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Period-1 9:00-10:25

001DC Juniors



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002Design and Build your own Rube Goldberg Machine

Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist with a wild sense of invention, creativity, and humor. He drew complicated inventions, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation. In this class we will design and build wild and wacky machines (Think of the game Mousetrap). Your own imagination and creativity are all you need to build a super Rube Goldberg machine. We will use every type of part imaginable to create our inventions: marble tracks, rubber bands, pipes, clay, levers and more! Students leave with a machine of their own creation.

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006Introduction to Rocketry

Build and launch rockets as you use hands-on learning to explore fundamental scientific concepts including Newton’s Laws and Bernoulli’s Principle.  Maximize flight performance through experimentation and the changing of variables. Learn how to safely launch rockets under the careful eye of our rocket experts and their assistants.  Campers will build an assortment of introductory rocket kits.  Each week campers will compete in launching competitions which will test the students’ ability to accurately judge launch variables including weight, aerodynamic efficiency, rocket’s engine size, launch angle, wind speed, and direction.  Prizes will be awarded for all competitions. Tool safety and correct usage will be strongly emphasized. 

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013Elite Outdoor FPV Drone Racing (Invitation Only)

This class is being offered to a few distinguished returning campers only. During the previous summer/s these campers have proven themselves as masters of FPV drone racing and have qualified for this exclusive class that has extremely limited enrollment.  These campers will be flying a larger brushless drone capable of extremely high speeds. The materials fee will cover: A new drone, remote, replacement parts, batteries, and the battery charger. The campers will be using the goggles from last year’s advanced drone class. The class will not be available in the online registration system. On the evening of registration select 999-“No Class Selection” for period 1 and send an e-mail to info@discovercamp.com. We will confirm your name is on the invitation list and add the class to your schedule. You may also contact us before registration to ensure your name is on the list.

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015Pokemon Level I

Pokémon trainers get ready! In this league trainers will battle, collect, and trade their cards to win prizes and badges. Prizes include booster packs, theme decks and more. Trainers have the opportunity to become Pokémon masters and challenge the gym leader of the camp.   Campers will learn math skills like probability, subtraction, addition, and multiplication while participating in these exciting card games. Your adventure awaits!

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016Pokemon Level II

This Pokémon League class is designed for returning campers who have already taken Pokémon League I and have their own starter deck. Campers will receive more booster packs to bolster their already formidable collection. This advanced class focuses on deck building, strategy, and tactics.

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020Warhammer Level I

Warhammer is a tabletop strategy game where you play as the general of an army. Warhammer takes the skill and strategy of chess and transforms it into a game of endless moves and possibilities. Here you will build and customize your very own army. Campers literally build their army, everything from gluing to painting is yours to control. Once your army is built, the world of Warhammer awaits your challenge! This is a multi – level class, beginners and advanced campers welcomed!

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021Warhammer Level II

This Warhammer class is designed for returning campers who already have Warhammer armies. Warhammer Level II focuses on army design, advanced painting, learning the rules of play, strategies of defense, attacks, and probability. This is a multi – level class. Campers also will be able to order additional pieces for an additional fee.

*Pre-requisite Warhammer Level I

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024Scratch Coding 3.0

New to programming, but want to create something cool? Scratch 3.0 is a block- based programming language developed by the MIT Media Labs. With this program, students can code games, animations, music, art and much more. As students create and share objects, they will practice thinking creatively and learn to reason systematically and work collaboratively. Students will also learn about circuitry when they experiment with MaKeyMaKey, an external circuit board to create interactive art. In this class we will create interactive games, animations with dialog, interactive art and more! Scratch is a true beginner programming language that is not only fun, but a bridge to later coding such as Arduino and Java.

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0303D Design Using Minecraft

We’ve combined two of the most popular classes at DC, 3D design and Minecraft. Tinkercad is a design program where campers will design 3D structures to import into Minecraft. The Tinkercad program allows designs to be more complex and detailed. Campers will be creating structures from the past, present, and their imagination. Campers can build their dream house or an impenetrable fortress. Perhaps the Roman Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower, or the Great Wall of China. Maybe their favorite sports team’s stadium or the Golden Gate Bridge or even some local attractions like Playland. Different mods to Minecraft can bring in different styles of designs.

Campers will learn: architecture, electronics, sculpture, texturing, landscaping, action, photography, decorating, music, trading, storytelling, adventure and modding. Campers do not need to be Minecraft experts, but an understanding of the game will help.

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033Virtual and Augmented Reality Creators

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are two of the fastest growing technology fields. This class is designed for beginners to learn how to create and experience VR and AR. Campers will learn about geometry, textures, camera angles, and block-based coding. More advanced campers will also have the option to learn about programming for VR with JavaScript. Discover Camp has Oculus headsets for the campers to use or they can also use smart phones to view their creations with a Google Cardboard. Campers will also be exposed to Spark AR, a great introduction to making augmented reality filters and stickers just like the ones used on Instagram and Snapchat. The only limit is your imagination!


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036Intro to 3D Printing and Design - The Next Dimension

Years ago, Discover Camp was the first camp in the country to integrate this emerging technology into a summer camp class. In this course campers will begin to explore ways to design and create real 3D objects and bring them to life. Campers will be introduced to the world of 3D printing by learning how this groundbreaking technology works and where it is presently being used in society. They will learn how to navigate and use websites such as Thingiverse.com and Tinkercad.com. At first, students will learn to print designs that currently exist. Campers will then move on to modifying existing designs or creating and printing their own original designs.

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041Prototyping & Engraving Using Laser Etching

Fire up the lasers! Learn basic graphic design and bring your ideas to life with the power of a laser cutter and engraver in the classroom. We’ll learn to create basic vector images and use those to cut acrylic or wood prototypes. We will also learn about creating and applying raster images to different materials to add personal touches to the prototypes we create. Bringing together computer skills, design thinking, and the power of a laser, this is a truly unique opportunity for fun! 

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051Introduction to Arduino and Coding

This program will introduce children to Arduino, an inexpensive, open-source platform that combines electronics and text-based programming to create individual “Do It Yourself” style projects. Possible creations with this microcontroller include (but are not limited to): alarm clocks, distance detectors, theremins, universal remote controls, simple robots, mini-tanks, and changing LED displays. Course fees include an Arduino board for each camper to take home and some of the remaining materials that might be connected to the board. Campers will start off with basic projects and learn simple electronics and coding. The last two weeks will be dedicated to more personal projects developed by the campers themselves. Both beginners and experienced enthusiasts are encouraged to enroll as the class will have different activity tracks.

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052All About Arduino (Advanced)

This class is a perfect follow up to any of our introductory Arduino classes or for campers with some Arduino experience. The Arduino is an open-source computer hardware/software platform for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control the physical world around them. We will focus on more advanced coding projects using sensors, and campers will create standalone, semi-permanent projects to take home and enjoy. This is in stark contrast to the simple projects from the beginner course that get disassembled almost immediately upon completion in order to build the next one. Projects vary from year to year and may include: Motion sensors/ home automation projects, Nerf turrets, and color-changing gates for drone racing.

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053LEGO WEDO Robotics and LEGO Boost

LEGO® Education WEDO™ and LEGO Boost is an excellent way for some of our younger campers to be introduced to LEGO® programming and transition into the EV3 classes. It combines the children’s love of LEGO® building with drag and drop programming. Campers will build a variety of models such as lions, soccer players, ferris wheels, cars, helicopters, and cranes. After students have built the models, they will write programs that control the model’s behavior. Campers will gain experience writing programs using sequential, loop and logic based structures in a Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment very similar to Scratch, which make use of tilt and motion sensors and control motors and lights. Campers will get to bring home their very own LEGO® Boost kit which includes the pieces to build 5 multifunctional robots that can be programmed via a tablet device.

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057Filmmaking

In this class, campers will write, direct, act, and edit their own short films using a variety of camera equipment and editing software. Students will work together collaboratively under the guidance of instructors who are well versed in the craft. This class is suited for students with no experience right up through those who have made short films before. Campers will learn scriptwriting, acting, filming, editing, special effects, and green screening throughout the session.

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059Discover Camp Rock Band

Are you ready to rock? Discover Rock Band offers hands on stage experience to play in a band. Campers will improve performance skills, build self-confidence, meet other musicians and acquire valuable team building lessons that last long after camp is over. Campers can expect to learn how to properly use their gear, read music charts, find or create parts and (most importantly) obtain skills for being a positive, productive member in performance group. Live performances are encouraged and have become an exciting part of each day at Discover Camp.

  • Rock and Roll appreciation
  • Experience live on stage performances
  • Song selection, campers have input on which songs are performed.
  • Campers are challenged to learn songs in a band environment.
  • Interact and cooperate with other young musicians
  • Build self-confidence

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063Chopped Junior

Introducing Chopped Junior, an Iron-Chef style cooking competition! In this class, campers work in teams to create culinary masterpieces using the mystery ingredients provided. The rounds are timed, so use the clock wisely! When the clock runs out, it’s time for the dishes to be judged on presentation, taste, and creativity. Do you have what it takes to be a Chopped Junior Champion?

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065Jewelry Making and Creative Crafts

What could be more fun than learning how to make jewelry? This hands-on opportunity provides campers with an understanding and working knowledge of jewelry artistry. Children will discover the WONDERS of jewelry design by using high-quality materials such as Austrian crystal, semi-precious stones and colorful beads from all over the world.  Campers will learn basic jewelry making techniques such as wire working, beading, mixed media, metal stamping and sculpting with clay.  As part of our jewelry making program children will have a blast creating fun and exciting crafts and wearable art such as friendship mirrors, pillows, wallets, hair accessories, splatter paint hats, and more!

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071Intro to The Arts

Introduction to the art studio encourages campers to step into the arts with ease. This class is designed to give the campers the opportunity to dabble in the world of art in a structured environment. This class offers strong hands-on activities to learn and explore. Students will work on a designated project and dabble in different mediums. Some concepts students will learn include color theory, power of line, and importance of value. Campers will have the opportunity to work with a plethora of materials including paint, charcoal, clay, found objects and fibers to name a few!

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083Introduction to Skateboarding

Campers will learn the fundamentals of skateboarding in a safe and fun atmosphere. The skills campers will learn are pushing, carving, tic tac’s, kick turns, stopping safely as well as basic skateboarding terminology. Campers will learn how to adjust their skateboards and use the ramps safely and correctly.  Throughout introduction to Skateboarding, advanced maneuvers will be taught such asthe ollie and the kick flip as well as “dropping in” for campers who are ready to take the next step towards advanced skateboarding.  A skateboard, helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads are required. For safety concerns, only real skateboards that have urethane wheels and trucks with proper bushings will be allowed.

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084Advanced Skateboarding

This class is designed for returning campers or campers with skateboarding experience.  Campers will be focusing on enhancing their skateboarding skills in a safe and progressive atmosphere. More challenging tricks and ramp maneuvers will be taught.  A skateboard, helmet and wrist guards are required. Knee and elbow pads are also highly recommended for advanced skaters. For safety concerns, only real skateboards that have urethane wheels and trucks with proper bushings will be allowed.

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086DC Basketball

Campers will develop a sense of camaraderie while working toward shared goals with fellow teammates in a variety of fun, skill-based games, and activities.  Drills will focus on ball-handling, coordination, proper shooting techniques, and aerobic fitness. Our basketball program is non-competitive and prides itself on developing and strengthening your child’s passion for sports. All campers will feel comfortable in our program regardless of prior experiences with sports.

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087DC Soccer

Discover Camp soccer focuses on the campers individual skills and works to improve those skills over 4 weeks through modeling, drills, games, and scrimmages. The professional staff made up of both men and women are all soccer players who are or have been part of high level soccer programs. If you love the game of soccer this is the class for you.

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091Golf

Do you want to learn how to play golf? Do you already play, but want to improve your game? If so, sign up for “Swing Like The Pros.” You will learn and explore ways to improve your grip, putting stroke, short game and drives. We will use the local driving range, which has a chipping green and mini golf, to practice all of our skills and find innovative ways to apply our lessons through fun, healthy competition.

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094Archery and Outdoor Games

Archery is a huge hit at Discover Camp with both boys and girls. Campers really enjoy learning and applying the skills of archery. It’s not easy at first, but with practice it doesn’t take long to improve your skills. Some archery activities include archery trick shots, balloon popping, fruit salad, slow motion archery and shoot the pinata.  Campers will also participate in other outdoor activities between their shooting sessions. These games will focus on developing hand eye coordination.

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098Discover Ninja Warrior

Westchester Ninja Warriors is a fitness program inspired by the hit television show American Ninja Warrior. Class curriculum is designed and taught by 4 time American Ninja Warrior veteran and Team Ninja Warrior competitor Noel Reyes. With a hand-picked coaching staff picked for their skill in not only completing obstacles but teaching the techniques used to navigate through obstacle courses quickly and efficiently participants will:

• Try obstacles they’ve seen on TV such as the Warped Wall, Quintuple Steps, Ring Toss and also original obstacle designs by our staff.

• Learn techniques to improve balance and agility to navigate through lower body obstacles. 

• Learn techniques for swinging from stationary objects and hanging objects such as monkey bars, ropes, rings, and rock holds.

• Learn trampoline techniques to improve jumping height and distance.

• Learn body awareness in space and how to manipulate your body for efficiency through lower body and upper body obstacles.

• Learn how to analyze obstacles and determine the appropriate approach to highlight their individual strengths.

• Attempt full-scale obstacle courses in friendly competition style fashion.

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100Mini-Z (New campers)

Earn your Driver’s License and explore the exciting world of Kyosho’s Mini-Z radio controlled cars. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand they are loaded with tons of performance features. To complement our Mini 4WD program and prepare campers for our Racing Academy campers are taught how to drive a radio controlled car. Again changing variables is the major skill that we emphasize. By changing one variable at a time students tune their cars to perform at a higher level. Competition takes place on a specialized track that is changed according to the ability of the group. These radio controlled cars have replacement parts that the children learn to change. Discover Camp is the ONLY camp in the United States recognized and supported by KYOSHO AMERICA to run the Mini-Z program.

  • Read and follow instruction manuals
  • Interpret diagrams
  • Identify and use tools properly
  • Identify components, including the names and uses of different screws, washers, bushings, bearings etc.
  • Alter variables to improve performance
  • Learn driving skills and racing techniques

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103Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Slash Spec

Focused around the infamous Traxxas Slash, the campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby, the Slash is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible (we jumped it off a two story roof and it was fine!) After completion, the campers will be able to use our off road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other Slash trucks at camp. We’ve built about 900 Slashes since we introduced it to our camp many years ago so we’re certainly experts on this particular chassis.

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104Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Rustler

Campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby. The Rustler is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible. After completion, the campers will be able to use our off-road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other trucks at camp. Includes: This class includes the truck kit, remote, charger, 2 batteries, tools, and a toolbox. The charger and tools will be needed for any future Racing Academy course.

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105Intermediate Racing Academy - Slash Spec./Upgrades

This class is designed for campers who have already built a Traxxas Slash and wish to spend their time upgrading their cars. This will be done very carefully by first thoroughly cleaning and examining the truck for wear and tear. The campers will be upgrading their stock truck to a race ready truck. The upgrades are designed to bring the slash to a new level of competition. Included materials:

Tires, suspension upgrades, servo, and a new remote and receiver which will be used for future cars and truck builds.

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106Intermediate Racing Academy - Scale Trail Truck

The Sawback is here to take the podium on fit and finish! Designed from the ground up for scale performance and great looks with or without a body, the Sawback does not disappoint. The combination of scale looks and performance parts makes this truck go where you want in style. The new crawler features a heavy-duty C-channel frame. The truck also features a very strong and durable gearbox. The wheels and tires included are a bead lock type tire that will allow for maximum traction in any terrain. The truck will be paired with a strong brushless/esc motor and a high torque servo. The camper will be able to test it on the all new off road crawler course.   INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electric speed controller), battery and tool box. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course 102. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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107Intermediate Racing Academy - On Road Spec.

Starting with the basic touring car chassis, campers will build from a kit an easy to drive 4WD chassis. Discover Camp experiments with upgrade packages and has developed a plan based around the concept of “best bang for the buck.”  After the initial build, campers will be adding an aluminum driveshaft and other drivetrain upgrades. These parts will allow the campers to see the before and after results of their upgrade. Intermediate courses included materials: the kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), battery and toolbox. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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108Advanced Racing Academy - Team Associated Short Course Truck

This class is for the advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced race-level kit. The truck has changed the game with their new Mid-motor design.  Team Associated found with today’s tracks and faster motors, positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive short course truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Based on the B5m and T5m, the RC10SC5M Team Kit represents the next step in the evolution of competitive short-course racing. The SC5m shares many of the same Factory Team optional parts that result in improved durability and faster lap times. Factory Team V2 12mm ‘Big Bore’ shocks, and ‘Gull Wing’ front suspension are just a few of the SC5m features that make it stand above the rest of the pack! This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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109Advanced Racing Academy - Stadium Truck

This is a 2-wheel drive stadium truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. Since its release, the truck has remained at the top level of national competition. The kit comes with the latest Factory Team high-performance option parts like the V2 12mm “Big Bore” threaded shocks, VTS slipper clutch, just to name a few. Also included in the kit is a Pro-Line body and advanced mid-motor design developed and applied to the race-winning truck platform. The finished product is a potent race truck and has everything it takes to get you to the top of the podium! This is a great selection for the advanced builder who is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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110Advanced Racing Academy - 2wd Buggy

This class is for the most advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced, race-level, kit. These kits have changed the game with their new Midmotor design. Team Associated has found that with today’s tracks and faster motors that positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive buggy with high performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. The kit delivers the next level of 2wd buggy performance that will continue to be proven a winner. This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery.  It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course 102 as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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111Racing Academy Masters Program

This course is designed to let those who have been through most of the other RC Cars and want to build either something more specific to their interests or a kit not mentioned above. Students interested in this course must contact Davis Taylor (dtaylor@discovercamp.com) to discuss which car and parts are going to be needed and determine cost, before finishing registration for the summer.  Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes as well as at least 1 of the Racing Academy 3 cars.

