Parent Camp Information

Online Tinkering Camp Parent Information for Spring, 2020

Dear Tinkering Parents,

Welcome to reDiscover’s Online Tinkering Camp. We are going to have a fun and safe day. Towards that:

  • We suggest that you have your child prepared for our online session with closed toe shoes and long hair tied back. 
  • We have planned breaks for snack and lunch. We also suggest that you have a glass or bottle of water on hand to keep them hydrated.

Please have gathered the following tools and basic materials at least three days before camp (You may have these already. If not, you can purchase them on your own, or contact us about borrowing tools):

  • Canary-style cutter (such as https://amzn.to/3bThqYj)
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wire cutters (such as https://amzn.to/3dQoHtT), useful for more than just wire!
  • Pliers (such as https://amzn.to/3dOEHN0), you can get a pair of pliers with wire cutters built in instead of getting them separately.
  • Kids’ safety glasses (if you don’t wear eyeglasses already)
  • Gloves (fabric, gardening, leather - anything that comfortably covers their hands and won’t be melted by hot glue will do - if you want to get fancy, we like these https://amzn.to/2xKAOrR)
  • Scissors
  • Tape (masking, scotch, and/or duct tape)
  • Glue stick, school glue
  • Suggested materials to search for at home: 
    • Aluminum foil, paper cups, bottle lids, empty clean plastic bottle, string/yarn, rubber bands
    • Cardboard - both corrugated (such as delivery boxes) and paperboard (such as cereal boxes and paper towel rolls)
    • Sticks, such as skewers, popsicle sticks, coffee stirrers, straws, etc
    • Wire 
    • Brads/brass fasteners
    • Whatever recycled/unwanted materials look interesting!
  • To see this list in PDF, click here.

Just before the start of camp (we suggest the day before, no later than an hour before class): 

  • Watch the training and informational video with your tinkerer. (coming soon!) 
  • Set up tools, materials, and workspace so that we are all ready to begin at 9am.

Our schedule:

  • 8:45-9 (Online): Sign in, troubleshoot connection issues
  • 9-10am (Online): Introductions, Review everyone’s workspaces, Present and brainstorm daily prompt, Begin building
  • 10-11am (Offline): Tinkerers build independently. Please have your tinkerer take a snack break to fuel up sometime during this hour. We will schedule one-on-one sessions during this hour.
  • 11am-12pm (Online): Reconvene, share progress, and continue building
  • 12-1pm (Offline): Lunch, play, move around, continue building if desired
  • 1-2pm (Online): Reconvene, share progress and complete building. Clean up. Take pictures of finished projects and email to mail@rediscovercenter.org so that we can combine them into a group presentation.

 

In-Person Tinkering Camp Parent Information

Dear Parents/Guardians and Tinkerers,

Welcome to Tinkering Camp! We are thrilled that you’ll be joining us for camp. Your child is going to have an opportunity to exercise creative genius and apply it to art, engineering, and design challenges with real tools, techniques, and materials. This guide will help answer some common questions and tell you more about what to expect at Tinkering Camp.

Whether you are a returning family or brand new to Tinkering Camp, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 310-393-3636.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Markowitz Bijur

Executive Director

 

reDiscover Center Mission

reDiscover Center develops children's creativity through hands-on making with sustainable materials. reDiscover is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, #20-0192617.

Staff

Tinkering Camp provides a 1:5 ratio of facilitators to children. We are dedicated to providing the strongest, most experienced staff we can. The adult staff members are trained professional educators, makers, and/or artists. Intern staff are closely supervised by experience facilitators.

Parent Responsibility

We ask that all children arrive within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time of the camp. If you will be late please call or text us at 310-393-3636 to let us know. Children can be dropped off as early as 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. If your child needs to leave early due to external commitments please let us know in advance – this is a courtesy to all attendees and helps us structure the day for all tinkerers.

Please talk to your child about responsibility and safety regarding a workshop setting. Online Tinkering Camp is fun and intense but also requires focus, teamwork, and listening.

At the end of the day, please pick up your child by 15 minutes after the scheduled end time of the camp. You can arrive anytime up to 15 minutes early, but you may be asked to help clean! We strongly encourage campers to stay through the end of the camp day to learn good shop habits of maintaining a tidy workspace and participate in end-of-day discussions.

Aftercare

Aftercare is available until 6:00 PM at the reDiscover Center (Venice) location only. Please let us know at least one day in advance if your child will be staying for aftercare and mark your estimated pick up time when signing in your child that morning. In aftercare, tinkerers sketch, work on individual projects, and play with tinkering-oriented games and toys. 

Workshop Attire

Children will be working with wood, metal and cardboard, and usually go outside for lunch. Please be sure your child is wearing sturdy, closed-toed shoes (NO SANDALS). Loose clothes, shirts that expose the belly and halter-tops are prohibited. Appropriate clothes are part of a safe environment. If a child is wearing inappropriate clothing we will provide alternatives from our lost and found. We do not provide shoes. Long hair must be tied back. If your child is susceptible to the sun, please include sunscreen and/or a hat among their belongings.

