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Welcome to the Growth Mindset Camp

Weekly Building Challenges Kids Love

At Neuron Garage, campers get hands-ons, repurposing their recycling to solve fun, weekly engineering challenges. Through the process, they will make new friends, experience the joy of exploring what they can do with their own hands, and develop a growth mindset.

You can join us for a week – or the whole summer. Each week presents a new challenge to keep the engagement and effort high, and another opportunity for your children to practice the tools that will help them build a Growth Mindset

Unlocking Potential

A growth mindset is the most powerful tool a child can have for tackling the challenges and opportunities they’ll encounter in life. This belief leads to a resilient attitude that sees struggle and mistakes as opportunities for growth, and a life-long love of learning.

Growth Mindset

Our program is designed to teach children that their talents and abilities can be developed through good strategies, hard work, and feedback so that they take on bigger challenges in life and stick with those challenges longer, unlocking their full potential.

Balanced Days

Days at Neuron Garage are a careful balance between individual and group activity, along with time for relaxation, reflection, and play.

We take time each day, and extra time on Monday mornings, to establish a sense of community and make sure that each camper feels connected.

Sample Schedule

8:30 AM
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Arrival / Indoor & Outdoor Play

9:30 AM
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Community Open

10:00 AM

Build Time

11:30 AM
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Lunch

12:00 PM
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Indoor & Outdoor Play

12:45 PM

Build Time

2:15 PM
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Indoor & Outdoor Play

2:45 PM
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Community Close

3:00 PM
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Pick-up Begins

5:30 PM
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Extended Hours Pickup

Weekly Challenges

Join us for one week, multiple weeks, or the whole summer!

Each week presents a new challenge to keep the engagement and effort high, and another opportunity for your children to practice the tools that will help them build a Growth Mindset.

June 3-7

Invention Convention

Can you create something that solves a problem? Or something that would bring you joy? This week, campers come up with an idea and a plan, and then get busy building, testing, and redesigning as they learn from their successes and setbacks.

June 10-14

Medieval Times: Castles & Catapults

Can you build a castle with a working drawbridge? Can you design a catapult that fires accurately enough to defend against intruders? This week, campers will use two simple machines — pulleys and levers — along with lots of imagination to build castles, complete with offense and defense systems.

June 17-21

Cardboard Arcade

This week, campers will work creatively within the confines of various sets of limitations to turn recycled materials into a functioning arcade. We will celebrate their accomplishments by playing each other’s games.

June 24-28

Dream Homes

If you could wake up tomorrow in any home, what would it look like? This week, campers will be designers and builders as they construct and furnish the homes of their dreams.

July 1-5

Freedom Build

During this week, campers will have the freedom to build whatever they want. While they will be limited by the materials and time available, their creativity will be limitless!

July 8-12

Locomotion: Planes, Trains & Automobiles

Can you build a car out of recycled materials? What about a train and a track? Or would you prefer to take to the air with a plane or a hot air balloon? Or see if you can float a boat? This week will be full of motion as campers design forms of transportation.

July 15-19

Space Exploration: To Infinity & Beyond

If you crash-landed on an unknown planet, what would you do? Would you stay and build shelter? Would you fix your engine or design a new spaceship to go home? This week, campers will race against the clock to create spaceships, shelters, and other necessities for outer space survival.

July 22-26

Rides & Roller Coasters

What kind of adventure park can you create with toilet paper tubes and tape – and loads of other recycled goods? This week, campers will design, build, and refine miniature rides and rollercoasters.

July 29-August 2

Cityscapes

What structures and other spaces does a city have? This week, campers will discuss what defines a city and then build the parts most compelling to them – a skyscraper, a post office, a school building, a bridge, a public park – or all of the above!

August 5-9

Cardboard Creations

What can you create out of cardboard? With piles of boxes, workshops with special cardboard tools and techniques, and plenty of creativity and grit, the possibilities are endless – and so are the opportunities to apply our THINK>BUILD>LEARN framework as they tinker, test and iterate on their designs.

Age Groups

Campers are divided into groups based on enrollment, staffing, and space. While there are some opportunities for interaction, the majority of the week is spent with with these groups of similar-aged peers.

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Tinkerers

(K-2nd)

The early years at Neuron Garage are focused on nurturing campers’ innate curiosity and creativity, while introducing them to the Think > Build > Learn framework. Campers tinker and build with recycled materials as they engage in daily guided projects related to a weekly theme.

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Mechanics

(3rd-6th)

At Neuron Garage, our Makers engage deeply in a highly intentional process each week that cultivates a growth mindset. The focus is on learning and applying good strategies as they build each week towards solutions to an open-ended challenge.

Flexible Booking

Enroll today to secure a spot. Cancel anytime before May 31st for a full refund and anytime after to receive credit good for this summer or next summer!

What Our Parents Are Saying

Our son, age 6, did 4 weeks this past summer. He loved it and asked if he can sign up next summer for the whole summer. We can tell he picked up a lot of great creative and problem solving skills. The staff are great and super supportive.