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112My Laps (For Returning Campers)

Students will receive a brand new MyLaps Transponder so that they can connect  to our new timing system. This transponder and timing system allows students to challenge themselves to be consistent and learn more about their race cars to achieve the fastest times.  Campers keep their personal transponder. Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes. Contact Davis Taylor with questions (dtaylor@discovercamp.com)

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113Discover Camp Racing & Repair (For Returning Campers)

Any camper who has previously taken The Racing Academy and is interested in racing their vehicles, getting their vehicles back in order or upgrading their vehicles should join this class. The goal of this course is to give each camper the tools they need to refine their RC driving ability and become a faster, better driver. You’d be amazed what a new set of tires or even a suspension change can do to bring down your lap times. We’ll be assigning two counselors specifically to this program so that there is ALWAYS someone available to race with the kids or assist with repairs or upgrades. Should a camper require major repairs or upgrades above the materials fees then parents can send a check.  We always have plenty of parts on hand or can order from our suppliers.

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001DC Juniors


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002Design and Build your own Rube Goldberg Machine

Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist with a wild sense of invention, creativity, and humor. He drew complicated inventions, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation. In this class we will design and build wild and wacky machines (Think of the game Mousetrap). Your own imagination and creativity are all you need to build a super Rube Goldberg machine. We will use every type of part imaginable to create our inventions: marble tracks, rubber bands, pipes, clay, levers and more! Students leave with a machine of their own creation.

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007Advanced Rocketry I - Taking Rocketry to Higher Levels

Use the skills gained in Introduction to Rocketry to build, design and launch the rockets that you’ve created. Advanced kits and instructions will be used in this class. This class is great for campers who have earned their launching license and are ready to take building to higher levels.

  • Build an assortment of advanced rocket kits
  • Build an assortment of advanced homemade bottle rockets
  • Modify rocket kits to make them “better”
  • Design and build custom rockets from parts
  • Tool safety and correct usage will be strongly emphasized
Each week campers will compete in launching competitions which will test the campers’ ability to accurately judge launch variables including weight, aerodynamic efficiency, size of the rockets engine, launch angle, wind speed, and direction. Prizes will be awarded for all competitions.

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008Advanced Rocketry II - The Academy for the Evil Genius

Use the skills gained in Introduction to Rocketry and Advanced Rocketry I to build, design and launch the rockets that you’ve created. Kits and instructions are not used in this class. Campers assemble their rockets using skills that they have gained from several years of rocketry experience. Even more rocket parts are provided to choose from. Over the weeks, campers will compete in launching competitions which will test the students’ ability to accurately calculate launch variables and design creativity. We will also complete one flying project which will also build upon skills from all three levels. Prizes will be awarded in our design and launching competition.

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010Model Airplane Building

Enter the world of the Wright Brothers! Wilbur and Orville used free-flight gliders and models to learn the basic principles of flight. In this hands-on class, you will do the same by building and flying gliders and rubber band powered aircraft to maximize flight time and height. Use your new skills to explore the basic principles of flight and what makes a good flyer. Learn just as the Wright Brothers did with an added emphasis on creativity. A variety of glider and rubber band powered aircraft will be built and flown from kits. These aircraft are free-flight with pre-set control surfaces that guide the aircraft through the air to achieve the best flight time and height. We will build, fly, crash, repair and then fly again. Experimentation plus knowledge of flight principles are used to improve the flight characteristics of an aircraft.  Enter the world of the Wright Brothers!  Wilbur & Orville used free-flight gliders and models to learn the basic principles of flight.  In this hands-on class, you will do the same by building and flying gliders & rubber band powered aircraft to maximize flight time and height.  Use your new skills to explore the basic principles of flight and what makes a good flyer.  Learn just as the Wright Brothers did with an added emphasis on creativity.  A variety of glider and rubber powered aircraft will be built and flown from kits. These aircraft are free-flight with pre-set control surfaces that guide the aircraft through the air to achieve the best flight time and height.  We will build, fly, crash, repair and then fly again. Experimentation plus knowledge of flight principals are used to improve the flight characteristics of an aircraft.  Flying is done indoors and outdoors. Competitions are used to motivate and push learning and experimentation.  Tool safety and craftsmanship are emphasized throughout.

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012Outdoor FPV (First Person View) Drone Racing

THIS IS AN ADVANCED CLASS! You will need to come to this class with experience flying drones FPV (first person view) using goggles. We will be flying an advanced drone that is capable of high speeds. You must have experience flying smaller slower drones. Another important aspect of drone racing is making repairs after you crash (there will be crashes!) The material fee covers the drone, goggles, remote, battery charger, and some replacement parts. The material fee does not cover replacement drones if they are lost. If you do not have the goggles from the indoor fpv class the cost will be an additional $100.

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014Multi-level Chess

Campers will learn to play chess for fun and mental agility. Chess is an excellent forum for competition and sportsmanship. Chess develops life skills including focus, reasoning, decision-making, and strategic thinking. It’s the king of games and the game of kings (and queens)!

Topics include:

  • Rules of Play
  • Understanding the Chessboard : Ranks, Files Diagonals
  • Pieces: Names /Values / Moves
  • Algebraic Notation: Reading and writing chess moves
  • Check / Checkmate / Stalemate
  • Attack / Capture / Defend
  • Special moves: Castling / Promotion / En passant
  • Basic Checkmates
  • Tactics: Pins / Forks / Double attacks
  • Full Game
  • Time, Space, Material
  • Solving Checkmate Problems

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023X-Wing

If you love strategy and Star Wars then this is the hobby for you! Control the most advanced star fighters and outstanding pilots in the galaxy! In X-Wing Miniatures Game, you take the role of squad leader and command a group of merciless Imperial or daring Rebel pilots in furious ship-to-ship space combat. Featuring stunningly detailed and painted miniatures, X-Wing recreates exciting Star Wars space battles from small engagements of only a couple of crafts, to large conflicts where multiple squadrons clash. Select and equip your ships, pick your crew, plan your attack, and complete your mission.

Students will learn:

  • Basic rules and strategies of the game
  • List building and game theory
  • Tactics which include measuring distances and angles, setting maneuvers and making attacks
  • Basic mathematics and probability

Students will receive all necessary tools and models to play. Additional pieces will be available for order at an additional fee.

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029Minecraft! What Will You Create?

Minecraft is a game about discovery. Discovering what’s beyond the horizon. Campers will explore new cave systems, projects others have created, and new features released into updates. Campers will be in an environment of like-minded people who share the same passion for Minecraft. Unexperienced players are welcomed and encouraged to join this class.

Campers will learn: architecture, electronics, sculpture, texturing, landscaping, action, photography, decorating, music, trading, storytelling, adventure and modding.

The game is being used to teach more than just computer skills. It easily lends itself to science, technology, engineering and math explorations. But beyond that, language teachers are strengthening communication skills, civics teachers are exploring how societies function, and history teachers are having their students recreate ancient civilizations.

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031Minecraft Virtual Reality

The Minecraft VR class opens the door for students to experience their creations in an immersive 3-D environment. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk into your Minecraft base and experience your architectural prowess? Now you can view your Minecraft creations with Oculus Rift with the new Minecraft VR class. Campers will be challenged to build structures that integrate the necessary infrastructure to allow their Minecraft world to flourish. The Minecraft VR journey begins one block at a time. Campers will build in Minecraft outside of a VR environment and have the opportunity to view and test their creations in a VR environment to enhance their perspective.

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034Game Design in Virtual Reality with Unity

The Game Design with Unity class will challenge campers to use real game development tools to create a project that they can take home, play, and share with friends. The Unity game engine is an industry favorite, powering popular games like Pokémon GO, Cuphead, and Beat Saber. We’ll take a deeper look at geometry, textures, materials, and game programming. Campers will have a variety of projects to work on, from creating simple mobile apps to VR-ready games! Our final project will be to create an interactive game that we can play on the camp’s Oculus Rift VR headsets. With such a powerful platform, every camper will get to flex their creative minds through their games.

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0373D Printing Inventors for Beginners

Campers, prepare to become inventors, designers, and creators! We will start the session with an introduction to Tinkercad, a 3D modelling and design tool. We will scour the camp and our homes for problems that require solutions.  We will present our problems to the class and brainstorm solutions.  We’ll apply our new Tinkercad skills to design unique solutions to the problems. We’ll then use our 3D printers to prepare rapid prototypes to test the solutions in the real world.   

Some experience with 3D printing or 3D design would be helpful. 

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040Autodesk Inventor

Are you ready for a real engineering experience? Autodesk Inventor is a professional Computer Aided Design software that is used in many high schools, colleges, and engineering firms. Campers will be introduced to 3D mechanical design, measurement, and prototyping. 3D designs will ultimately be 3D printed. Experience in 3D printing and other computer design software (Sketchup, Tinkercad, etc..) is highly recommended.

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042Build Your Own PC

Campers will learn all the parts that make up a personal computer and then build one of their own from start to finish. Campers will get to know each of the components of a computer and will learn about the price vs. performance tradeoffs of each. With this knowledge and with assistance, campers will choose a budget of $500, $750, or $1,000 for their system. They will then choose parts that fit the budget and will assemble and test their own personal machine.  Each camper will go home with a fully assembled computer running Windows 10. Included components are CPU, motherboard, storage drive, RAM, power supply, computer case, keyboard, and mouse. The base $500 materials fee will afford a machine with an 8GB RAM and a Pentium Core i3, or RYZEN processor. Campers and parents will decide during the first week whether they will upgrade from the base computer. Some examples are higher-performance components such as a faster processor, an SSD storage device, and/or discrete graphics card. (Monitor is not included.)

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054LEGO Robotics Mindstorms EV3

The newest and most advanced technology in LEGO® Robotics! Campers will use their previous skills learned during the LEGO® Mindstorms class to create and command robots that walk, talk, and think with all new sensors such as the infrared sensor, which gives robots the ability to see and detect various objects. They can follow the step by step 3D building instructions to create Gyro Boy, Tank Bot, Puppy, Stair Climber as well as the massive Elephant! Campers will also have the opportunity to create personalized robots using their imagination in order to solve various missions and tasks.  Campers have the chance to bring these robots to life and develop problem-solving skills in an easy, intuitive, and icon-based programming interface which is based on the industry-leading graphical programming language used by scientists and engineers worldwide. The new and improved EV3 Intelligence Brick even allows campers to control their robots directly by connecting them wirelessly to their phones and tablets!

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055LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Advanced

This class is an extension of LEGO® Robotics where campers will team up to complete various objectives. They will have to work together to design sky carts that can pick up or drop off cargo or design autonomous and semi-autonomous robots that can navigate through diverse obstacle courses! Advanced building techniques are introduced and campers build more sophisticated robots that utilize multiple sensors such as the color, infrared and gyro sensor. This is a vigorous and engaging class, which is sure to capture the imagination of any camper. This class is designed for campers who have advance background with EV3 or NXT. Campers will be introduced to similar challenges present in the First Lego League (FLL) competitions. 

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056Stop Motion Animation

In stop motion, campers bring their LEGO, clay, chalk drawing, Star Wars, Minecraft figures and much more to life as they explore the world of stop motion animation. Stop-motion animation allows the photographer to tell a story. This style of photography makes a physically manipulated object appear to move on its own. In stop motion, campers will have the opportunity to make their own movies, and also recreate scenes from their favorite movies like Star Wars. Campers will experience the basics of stop-motion animation using digital cameras, iPads, and their imaginations to bring their ideas to life

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059Discover Camp Rock Band

Are you ready to rock? Discover Rock Band offers hands on stage experience to play in a band. Campers will improve performance skills, build self-confidence, meet other musicians and acquire valuable team building lessons that last long after camp is over. Campers can expect to learn how to properly use their gear, read music charts, find or create parts and (most importantly) obtain skills for being a positive, productive member in performance group. Live performances are encouraged and have become an exciting part of each day at Discover Camp.

  • Rock and Roll appreciation
  • Experience live on stage performances
  • Song selection, campers have input on which songs are performed.
  • Campers are challenged to learn songs in a band environment.
  • Interact and cooperate with other young musicians
  • Build self-confidence

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061World Explorations

Future world travelers, this course is for you! Discover different cultures from around the world by exploring food, games and other traditions from a variety of countries. You will be engaged in a range of activities such as listening to music, learning dances, preparing food, making crafts and other cultural components that make each country unique.

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067Rock Out Your Room

Welcome to the world of home design and home accessories. This is a wonderful opportunity to create and design unique items for your own bedroom! This class emphasizes creativity and learning basic design concepts. Students will explore various mediums by working with fascinating materials and creating one of kind works of art! All projects are age appropriate. Check out some of our new and most popular projects for 2016! Mini Lamps! Floating Flower Glow Jars! FUZZY Fleece Pillows! Sea glass light jars! Memory Journals! Galaxy Designs! Create Mirrors, Frames, Wall Art and Glowing 3D looks! Rock’n Organizers for all your stuff! Water Dream Globes with Panda’s, Puppies, Nature Animals and more! Cool locker looks! Amazing Wall art! Memory Keepsake Boxes, Desk Accessories, create bottle charms, Vampire Blood, Harry Potter Potions and so much more!

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083Introduction to Skateboarding

Campers will learn the fundamentals of skateboarding in a safe and fun atmosphere. The skills campers will learn are pushing, carving, tic tac’s, kick turns, stopping safely as well as basic skateboarding terminology. Campers will learn how to adjust their skateboards and use the ramps safely and correctly.  Throughout introduction to Skateboarding, advanced maneuvers will be taught such asthe ollie and the kick flip as well as “dropping in” for campers who are ready to take the next step towards advanced skateboarding.  A skateboard, helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads are required. For safety concerns, only real skateboards that have urethane wheels and trucks with proper bushings will be allowed.

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084Advanced Skateboarding

This class is designed for returning campers or campers with skateboarding experience.  Campers will be focusing on enhancing their skateboarding skills in a safe and progressive atmosphere. More challenging tricks and ramp maneuvers will be taught.  A skateboard, helmet and wrist guards are required. Knee and elbow pads are also highly recommended for advanced skaters. For safety concerns, only real skateboards that have urethane wheels and trucks with proper bushings will be allowed.

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087DC Soccer

Discover Camp soccer focuses on the campers individual skills and works to improve those skills over 4 weeks through modeling, drills, games, and scrimmages. The professional staff made up of both men and women are all soccer players who are or have been part of high level soccer programs. If you love the game of soccer this is the class for you.

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088American Sports

Each week In American Sports students will focus on one of the following sports: American Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Track and Field and Capture the Flag. They will learn the basic fundamentals and concepts of the sport for the first three days of the week, and the last two days of the week will feature friendly competition based on the skills attained during the prior days. The class will also have a 10-15 minute fundamentals of fitness instruction time where students learn to activate and improve fast twitch muscle performance.

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093Floor Hockey

Looking for the speed and excitement of hockey but never learned how to skate? Want to master stick handling, puck control, and shooting while having a blast with your friends? Sign up for floor hockey with coach Benveniste to make the most of your athletic summer. Campers will immerse themselves in the overall rules and strategies of hockey while engaging in 3 on 3 tournaments, All-Star skills competition, and conditioning. The last week will culminate in a Stanley Cup Style Playoff event.

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094Archery and Outdoor Games

Archery is a huge hit at Discover Camp with both boys and girls. Campers really enjoy learning and applying the skills of archery. It’s not easy at first, but with practice it doesn’t take long to improve your skills. Some archery activities include archery trick shots, balloon popping, fruit salad, slow motion archery and shoot the pinata.  Campers will also participate in other outdoor activities between their shooting sessions. These games will focus on developing hand eye coordination.

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098Discover Ninja Warrior

Westchester Ninja Warriors is a fitness program inspired by the hit television show American Ninja Warrior. Class curriculum is designed and taught by 4 time American Ninja Warrior veteran and Team Ninja Warrior competitor Noel Reyes. With a hand-picked coaching staff picked for their skill in not only completing obstacles but teaching the techniques used to navigate through obstacle courses quickly and efficiently participants will:

• Try obstacles they’ve seen on TV such as the Warped Wall, Quintuple Steps, Ring Toss and also original obstacle designs by our staff.

• Learn techniques to improve balance and agility to navigate through lower body obstacles. 

• Learn techniques for swinging from stationary objects and hanging objects such as monkey bars, ropes, rings, and rock holds.

• Learn trampoline techniques to improve jumping height and distance.

• Learn body awareness in space and how to manipulate your body for efficiency through lower body and upper body obstacles.

• Learn how to analyze obstacles and determine the appropriate approach to highlight their individual strengths.

• Attempt full-scale obstacle courses in friendly competition style fashion.

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099Tennis

Taught at Westchester Indoor Tennis Club by Certified Professional Tennis coaches.

Campers will learn:

  • The fundamentals of the game
  • Parts of the court & racquet and tennis scoring
  • Seven basic strokes - Serve, ground-stroke, approach shot, volley, overhead, drop shot and lob
  • Introduction to rally skills

All using fun games and contests to reinforce skills, cooperation and sportsmanship.

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102Mini-Z (Returning campers that have a mini-z car)

Enrollment is strictly limited in this class. This class is designed for returning Mini-Z enthusiasts. Campers will explore the exciting world of Kyosho’s Mini-Z radio controlled cars. Campers must have a Mini-Z already and must have taken the Mini-Z class in the past. Campers are given a “budget” to spend on upgrade parts and repairs. The attraction to this class is the wheel to wheel racing that takes place. Campers share upgrade tricks and then modify their cars with the new parts that they purchase. Campers are encouraged to develop independence by repairing and modifying their own cars under the supervision of Mr. Litchfield and Mr. Perry

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103Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Slash Spec

Focused around the infamous Traxxas Slash, the campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby, the Slash is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible (we jumped it off a two story roof and it was fine!) After completion, the campers will be able to use our off road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other Slash trucks at camp. We’ve built about 900 Slashes since we introduced it to our camp many years ago so we’re certainly experts on this particular chassis.

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104Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Rustler

Campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby. The Rustler is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible. After completion, the campers will be able to use our off-road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other trucks at camp. Includes: This class includes the truck kit, remote, charger, 2 batteries, tools, and a toolbox. The charger and tools will be needed for any future Racing Academy course.

