or partial refunds during the summer for campers who miss a day or more due to illness or other factors.
Drop Off and Pick Up
Camp officially begins at 9:00 and ends at 4:00. Campers should be dropped off between 8:30 and 9:00 each morning and picked between 4:00 and 5:30 in the afternoon. For campers who are not picked up by 5:30 p.m., a $50 convenience fee will be charged to parents, and we will get in touch with emergency contacts unless otherwise notified.
Before Care and After Care
You do NOT need to register for before care or after care. These services are included in the price of camp. You can drop off your child(ren) as early at 8:30 a.m. and pick up as late as 5:30 p.m.
Lunch + Snacks
Lunchtime at Bit Space will generally fall between 12:00 and 1:00. Eating a good breakfast is vital to the attention and energy needed for great making. Please send your child full and ready to make. Bit Space is nut-free. Please pack lunches and snacks for your children that are free of peanuts and tree nuts. Bit Space allows time for snacks during the day.
If your child is showing signs of illness or has a fever, we ask that you strongly consider keeping the child home for that day of camp. We will notify the listed caregivers and request an early pickup for any camper who has a fever or is clearly ill during the camp session. Please be sure to let our staff know if your child has any medical issues of which we should be aware.