Weeklong Camp

Winter Camp 2020 / 2021

Mon - Wed, December 21-23, 2020
Mon - Wed, December 28-30, 2020
Mon - Fri, January 4-8, 2021

Tinkering Camps at reDiscover (Ages 7-12)

  • 9:00am - 3:00pm with breaks built in - No aftercare available
  • Children working in-person at our main facility in Mar Vista with our facilitators (4:1 ratio)
  • A building full of our favorite, fascinating upcycled materials.
  • To facilitate making at home after camp is over, a new Tinkering Tool Kit including a set of safety glasses, gloves, and several of the tools will be provided, and then go home with each tinkerer at the end of the week.
  • Social distancing with their own workbench and set of tools for the week.

See our two great camp options for ages 7-12 below!

Creative Woodworking Camp

  • Teaches children the skills they need to turn their wildest imaginings into robust items made from wood, plastic, metal, and fabric.
  • We’ll be using drills, saws, wood, and a flurry of fanciful reused materials to build the most creative things.
  • $350 to $550 *apply for a financial need scholarship
  • More information below.

Cardboard Creations Camp

  • Uses the arc of our popular tinkering camp program to focus on the elements of our Tinkering Tool Kit.
  • The contents of our warehouse will turn into fabulous new items and be used for creative problem-solving.
  • Please note that these classes do not use power tools.
  • $275 to $425 *apply for a financial need scholarship
  • More information below.

Want the Tinkering Camp experience for your school, organization, or group? Submit a Booking Request online or call 310-393-3636.

Cardboard Creations Camp, ages 7-12

In Cardboard Creations Camp, we’ll use the arc of our popular tinkering camp program, but focus on the elements of our Tinkering Tool Kit to explore the magical things your child can do with cardboard construction and other creative reuse. The common and not-so-common contents of our warehouse will turn into fabulous new items and be used for creative problem-solving. This camp functions as a launchpad to develop skills for home-based making activities that continue long after camp is done. We will be using the robust individual workstations we created for summer camp, spaced and designed for physical distancing. For safety and to facilitate making at home after camp is over, a new Tinkering Tool Kit including a set of safety glasses, gloves, and several of the tools will be provided, and then go home with each tinkerer at the end of the week. Please note that these classes do not use power tools (for that, see our Creative Woodworking Camp). Please read our In-Person COVID policies.

Creative Woodworking Camp, ages 7-12

Come build amazing eco-friendly creations with us! Creative Woodworking Camp teaches children the skills they need to turn their wildest imaginings into robust items made from wood, plastic, metal, and fabric. While practicing social distancing with their own workbench and set of tools for the week, the group will have activities that encourage socialization and cooperation while building projects on their own to a group theme. With a 4:1 camper to facilitator ratio, our workshop provides a supportive environment for personal growth through skills development and creative construction. This is a modified version of our flagship program, now in its tenth year. For safety and to facilitate making at home after camp is over, a new Tinkering Tool Kit including a set of safety glasses, gloves, and several of the tools will be provided, and then go home with each tinkerer at the end of the week. Please read our In-Person COVID policies.

At Home Tinkering Together, ages 5-8

Bring reDiscover’s five-day camp to your home! We will provide flexible tool kits and materials, instructions for tool safety, video chat guidance for parents, and exciting activities to take both child and parent on a journey of skill building and imagination. Each day has a new packet of fun prompts, designed by our expert Tinkering Facilitators, to get your minds and hands moving. The day starts with a small group of parents meeting with a Tinkering Facilitator in a 30-minute video call to learn techniques, share ideas, and discuss their experiences. Explore with curiosity, practice teamwork, and expand your imagination with your child at the pace that works best for you. We will give you prompts and projects to fill 3.5-4 hours per day (taking breaks when needed). If you want to keep going, the sky’s the limit!

Online Tinkering Camp, ages 9-12

Making happens everywhere! Create fun projects at home while you learn skills that will help you fix and build things using all kinds of recycled and new materials with just a few useful tools. Includes creative reuse, cardboard construction, ropework, sewing, wire bending, and more. The cost of this program includes a home tinkering kit, which includes a Canary Cutter, hot glue gun, wire cutters and pliers, as well as a variety of materials from our tinkering warehouse!

Teen Tinkering Camp at reDiscover, ages 11-16

Teen Tinkering Camp provides a camp experience unique in Southern California for teens to tinker with wood, metal, and reclaimed materials, all while gaining design and fabrication skills. Working with some of LA's top STEAM educators and master makers, tinkerers will design, prototype, build, and tinker with a wide range of tools and materials. Power tools, engineering, machines, and inventing all come into play. Participants will gain an understanding of the engineering design process, working as a team towards a group goal. While prior maker experience is not a prerequisite, Teen Tinkering Camp attracts many ambitious campers. While practicing social distancing with their own workbench and set of tools for the week, the group will have activities that encourage socialization and cooperation while building projects on their own to a group theme. Projects at Teen Tinkering camps are some of the most intricate and ambitious creations reDiscover facilitates.