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105Intermediate Racing Academy - Slash Spec./Upgrades

This class is designed for campers who have already built a Traxxas Slash and wish to spend their time upgrading their cars. This will be done very carefully by first thoroughly cleaning and examining the truck for wear and tear. The campers will be upgrading their stock truck to a race ready truck. The upgrades are designed to bring the slash to a new level of competition. Included materials:

Tires, suspension upgrades, servo, and a new remote and receiver which will be used for future cars and truck builds.

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106Intermediate Racing Academy - Scale Trail Truck

The Sawback is here to take the podium on fit and finish! Designed from the ground up for scale performance and great looks with or without a body, the Sawback does not disappoint. The combination of scale looks and performance parts makes this truck go where you want in style. The new crawler features a heavy-duty C-channel frame. The truck also features a very strong and durable gearbox. The wheels and tires included are a bead lock type tire that will allow for maximum traction in any terrain. The truck will be paired with a strong brushless/esc motor and a high torque servo. The camper will be able to test it on the all new off road crawler course.   INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electric speed controller), battery and tool box. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course 102. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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107Intermediate Racing Academy - On Road Spec.

Starting with the basic touring car chassis, campers will build from a kit an easy to drive 4WD chassis. Discover Camp experiments with upgrade packages and has developed a plan based around the concept of “best bang for the buck.”  After the initial build, campers will be adding an aluminum driveshaft and other drivetrain upgrades. These parts will allow the campers to see the before and after results of their upgrade. Intermediate courses included materials: the kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), battery and toolbox. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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108Advanced Racing Academy - Team Associated Short Course Truck

This class is for the advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced race-level kit. The truck has changed the game with their new Mid-motor design.  Team Associated found with today’s tracks and faster motors, positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive short course truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Based on the B5m and T5m, the RC10SC5M Team Kit represents the next step in the evolution of competitive short-course racing. The SC5m shares many of the same Factory Team optional parts that result in improved durability and faster lap times. Factory Team V2 12mm ‘Big Bore’ shocks, and ‘Gull Wing’ front suspension are just a few of the SC5m features that make it stand above the rest of the pack! This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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109Advanced Racing Academy - Stadium Truck

This is a 2-wheel drive stadium truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. Since its release, the truck has remained at the top level of national competition. The kit comes with the latest Factory Team high-performance option parts like the V2 12mm “Big Bore” threaded shocks, VTS slipper clutch, just to name a few. Also included in the kit is a Pro-Line body and advanced mid-motor design developed and applied to the race-winning truck platform. The finished product is a potent race truck and has everything it takes to get you to the top of the podium! This is a great selection for the advanced builder who is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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110Advanced Racing Academy - 2wd Buggy

This class is for the most advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced, race-level, kit. These kits have changed the game with their new Midmotor design. Team Associated has found that with today’s tracks and faster motors that positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive buggy with high performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. The kit delivers the next level of 2wd buggy performance that will continue to be proven a winner. This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery.  It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course 102 as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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111Racing Academy Masters Program

This course is designed to let those who have been through most of the other RC Cars and want to build either something more specific to their interests or a kit not mentioned above. Students interested in this course must contact Davis Taylor (dtaylor@discovercamp.com) to discuss which car and parts are going to be needed and determine cost, before finishing registration for the summer.  Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes as well as at least 1 of the Racing Academy 3 cars.

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112My Laps (For Returning Campers)

Students will receive a brand new MyLaps Transponder so that they can connect  to our new timing system. This transponder and timing system allows students to challenge themselves to be consistent and learn more about their race cars to achieve the fastest times.  Campers keep their personal transponder. Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes. Contact Davis Taylor with questions (dtaylor@discovercamp.com)

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113Discover Camp Racing & Repair (For Returning Campers)

Any camper who has previously taken The Racing Academy and is interested in racing their vehicles, getting their vehicles back in order or upgrading their vehicles should join this class. The goal of this course is to give each camper the tools they need to refine their RC driving ability and become a faster, better driver. You’d be amazed what a new set of tires or even a suspension change can do to bring down your lap times. We’ll be assigning two counselors specifically to this program so that there is ALWAYS someone available to race with the kids or assist with repairs or upgrades. Should a camper require major repairs or upgrades above the materials fees then parents can send a check.  We always have plenty of parts on hand or can order from our suppliers.

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001DC Juniors


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003Arcade Builders

Caine’s Arcade is making carnival style “arcade games” out of recyclable materials, cardboard boxes, tubes, old spools of tape, cereal boxes, ping pong balls, track, wire etc. The goal is to think of a new way to use old materials, to make a game that can be enjoyed by all ages. “Toilet Paper Toss,” “Whack-a-Mole,” “Skeeball,” “Ring Toss,” among others are inspirations. 


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005Escape DC

Escape DC brings immersive gaming into the classroom in a revolutionary way.  Each game requires critical thinking, collaboration, creativity and communication. Each game is based around an escape box. During a game, players need to navigate a series of mysteries and solve engaging problems. Games feature physical and online puzzles. Escape DC captures the thrill of the escape room phenomenon in our own unique way.  


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006Introduction to Rocketry

Build and launch rockets as you use hands-on learning to explore fundamental scientific concepts including Newton’s Laws and Bernoulli’s Principle.  Maximize flight performance through experimentation and the changing of variables. Learn how to safely launch rockets under the careful eye of our rocket experts and their assistants.  Campers will build an assortment of introductory rocket kits.  Each week campers will compete in launching competitions which will test the students’ ability to accurately judge launch variables including weight, aerodynamic efficiency, rocket’s engine size, launch angle, wind speed, and direction.  Prizes will be awarded for all competitions. Tool safety and correct usage will be strongly emphasized. 

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011Indoor FPV (First Person View) Drone Racing

This is an introductory class where you will be learning how to fly drones using FPV (First Person View Goggles) to race.  We will be flying a small micro quadcopter with a camera and will be upgrading it to make it faster throughout the session.  We will be setting up a series of racecourses all over the camp and will compete to see who is the best drone pilot. Another important aspect of drone racing is making repairs after you crash (there will be crashes).  People involved in drone racing say “If you’re not crashing, you’re not trying!  The material fee covers the drone, goggles, remote, battery charger, and some replacement parts. The material fee does not cover replacement drones if they are lost. FPV racing is an exciting new sport that combines high-tech drones and highspeed racing. In this class you will learn about all of the parts needed to race FPV. We will start off with a small ducted quadcopter and learn to fly. After the basic skills are acquired, we will tear the drone apart and upgrade everything while adding a micro camera and transmitter. We will then start to fly using goggles, We will only be able to see what the camera sees, that’s when the class gets really interesting. This class will test your spatial awareness as well as your reflexes.  We will be setting up many different race courses that will even test someone with a lot of experience.

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014Multi-level Chess

Campers will learn to play chess for fun and mental agility. Chess is an excellent forum for competition and sportsmanship. Chess develops life skills including focus, reasoning, decision-making, and strategic thinking. It’s the king of games and the game of kings (and queens)!

Topics include:

  • Rules of Play
  • Understanding the Chessboard : Ranks, Files Diagonals
  • Pieces: Names /Values / Moves
  • Algebraic Notation: Reading and writing chess moves
  • Check / Checkmate / Stalemate
  • Attack / Capture / Defend
  • Special moves: Castling / Promotion / En passant
  • Basic Checkmates
  • Tactics: Pins / Forks / Double attacks
  • Full Game
  • Time, Space, Material
  • Solving Checkmate Problems

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017Dungeons & Dragons Level I

D&D is an imaginative, social experience that engages players in a rich fantasy world filled with larger-than-life heroes, deadly monsters, and diverse settings. There are a great many reasons to share D&D with kids. Besides being just the kind of imaginative play that kids naturally engage in, Dungeons & Dragons develops an array of essential educational skills, including:

  • Math, reading, and writing skills
  • Cooperation and leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Creative thinking

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018Dungeons & Dragons Level II

This Dungeons & Dragons class is designed for returning campers who already have experience playing Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition. This advanced class focuses on character design, leveling up, and advanced rules and tactics. Campers will further develop an array of essential educational skills, including:

  • Math, reading, and writing skills
  • Cooperation and leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Creative thinking

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024Scratch Coding 3.0

New to programming, but want to create something cool? Scratch 3.0 is a block- based programming language developed by the MIT Media Labs. With this program, students can code games, animations, music, art and much more. As students create and share objects, they will practice thinking creatively and learn to reason systematically and work collaboratively. Students will also learn about circuitry when they experiment with MaKeyMaKey, an external circuit board to create interactive art. In this class we will create interactive games, animations with dialog, interactive art and more! Scratch is a true beginner programming language that is not only fun, but a bridge to later coding such as Arduino and Java.

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029Minecraft! What Will You Create?

Minecraft is a game about discovery. Discovering what’s beyond the horizon. Campers will explore new cave systems, projects others have created, and new features released into updates. Campers will be in an environment of like-minded people who share the same passion for Minecraft. Unexperienced players are welcomed and encouraged to join this class.

Campers will learn: architecture, electronics, sculpture, texturing, landscaping, action, photography, decorating, music, trading, storytelling, adventure and modding.

The game is being used to teach more than just computer skills. It easily lends itself to science, technology, engineering and math explorations. But beyond that, language teachers are strengthening communication skills, civics teachers are exploring how societies function, and history teachers are having their students recreate ancient civilizations.

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0323D Animation & Modeling

Three-dimensional technology is at the forefront of animation, modeling, architecture, and design. Various careers utilize 3D modeling to facilitate the creation of buildings, tools, products, and more. Campers will view creations in the Oculus Rift goggles. Campers will design models, pictures, and anything else they can imagine in 3D. However, unlike 3D computer programs where campers could only view their creations on a 2D screen, this class will use virtual reality (VR). Using the VR headsets, campers will be able to fully immerse themselves in their 3D projects. Campers will learn architecture, texturing, design, and how to utilize VR to enhance the designs. Campers do not need any VR experience, but an understanding of and interest in 3D design will help.

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034Game Design in Virtual Reality with Unity

The Game Design with Unity class will challenge campers to use real game development tools to create a project that they can take home, play, and share with friends. The Unity game engine is an industry favorite, powering popular games like Pokémon GO, Cuphead, and Beat Saber. We’ll take a deeper look at geometry, textures, materials, and game programming. Campers will have a variety of projects to work on, from creating simple mobile apps to VR-ready games! Our final project will be to create an interactive game that we can play on the camp’s Oculus Rift VR headsets. With such a powerful platform, every camper will get to flex their creative minds through their games.

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035Future City Engineers

Calling all future architects, engineers, planners, and designers! Come learn about famous architecture, create 3D printed cities and community spaces, and learn what it takes to become an urban planner! Do you have ideas for an awesome park and playground for your neighborhood or would you like to design a 21st century school? We will take Tinkercad and SimCity BuildIt Software to the next level while designing future cities that tackle today’s real-world problems.  Campers will print their creations using the camps 3D printers.

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0383D Printing Designers (Intermediate)

Campers will take 3D design to the next level in this class. Everyday, 3D Inventors is designed to challenge campers with weekly themes. The weekly themes are.

• 3D Engineers - Design and print solutions to everyday problems.

• 3D Printing Challenge - Design and 3D print solutions to a challenge.

• 3D Toy Creation - Create your own toys using Tinkercad.

*Students should have prior 3D printing experience and/or CAD experience.

The majority of the class will be spent designing and engineering using the

Tinkercad program.

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042Build Your Own PC

Campers will learn all the parts that make up a personal computer and then build one of their own from start to finish. Campers will get to know each of the components of a computer and will learn about the price vs. performance tradeoffs of each. With this knowledge and with assistance, campers will choose a budget of $500, $750, or $1,000 for their system. They will then choose parts that fit the budget and will assemble and test their own personal machine.  Each camper will go home with a fully assembled computer running Windows 10. Included components are CPU, motherboard, storage drive, RAM, power supply, computer case, keyboard, and mouse. The base $500 materials fee will afford a machine with an 8GB RAM and a Pentium Core i3, or RYZEN processor. Campers and parents will decide during the first week whether they will upgrade from the base computer. Some examples are higher-performance components such as a faster processor, an SSD storage device, and/or discrete graphics card. (Monitor is not included.)

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043Electronic Game Construction

In this class campers will construct a handheld video game based on classics such as Breakout, Tetris, Frogger and Snake. Students will learn to identify and describe the function of basic electronic components. Campers will be able to properly place and solder these components into printed circuit boards. Elements of programming may be introduced. At the conclusion of the class campers will have an individually constructed hand held game system of professional quality.

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063Chopped Junior

Introducing Chopped Junior, an Iron-Chef style cooking competition! In this class, campers work in teams to create culinary masterpieces using the mystery ingredients provided. The rounds are timed, so use the clock wisely! When the clock runs out, it’s time for the dishes to be judged on presentation, taste, and creativity. Do you have what it takes to be a Chopped Junior Champion?

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066Wonders of Ocean Art

Do you love the beach? Coming this summer for 2020, we will explore everything you love about the ocean. Campers will have fun creating seashell lamps, cool beaches in bottles, ombre seashell chokers, giant clamshell mirrors, sand art canvases, sea glass room decor, ocean blue drip paint wall art, REAL tropical island miniatures, glow in the dark tiny aquariums, ocean themed sun catchers, mermaid art and so much more! One of my favorite things about the ocean is its sea life. Let’s bring your art to life with animals such as starfish, dolphins, seals, tropical fish, cute hermit crabs, sea turtles, glowing jellyfish, sea horses and more!

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073Drawing & Sculpting in 3D

An artist’s sketchbook is one of the strongest tools an artist can have. It is a place where artists are able to construct, keep track of and enhance their everyday skills all in one place. This class is designed to see art differently. Campers will form and sculpt on a miniature/large scale using clay, wood, found objects or even soft sculpture. Some skills the campers will be working on are enhancing creativity, sculpting, texturing, building armatures, and layering techniques. 

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079Standard Board

Standard boards are commonly used for tricks and ramps.


The Build a Board program was conceived by Discover Camp the “Build a Board” art program is designed to make the experience of building a board as entertaining as skating itself. Campers will learn the art of how a skateboard is made and what it takes to make a professional skateboard deck.

Campers will learn how to mount their trucks, install and remove wheels to clean bearings all while learning a little history behind skateboarding. Campers will then participate in skate lessons. Please see side column for when classes are offered

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080Custom Standard Board

Design a custom shape and style skateboard. It can be as unique as any idea in your mind. Set up with standard trucks and wheels to be used on ramps.


The Build a Board program was conceived by Discover Camp the “Build a Board” art program is designed to make the experience of building a board as entertaining as skating itself. Campers will learn the art of how a skateboard is made and what it takes to make a professional skateboard deck.

Campers will learn how to mount their trucks, install and remove wheels to clean bearings all while learning a little history behind skateboarding. Campers will then participate in skate lessons. Please see side column for when classes are offered

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081Cruiser

Cruisers aren’t made for tricks. They have bigger softer wheels for a much smoother ride.


The Build a Board program was conceived by Discover Camp the “Build a Board” art program is designed to make the experience of building a board as entertaining as skating itself. Campers will learn the art of how a skateboard is made and what it takes to make a professional skateboard deck.

Campers will learn how to mount their trucks, install and remove wheels to clean bearings all while learning a little history behind skateboarding. Campers will then participate in skate lessons. Please see side column for when classes are offered

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082Longboard

A longboard is very much like a surfboard or snowboard with wheels. It is used for cruising, downhill racing, slalom racing, sliding, and/or transport.


The Build a Board program was conceived by Discover Camp  the “Build a Board” art program is designed to make the experience of building a board as entertaining as skating itself. Campers will learn the art of how a skateboard is made and what it takes to make a professional skateboard deck.

Campers will learn how to mount their trucks, install and remove wheels to clean bearings all while learning a little history behind skateboarding. Campers will then participate in skate lessons. Please see side column for when classes are offered

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085Discover Nerf Olympics

The thrill of running through a camper-designed course! Strategizing and developing group strategies and teamwork! Put your Nerf skills to the test with accuracy and Olympic style events! Campers will engage in cooperative challenges in an instructor-driven, counselor supervised class. Throughout the Nerf class, campers can develop and design target shooting, Olympic style contests (Biathlon, Accuracy, multi-skilled shots), Capture the Flag, Attack and Defend, as well as end of week culminating events. Class periods will focus on team organization, engineering of course constructions, competitive challenges, safety and Nerf instruction. Additional aspects of the class will include engineering principles of course design, physics application of distance and speed with Nerf guns, and creativity/imagination in team building activities. Campers will be able to implement their Nerf materials in a safe and constructive environment with safety goggles and approved apparati. Campers will be allowed to bring their own Nerf items within reason (Rival, Nerf materials that have darts clips of more than 20, and other varieties are not allowed). The camp will supply all darts, protective glasses, and building materials for the class. Nerf guns will also be supplied for campers that do not own their own.

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089Multi-Sports (Outdoor Sports)

Students will be introduced to a variety of sports in a fun and accepting environment. We mix both popular domestic and popular international sports into the program. The class functions on a three-day rotational cycle. Students learn the basic skills and concepts of the sport and work on active kinesthetic drills during the first two days of the cycle. On the third day, the class splits into two teams and plays a game in that sport. Sports offered include but are not limited to: Soccer, American flag football (No contact permitted), Gaelic Football, Stickball, and Cricket.

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094Archery and Outdoor Games

Archery is a huge hit at Discover Camp with both boys and girls. Campers really enjoy learning and applying the skills of archery. It’s not easy at first, but with practice it doesn’t take long to improve your skills. Some archery activities include archery trick shots, balloon popping, fruit salad, slow motion archery and shoot the pinata.  Campers will also participate in other outdoor activities between their shooting sessions. These games will focus on developing hand eye coordination.

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095Indoor Rock Climbing (Beginners)

Right around the corner from Discover Camp is “The Cliffs” an indoor climbing facility. Our students will be treated to a daily lesson in climbing safety, climbing skills and the physics of climbing.

A Discover Camp counselor (who works at The Cliffs) will assist on the climbing experts with instruction. If you’ve never seen The Cliffs’ Facility, it is absolutely breathtaking. The Cliffs’ is 5 minutes away from camp.

