Our technology and arts-based summer camps excite young minds and prepare them for a future of creative and collaborative work and play. Staff are committed to helping each camper reach their potential, and most importantly, have fun.
General Summer Camp Information
Summer Schedule for 2023
In efforts to keep campers and staff safe we have altered our refund policy to best accommodate any immediate cancellations due to a positive COVID test or reason to believe your camper may have been exposed to an illness and can no longer attend camp. In this case, a full refund for days missed or the full week missed will be given.
However, if you know in advance of the camp you will no longer be able to attend, we do ask that you let us know as soon as possible so we can open up spots for those on the waitlist.
Still Have Camp Questions?
- Fab Lab staff will be stationed outside to check-in campers and answer any questions.
- Campers will need all their camp forms filled out and turned in the first day of camp.
- Parents/Guardians will sign-in their campers each morning.
- Fab Lab staff reserve the right to turn away campers that display any Covid-like symptoms (fever, cough, fatigue, etc..)
- Campers will come outside as they are called once it is clear a parent/guardian is there to pick them up.
- They will be signed out by a staff member.
- If you are running late for any reason, please call the Lab at 217-265-5342
Campers need to come with their own snacks and water.
There will be an outdoor snack break during camp everyday (weather permitting).
Camp Waivers / Scholarships Available
Thanks to the amazing support we continue to receive from our Holiday Market Fundraisers, if your camper qualifies for free or reduced lunch we may be able to offer free or reduced price camps.
Frequently Asked Questions
What age do my kid(s) need to be to attend camp?
Fab Lab camps are for ages 10+. Our curricula has been designed for campers that have some basic computer knowledge, are able to independently problem solve, manage new tools, and engage in group work. *An exception can be made for campers who are 9 but will turn 10 on or before September 1st of this year.
What if I’m running late?
It’s OK, life happens. Please email the Fab Lab to let instructors know. We’d also like to know if you have to leave early for any appointments.
Will my kid(s) play with power tools?
Playing no, learning to use tools in the lab responsibly, yes!
I have a child who would be really interested in a Fab Lab camp, but I can’t afford it. Are there scholarships available?
Need-based scholarships are available. Please feel free to contact us for more information.
How will I know I successfully registered my child for camp?
After you register, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you do not receive an email, please contact us to make sure we know you are coming.
Will my kid(s) get a break?
Camps will have a 15-20 min snack/recess break during each session. Snacks and drinks will NOT be provided.
I’m not familiar with some of the tools and programs you are using. Could you tell me about them?
Check out the tutorial gateway to learn about our tools and projects. If you have additional questions about specific camps, please feel free to email us with questions.
Philosophy and Learning Processes
Our camps are also designed to inspire the development of cross disciplinary skills. A camper learning about art in video game design will come away from the experience having learned about creating digital art, video game logic, and storytelling. Campers learning to sew are also learning about digital design through digital embroidery and are gaining spatial skills through the geometry fundamental to sewing.
Last, we believe that campers across all of our camps experience immense satisfaction in seeing things from their imagination brought to life, whether it is a 3D print from a Minecraft model they built or an animated video they created. Campers love hands-on learning and take great pride in what they create.