Tinkering Camp Counselors in Training, ages 13-18 - No CIT positions for 2020

Counselors in training work alongside staff facilitators to create a safe, fun, engaging Tinkering environment for campers ages 5-12. CITs receive training materials and mentoring on how to facilitate a tools-intensive Tinkering environment. CITs provide one-on-one support to tinkerers, assist facilitators in group management, maintain the workshop, including repairing and building equipment as needed, and receive after-hours access to the reDiscover woodshop for personal projects. CITs are expected to arrive at 8:30 and be available through the daily staff meeting that ends at 3:45. Two week minimum commitment. Prior experience with making, tinkering, and basic woodworking highly recommended. New CITs need to schedule an admissions interview before registering. Contact mail@rediscovercenter.org to apply.


*Cancellation fee: Waived until four weeks before registered camp week, then 50% of tuition paid until two weeks before camp week, then 100% of tuition paid less than two weeks before camp week. Camp tuition is transferable to a substitute camper in full, at time of cancellation only. See our full Cancellation Policy for more details.

No one with open toed shoes, loose hair or clothing will be allowed in the shop.

Welcome to Tinkering Camp

What do campers do during the day?

Most of the camp day is in the shop, learning new skills, brainstorming, making, and tinkering.

Camp scheduling can vary, but generally follows this model:

  • Every day begins with a morning welcome activity while everyone is arriving
  • Each day we take a snack break at 10:30, and we walk to the park for lunch (Note: Lunch is not provided, but we generally have fruit available at snacktime)
  • Monday starts with introductions, rules, and tool training for those who need to go through it
  • On Monday and Tuesday, we do smaller builds and challenges, individually and in groups to get our skills up
  • From Wednesday to Friday, we do our Big Build. This revolves around a prompt that we reveal Wednesday morning, then brainstorm together, vote, and let each camper sign up for the portion of the build they want to work on.
    • Past Big Builds include “Journey to the Bottom of the Sea” (for which they made a submarine, deep sea rovers, scuba suits, volcanoes, etc), “Magic” (for which they made a two story Hogwarts and various shops in Hogsmeade), and “Superheroes” (for which they invented their own superhero identities, made costumes, and then built a secret headquarters with firepole and getaway car)
    • Themes are intentionally broad to include a large variety of interests so that everyone can find something that engages them. We work with campers to ensure they find something to do that they will enjoy
    • Themes vary, are set by the Lead Facilitators, and are kept secret until Wednesday morning so that we can all brainstorm together

 

How do I know my child will be safe? You’re giving them power tools?

We take safety very seriously, it’s the first thing we talk about. On day one, we go over all of our tools and teach our specific safety protocols for each tool - which we have developed through years of experience and research. How to use them safely, identifying the dangerous parts, identifying ways that people may try to use them unsafely and what can happen. Additionally, certain tools such as power saws always require direct supervision to use. We have a 1:4 counselor to camper ratio, and ensure that energy remains at a safe level, or we will take a break.

 

My child knows how to use tools already, do they really have to do tool training on the first day?

If they have been to reDiscover Center and done our tool training or built something recently (in the last few months), they may be allowed to join in a separate activity that gets them using the tools right away. If it has been a year, we ask that they get a refresher on the tools to ensure everyone’s safety. If they use tools a lot at home, we may take it on a case by case basis, but generally it’s important to learn our specific safety protocols that we use here (hand placement, how our specific tools work, etc). If they’re particularly advanced, we will recognize it, and may expedite them, or else have them help us teach the new tinkerers.

Note: Learning tools at a birthday party here isn’t the same as going through the full tool training; birthday parties typically only include drills and possibly hand saws, and don’t get much reinforcement training.

 

My child wants to make a go-cart/catapult/bookshelf/etc. Can they just build their own thing?

Our Big Build themes are very broad and can usually encompass most pre-existing ideas. In the rare case that they can’t find something related to the theme that interests them, they may work on an individual project, though this is something more suited to weekend open hours.

 

Can they take home what they make?

Smaller projects that are made earlier in the week, or smaller portions of the Big Build may be taken home with permission from parents/guardians. Often our Big Builds are too large to take home and are created by several people anyway; those stay here and are taken apart to be made into more projects (go sustainability!). We encourage tinkerers who are working on small builds together to discuss what happens to it when it’s finished before they begin building.

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