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096Indoor Rock Climbing (Advance or Returning campers)

Right around the corner from Discover Camp is “The Cliffs” an indoor climbing facility. Our students will be treated to a daily lesson in climbing safety, climbing skills and the physics of climbing.

This class is designed for returning campers who have partcipated in rock climbing previously. Campers will take their rock climbing skills to the next level on more advance obstacles and challenges.

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099Tennis

Taught at Westchester Indoor Tennis Club by Certified Professional Tennis coaches.

Campers will learn:

  • The fundamentals of the game
  • Parts of the court & racquet and tennis scoring
  • Seven basic strokes - Serve, ground-stroke, approach shot, volley, overhead, drop shot and lob
  • Introduction to rally skills

All using fun games and contests to reinforce skills, cooperation and sportsmanship.

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101Mini-Z (New campers)

Earn your Driver’s License and explore the exciting world of Kyosho’s Mini-Z radio controlled cars. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand they are loaded with tons of performance features. To complement our Mini 4WD program and prepare campers for our Racing Academy campers are taught how to drive a radio controlled car. Again changing variables is the major skill that we emphasize. By changing one variable at a time students tune their cars to perform at a higher level. Competition takes place on a specialized track that is changed according to the ability of the group. These radio controlled cars have replacement parts that the children learn to change. Discover Camp is the ONLY camp in the United States recognized and supported by KYOSHO AMERICA to run the Mini-Z program.

  • Read and follow instruction manuals
  • Interpret diagrams
  • Identify and use tools properly
  • Identify components, including the names and uses of different screws, washers, bushings, bearings etc.
  • Alter variables to improve performance
  • Learn driving skills and racing techniques

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103Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Slash Spec

Focused around the infamous Traxxas Slash, the campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby, the Slash is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible (we jumped it off a two story roof and it was fine!) After completion, the campers will be able to use our off road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other Slash trucks at camp. We’ve built about 900 Slashes since we introduced it to our camp many years ago so we’re certainly experts on this particular chassis.

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104Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Rustler

Campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby. The Rustler is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible. After completion, the campers will be able to use our off-road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other trucks at camp. Includes: This class includes the truck kit, remote, charger, 2 batteries, tools, and a toolbox. The charger and tools will be needed for any future Racing Academy course.

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105Intermediate Racing Academy - Slash Spec./Upgrades

This class is designed for campers who have already built a Traxxas Slash and wish to spend their time upgrading their cars. This will be done very carefully by first thoroughly cleaning and examining the truck for wear and tear. The campers will be upgrading their stock truck to a race ready truck. The upgrades are designed to bring the slash to a new level of competition. Included materials:

Tires, suspension upgrades, servo, and a new remote and receiver which will be used for future cars and truck builds.

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106Intermediate Racing Academy - Scale Trail Truck

The Sawback is here to take the podium on fit and finish! Designed from the ground up for scale performance and great looks with or without a body, the Sawback does not disappoint. The combination of scale looks and performance parts makes this truck go where you want in style. The new crawler features a heavy-duty C-channel frame. The truck also features a very strong and durable gearbox. The wheels and tires included are a bead lock type tire that will allow for maximum traction in any terrain. The truck will be paired with a strong brushless/esc motor and a high torque servo. The camper will be able to test it on the all new off road crawler course.   INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electric speed controller), battery and tool box. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course 102. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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107Intermediate Racing Academy - On Road Spec.

Starting with the basic touring car chassis, campers will build from a kit an easy to drive 4WD chassis. Discover Camp experiments with upgrade packages and has developed a plan based around the concept of “best bang for the buck.”  After the initial build, campers will be adding an aluminum driveshaft and other drivetrain upgrades. These parts will allow the campers to see the before and after results of their upgrade. Intermediate courses included materials: the kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), battery and toolbox. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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108Advanced Racing Academy - Team Associated Short Course Truck

This class is for the advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced race-level kit. The truck has changed the game with their new Mid-motor design.  Team Associated found with today’s tracks and faster motors, positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive short course truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Based on the B5m and T5m, the RC10SC5M Team Kit represents the next step in the evolution of competitive short-course racing. The SC5m shares many of the same Factory Team optional parts that result in improved durability and faster lap times. Factory Team V2 12mm ‘Big Bore’ shocks, and ‘Gull Wing’ front suspension are just a few of the SC5m features that make it stand above the rest of the pack! This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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109Advanced Racing Academy - Stadium Truck

This is a 2-wheel drive stadium truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. Since its release, the truck has remained at the top level of national competition. The kit comes with the latest Factory Team high-performance option parts like the V2 12mm “Big Bore” threaded shocks, VTS slipper clutch, just to name a few. Also included in the kit is a Pro-Line body and advanced mid-motor design developed and applied to the race-winning truck platform. The finished product is a potent race truck and has everything it takes to get you to the top of the podium! This is a great selection for the advanced builder who is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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110Advanced Racing Academy - 2wd Buggy

This class is for the most advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced, race-level, kit. These kits have changed the game with their new Midmotor design. Team Associated has found that with today’s tracks and faster motors that positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive buggy with high performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. The kit delivers the next level of 2wd buggy performance that will continue to be proven a winner. This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery.  It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course 102 as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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111Racing Academy Masters Program

This course is designed to let those who have been through most of the other RC Cars and want to build either something more specific to their interests or a kit not mentioned above. Students interested in this course must contact Davis Taylor (dtaylor@discovercamp.com) to discuss which car and parts are going to be needed and determine cost, before finishing registration for the summer.  Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes as well as at least 1 of the Racing Academy 3 cars.

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112My Laps (For Returning Campers)

Students will receive a brand new MyLaps Transponder so that they can connect  to our new timing system. This transponder and timing system allows students to challenge themselves to be consistent and learn more about their race cars to achieve the fastest times.  Campers keep their personal transponder. Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes. Contact Davis Taylor with questions (dtaylor@discovercamp.com)

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113Discover Camp Racing & Repair (For Returning Campers)

Any camper who has previously taken The Racing Academy and is interested in racing their vehicles, getting their vehicles back in order or upgrading their vehicles should join this class. The goal of this course is to give each camper the tools they need to refine their RC driving ability and become a faster, better driver. You’d be amazed what a new set of tires or even a suspension change can do to bring down your lap times. We’ll be assigning two counselors specifically to this program so that there is ALWAYS someone available to race with the kids or assist with repairs or upgrades. Should a camper require major repairs or upgrades above the materials fees then parents can send a check.  We always have plenty of parts on hand or can order from our suppliers.

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Period-4 2:30-3:55

001DC Juniors



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004STEM Challenges

How high can you build a structure using only 10 marshmallows and 30 toothpicks? How long a paper chain can you make from a single 11 x 17 inch piece of construction paper? How can you create a bridge using only 30 popsicle sticks and glue to hold the heaviest weight possible? Can you power a matchbox car using only a balloon? These challenges, and more, are what you can expect if you sign up for Discover Camp STEM Challenges! 


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009Siege Machines Plus

Siege machines have been used since the days of Alexander the Great. Long before modern weaponry there were siege machines such as catapults, battering rams, and trebuchets. Siege machines were designed to break or go over city walls. These machines used mechanical energy to launch large projectiles to batter down stone walls or destroy what was inside the walls. Campers will put a modern spin on these machines by creating their own. Campers will also learn about the science and dynamics of how this technology was used and incorporated into history. Campers will build and test out catapults, trebuchets, Da Vinci machines and more.

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011Indoor FPV (First Person View) Drone Racing

This is an introductory class where you will be learning how to fly drones using FPV (First Person View Goggles) to race.  We will be flying a small micro quadcopter with a camera and will be upgrading it to make it faster throughout the session.  We will be setting up a series of racecourses all over the camp and will compete to see who is the best drone pilot. Another important aspect of drone racing is making repairs after you crash (there will be crashes).  People involved in drone racing say “If you’re not crashing, you’re not trying!  The material fee covers the drone, goggles, remote, battery charger, and some replacement parts. The material fee does not cover replacement drones if they are lost. FPV racing is an exciting new sport that combines high-tech drones and highspeed racing. In this class you will learn about all of the parts needed to race FPV. We will start off with a small ducted quadcopter and learn to fly. After the basic skills are acquired, we will tear the drone apart and upgrade everything while adding a micro camera and transmitter. We will then start to fly using goggles, We will only be able to see what the camera sees, that’s when the class gets really interesting. This class will test your spatial awareness as well as your reflexes.  We will be setting up many different race courses that will even test someone with a lot of experience.

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019Magic The Gathering and Strategic Table Games

The past decade has seen a surge in popularity for an unexpected industry: tabletop board games. This class will introduce students to the world of strategic board gaming. These aren’t your parent’s board games! Titles like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic and Magic: The Gathering, are just a few of the innovative games that students will learn to play. Unlike some of the more traditional board games (Monopoly, Risk, Stratego etc.), these modern classics emphasize specific game mechanics that favorability over luck. The class will focus on skills such as probability, critical thinking, teamwork, planning, organization, and social interaction. The Golden Age of board gaming is upon us. What are you waiting for?

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025Scratch Coding with Mbots

Scratch, a programming language developed by the MIT media lab, makes it easy to create interactive stories, games, animation, music, and art, and to share these creations on the web. As students create and share projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. 

Campers will each get their very own Mbot, a friendly robot! Mbots are programmable robots that will unleash camper imagination.

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028Game Design Using Roblox

Roblox is a game design program where campers will learn how to design and create their own gaming world where they can then actually play in! There are a variety of different game templates the campers will be able to choose from. Some templates give campers a theme like a pirate island, a castle, western, or city while others are built for specific genres of games like racing, capture the flag, infinite running, and team areas. Roblox is also an online community of professional and amateur game designers who can create and play each other’s games. Campers can use Roblox on any PC or Apple product so they can take their work from camp home with them!

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031Minecraft Virtual Reality

The Minecraft VR class opens the door for students to experience their creations in an immersive 3-D environment. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk into your Minecraft base and experience your architectural prowess? Now you can view your Minecraft creations with Oculus Rift with the new Minecraft VR class. Campers will be challenged to build structures that integrate the necessary infrastructure to allow their Minecraft world to flourish. The Minecraft VR journey begins one block at a time. Campers will build in Minecraft outside of a VR environment and have the opportunity to view and test their creations in a VR environment to enhance their perspective.

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033Virtual and Augmented Reality Creators

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are two of the fastest growing technology fields. This class is designed for beginners to learn how to create and experience VR and AR. Campers will learn about geometry, textures, camera angles, and block-based coding. More advanced campers will also have the option to learn about programming for VR with JavaScript. Discover Camp has Oculus headsets for the campers to use or they can also use smart phones to view their creations with a Google Cardboard. Campers will also be exposed to Spark AR, a great introduction to making augmented reality filters and stickers just like the ones used on Instagram and Snapchat. The only limit is your imagination!


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036Intro to 3D Printing and Design - The Next Dimension

Years ago, Discover Camp was the first camp in the country to integrate this emerging technology into a summer camp class. In this course campers will begin to explore ways to design and create real 3D objects and bring them to life. Campers will be introduced to the world of 3D printing by learning how this groundbreaking technology works and where it is presently being used in society. They will learn how to navigate and use websites such as Thingiverse.com and Tinkercad.com. At first, students will learn to print designs that currently exist. Campers will then move on to modifying existing designs or creating and printing their own original designs.

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039Shark Tank! Rapid Prototyping Using 3D Printing

Campers, prepare to become inventors, designers, and creators! We will start the session with a brief review of Tinkercad, a 3D modeling, and design tool. We will scour the camp and our homes for problems that require solutions or invent something completely new. We will present our problems to the class and brainstorm solutions. We’ll work in small teams or individually designing, printing, testing, and tweaking our inventions. We’ll then use our 3D printers to prepare rapid prototypes to test and prove our inventions in the real world. Finally, we’ll present our inventions to a panel of “investors” to see if our designs are ready for the market. Students should be comfortable with 3D printing or 3D design.

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044Electronic Game Construction Lvl 2

This is a follow up class to Electronic Game Construction I. Campers will continue to enhance their soldering skills with more challenging projects. Various soldering projects will be used to build camper knowledge of different electronic components and better develop camper’s soldering techniques. The highlight of this class will have campers constructing the MAKERbuino, a handheld gaming console that includes over 20 games and includes multiplayer capabilities.

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049Elementary Electricity - The Circuit Playground

We will explore simple circuits while making electric art, play with simple sensors, and design with LEDs. Interesting materials such as conductive inks and paints will be experimented with. The course will end with experience in programming an interactive light demonstration. No experience required.

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060These Images are Alive! Creating and Reading Graphic Novels

Combine your love of art with the power of writing and storytelling! Graphic novels are the result of these creative mediums. Become like the authors and characters that you cannot get enough of! Campers will read and discuss popular graphic novels, storyboard their own ideas, and create their own novels. Journey through the many worlds that today’s graphic novels hold and be a part of those stories by creating your own! This course will guide campers through the newest novels and while emulating the authors’ and artists’ styles, become what they enjoy!

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062Fun with Spanish and Italian

¡Vamos a España! /Andiamo in Italia! You will be engaged in a variety of fun activities like playing games and learning the culture behind these two beautiful languages! Campers will learn how to communicate in both Spanish and Italian through vocabulary, phrases and expressions. You will participate in this hands on class and learn what makes these languages similar and different. The lessons will be conducted in English with basic Spanish and Italian weaved in. It is a perfect course for beginners. We’ll even make a few Spanish and Italian treats in the kitchen and learn new words while cooking.

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064DC Amazing Miniatures

Experience the excitement of building your very own miniature world! From simple to more advanced constructions, use your imagination to bring your amazing ideas to life. Work with wood, clay, paint, stone, moss, rocks, or anything you can imagine. Let’s check out some of the awesome worlds or themes you can build in 2020! Harry Potter, Star Wars, Amazing Tree Houses, Blue Tropical Islands, Haunted Graveyards, Mission to Mars, Waterfalls with REAL water effects, Carnivals, Fun Water Parks, Magical and more. Bring your favorite book or movie to life. Create your world or theme with rivers, ponds, oceans, mountains, animals and more! All you need is your imagination

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072Drawn to Paintings

Campers will develop skills using their imagination to create ideas through studying methods and styles. The campers will draw realistically, creatively, and with abstract expression. They will then turn their drawing into a painting. Campers will start pairing drawing and painting to better their artistic expression.

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085Discover Nerf Olympics

The thrill of running through a camper-designed course! Strategizing and developing group strategies and teamwork! Put your Nerf skills to the test with accuracy and Olympic style events! Campers will engage in cooperative challenges in an instructor-driven, counselor supervised class. Throughout the Nerf class, campers can develop and design target shooting, Olympic style contests (Biathlon, Accuracy, multi-skilled shots), Capture the Flag, Attack and Defend, as well as end of week culminating events. Class periods will focus on team organization, engineering of course constructions, competitive challenges, safety and Nerf instruction. Additional aspects of the class will include engineering principles of course design, physics application of distance and speed with Nerf guns, and creativity/imagination in team building activities. Campers will be able to implement their Nerf materials in a safe and constructive environment with safety goggles and approved apparati. Campers will be allowed to bring their own Nerf items within reason (Rival, Nerf materials that have darts clips of more than 20, and other varieties are not allowed). The camp will supply all darts, protective glasses, and building materials for the class. Nerf guns will also be supplied for campers that do not own their own.

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094Archery and Outdoor Games

Archery is a huge hit at Discover Camp with both boys and girls. Campers really enjoy learning and applying the skills of archery. It’s not easy at first, but with practice it doesn’t take long to improve your skills. Some archery activities include archery trick shots, balloon popping, fruit salad, slow motion archery and shoot the pinata.  Campers will also participate in other outdoor activities between their shooting sessions. These games will focus on developing hand eye coordination.

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095Indoor Rock Climbing (Beginners)

Right around the corner from Discover Camp is “The Cliffs” an indoor climbing facility. Our students will be treated to a daily lesson in climbing safety, climbing skills and the physics of climbing.

A Discover Camp counselor (who works at The Cliffs) will assist on the climbing experts with instruction. If you’ve never seen The Cliffs’ Facility, it is absolutely breathtaking. The Cliffs’ is 5 minutes away from camp.

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096Indoor Rock Climbing (Advance or Returning campers)

Right around the corner from Discover Camp is “The Cliffs” an indoor climbing facility. Our students will be treated to a daily lesson in climbing safety, climbing skills and the physics of climbing.

This class is designed for returning campers who have partcipated in rock climbing previously. Campers will take their rock climbing skills to the next level on more advance obstacles and challenges.

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097Gymnastics

This class is designed for anyone who is interested in learning the basic fundamentals and skills of gymnastics and acrobatics. This is a multi-level class taught at Westchester Gymnastics.

Campers will learn:

  • Forward and backward rolls
  • Back-bends
  • Back-walkovers
  • Cartwheels
  • Round-offs
  • Standing Back Handsprings and more

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100Mini-4WD

Earn your Builder’s License in one of our longest running classes. Explore the exciting world of Tamiya’s Mini 4WD cars. These kits are not radio controlled but are assembled from about 40 components and raced against competitors on a special track. The key to this class is to make your car go as fast as possible without leaving this special race track. Mini-4WD is a very popular “sport” in Japan and California where events attract thousands of kids. Discover Camp is the only camp in the nation to be supported directly by Tamiya America.

  • Campers are introduced to the process of building from a kit
  • Read and follow instruction manuals
  • Interpret diagrams, identify, and use tools properly
  • Identify components including the names and uses of different screws, washers, bushings, bearings, etc.
  • Changing variables to improve performance

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103Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Slash Spec

Focused around the infamous Traxxas Slash, the campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby, the Slash is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible (we jumped it off a two story roof and it was fine!) After completion, the campers will be able to use our off road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other Slash trucks at camp. We’ve built about 900 Slashes since we introduced it to our camp many years ago so we’re certainly experts on this particular chassis.

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104Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Rustler

Campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby. The Rustler is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible. After completion, the campers will be able to use our off-road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other trucks at camp. Includes: This class includes the truck kit, remote, charger, 2 batteries, tools, and a toolbox. The charger and tools will be needed for any future Racing Academy course.