Personal Items

If your child does carry a cell phone they are asked to leave it in their bag during the workshop and can check messages at lunchtime. Children are asked to leave tablets or games at home. Please no pocket money, gum, or candy.

What to Bring

  1. Snack and Lunch in a sack that is easy to carry. Fruit and water are available throughout the day, provided by Tinkering Camp.
  2. Reusable water bottle. We have a water cooler but do not provide disposable cups.
  3. Layers! If the marine layer is in, provide a warm shirt or jacket.
  4. Creativity!!

Medical Policy

While it is unlikely, should an injury occur during Online Tinkering Camp we will take whatever steps are necessary to obtain proper care. These steps include:

  1. Attempt to call parent/guardian.
  2. Attempt to call second contact given on registration form.
  3. Call an ambulance or paramedic.

For minor injuries, staff will apply first aid such as band aids, ice packs, and burn cream, and file an Incident Report, with a copy sent home with the injured child.

Medication

It is imperative to let us know if your child is taking medication or has a medical situation, such as peanut allergies, that must be dealt with by camp staff. Online Tinkering Camp is NOT a no-nut environment. The policy for children receiving medication during workshop hours:

  1. No medication will be given without written parent/guardian permission. Child’s name, name of medication, dosage, time and date must be provided.
  2. Medication must be in the original prescription container.

Daily Routine

Each day varies but will generally follow this schedule.

  • 9:00 Arrival and warm up open activity
  • 9:30 Introduce Daily Schedule
  • 9:40 Morning Tool Training or Design Challenge
  • 10:40 Snack break
  • 11:00 Cleanup and preparation/introduction to afternoon activity
  • 12:00 Lunch and outdoor activity
  • 1:00 Return from Lunch
  • 1:15 Afternoon Build
  • 2:45 Cleanup and reflection
  • 3:00 Dismissal, start of Aftercare
  • *Children will NOT be allowed to leave the site to get food at a nearby restaurant.

We will have fruit and water available at all times. Please pack a reusable water bottle!

Discipline

Even happy children need limits. We use a model of positive reinforcement with the group. Occasionally there is a behavior problem that must be managed to ensure a safe workshop environment for all participants. If a behavior problem persists, the following steps will be taken. If our general positive limit-setting isn’t effective with your child:

  1. A facilitator will take the child aside for a 1:1 chat about his/her behavior and its effect on the group.
  2. A phone call will be made to the parent/guardian.
  3. A child who poses a danger to themself or others will be removed from areas with tools until the dangerous behavior stops.
  4. A conference with the child, parent/guardian, and a facilitator will be held at the earliest convenient time.
  5. If the behavior persists and is dangerous or significantly disruptive to the group experience, the child will be dismissed from the remainder of the program without refund.

Evaluations

Shortly after your Tinkering Camp session we will follow up with a brief evaluation form. Please take time to complete and return the form. We want to make Tinkering Camp better and better! You can also email your ideas and comments to mail@rediscovercenter.org.

Support and Scholarships

As a charitable organization, reDiscover's work depends on donations: financial, in-kind, and volunteering. Please consider the reDiscover Center among your philanthropic causes and spread the word about our work.

Our community brings us in regular contact with teachers and organizations who can identify eager tinkerers who lack financial resources. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for Tinkering Camp, primarily for foster and homeless children. If you would like to help or if you know of a Foundation or Trust that could help sponsor a future tinkerer please contact Jonathan Bijur at 310-393-3636 or jonathan@rediscovercenter.org.

 

In-Person Tinkering Camp Parent Information

Dear Parents/Guardians and Tinkerers,

Welcome to Tinkering Camp! We are thrilled that you’ll be joining us for camp. Your child is going to have an opportunity to exercise creative genius and apply it to art, engineering, and design challenges with real tools, techniques, and materials. This guide will help answer some common questions and tell you more about what to expect at Tinkering Camp.

Whether you are a returning family or brand new to Tinkering Camp, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call me at 310-393-3636.

Sincerely,

Jonathan Markowitz Bijur

Executive Director

 

reDiscover Center Mission

reDiscover Center develops children's creativity through hands-on making with sustainable materials. reDiscover is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, #20-0192617.

Staff

Tinkering Camp provides a 1:5 ratio of facilitators to children. We are dedicated to providing the strongest, most experienced staff we can. The adult staff members are trained professional educators, makers, and/or artists. Intern staff are closely supervised by experience facilitators.

Parent Responsibility

We ask that all children arrive within 15 minutes of the scheduled start time of the camp. If you will be late please call or text us at 310-393-3636 to let us know. Children can be dropped off as early as 15 minutes before the scheduled start time. If your child needs to leave early due to external commitments please let us know in advance – this is a courtesy to all attendees and helps us structure the day for all tinkerers.

