The Minecraft Camp/Workshop normally starts at 9am and finishes at 3:00pm. Children can be dropped off from 8.45am and parents/carers need to be at the venue by 2.50pm for pick up. We have a 5 minute information session at the end of the day. Parents are more than welcome to come and go at any stage or even stay all day. Occasionally we may have different start times depending on venue opening hours.
If it’s a 3 hrs workshop or an after school workshop the times will differ. Sometimes the 3hr ones start at 10am or 2pm or they may start at 9am and 1pm. Please always check your booking and confirmation emails carefully.
No way! We have teaching breaks every 20-30 mins where we bring them off their computers and teach them a new skill and have a stretch break of some kind. Usually this involves rolling shoulders forwards and back and stretching the neck. In our group times we are talking about our 3 principles, whats coming next, what things people are working on and generally sharing whats going well. It’s a social workshop!
Our Minecraft Camps generally have 12 kids to one adult. Occasionally we may stretch to 15:1 but thats rare and only if we know we have a bunch of coachs, moderators and admins coming to camp too. Newer players get a lot of support from our aspiring leaders in the group so they have plenty of help if needed. We have A LOT! of students come again (sometimes over half the group) so there is no shortage of help. Please note that if your child requires adult assistance at school you will need to provide that same level of assistance at the Minecraft Workshop
Our ideal age range is 6-14 year olds. We do occasionally take older kids depending on circumstance and if your 5 year old is super advanced and already playing on a PC we would consider taking them too. Our most common age range is 8-12
For the any course other than the 6 hr standard Minecraft Camp they should be at least 8 or already attended a Minecraft Camp previously and handled it well. We say 8 yrs and up but if they are slightly younger and already been to a workshop then they should be fine.
Our camps are structured around challenges and collaboration. The advanced Minecraft players get a tremendous amount of growth out of coaching the beginner players. In our camps and online server we encourage them to work to be coaches and moderators, if they are very advanced and demonstrate strong leadership they can be promoted to server Admins.
We find that parents often over estimate their children’s abilities and we also find that some players have developmental holes in their learning. We recommend just sending them along and giving it a go. You have nothing to lose and they have everything to gain. The day is really about friendships and new connections so they will benefit hugely from that alone not to mention the self esteem boost if they truly are advanced.
No you don’t have to stay. We do ask that you hang around for the start as we will go through the logistics of the day and that’s really good info for you to know. We also ask that you come in about 10 – 15 minutes early at the end of the day so you can see what they have done and hear what the next steps are.
Parents are welcome to stay if you feel you need to or want to.
No, that wont work on a computer. To get the most from our Camps and particularly after the day ends we recommend each child has their own PC Minecraft account.
No, you do not, but to get the most from our Camps and particularly after the day ends we recommend each child has their own Minecraft account. The Mind Buzz server is ‘live’ and they can play on our safe server after the event. We have spare accounts they can use for the day, but anything they build, create or win will not be accessible later.
A minecraft account can be purchased from Mojang at https://account.mojang.comor get a redeem card from coles or woolies as its cheaper. Please remember to bring along their email address used to set the account up, and the password for the same account
We don’t provide food or drinks as its a logistical minefield. There are also far too many allergies and other ‘issues’ out there to make it a safe thing to do. Please send a normal school lunch and snacks with your child and remember a water bottle.
The founder Sean Firth is a teacher and former principal. Most of the other presenters and assistants are either teachers or work in classrooms. All adults working in the camp definitely hold a Working With Children card and often a current First Aid Certificate. We choose our assistants and camp leaders because they have a mix of technical knowhow and human empathy!
Every adult working with Mind Buzz has a current working with children check. A police check is done as part of the children check process too by the authorities. We take children’s safety very seriously and have in place strategies during the day to minimise risks
They are most welcome. Minecraft is a great equaliser and is one of the reasons the camps are so successful. If they have high needs please be prepared to accompany your child. Our requirements with kids that have special needs are if they require 1 to 1 support in school, then you will need to provide the same support on the day. Please add additional information, such as their allergies, whether they are high functioning, issues with anger or anxiety etc in the further info box when you are getting the ticket.
In our experience anxious kids usually are no longer anxious after about 10 minutes. Autistic kids do extremely well at these camps. ADHD kids are challenged and fit right in. We are not into labelling kids or holding them back so most kids do really well at our workshops.
You DO NOT NEED A TICKET. We check you in at the event. We do send an email with an image of a ticket on it but its just for show. You do not need to print it as we only have small groups and we will check you off our list when you arrive.
No they don’t need to bring any other devices but they can. They are welcome to bring their own mouse (we provide them but some people have awesome gaming mouses), and if they like to listen to the game music they can bring headphones.
Well the average price for daycare is $75-150 a day so we think what we do is pretty cheap. It’s a whole day event from 9am to 3pm. They get a laptop to use for the day, a workbook and lanyard to take home and access to the server afterwards so they can continue their learning and friendships.
Due to increasing costs we have had to increase our price for this amazing day. We still think its very cheap for what you get. The old price was 59 + 5.90 gst, it’s now 67 + 6.70 gst. You get a lanyard, a workbook and access to the server and ongoing support afterwards as well as 6 hrs of live workshop. The average price of daycare in Australia is between $70-$180 and we offer WAY MORE VALUE than that!