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105Intermediate Racing Academy - Slash Spec./Upgrades

This class is designed for campers who have already built a Traxxas Slash and wish to spend their time upgrading their cars. This will be done very carefully by first thoroughly cleaning and examining the truck for wear and tear. The campers will be upgrading their stock truck to a race ready truck. The upgrades are designed to bring the slash to a new level of competition. Included materials:

Tires, suspension upgrades, servo, and a new remote and receiver which will be used for future cars and truck builds.

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106Intermediate Racing Academy - Scale Trail Truck

The Sawback is here to take the podium on fit and finish! Designed from the ground up for scale performance and great looks with or without a body, the Sawback does not disappoint. The combination of scale looks and performance parts makes this truck go where you want in style. The new crawler features a heavy-duty C-channel frame. The truck also features a very strong and durable gearbox. The wheels and tires included are a bead lock type tire that will allow for maximum traction in any terrain. The truck will be paired with a strong brushless/esc motor and a high torque servo. The camper will be able to test it on the all new off road crawler course.   INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electric speed controller), battery and tool box. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course 102. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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107Intermediate Racing Academy - On Road Spec.

Starting with the basic touring car chassis, campers will build from a kit an easy to drive 4WD chassis. Discover Camp experiments with upgrade packages and has developed a plan based around the concept of “best bang for the buck.”  After the initial build, campers will be adding an aluminum driveshaft and other drivetrain upgrades. These parts will allow the campers to see the before and after results of their upgrade. Intermediate courses included materials: the kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), battery and toolbox. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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108Advanced Racing Academy - Team Associated Short Course Truck

This class is for the advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced race-level kit. The truck has changed the game with their new Mid-motor design.  Team Associated found with today’s tracks and faster motors, positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive short course truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Based on the B5m and T5m, the RC10SC5M Team Kit represents the next step in the evolution of competitive short-course racing. The SC5m shares many of the same Factory Team optional parts that result in improved durability and faster lap times. Factory Team V2 12mm ‘Big Bore’ shocks, and ‘Gull Wing’ front suspension are just a few of the SC5m features that make it stand above the rest of the pack! This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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109Advanced Racing Academy - Stadium Truck

This is a 2-wheel drive stadium truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. Since its release, the truck has remained at the top level of national competition. The kit comes with the latest Factory Team high-performance option parts like the V2 12mm “Big Bore” threaded shocks, VTS slipper clutch, just to name a few. Also included in the kit is a Pro-Line body and advanced mid-motor design developed and applied to the race-winning truck platform. The finished product is a potent race truck and has everything it takes to get you to the top of the podium! This is a great selection for the advanced builder who is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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110Advanced Racing Academy - 2wd Buggy

This class is for the most advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced, race-level, kit. These kits have changed the game with their new Midmotor design. Team Associated has found that with today’s tracks and faster motors that positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive buggy with high performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. The kit delivers the next level of 2wd buggy performance that will continue to be proven a winner. This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery.  It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course 102 as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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111Racing Academy Masters Program

This course is designed to let those who have been through most of the other RC Cars and want to build either something more specific to their interests or a kit not mentioned above. Students interested in this course must contact Davis Taylor (dtaylor@discovercamp.com) to discuss which car and parts are going to be needed and determine cost, before finishing registration for the summer.  Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes as well as at least 1 of the Racing Academy 3 cars.

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112My Laps (For Returning Campers)

Students will receive a brand new MyLaps Transponder so that they can connect  to our new timing system. This transponder and timing system allows students to challenge themselves to be consistent and learn more about their race cars to achieve the fastest times.  Campers keep their personal transponder. Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes. Contact Davis Taylor with questions (dtaylor@discovercamp.com)

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113Discover Camp Racing & Repair (For Returning Campers)

Any camper who has previously taken The Racing Academy and is interested in racing their vehicles, getting their vehicles back in order or upgrading their vehicles should join this class. The goal of this course is to give each camper the tools they need to refine their RC driving ability and become a faster, better driver. You’d be amazed what a new set of tires or even a suspension change can do to bring down your lap times. We’ll be assigning two counselors specifically to this program so that there is ALWAYS someone available to race with the kids or assist with repairs or upgrades. Should a camper require major repairs or upgrades above the materials fees then parents can send a check.  We always have plenty of parts on hand or can order from our suppliers.

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Closed ClassDiscover Camp 2020 Daily Schedule Session IIChoose one class from each columnAlmost Closed

Period-1 9:00-10:25

001DC Juniors


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006Introduction to Rocketry

Build and launch rockets as you use hands-on learning to explore fundamental scientific concepts including Newton’s Laws and Bernoulli’s Principle.  Maximize flight performance through experimentation and the changing of variables. Learn how to safely launch rockets under the careful eye of our rocket experts and their assistants.  Campers will build an assortment of introductory rocket kits.  Each week campers will compete in launching competitions which will test the students’ ability to accurately judge launch variables including weight, aerodynamic efficiency, rocket’s engine size, launch angle, wind speed, and direction.  Prizes will be awarded for all competitions. Tool safety and correct usage will be strongly emphasized. 

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015Pokemon Level I

Pokémon trainers get ready! In this league trainers will battle, collect, and trade their cards to win prizes and badges. Prizes include booster packs, theme decks and more. Trainers have the opportunity to become Pokémon masters and challenge the gym leader of the camp.   Campers will learn math skills like probability, subtraction, addition, and multiplication while participating in these exciting card games. Your adventure awaits!

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016Pokemon Level II

This Pokémon League class is designed for returning campers who have already taken Pokémon League I and have their own starter deck. Campers will receive more booster packs to bolster their already formidable collection. This advanced class focuses on deck building, strategy, and tactics.

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020Warhammer Level I

Warhammer is a tabletop strategy game where you play as the general of an army. Warhammer takes the skill and strategy of chess and transforms it into a game of endless moves and possibilities. Here you will build and customize your very own army. Campers literally build their army, everything from gluing to painting is yours to control. Once your army is built, the world of Warhammer awaits your challenge! This is a multi – level class, beginners and advanced campers welcomed!

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021Warhammer Level II

This Warhammer class is designed for returning campers who already have Warhammer armies. Warhammer Level II focuses on army design, advanced painting, learning the rules of play, strategies of defense, attacks, and probability. This is a multi – level class. Campers also will be able to order additional pieces for an additional fee.

*Pre-requisite Warhammer Level I

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025Scratch Coding with Mbots

Scratch, a programming language developed by the MIT media lab, makes it easy to create interactive stories, games, animation, music, and art, and to share these creations on the web. As students create and share projects, they learn important mathematical and computational ideas while also learning to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively. 

Campers will each get their very own Mbot, a friendly robot! Mbots are programmable robots that will unleash camper imagination.

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0303D Design Using Minecraft

We’ve combined two of the most popular classes at DC, 3D design and Minecraft. Tinkercad is a design program where campers will design 3D structures to import into Minecraft. The Tinkercad program allows designs to be more complex and detailed. Campers will be creating structures from the past, present, and their imagination. Campers can build their dream house or an impenetrable fortress. Perhaps the Roman Colosseum, the Eiffel Tower, or the Great Wall of China. Maybe their favorite sports team’s stadium or the Golden Gate Bridge or even some local attractions like Playland. Different mods to Minecraft can bring in different styles of designs.

Campers will learn: architecture, electronics, sculpture, texturing, landscaping, action, photography, decorating, music, trading, storytelling, adventure and modding. Campers do not need to be Minecraft experts, but an understanding of the game will help.

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033Virtual and Augmented Reality Creators

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are two of the fastest growing technology fields. This class is designed for beginners to learn how to create and experience VR and AR. Campers will learn about geometry, textures, camera angles, and block-based coding. More advanced campers will also have the option to learn about programming for VR with JavaScript. Discover Camp has Oculus headsets for the campers to use or they can also use smart phones to view their creations with a Google Cardboard. Campers will also be exposed to Spark AR, a great introduction to making augmented reality filters and stickers just like the ones used on Instagram and Snapchat. The only limit is your imagination!


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034Game Design in Virtual Reality With Unity

The Game Design with Unity class will challenge campers to use real game development tools to create a project that they can take home, play, and share with friends. The Unity game engine is an industry favorite, powering popular games like Pokémon GO, Cuphead, and Beat Saber. We’ll take a deeper look at geometry, textures, materials, and game programming. Campers will have a variety of projects to work on, from creating simple mobile apps to VR-ready games! Our final project will be to create an interactive game that we can play on the camp’s Oculus Rift VR headsets. With such a powerful platform, every camper will get to flex their creative minds through their games.

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036Intro to 3D Printing and Design - The Next Dimension

Years ago, Discover Camp was the first camp in the country to integrate this emerging technology into a summer camp class. In this course campers will begin to explore ways to design and create real 3D objects and bring them to life. Campers will be introduced to the world of 3D printing by learning how this groundbreaking technology works and where it is presently being used in society. They will learn how to navigate and use websites such as Thingiverse.com and Tinkercad.com. At first, students will learn to print designs that currently exist. Campers will then move on to modifying existing designs or creating and printing their own original designs.

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041Prototyping & Engraving Using Laser Etching

Fire up the lasers! Learn basic graphic design and bring your ideas to life with the power of a laser cutter and engraver in the classroom. We’ll learn to create basic vector images and use those to cut acrylic or wood prototypes. We will also learn about creating and applying raster images to different materials to add personal touches to the prototypes we create. Bringing together computer skills, design thinking, and the power of a laser, this is a truly unique opportunity for fun!

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043Electronic Game Construction

In this class, campers will construct a handheld video game and load classics such as Space Invaders and Attack of the Tomatoes. Students will learn to identify and describe the function of basic electronic components. Campers will be able to properly place and solder these components into printed circuit boards. Elements of programming may be introduced. At the conclusion of the class, campers will have individually constructed handheld gaming systems that they built.

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045Robots, Racers & Circuits

Campers will learn basic circuit components, and then put them together to build projects including a working AM radio (using Snap Circuits), a sweeper robot, a doodling robot, a ‘smart’ wandering robot, and a mini solar racer. No soldering will be done in this introductory course. The robots that are built actually do something, and the ‘smart’ wandering robot illustrates how a robot can navigate. The racers explore how propulsion can be achieved with solar energy and with wind. The snap circuits have over 300 projects that can be built, using sound and light sensors, to produce different frequency noises or flashing lights or a working AM radio.

Participants will learn about some electric components such as resistors and capacitors. They will learn to use some tools such as angle cutters and screwdrivers.

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050Raspberry Pi is Delicious

What is a Raspberry Pi? It’s a full-featured computer that fits in the palm of your hand! These little wonders are very popular for smart DIY electronics projects. Each camper will learn how to set up their own Pi and how to manage it with some basic Linux commands. We will try our hand at Scratch and Python programming, explore the built-in games, run a Minecraft server, and do computer-controlled circuit prototyping. We will have projects using add-on peripherals like a camera to create images, time-lapse videos, sensors and displays so the Pi can interact with our world.

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057Filmmaking

In this class, campers will write, direct, act, and edit their own short films using a variety of camera equipment and editing software. Students will work together collaboratively under the guidance of instructors who are well versed in the craft. This class is suited for students with no experience right up through those who have made short films before. Campers will learn scriptwriting, acting, filming, editing, special effects, and green screening throughout the session.

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059Discover Camp Rock Band

Are you ready to rock? Discover Rock Band offers hands on stage experience to play in a band. Campers will improve performance skills, build self-confidence, meet other musicians and acquire valuable team building lessons that last long after camp is over. Campers can expect to learn how to properly use their gear, read music charts, find or create parts and (most importantly) obtain skills for being a positive, productive member in performance group. Live performances are encouraged and have become an exciting part of each day at Discover Camp.

  • Rock and Roll appreciation
  • Experience live on stage performances
  • Song selection, campers have input on which songs are performed.
  • Campers are challenged to learn songs in a band environment.
  • Interact and cooperate with other young musicians
  • Build self-confidence

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063Chopped Junior

Introducing Chopped Junior, an Iron-Chef style cooking competition! In this class, campers work in teams to create culinary masterpieces using the mystery ingredients provided. The rounds are timed, so use the clock wisely! When the clock runs out, it’s time for the dishes to be judged on presentation, taste, and creativity. Do you have what it takes to be a Chopped Junior Champion?

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068Lotions, Potions, and More

Welcome to the world of homemade bath and body products! In this class, we will use all-natural ingredients such as essential oils, organic butters, and simple everyday ingredients. This program will focus on crafting safe and responsible items that are gentle for you and the planet.  In addition, students will design and develop their own brand of unique packaging for homemade items.  If you can imagine it, we’ll try to create it! In keeping with our organic theme, we will include creating simple and delicious organic desserts. Here’s a peek at some of our upcoming projects: Strawberry flavored lip balms, pomegranate and mango body mists, raspberry shower jellies, bubble bars, glimmer body lotions and super cool soaps with fun surprises inside!

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074Empathy Through Art

Imagine what it would be like to paint if you were blind or draw if you couldn’t use your hands? Did you know that there are many artists around the world that have overcome adversities and can do just that? Some artists paint with a paintbrush in their mouth or even grab it with their toes. There are photographers and painters who are blind. One man, with autism, can draw an entire city in detail after a 15-minute helicopter ride. These artists are not only incredibly talented but they’re determined. We’ll explore these amazing people and try to imagine what it might be like to live briefly in their shoes. Sure, we’ll take our shoes off and have fun toe painting but let’s not forget the class will also teach acceptance and understanding of a very diverse world through art. Students will pay homage to these artists by creating their own original pieces of art inspired by these heroes.

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083Introduction to Skateboarding

Campers will learn the fundamentals of skateboarding in a safe and fun atmosphere. The skills campers will learn are pushing, carving, tic tac’s, kick turns, stopping safely as well as basic skateboarding terminology. Campers will learn how to adjust their skateboards and use the ramps safely and correctly.  Throughout introduction to Skateboarding, advanced maneuvers will be taught such asthe ollie and the kick flip as well as “dropping in” for campers who are ready to take the next step towards advanced skateboarding.  A skateboard, helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads are required. For safety concerns, only real skateboards that have urethane wheels and trucks with proper bushings will be allowed.

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084Advanced Skateboarding

This class is designed for returning campers or campers with skateboarding experience.  Campers will be focusing on enhancing their skateboarding skills in a safe and progressive atmosphere. More challenging tricks and ramp maneuvers will be taught.  A skateboard, helmet and wrist guards are required. Knee and elbow pads are also highly recommended for advanced skaters. For safety concerns, only real skateboards that have urethane wheels and trucks with proper bushings will be allowed.

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086DC Basketball

Campers will develop a sense of camaraderie while working toward shared goals with fellow teammates in a variety of fun, skill-based games, and activities.  Drills will focus on ball-handling, coordination, proper shooting techniques, and aerobic fitness. Our basketball program is non-competitive and prides itself on developing and strengthening your child’s passion for sports. All campers will feel comfortable in our program regardless of prior experiences with sports.

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087DC Soccer

Discover Camp soccer focuses on the campers individual skills and works to improve those skills over 4 weeks through modeling, drills, games, and scrimmages. The professional staff made up of both men and women are all soccer players who are or have been part of high level soccer programs. If you love the game of soccer this is the class for you.

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091Golf

Do you want to learn how to play golf? Do you already play, but want to improve your game? If so, sign up for “Swing Like The Pros.” You will learn and explore ways to improve your grip, putting stroke, short game and drives. We will use the local driving range, which has a chipping green and mini golf, to practice all of our skills and find innovative ways to apply our lessons through fun, healthy competition.

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094Archery and Outdoor Games

Archery is a huge hit at Discover Camp with both boys and girls. Campers really enjoy learning and applying the skills of archery. It’s not easy at first, but with practice it doesn’t take long to improve your skills. Some archery activities include archery trick shots, balloon popping, fruit salad, slow motion archery and shoot the pinata.  Campers will also participate in other outdoor activities between their shooting sessions. These games will focus on developing hand eye coordination. 

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098Discover Ninja Warrior

Westchester Ninja Warriors is a fitness program inspired by the hit television show American Ninja Warrior. Class curriculum is designed and taught by 4 time American Ninja Warrior veteran and Team Ninja Warrior competitor Noel Reyes. With a hand-picked coaching staff picked for their skill in not only completing obstacles but teaching the techniques used to navigate through obstacle courses quickly and efficiently participants will:

• Try obstacles they’ve seen on TV such as the Warped Wall, Quintuple Steps, Ring Toss and also original obstacle designs by our staff.

• Learn techniques to improve balance and agility to navigate through lower body obstacles. 

• Learn techniques for swinging from stationary objects and hanging objects such as monkey bars, ropes, rings, and rock holds.

• Learn trampoline techniques to improve jumping height and distance.

• Learn body awareness in space and how to manipulate your body for efficiency through lower body and upper body obstacles.

• Learn how to analyze obstacles and determine the appropriate approach to highlight their individual strengths.

• Attempt full-scale obstacle courses in friendly competition style fashion.

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101Mini-Z (New campers)

Earn your Driver’s License and explore the exciting world of Kyosho’s Mini-Z radio controlled cars. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand they are loaded with tons of performance features. To complement our Mini 4WD program and prepare campers for our Racing Academy campers are taught how to drive a radio controlled car. Again changing variables is the major skill that we emphasize. By changing one variable at a time students tune their cars to perform at a higher level. Competition takes place on a specialized track that is changed according to the ability of the group. These radio controlled cars have replacement parts that the children learn to change. Discover Camp is the ONLY camp in the United States recognized and supported by KYOSHO AMERICA to run the Mini-Z program.

  • Read and follow instruction manuals
  • Interpret diagrams
  • Identify and use tools properly
  • Identify components, including the names and uses of different screws, washers, bushings, bearings etc.
  • Alter variables to improve performance
  • Learn driving skills and racing techniques

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103Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Slash Spec

Focused around the infamous Traxxas Slash, the campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby, the Slash is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible (we jumped it off a two story roof and it was fine!) After completion, the campers will be able to use our off road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other Slash trucks at camp. We’ve built about 900 Slashes since we introduced it to our camp many years ago so we’re certainly experts on this particular chassis.