Please talk to your child about responsibility and safety regarding a workshop setting. Tinkering Camp is fun and intense but also requires focus, teamwork, and listening.

At the end of the day, please pick up your child by 15 minutes after the scheduled end time of the camp or make arrangements to place your child in aftercare (subject to availability) with our Tinkering Club. You can arrive anytime up to 15 minutes early, but early arrivals may be given a broom and asked to help clean up the workshop! We strongly encourage campers to stay through the end of the camp day to learn good shop habits of maintaining a tidy workspace and participate in end-of-day discussions.

Aftercare

Aftercare is available until 6:00 PM at the reDiscover Center (Venice) location only. Please let us know at least one day in advance if your child will be staying for aftercare and mark your estimated pick up time when signing in your child that morning. In aftercare, tinkerers sketch, work on individual projects, and play with tinkering-oriented games and toys. 

Workshop Attire

Children will be working with wood, metal and cardboard, and usually go outside for lunch. Please be sure your child is wearing sturdy, closed-toed shoes (NO SANDALS). Loose clothes, shirts that expose the belly and halter-tops are prohibited. Appropriate clothes are part of a safe environment. If a child is wearing inappropriate clothing we will provide alternatives from our lost and found. We do not provide shoes. Long hair must be tied back. If your child is susceptible to the sun, please include sunscreen and/or a hat among their belongings.

Personal Items

If your child does carry a cell phone they are asked to leave it in their bag during the workshop and can check messages at lunchtime. Children are asked to leave tablets or games at home. Please no pocket money, gum, or candy.

What to Bring

  1. Snack and Lunch in a sack that is easy to carry. Fruit and water are available throughout the day, provided by Tinkering Camp.
  2. Reusable water bottle. We have a water cooler but do not provide disposable cups.
  3. Layers! If the marine layer is in, provide a warm shirt or jacket.
  4. Creativity!!

Medical Policy

While it is unlikely, should an injury occur during Tinkering Camp we will take whatever steps are necessary to obtain proper care. These steps include:

  1. Attempt to call parent/guardian.
  2. Attempt to call second contact given on registration form.
  3. Call an ambulance or paramedic.

For minor injuries, staff will apply first aid such as band aids, ice packs, and burn cream, and file an Incident Report, with a copy sent home with the injured child.

Medication

It is imperative to let us know if your child is taking medication or has a medical situation, such as peanut allergies, that must be dealt with by camp staff. Tinkering Camp is NOT a no-nut environment. The policy for children receiving medication during workshop hours:

  1. No medication will be given without written parent/guardian permission. Child’s name, name of medication, dosage, time and date must be provided.
  2. Medication must be in the original prescription container.

Daily Routine

Each day varies but will generally follow this schedule.

9:00 Arrival and warm up open activity

9:30 Introduce Daily Schedule

9:40 Morning Tool Training or Design Challenge

10:40 Snack break

11:00 Cleanup and preparation/introduction to afternoon activity

12:00 Lunch and outdoor activity

1:00 Return from Lunch

1:15 Afternoon Build

2:45 Cleanup and reflection

3:00 Dismissal, start of Aftercare

*Children will NOT be allowed to leave the site to get food at a nearby restaurant.

We will have fruit and water available at all times. Please pack a reusable water bottle!

Discipline

Even happy children need limits. We use a model of positive reinforcement with the group. Occasionally there is a behavior problem that must be managed to ensure a safe workshop environment for all participants. If a behavior problem persists, the following steps will be taken. If our general positive limit-setting isn’t effective with your child:

  1. A facilitator will take the child aside for a 1:1 chat about his/her behavior and its effect on the group.
  2. A phone call will be made to the parent/guardian.
  3. A child who poses a danger to themself or others will be removed from areas with tools until the dangerous behavior stops.
  4. A conference with the child, parent/guardian, and a facilitator will be held at the earliest convenient time.
  5. If the behavior persists and is dangerous or significantly disruptive to the group experience, the child will be dismissed from the remainder of the program without refund.

Evaluations

Shortly after your Tinkering Camp session we will follow up with a brief evaluation form. Please take time to complete and return the form. We want to make Tinkering Camp better and better! You can also email your ideas and comments to mail@rediscovercenter.org.

Support and Scholarships

As a charitable organization, reDiscover's work depends on donations: financial, in-kind, and volunteering. Please consider the reDiscover Center among your philanthropic causes and spread the word about our work.

Our community brings us in regular contact with teachers and organizations who can identify eager tinkerers who lack financial resources. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for Tinkering Camp, primarily for foster and homeless children. If you would like to help or if you know of a Foundation or Trust that could help sponsor a future tinkerer please contact Jonathan Bijur at 310-393-3636 or jonathan@rediscovercenter.org.