My kiddos were so challenged and more importantly nurtured through the challenges! We’ll be back next year!

My 7-year-old son attended three weeks this summer and he loved it. It was the perfect blend of play time and think time.

The boys are doing the AM camp this week and loving it! It has been a really bright spot in their day. Thank you so much for finding a way to make virtual camp fun and engaging.

This is our second year. Last year we did 1 week, and this year 3 wks. My child (9 yo) wishes he could do a 4th week! He returns home so excited to show me what he created! I know he is getting a great challenge in a nurturing environment. Thank you for creating this camp!

Neuron Garage has an amazing mission which inspires the kids. The counselors are mature, treat the kids with respect, and truly care about their development through the summer. The owners are phenomenal and work to make the camp fun and educational each year. This is the first time that my son said, “I can’t wait for camp!

My kids loved this creative problem-solving camp. They learned but were having so much fun they didn’t know it. The director is smart, creative and so caring. Would definitely recommend.

I am very pleased with the counselor engagement, guiding the kids to push themselves but within boundaries of what they are comfortable doing. My son has blossomed and is engaging with other campers. He has new found self-confidence and is taking pride in the projects he is completing.

My camper loved this camp. It’s designed to be fun for her, and I like the big life lessons it teaches that go beyond a week of building.

Our daughter loved her camp experience. She was excited and locked in the entire week — even through the optional sessions. Our experience far and away exceeded our expectations. We would definitely sign up again and highly recommend this experience without reservation. We also loved that you incorporated physical activity, which the children often miss through these online experiences.

I cannot say enough wonderful things about this camp!! It was absolutely my son’s favorite camp last year and we will be back this year! We love it!

I can’t even describe how impressed I’ve been with Neuron Garage! My son loves it, and we just signed up for two more weeks. Your facilitators are incredibly engaging, and I’m impressed by the level of social integration you’ve been able to achieve in just a short amount of time.

Camp Pricing

$375

/week

Sign Up Before Jan 31st

$400

/week

Sign Up Before Feb 28th

$425

/week

Sign Up After March 1st

Extended Hours

$100

/week

3:30-5:30pm

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Garage Guarantee

If you are not satisfied with the program for ANY reason by the end of the day Tuesday, you can request a full refund.

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Neuron Garage FAQs

Some children come for just a week, though many stay for several weeks, and some for the whole summer. We have found that while we can see growth in a child from just one week of Neuron Garage, we have seen much larger gains from children who come for multiple weeks. We surveyed our staff and 95% of them “Agreed” or “Strongly Agreed” that campers who attend two or more weeks of Neuron Garage leave the experience better creative thinkers, collaborators and with more resilience.

Campers should bring a lunch and a water bottle with them each day. We provide simple, packaged snacks during the day, though you are welcome to send additional snacks. Campers are free to help themselves to a snack in the morning and one in the afternoon and are encouraged to hydrate throughout the day.

Campers should come in comfortable clothes that can get messy. They will be moving around and working with a variety of materials, some of which may end up on their clothing.

Campers will have time outside each day, so if you would like them to wear sunscreen, please apply it in the morning before they come. You are welcome to send them with additional sunscreen to reapply in the afternoon. We will remind campers of this option and do our best to facilitate.

Capacity varies by campus, as does the capacity for individual classrooms at each campus. Please reach out to the Director at the campus you are considering for more details.

There will be 1 adult counselor for every 10-15 campers.

If you are not satisfied with the program for ANY reason by the end of the day Tuesday, you can request a full refund. Each week at Neuron Garage is another opportunity to practice and apply the tools and strategies that build a Growth Mindset. One week is great, but practice is essential, so multiple weeks are better. We want to make sure that our Campers come back summer after summer and work hard to create a positive experience. The Garage Guarantee is our way of making sure we are delivering on that promise.

Each of our locations is open for campers from 8:30am-5:30pm.

The core camp hours are 9:30am-3:30pm, with Extended Hours until 5:30pm. We have a flexible drop off from 8:30-9:30 each morning because we know mornings with children don’t always go according to plan, and it can be difficult to get everyone up, fed, dressed and out of the house at a precise time. And it’s summer, so sometimes a slow morning is just what you need. However, this time at camp is put to great use. If you are able to get here before 9:30, children have the opportunity to connect with each other and the staff on a personal level and enjoy time together. This seemingly casual part of the day is actually a very purposeful way to create community and forge relationships that become important during the challenging, and sometimes frustrating, building times when campers often need to collaborate in order to succeed.

The regular camp day ends at 3pm. Between 1/2 to 3/4 of campers are picked up from 3-3:30pm, while the rest stay for Extended Hours. Our goal for this time is that when parents arrive, campers beg for just five more minutes. We believe that campers need some down time in the later afternoon, so this time is a bit different from the rest of the day. During Extended Hours, we take a break from the weekly Building Challenges and offer crafts and other fun activities that reinforce creativity and fine motor skills, which leads to more successful building. There is also plenty of time for campers to play games inside and run around outside (weather permitting).

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