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104Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Rustler

Campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby. The Rustler is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible. After completion, the campers will be able to use our off-road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other trucks at camp. Includes: This class includes the truck kit, remote, charger, 2 batteries, tools, and a toolbox. The charger and tools will be needed for any future Racing Academy course.

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105Intermediate Racing Academy - Slash Spec./Upgrades

This class is designed for campers who have already built a Traxxas Slash and wish to spend their time upgrading their cars. This will be done very carefully by first thoroughly cleaning and examining the truck for wear and tear. The campers will be upgrading their stock truck to a race ready truck. The upgrades are designed to bring the slash to a new level of competition. Included materials:

Tires, suspension upgrades, servo, and a new remote and receiver which will be used for future cars and truck builds.

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106Intermediate Racing Academy - Scale Trail Truck

The Sawback is here to take the podium on fit and finish! Designed from the ground up for scale performance and great looks with or without a body, the Sawback does not disappoint. The combination of scale looks and performance parts makes this truck go where you want in style. The new crawler features a heavy-duty C-channel frame. The truck also features a very strong and durable gearbox. The wheels and tires included are a bead lock type tire that will allow for maximum traction in any terrain. The truck will be paired with a strong brushless/esc motor and a high torque servo. The camper will be able to test it on the all new off road crawler course.   INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electric speed controller), battery and tool box. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course 102. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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107Intermediate Racing Academy - On Road Spec.

Starting with the basic touring car chassis, campers will build from a kit an easy to drive 4WD chassis. Discover Camp experiments with upgrade packages and has developed a plan based around the concept of “best bang for the buck.”  After the initial build, campers will be adding an aluminum driveshaft and other drivetrain upgrades. These parts will allow the campers to see the before and after results of their upgrade. Intermediate courses included materials: the kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), battery and toolbox. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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108Advanced Racing Academy - Team Associated Short Course Truck

This class is for the advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced race-level kit. The truck has changed the game with their new Mid-motor design.  Team Associated found with today’s tracks and faster motors, positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive short course truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Based on the B5m and T5m, the RC10SC5M Team Kit represents the next step in the evolution of competitive short-course racing. The SC5m shares many of the same Factory Team optional parts that result in improved durability and faster lap times. Factory Team V2 12mm ‘Big Bore’ shocks, and ‘Gull Wing’ front suspension are just a few of the SC5m features that make it stand above the rest of the pack! This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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109Advanced Racing Academy - Stadium Truck

This is a 2-wheel drive stadium truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. Since its release, the truck has remained at the top level of national competition. The kit comes with the latest Factory Team high-performance option parts like the V2 12mm “Big Bore” threaded shocks, VTS slipper clutch, just to name a few. Also included in the kit is a Pro-Line body and advanced mid-motor design developed and applied to the race-winning truck platform. The finished product is a potent race truck and has everything it takes to get you to the top of the podium! This is a great selection for the advanced builder who is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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110Advanced Racing Academy - 2wd Buggy

This class is for the most advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced, race-level, kit. These kits have changed the game with their new Midmotor design. Team Associated has found that with today’s tracks and faster motors that positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive buggy with high performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. The kit delivers the next level of 2wd buggy performance that will continue to be proven a winner. This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery.  It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course 102 as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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111Racing Academy Masters Program

This course is designed to let those who have been through most of the other RC Cars and want to build either something more specific to their interests or a kit not mentioned above. Students interested in this course must contact Davis Taylor (dtaylor@discovercamp.com) to discuss which car and parts are going to be needed and determine cost, before finishing registration for the summer.  Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes as well as at least 1 of the Racing Academy 3 cars.

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112My Laps (For Returning Campers)

Students will receive a brand new MyLaps Transponder so that they can connect  to our new timing system. This transponder and timing system allows students to challenge themselves to be consistent and learn more about their race cars to achieve the fastest times.  Campers keep their personal transponder. Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes. Contact Davis Taylor with questions (dtaylor@discovercamp.com)

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113Discover Camp Racing & Repair (For Returning Campers)

Any camper who has previously taken The Racing Academy and is interested in racing their vehicles, getting their vehicles back in order or upgrading their vehicles should join this class. The goal of this course is to give each camper the tools they need to refine their RC driving ability and become a faster, better driver. You’d be amazed what a new set of tires or even a suspension change can do to bring down your lap times. We’ll be assigning two counselors specifically to this program so that there is ALWAYS someone available to race with the kids or assist with repairs or upgrades. Should a camper require major repairs or upgrades above the materials fees then parents can send a check.  We always have plenty of parts on hand or can order from our suppliers.

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007Advanced Rocketry I - Taking Rocketry to Higher Levels

Use the skills gained in Introduction to Rocketry to build, design and launch the rockets that you’ve created. Advanced kits and instructions will be used in this class. This class is great for campers who have earned their launching license and are ready to take building to higher levels.

  • Build an assortment of advanced rocket kits
  • Build an assortment of advanced homemade bottle rockets
  • Modify rocket kits to make them “better”
  • Design and build custom rockets from parts
  • Tool safety and correct usage will be strongly emphasized
Each week campers will compete in launching competitions which will test the campers’ ability to accurately judge launch variables including weight, aerodynamic efficiency, size of the rockets engine, launch angle, wind speed, and direction. Prizes will be awarded for all competitions.

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008Advanced Rocketry II - The Academy for the Evil Genius

Use the skills gained in Introduction to Rocketry and Advanced Rocketry I to build, design and launch the rockets that you’ve created. Kits and instructions are not used in this class. Campers assemble their rockets using skills that they have gained from several years of rocketry experience. Even more rocket parts are provided to choose from. Over the weeks, campers will compete in launching competitions which will test the students’ ability to accurately calculate launch variables and design creativity. We will also complete one flying project which will also build upon skills from all three levels. Prizes will be awarded in our design and launching competition.

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014Multi-level Chess

Campers will learn to play chess for fun and mental agility. Chess is an excellent forum for competition and sportsmanship. Chess develops life skills including focus, reasoning, decision-making, and strategic thinking. It’s the king of games and the game of kings (and queens)!

Topics include:

  • Rules of Play
  • Understanding the Chessboard : Ranks, Files Diagonals
  • Pieces: Names /Values / Moves
  • Algebraic Notation: Reading and writing chess moves
  • Check / Checkmate / Stalemate
  • Attack / Capture / Defend
  • Special moves: Castling / Promotion / En passant
  • Basic Checkmates
  • Tactics: Pins / Forks / Double attacks
  • Full Game
  • Time, Space, Material
  • Solving Checkmate Problems

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022Warhammer Underworlds

Warhammer Underworlds is a hybrid deck-builder miniatures game, where players battle it out in the Mortal Realms with warbands of models, using decks they’ve built to swing the balance in their favor. Each battle involves luck and skill, combining elements from Warhammer, RPGs and card games into one awesome experience – the ultimate competitive miniatures game. This class will focus on learning the rules of play, strategies of defense, attacks, probability and other hobby aspects like modeling and painting. Campers also will be able to order additional pieces for an additional fee.

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026Python Coding

Python is the perfect first programming language, similar to writing in English, and widely used and valued. Campers will use Python to edit pictures and art and even program a robot! Engaging projects teach the most important constructs of Python - variables, functions, conditional statements, and loops. With hands-on coding practice, students learn to design, build, and debug programs – skills that any programmer needs to solve real-world problems. Students who successfully complete this session will demonstrate a strong mastery of Python syntax and functionality.

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029Minecraft! What Will You Create?

Minecraft is a game about discovery. Discovering what’s beyond the horizon. Campers will explore new cave systems, projects others have created, and new features released into updates. Campers will be in an environment of like-minded people who share the same passion for Minecraft. Unexperienced players are welcomed and encouraged to join this class.

Campers will learn: architecture, electronics, sculpture, texturing, landscaping, action, photography, decorating, music, trading, storytelling, adventure and modding.

The game is being used to teach more than just computer skills. It easily lends itself to science, technology, engineering and math explorations. But beyond that, language teachers are strengthening communication skills, civics teachers are exploring how societies function, and history teachers are having their students recreate ancient civilizations.

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031Minecraft Virtual Reality

The Minecraft VR class opens the door for students to experience their creations in an immersive 3-D environment. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk into your Minecraft base and experience your architectural prowess? Now you can view your Minecraft creations with Oculus Rift with the new Minecraft VR class. Campers will be challenged to build structures that integrate the necessary infrastructure to allow their Minecraft world to flourish. The Minecraft VR journey begins one block at a time. Campers will build in Minecraft outside of a VR environment and have the opportunity to view and test their creations in a VR environment to enhance their perspective.

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0373D Printing Inventors for Beginners

Campers, prepare to become inventors, designers, and creators! We will start the session with an introduction to Tinkercad, a 3D modelling and design tool. We will scour the camp and our homes for problems that require solutions.  We will present our problems to the class and brainstorm solutions.  We’ll apply our new Tinkercad skills to design unique solutions to the problems. We’ll then use our 3D printers to prepare rapid prototypes to test the solutions in the real world.   

Some experience with 3D printing or 3D design would be helpful. 

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040Autodesk Inventor

Are you ready for a real engineering experience? Autodesk Inventor is a professional Computer Aided Design software that is used in many high schools, colleges, and engineering firms. Campers will be introduced to 3D mechanical design, measurement, and prototyping. 3D designs will ultimately be 3D printed. Experience in 3D printing and other computer design software (Sketchup, Tinkercad, etc..) is highly recommended.

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048Soldering Circuits

Campers will build several working circuits while learning how to safely solder. No prior soldering experience is necessary. Circuits will include a light sensor circuit, a siren circuit, a working FM radio, and more. The first project will have blinking lights and a siren, and is intended to teach the participants about basic components such as resistors, capacitors, and integrated circuits. It is also used to teach soldering skills such as how to properly hold the solder and the iron, how to avoid solder bridges, and correct polarity of components. The projects that follow are more challenging – the FM radio requires the proper soldering of over 25 individual components. Campers will learn soldering skills and the use of several tools such as angle cutters, screwdrivers, long nose pliers, and how to complete an intricate circuit so that it works properly.

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051Introduction to Arduino and Coding

This program will introduce children to Arduino, an inexpensive, open-source platform that combines electronics and text-based programming to create individual “Do It Yourself” style projects. Possible creations with this microcontroller include (but are not limited to): alarm clocks, distance detectors, theremins, universal remote controls, simple robots, mini-tanks, and changing LED displays. Course fees include an Arduino board for each camper to take home and some of the remaining materials that might be connected to the board. Campers will start off with basic projects and learn simple electronics and coding. The last two weeks will be dedicated to more personal projects developed by the campers themselves. Both beginners and experienced enthusiasts are encouraged to enroll as the class will have different activity tracks.

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052All About Arduino (Advanced)

This class is a perfect follow up to any of our introductory Arduino classes or for campers with some Arduino experience. The Arduino is an open-source computer hardware/software platform for building digital devices and interactive objects that can sense and control the physical world around them. We will focus on more advanced coding projects using sensors, and campers will create standalone, semi-permanent projects to take home and enjoy. This is in stark contrast to the simple projects from the beginner course that get disassembled almost immediately upon completion in order to build the next one. Projects vary from year to year and may include: Motion sensors/ home automation projects, Nerf turrets, and color-changing gates for drone racing.

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054LEGO Robotics Mindstorms EV3

The newest and most advanced technology in LEGO® Robotics! Campers will use their previous skills learned during the LEGO® Mindstorms class to create and command robots that walk, talk, and think with all new sensors such as the infrared sensor, which gives robots the ability to see and detect various objects. They can follow the step by step 3D building instructions to create Gyro Boy, Tank Bot, Puppy, Stair Climber as well as the massive Elephant! Campers will also have the opportunity to create personalized robots using their imagination in order to solve various missions and tasks. Campers have the chance to bring these robots to life and develop problem-solving skills in an easy, intuitive, and icon-based programming interface which is based on the industry-leading graphical programming language used by scientists and engineers worldwide. The new and improved EV3 Intelligence Brick even allows campers to control their robots directly by connecting them wirelessly to their phones and tablets!

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055LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Advanced

This class is an extension of LEGO® Robotics where campers will team up to complete various objectives. They will have to work together to design sky carts that can pick up or drop off cargo or design autonomous and semi autonomous robots that can navigate through diverse obstacle courses! Advanced building techniques are introduced and campers build more sophisticated robots that utilize multiple sensors such as the color, infrared and gyro sensor. This is a vigorous and engaging class, which is sure to capture the imagination of any camper. This class is designed for campers who have advance background with EV3 or NXT. Campers will be introduced to similar challenges present in the First Lego League (FLL) competitions. 

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057Filmmaking

In this class, campers will write, direct, act, and edit their own short films using a variety of camera equipment and editing software. Students will work together collaboratively under the guidance of instructors who are well versed in the craft. This class is suited for students with no experience right up through those who have made short films before. Campers will learn scriptwriting, acting, filming, editing, special effects, and green screening throughout the session.

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059Discover Camp Rock Band

Are you ready to rock? Discover Rock Band offers hands on stage experience to play in a band. Campers will improve performance skills, build self-confidence, meet other musicians and acquire valuable team building lessons that last long after camp is over. Campers can expect to learn how to properly use their gear, read music charts, find or create parts and (most importantly) obtain skills for being a positive, productive member in performance group. Live performances are encouraged and have become an exciting part of each day at Discover Camp.

  • Rock and Roll appreciation
  • Experience live on stage performances
  • Song selection, campers have input on which songs are performed.
  • Campers are challenged to learn songs in a band environment.
  • Interact and cooperate with other young musicians
  • Build self-confidence

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063Chopped Junior

Introducing Chopped Junior, an Iron-Chef style cooking competition! In this class, campers work in teams to create culinary masterpieces using the mystery ingredients provided. The rounds are timed, so use the clock wisely! When the clock runs out, it’s time for the dishes to be judged on presentation, taste, and creativity. Do you have what it takes to be a Chopped Junior Champion?

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070Adventures Through Crystal Caves & Caverns

Enter the World of Crystal Caves and Caverns! Take an amazing adventure and learn how to build your own miniature Crystal Cave and Secret World. Other ideas for miniature worlds are: Sparkling Blue Islands, Magical Forests, Creepy Coal Mines, and Journey Through Skull Island. Learn about cave science and how one giant cave in Mexico, known to reach 980 feet below the earth’s surface, contains crystals dating back 500,000 years. Throughout this class, campers will build miniature rock formations, fossils, underground springs, tunnels, secret passages, awesome dig sites or build a world only they can imagine! Cave projects include unique animals typically found in these very cool environments. So, come join us and have fun this coming summer exploring your imagination and creativity. We are so excited to see what you will create.

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083Introduction to Skateboarding

Campers will learn the fundamentals of skateboarding in a safe and fun atmosphere. The skills campers will learn are pushing, carving, tic tac’s, kick turns, stopping safely as well as basic skateboarding terminology. Campers will learn how to adjust their skateboards and use the ramps safely and correctly.  Throughout introduction to Skateboarding, advanced maneuvers will be taught such asthe ollie and the kick flip as well as “dropping in” for campers who are ready to take the next step towards advanced skateboarding.  A skateboard, helmet, wrist guards, knee and elbow pads are required. For safety concerns, only real skateboards that have urethane wheels and trucks with proper bushings will be allowed.

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084Advanced Skateboarding

This class is designed for returning campers or campers with skateboarding experience.  Campers will be focusing on enhancing their skateboarding skills in a safe and progressive atmosphere. More challenging tricks and ramp maneuvers will be taught.  A skateboard, helmet and wrist guards are required. Knee and elbow pads are also highly recommended for advanced skaters. For safety concerns, only real skateboards that have urethane wheels and trucks with proper bushings will be allowed.

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085Discover Nerf Olympics

The thrill of running through a camper-designed course! Strategizing and developing group strategies and teamwork! Put your Nerf skills to the test with accuracy and Olympic style events! Campers will engage in cooperative challenges in an instructor-driven, counselor supervised class. Throughout the Nerf class, campers can develop and design target shooting, Olympic style contests (Biathlon, Accuracy, multi-skilled shots), Capture the Flag, Attack and Defend, as well as end of week culminating events. Class periods will focus on team organization, engineering of course constructions, competitive challenges, safety, and Nerf instruction. Additional aspects of the class will include engineering principles of course design, physics application of distance and speed with Nerf guns, and creativity/imagination in team building activities. Campers will be able to implement their Nerf materials in a safe and constructive environment with safety goggles and approved apparati. Campers will be allowed to bring their own Nerf items within reason (Rival, Nerf materials that have darts clips of more than 20, and other varieties are not allowed). The camp will supply all darts, protective glasses, and building materials for the class. Nerf guns will also be supplied for campers that do not own their own.

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087DC Soccer

Discover Camp soccer focuses on the campers individual skills and works to improve those skills over 4 weeks through modeling, drills, games, and scrimmages. The professional staff made up of both men and women are all soccer players who are or have been part of high level soccer programs. If you love the game of soccer this is the class for you.

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090Backyard Games

Campers will be invited to test their accuracy, hand-eye coordination, communication, and collaboration skills through our lawn games class.  Instructors will create an equally competitive but fun and accepting environment where students test their skills via challenge games. Campers have the opportunity to be outside while trying out new games and activities. KanJam, Ladder Ball, Spike Ball, Cornhole, Horseshoes, and giant Jenga are just a few examples of the lawn games that students will participate in.

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094Archery and Outdoor Games

Archery is a huge hit at Discover Camp with both boys and girls. Campers really enjoy learning and applying the skills of archery. It’s not easy at first, but with practice it doesn’t take long to improve your skills. Some archery activities include archery trick shots, balloon popping, fruit salad, slow motion archery and shoot the pinata.  Campers will also participate in other outdoor activities between their shooting sessions. These games will focus on developing hand eye coordination.

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098Discover Ninja Warrior

Westchester Ninja Warriors is a fitness program inspired by the hit television show American Ninja Warrior. Class curriculum is designed and taught by 4 time American Ninja Warrior veteran and Team Ninja Warrior competitor Noel Reyes. With a hand-picked coaching staff picked for their skill in not only completing obstacles but teaching the techniques used to navigate through obstacle courses quickly and efficiently participants will:

• Try obstacles they’ve seen on TV such as the Warped Wall, Quintuple Steps, Ring Toss and also original obstacle designs by our staff.

• Learn techniques to improve balance and agility to navigate through lower body obstacles. 

• Learn techniques for swinging from stationary objects and hanging objects such as monkey bars, ropes, rings, and rock holds.

• Learn trampoline techniques to improve jumping height and distance.

• Learn body awareness in space and how to manipulate your body for efficiency through lower body and upper body obstacles.

• Learn how to analyze obstacles and determine the appropriate approach to highlight their individual strengths.

• Attempt full-scale obstacle courses in friendly competition style fashion.

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099Tennis

Taught at Westchester Indoor Tennis Club by Certified Professional Tennis coaches.

Campers will learn:

  • The fundamentals of the game
  • Parts of the court & racquet and tennis scoring
  • Seven basic strokes - Serve, ground-stroke, approach shot, volley, overhead, drop shot and lob
  • Introduction to rally skills

All using fun games and contests to reinforce skills, cooperation and sportsmanship.

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100Mini-4WD

Earn your Builder’s License in one of our longest running classes. Explore the exciting world of Tamiya’s Mini 4WD cars. These kits are not radio controlled but are assembled from about 40 components and raced against competitors on a special track. The key to this class is to make your car go as fast as possible without leaving this special race track. Mini-4WD is a very popular “sport” in Japan and California where events attract thousands of kids. Discover Camp is the only camp in the nation to be supported directly by Tamiya America.

  • Campers are introduced to the process of building from a kit
  • Read and follow instruction manuals
  • Interpret diagrams, identify, and use tools properly
  • Identify components including the names and uses of different screws, washers, bushings, bearings, etc.
  • Changing variables to improve performance

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102Mini-Z (Returning campers that have a mini-z car)

Enrollment is strictly limited in this class. This class is designed for returning Mini-Z enthusiasts. Campers will explore the exciting world of Kyosho’s Mini-Z radio controlled cars. Campers must have a Mini-Z already and must have taken the Mini-Z class in the past. Campers are given a “budget” to spend on upgrade parts and repairs. The attraction to this class is the wheel to wheel racing that takes place. Campers share upgrade tricks and then modify their cars with the new parts that they purchase. Campers are encouraged to develop independence by repairing and modifying their own cars under the supervision of Mr. Litchfield and Mr. Perry

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103Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Slash Spec

Focused around the infamous Traxxas Slash, the campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby, the Slash is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible (we jumped it off a two story roof and it was fine!) After completion, the campers will be able to use our off road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other Slash trucks at camp. We’ve built about 900 Slashes since we introduced it to our camp many years ago so we’re certainly experts on this particular chassis.

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104Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Rustler

Campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby. The Rustler is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible. After completion, the campers will be able to use our off-road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other trucks at camp. Includes: This class includes the truck kit, remote, charger, 2 batteries, tools, and a toolbox. The charger and tools will be needed for any future Racing Academy course.

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105Intermediate Racing Academy - Slash Spec./Upgrades

This class is designed for campers who have already built a Traxxas Slash and wish to spend their time upgrading their cars. This will be done very carefully by first thoroughly cleaning and examining the truck for wear and tear. The campers will be upgrading their stock truck to a race ready truck. The upgrades are designed to bring the slash to a new level of competition. Included materials:

Tires, suspension upgrades, servo, and a new remote and receiver which will be used for future cars and truck builds.

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106Intermediate Racing Academy - Scale Trail Truck

The Sawback is here to take the podium on fit and finish! Designed from the ground up for scale performance and great looks with or without a body, the Sawback does not disappoint. The combination of scale looks and performance parts makes this truck go where you want in style. The new crawler features a heavy-duty C-channel frame. The truck also features a very strong and durable gearbox. The wheels and tires included are a bead lock type tire that will allow for maximum traction in any terrain. The truck will be paired with a strong brushless/esc motor and a high torque servo. The camper will be able to test it on the all new off road crawler course.   INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electric speed controller), battery and tool box. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course 102. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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107Intermediate Racing Academy - On Road Spec.

Starting with the basic touring car chassis, campers will build from a kit an easy to drive 4WD chassis. Discover Camp experiments with upgrade packages and has developed a plan based around the concept of “best bang for the buck.”  After the initial build, campers will be adding an aluminum driveshaft and other drivetrain upgrades. These parts will allow the campers to see the before and after results of their upgrade. Intermediate courses included materials: the kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), battery and toolbox. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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108Advanced Racing Academy - Team Associated Short Course Truck

This class is for the advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced race-level kit. The truck has changed the game with their new Mid-motor design.  Team Associated found with today’s tracks and faster motors, positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive short course truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Based on the B5m and T5m, the RC10SC5M Team Kit represents the next step in the evolution of competitive short-course racing. The SC5m shares many of the same Factory Team optional parts that result in improved durability and faster lap times. Factory Team V2 12mm ‘Big Bore’ shocks, and ‘Gull Wing’ front suspension are just a few of the SC5m features that make it stand above the rest of the pack! This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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109Advanced Racing Academy - Stadium Truck

This is a 2-wheel drive stadium truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. Since its release, the truck has remained at the top level of national competition. The kit comes with the latest Factory Team high-performance option parts like the V2 12mm “Big Bore” threaded shocks, VTS slipper clutch, just to name a few. Also included in the kit is a Pro-Line body and advanced mid-motor design developed and applied to the race-winning truck platform. The finished product is a potent race truck and has everything it takes to get you to the top of the podium! This is a great selection for the advanced builder who is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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110Advanced Racing Academy - 2wd Buggy

This class is for the most advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced, race-level, kit. These kits have changed the game with their new Midmotor design. Team Associated has found that with today’s tracks and faster motors that positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive buggy with high performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. The kit delivers the next level of 2wd buggy performance that will continue to be proven a winner. This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery.  It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course 102 as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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111Racing Academy Masters Program

This course is designed to let those who have been through most of the other RC Cars and want to build either something more specific to their interests or a kit not mentioned above. Students interested in this course must contact Davis Taylor (dtaylor@discovercamp.com) to discuss which car and parts are going to be needed and determine cost, before finishing registration for the summer.  Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes as well as at least 1 of the Racing Academy 3 cars.

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112My Laps (For Returning Campers)

Students will receive a brand new MyLaps Transponder so that they can connect  to our new timing system. This transponder and timing system allows students to challenge themselves to be consistent and learn more about their race cars to achieve the fastest times.  Campers keep their personal transponder. Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes. Contact Davis Taylor with questions (dtaylor@discovercamp.com)

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113Discover Camp Racing & Repair (For Returning Campers)

Any camper who has previously taken The Racing Academy and is interested in racing their vehicles, getting their vehicles back in order or upgrading their vehicles should join this class. The goal of this course is to give each camper the tools they need to refine their RC driving ability and become a faster, better driver. You’d be amazed what a new set of tires or even a suspension change can do to bring down your lap times. We’ll be assigning two counselors specifically to this program so that there is ALWAYS someone available to race with the kids or assist with repairs or upgrades. Should a camper require major repairs or upgrades above the materials fees then parents can send a check.  We always have plenty of parts on hand or can order from our suppliers.

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001DC Juniors


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002Design and Build your own Rube Goldberg Machine

Rube Goldberg was a cartoonist with a wild sense of invention, creativity, and humor. He drew complicated inventions, laboriously contrived to perform a simple operation. In this class we will design and build wild and wacky machines (Think of the game Mousetrap). Your own imagination and creativity are all you need to build a super Rube Goldberg machine. We will use every type of part imaginable to create our inventions: marble tracks, rubber bands, pipes, clay, levers and more! Students leave with a machine of their own creation.

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006Introduction to Rocketry

Build and launch rockets as you use hands-on learning to explore fundamental scientific concepts including Newton’s Laws and Bernoulli’s Principle.  Maximize flight performance through experimentation and the changing of variables. Learn how to safely launch rockets under the careful eye of our rocket experts and their assistants.  Campers will build an assortment of introductory rocket kits.  Each week campers will compete in launching competitions which will test the students’ ability to accurately judge launch variables including weight, aerodynamic efficiency, rocket’s engine size, launch angle, wind speed, and direction.  Prizes will be awarded for all competitions. Tool safety and correct usage will be strongly emphasized. 

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014Multi-level Chess

Campers will learn to play chess for fun and mental agility. Chess is an excellent forum for competition and sportsmanship. Chess develops life skills including focus, reasoning, decision-making, and strategic thinking. It’s the king of games and the game of kings (and queens)!

Topics include:

  • Rules of Play
  • Understanding the Chessboard : Ranks, Files Diagonals
  • Pieces: Names /Values / Moves
  • Algebraic Notation: Reading and writing chess moves
  • Check / Checkmate / Stalemate
  • Attack / Capture / Defend
  • Special moves: Castling / Promotion / En passant
  • Basic Checkmates
  • Tactics: Pins / Forks / Double attacks
  • Full Game
  • Time, Space, Material
  • Solving Checkmate Problems

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017Dungeons & Dragons Level I

D&D is an imaginative, social experience that engages players in a rich fantasy world filled with larger-than-life heroes, deadly monsters, and diverse settings. There are a great many reasons to share D&D with kids. Besides being just the kind of imaginative play that kids naturally engage in, Dungeons & Dragons develops an array of essential educational skills, including:

  • Math, reading, and writing skills
  • Cooperation and leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Creative thinking

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018Dungeons & Dragons Level II

This Dungeons & Dragons class is designed for returning campers who already have experience playing Dungeons and Dragons 5th edition. This advanced class focuses on character design, leveling up, and advanced rules and tactics. Campers will further develop an array of essential educational skills, including:

  • Math, reading, and writing skills
  • Cooperation and leadership
  • Problem-solving
  • Creative thinking

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029Minecraft! What Will You Create?

Minecraft is a game about discovery. Discovering what’s beyond the horizon. Campers will explore new cave systems, projects others have created, and new features released into updates. Campers will be in an environment of like-minded people who share the same passion for Minecraft. Unexperienced players are welcomed and encouraged to join this class.

Campers will learn: architecture, electronics, sculpture, texturing, landscaping, action, photography, decorating, music, trading, storytelling, adventure and modding.

The game is being used to teach more than just computer skills. It easily lends itself to science, technology, engineering and math explorations. But beyond that, language teachers are strengthening communication skills, civics teachers are exploring how societies function, and history teachers are having their students recreate ancient civilizations.

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0323D Animation & Modeling

Three-dimensional technology is at the forefront of animation, modeling, architecture, and design. Various careers utilize 3D modeling to facilitate the creation of buildings, tools, products, and more. Campers will view creations in the Oculus Rift goggles. Campers will design models, pictures, and anything else they can imagine in 3D. However, unlike 3D computer programs where campers could only view their creations on a 2D screen, this class will use virtual reality (VR). Using the VR headsets, campers will be able to fully immerse themselves in their 3D projects. Campers will learn architecture, texturing, design, and how to utilize VR to enhance the designs. Campers do not need any VR experience, but an understanding of and interest in 3D design will help.

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033Virtual and Augmented Reality Creators

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are two of the fastest growing technology fields. This class is designed for beginners to learn how to create and experience VR and AR. Campers will learn about geometry, textures, camera angles, and block-based coding. More advanced campers will also have the option to learn about programming for VR with JavaScript. Discover Camp has Oculus headsets for the campers to use or they can also use smart phones to view their creations with a Google Cardboard. Campers will also be exposed to Spark AR, a great introduction to making augmented reality filters and stickers just like the ones used on Instagram and Snapchat. The only limit is your imagination!


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034Game Design in Virtual Reality With Unity

The Game Design with Unity class will challenge campers to use real game development tools to create a project that they can take home, play, and share with friends. The Unity game engine is an industry favorite, powering popular games like Pokémon GO, Cuphead, and Beat Saber. We’ll take a deeper look at geometry, textures, materials, and game programming. Campers will have a variety of projects to work on, from creating simple mobile apps to VR-ready games! Our final project will be to create an interactive game that we can play on the camp’s Oculus Rift VR headsets. With such a powerful platform, every camper will get to flex their creative minds through their games.

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035Future City Engineers

Calling all future architects, engineers, planners, and designers! Come learn about famous architecture, create 3D printed cities and community spaces, and learn what it takes to become an urban planner! Do you have ideas for an awesome park and playground for your neighborhood or would you like to design a 21st century school? We will take Tinkercad and SimCity BuildIt Software to the next level while designing future cities that tackle today’s real-world problems.  Campers will print their creations using the camps 3D printers.

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0383D Printing Designers (Intermediate)

Campers will take 3D design to the next level in this class. Everyday, 3D Inventors is designed to challenge campers with weekly themes. The weekly themes are.

• 3D Engineers - Design and print solutions to everyday problems.

• 3D Printing Challenge - Design and 3D print solutions to a challenge.

• 3D Toy Creation - Create your own toys using Tinkercad.

*Students should have prior 3D printing experience and/or CAD experience.

The majority of the class will be spent designing and engineering using the

Tinkercad program.

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042Build Your Own PC

Campers will learn all the parts that make up a personal computer and then build one of their own from start to finish. Campers will get to know each of the components of a computer and will learn about the price vs. performance tradeoffs of each. With this knowledge and with assistance, campers will choose a budget of $500, $750, or $1,000 for their system. They will then choose parts that fit the budget and will assemble and test their own personal machine.  Each camper will go home with a fully assembled computer running Windows 10. Included components are CPU, motherboard, storage drive, RAM, power supply, computer case, keyboard, and mouse. The base $500 materials fee will afford a machine with an 8GB RAM and a Pentium Core i3, or RYZEN processor. Campers and parents will decide during the first week whether they will upgrade from the base computer. Some examples are higher-performance components such as a faster processor, an SSD storage device, and/or discrete graphics card. (Monitor is not included.)

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047Vehicle Builders

Participants will build vehicles and structures. The projects can be built, and then re-built into other projects - including a 12-in-1 vehicle building kit. At least one project will include a sensor or remote control. This is a great class for beginners, and includes learning how to follow detailed pictorial instructions. No soldering will be done in this introductory course.

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053LEGO WEDO Robotics and LEGO Boost

LEGO® Education WEDO™ and LEGO Boost is an excellent way for some of our younger campers to be introduced to LEGO® programming and transition into the EV3 classes. It combines the children’s love of LEGO® building with drag and drop programming. Campers will build a variety of models such as lions, soccer players, ferris wheels, cars, helicopters, and cranes. After students have built the models, they will write programs that control the model’s behavior. Campers will gain experience writing programs using sequential, loop and logic based structures in a Graphical User Interface (GUI) environment very similar to Scratch, which make use of tilt and motion sensors and control motors and lights. Campers will get to bring home their very own LEGO® Boost kit which includes the pieces to build 5 multifunctional robots that can be programmed via a tablet device.

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058Comedy Improvisation

In this fast-paced, fun, think on your feet class, students will learn how to create characters and relationships out of thin air. Based on the famed Chicago Second City style of improv, this class will be a blast for all students. We will utilize theatrical and team building games to build students’ performance skills and give the group an improv “troupe” mentality. Campers will improve on their listening and concentration skills, body language, communicating effectively, thinking on their feet and recognizing opportunities.

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069Glow Art

Do you love things that glow in the dark?  Bio-luminescent objects and creatures that glow in the dark have long captivated our imaginations. The word “glow” evokes images of magical potions, fireflies, glowing jelly fish and amazing mystical worlds.  In this class, we use our imaginations to create everything from magical potions to firefly glow jars!  Campers will learn fun techniques to create their unique works of art.  All you need to bring is your imagination!  Various mediums include UV reactive luminescent paint, clay, glass, canvas, organic materials, wood & more!  Check out the list of projects coming for 2019…Glow in Dark Jelly Fish Tanks, Firefly Glow Jars, Cool Wall Art, Lava Lamps, Glow in the dark SQUISHIES, Glow Slime, Glow Jewelry, create a Glowing MYSTICAL Forest and more!

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076Artist Workshop: Studio Time!

Are you an artist who would like more time just to create? Do you need more time to work on that sculpture? How about that painting? Want to collaborate with other artists who want to create? The Artist Workshop is for you! This class is for the advanced artist who would like some time in the art studio with other devoted artists. This class will encourage spending time on devoted work to help foster your artistic skills to build a portfolio. Campers’ projects will utilize various art mediums like drawing, painting, sculpting, and woodworking. This class will focus on skills including: -Art style -Collaborating with other artists -Building work for a portfolio

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077Design Your Own House (Dollhouse)

Paint, design, and build furniture for your own dollhouse that you will build from a kit. Each camper will get their own unfinished house to create a dream dollhouse. Paint and coordinate each room and make furniture from clay. Finish your rooms with carpets, curtains, and wallpaper to make your house complete! House can be wall-mounted or left freestanding when finished.

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079Standard Board

Standard boards are commonly used for tricks and ramps.


The Build a Board program was conceived by Discover Camp the “Build a Board” art program is designed to make the experience of building a board as entertaining as skating itself. Campers will learn the art of how a skateboard is made and what it takes to make a professional skateboard deck.

Campers will learn how to mount their trucks, install and remove wheels to clean bearings all while learning a little history behind skateboarding. Campers will then participate in skate lessons. Please see side column for when classes are offered

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080Custom Standard Board

Design a custom shape and style skateboard. It can be as unique as any idea in your mind. Set up with standard trucks and wheels to be used on ramps.


The Build a Board program was conceived by Discover Camp the “Build a Board” art program is designed to make the experience of building a board as entertaining as skating itself. Campers will learn the art of how a skateboard is made and what it takes to make a professional skateboard deck.

Campers will learn how to mount their trucks, install and remove wheels to clean bearings all while learning a little history behind skateboarding. Campers will then participate in skate lessons. Please see side column for when classes are offered

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081Cruiser

Cruisers aren’t made for tricks. They have bigger softer wheels for a much smoother ride.


The Build a Board program was conceived by Discover Camp the “Build a Board” art program is designed to make the experience of building a board as entertaining as skating itself. Campers will learn the art of how a skateboard is made and what it takes to make a professional skateboard deck.

Campers will learn how to mount their trucks, install and remove wheels to clean bearings all while learning a little history behind skateboarding. Campers will then participate in skate lessons. Please see side column for when classes are offered

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082Longboard

A longboard is very much like a surfboard or snowboard with wheels. It is used for cruising, downhill racing, slalom racing, sliding, and/or transport.


The Build a Board program was conceived by Discover Camp the “Build a Board” art program is designed to make the experience of building a board as entertaining as skating itself. Campers will learn the art of how a skateboard is made and what it takes to make a professional skateboard deck.

Campers will learn how to mount their trucks, install and remove wheels to clean bearings all while learning a little history behind skateboarding. Campers will then participate in skate lessons. Please see side column for when classes are offered

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089Multi-Sports (Outdoor Sports)

Students will be introduced to a variety of sports in a fun and accepting environment. We mix both popular domestic and popular international sports into the program. The class functions on a three-day rotational cycle. Students learn the basic skills and concepts of the sport and work on active kinesthetic drills during the first two days of the cycle. On the third day, the class splits into two teams and plays a game in that sport. Sports offered include but are not limited to: Soccer, American flag football (No contact permitted), Gaelic Football, Stickball, and Cricket.

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093Floor Hockey

Looking for the speed and excitement of hockey but never learned how to skate? Want to master stick handling, puck control, and shooting while having a blast with your friends? Sign up for floor hockey with coach Benveniste to make the most of your athletic summer. Campers will immerse themselves in the overall rules and strategies of hockey while engaging in 3 on 3 tournaments, All-Star skills competition, and conditioning. The last week will culminate in a Stanley Cup Style Playoff event.

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094Archery and Outdoor Games

Archery is a huge hit at Discover Camp with both boys and girls. Campers really enjoy learning and applying the skills of archery. It’s not easy at first, but with practice it doesn’t take long to improve your skills. Some archery activities include archery trick shots, balloon popping, fruit salad, slow motion archery and shoot the pinata.  Campers will also participate in other outdoor activities between their shooting sessions. These games will focus on developing hand eye coordination.

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095Indoor Rock Climbing (Beginners)

Right around the corner from Discover Camp is “The Cliffs” an indoor climbing facility. Our students will be treated to a daily lesson in climbing safety, climbing skills and the physics of climbing.

A Discover Camp counselor (who works at The Cliffs) will assist on the climbing experts with instruction. If you’ve never seen The Cliffs’ Facility, it is absolutely breathtaking. The Cliffs’ is 5 minutes away from camp.

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096Indoor Rock Climbing (Advance or Returning campers)

Right around the corner from Discover Camp is “The Cliffs” an indoor climbing facility. Our students will be treated to a daily lesson in climbing safety, climbing skills and the physics of climbing.

This class is designed for returning campers who have partcipated in rock climbing previously. Campers will take their rock climbing skills to the next level on more advance obstacles and challenges.

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099Tennis

Taught at Westchester Indoor Tennis Club by Certified Professional Tennis coaches.

Campers will learn:

  • The fundamentals of the game
  • Parts of the court & racquet and tennis scoring
  • Seven basic strokes - Serve, ground-stroke, approach shot, volley, overhead, drop shot and lob
  • Introduction to rally skills

All using fun games and contests to reinforce skills, cooperation and sportsmanship.

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101Mini-Z (New campers)

Earn your Driver’s License and explore the exciting world of Kyosho’s Mini-Z radio controlled cars. Small enough to fit in the palm of your hand they are loaded with tons of performance features. To complement our Mini 4WD program and prepare campers for our Racing Academy campers are taught how to drive a radio controlled car. Again changing variables is the major skill that we emphasize. By changing one variable at a time students tune their cars to perform at a higher level. Competition takes place on a specialized track that is changed according to the ability of the group. These radio controlled cars have replacement parts that the children learn to change. Discover Camp is the ONLY camp in the United States recognized and supported by KYOSHO AMERICA to run the Mini-Z program.

  • Read and follow instruction manuals
  • Interpret diagrams
  • Identify and use tools properly
  • Identify components, including the names and uses of different screws, washers, bushings, bearings etc.
  • Alter variables to improve performance
  • Learn driving skills and racing techniques

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103Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Slash Spec

Focused around the infamous Traxxas Slash, the campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby, the Slash is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible (we jumped it off a two story roof and it was fine!) After completion, the campers will be able to use our off road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other Slash trucks at camp. We’ve built about 900 Slashes since we introduced it to our camp many years ago so we’re certainly experts on this particular chassis.

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104Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Rustler

Campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby. The Rustler is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible. After completion, the campers will be able to use our off-road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other trucks at camp. Includes: This class includes the truck kit, remote, charger, 2 batteries, tools, and a toolbox. The charger and tools will be needed for any future Racing Academy course.

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105Intermediate Racing Academy - Slash Spec./Upgrades

This class is designed for campers who have already built a Traxxas Slash and wish to spend their time upgrading their cars. This will be done very carefully by first thoroughly cleaning and examining the truck for wear and tear. The campers will be upgrading their stock truck to a race ready truck. The upgrades are designed to bring the slash to a new level of competition. Included materials:

Tires, suspension upgrades, servo, and a new remote and receiver which will be used for future cars and truck builds.

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106Intermediate Racing Academy - Scale Trail Truck

The Sawback is here to take the podium on fit and finish! Designed from the ground up for scale performance and great looks with or without a body, the Sawback does not disappoint. The combination of scale looks and performance parts makes this truck go where you want in style. The new crawler features a heavy-duty C-channel frame. The truck also features a very strong and durable gearbox. The wheels and tires included are a bead lock type tire that will allow for maximum traction in any terrain. The truck will be paired with a strong brushless/esc motor and a high torque servo. The camper will be able to test it on the all new off road crawler course.   INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electric speed controller), battery and tool box. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course 102. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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107Intermediate Racing Academy - On Road Spec.

Starting with the basic touring car chassis, campers will build from a kit an easy to drive 4WD chassis. Discover Camp experiments with upgrade packages and has developed a plan based around the concept of “best bang for the buck.”  After the initial build, campers will be adding an aluminum driveshaft and other drivetrain upgrades. These parts will allow the campers to see the before and after results of their upgrade. Intermediate courses included materials: the kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), battery and toolbox. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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108Advanced Racing Academy - Team Associated Short Course Truck

This class is for the advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced race-level kit. The truck has changed the game with their new Mid-motor design.  Team Associated found with today’s tracks and faster motors, positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive short course truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Based on the B5m and T5m, the RC10SC5M Team Kit represents the next step in the evolution of competitive short-course racing. The SC5m shares many of the same Factory Team optional parts that result in improved durability and faster lap times. Factory Team V2 12mm ‘Big Bore’ shocks, and ‘Gull Wing’ front suspension are just a few of the SC5m features that make it stand above the rest of the pack! This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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109Advanced Racing Academy - Stadium Truck

This is a 2-wheel drive stadium truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. Since its release, the truck has remained at the top level of national competition. The kit comes with the latest Factory Team high-performance option parts like the V2 12mm “Big Bore” threaded shocks, VTS slipper clutch, just to name a few. Also included in the kit is a Pro-Line body and advanced mid-motor design developed and applied to the race-winning truck platform. The finished product is a potent race truck and has everything it takes to get you to the top of the podium! This is a great selection for the advanced builder who is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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110Advanced Racing Academy - 2wd Buggy

This class is for the most advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced, race-level, kit. These kits have changed the game with their new Midmotor design. Team Associated has found that with today’s tracks and faster motors that positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive buggy with high performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. The kit delivers the next level of 2wd buggy performance that will continue to be proven a winner. This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery.  It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course 102 as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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111Racing Academy Masters Program

This course is designed to let those who have been through most of the other RC Cars and want to build either something more specific to their interests or a kit not mentioned above. Students interested in this course must contact Davis Taylor (dtaylor@discovercamp.com) to discuss which car and parts are going to be needed and determine cost, before finishing registration for the summer.  Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes as well as at least 1 of the Racing Academy 3 cars.

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112My Laps (For Returning Campers)

Students will receive a brand new MyLaps Transponder so that they can connect  to our new timing system. This transponder and timing system allows students to challenge themselves to be consistent and learn more about their race cars to achieve the fastest times.  Campers keep their personal transponder. Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes. Contact Davis Taylor with questions (dtaylor@discovercamp.com)

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113Discover Camp Racing & Repair (For Returning Campers)

Any camper who has previously taken The Racing Academy and is interested in racing their vehicles, getting their vehicles back in order or upgrading their vehicles should join this class. The goal of this course is to give each camper the tools they need to refine their RC driving ability and become a faster, better driver. You’d be amazed what a new set of tires or even a suspension change can do to bring down your lap times. We’ll be assigning two counselors specifically to this program so that there is ALWAYS someone available to race with the kids or assist with repairs or upgrades. Should a camper require major repairs or upgrades above the materials fees then parents can send a check.  We always have plenty of parts on hand or can order from our suppliers.

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Period-4 2:30-3:55

001DC Juniors


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009Siege Machines Plus

Siege machines have been used since the days of Alexander the Great. Long before modern weaponry there were siege machines such as catapults, battering rams, and trebuchets. Siege machines were designed to break or go over city walls. These machines used mechanical energy to launch large projectiles to batter down stone walls or destroy what was inside the walls. Campers will put a modern spin on these machines by creating their own. Campers will also learn about the science and dynamics of how this technology was used and incorporated into history. Campers will build and test out catapults, trebuchets, Da Vinci machines and more.

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010Model Airplane Building

Enter the world of the Wright Brothers! Wilbur and Orville used free-flight gliders and models to learn the basic principles of flight. In this hands-on class, you will do the same by building and flying gliders and rubber band powered aircraft to maximize flight time and height. Use your new skills to explore the basic principles of flight and what makes a good flyer. Learn just as the Wright Brothers did with an added emphasis on creativity. A variety of glider and rubber band powered aircraft will be built and flown from kits. These aircraft are free-flight with pre-set control surfaces that guide the aircraft through the air to achieve the best flight time and height. We will build, fly, crash, repair and then fly again. Experimentation plus knowledge of flight principles are used to improve the flight characteristics of an aircraft.  Enter the world of the Wright Brothers!  Wilbur & Orville used free-flight gliders and models to learn the basic principles of flight.  In this hands-on class, you will do the same by building and flying gliders & rubber band powered aircraft to maximize flight time and height.  Use your new skills to explore the basic principles of flight and what makes a good flyer.  Learn just as the Wright Brothers did with an added emphasis on creativity.  A variety of glider and rubber powered aircraft will be built and flown from kits. These aircraft are free-flight with pre-set control surfaces that guide the aircraft through the air to achieve the best flight time and height.  We will build, fly, crash, repair and then fly again. Experimentation plus knowledge of flight principals are used to improve the flight characteristics of an aircraft.  Flying is done indoors and outdoors. Competitions are used to motivate and push learning and experimentation.  Tool safety and craftsmanship are emphasized throughout.

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019Magic The Gathering and Strategic Table Games

The past decade has seen a surge in popularity for an unexpected industry: tabletop board games. This class will introduce students to the world of strategic board gaming. These aren’t your parent’s board games! Titles like Settlers of Catan, Ticket to Ride, Pandemic and Magic: The Gathering, are just a few of the innovative games that students will learn to play. Unlike some of the more traditional board games (Monopoly, Risk, Stratego etc.), these modern classics emphasize specific game mechanics that favorability over luck. The class will focus on skills such as probability, critical thinking, teamwork, planning, organization, and social interaction. The Golden Age of board gaming is upon us. What are you waiting for?

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027App Creators

Ever wonder how apps are created or have a great idea for an app game? Our App Genius course will guide campers through the process of planning, creating, and testing a game that can be played on computers or smart phones. The program used is completely “drag and drop” and requires no coding at all, but still teaches campers the basics of program design.

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028Game Design Using Roblox

Roblox is a game design program where campers will learn how to design and create their own gaming world where they can then actually play in! There are a variety of different game templates the campers will be able to choose from.  Some templates give campers a theme like a pirate island, a castle, western, or city while others are built for specific genres of games like racing, capture the flag, infinite running, and team areas. Roblox is also an online community of professional and amateur game designers who can create and play each other’s games. Campers can use Roblox on any PC or Apple product so they can take their work from camp home with them!

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031Minecraft Virtual Reality

The Minecraft VR class opens the door for students to experience their creations in an immersive 3-D environment. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk into your Minecraft base and experience your architectural prowess? Now you can view your Minecraft creations with Oculus Rift with the new Minecraft VR class. Campers will be challenged to build structures that integrate the necessary infrastructure to allow their Minecraft world to flourish. The Minecraft VR journey begins one block at a time. Campers will build in Minecraft outside of a VR environment and have the opportunity to view and test their creations in a VR environment to enhance their perspective.

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036Intro to 3D Printing and Design - The Next Dimension

Years ago, Discover Camp was the first camp in the country to integrate this emerging technology into a summer camp class. In this course campers will begin to explore ways to design and create real 3D objects and bring them to life. Campers will be introduced to the world of 3D printing by learning how this groundbreaking technology works and where it is presently being used in society. They will learn how to navigate and use websites such as Thingiverse.com and Tinkercad.com. At first, students will learn to print designs that currently exist. Campers will then move on to modifying existing designs or creating and printing their own original designs.

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039Shark Tank! Rapid Prototyping Using 3D Printing

Campers, prepare to become inventors, designers, and creators! We will start the session with a brief review of Tinkercad, a 3D modeling, and design tool. We will scour the camp and our homes for problems that require solutions or invent something completely new.  We will present our problems to the class and brainstorm solutions.  We’ll work in small teams or individually designing, printing, testing, and tweaking our inventions. We’ll then use our 3D printers to prepare rapid prototypes to test and prove our inventions in the real world.  Finally, we’ll present our inventions to a panel of “investors” to see if our designs are ready for market. 

Students should be comfortable with 3D printing or 3D design.

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044Electronic Game Construction Lvl 2

This is a follow up class to Electronic Game Construction I. Campers will continue to enhance their soldering skills with more challenging projects. Various soldering projects will be used to build camper knowledge of different electronic components and better develop camper’s soldering techniques. The highlight of this class will have campers constructing the MAKERbuino, a handheld gaming console that includes over 20 games and includes multiplayer capabilities.

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046Alternative Energy Vehicles

Campers will build several cool vehicles, many that run on alternative energy sources. Projects include magnetic levitation (maglev) vehicles, a 6-in-1 transforming solar project, an air motor racer, a hover craft, and a salt water fuel cell car.

Alternative energy such as solar and fuel cells are exciting options for the future of energy. Alternative methods of propulsion for transportation, such as wind motor and hovercraft open new ideas and creativity about how we move from one place to another. Campers will build some projects from kits, others from instructions and raw materials. They will learn to identify and use some tools such as angle cutters, long nose pliers, and screwdrivers.

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049Elementary Electricity - The Circuit Playground

We will explore simple circuits while making electric art, play with simple sensors, and design with LEDs. Interesting materials such as conductive inks and paints will be experimented with. The course will end with experience in programming an interactive light demonstration. No experience required.

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060These Images are Alive! Creating and Reading Graphic Novels

Combine your love of art with the power of writing and storytelling! Graphic novels are the result of these creative mediums. Become like the authors and characters that you cannot get enough of! Campers will read and discuss popular graphic novels, storyboard their own ideas, and create their own novels. Journey through the many worlds that today’s graphic novels hold and be a part of those stories by creating your own! This course will guide campers through the newest novels and while emulating the authors’ and artists’ styles, become what they enjoy!

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065Jewelry Making and Creative Crafts

What could be more fun than learning how to make jewelry? This hands-on opportunity provides campers with an understanding and working knowledge of jewelry artistry. Children will discover the WONDERS of jewelry design by using high-quality materials such as Austrian crystal, semi-precious stones and colorful beads from all over the world.  Campers will learn basic jewelry making techniques such as wire working, beading, mixed media, metal stamping and sculpting with clay.  As part of our jewelry making program children will have a blast creating fun and exciting crafts and wearable art such as friendship mirrors, pillows, wallets, hair accessories, splatter paint hats, and more!

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075The Art of Paper

Learn how to do more with paper. Dabble in 2D designs including drawing, coloring, and painting. Use your imagination with scrapbooking and collage! Expand your ideas building with paper quilling, origami and construct paper sculptures! This class is designed to give you the opportunity to learn how to explore the world of paper and how to create with it. This class will focus on: -Collaborating with other like artists -Creativity -Hands-on building techniques

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078Ceramics

Who doesn’t love clay? In ceramics you will learn a variety of hand building techniques including coil, slab, trapped air and more. Projects include bowls, vases, realistic food, castles and more. Proper glazing techniques will be taught and all pieces will be fired. Both terracotta and white clay will be used.

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085Discover Nerf Olympics

The thrill of running through a camper-designed course! Strategizing and developing group strategies and teamwork! Put your Nerf skills to the test with accuracy and Olympic style events! Campers will engage in cooperative challenges in an instructor-driven, counselor supervised class. Throughout the Nerf class, campers can develop and design target shooting, Olympic style contests (Biathlon, Accuracy, multi-skilled shots), Capture the Flag, Attack and Defend, as well as end of week culminating events. Class periods will focus on team organization, engineering of course constructions, competitive challenges, safety, and Nerf instruction. Additional aspects of the class will include engineering principles of course design, physics application of distance and speed with Nerf guns, and creativity/imagination in team building activities. Campers will be able to implement their Nerf materials in a safe and constructive environment with safety goggles and approved apparati. Campers will be allowed to bring their own Nerf items within reason (Rival, Nerf materials that have darts clips of more than 20, and other varieties are not allowed). The camp will supply all darts, protective glasses, and building materials for the class. Nerf guns will also be supplied for campers that do not own their own.

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092Frolf (Frisbee Golf)

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Do you enjoy competitive sports? Have you ever played golf or thrown a frisbee? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then disc golf is for you! Disc golf is a sport that has been around since the late 1970s. Played just like golf, a player’s goal is to throw a disc from a starting point (tee box) to a hole (or basket) in a set amount of throws (par). A player’s score on each hole is determined by how many throws is takes to get the disc into the basket. The winner is the player with the lowest score. A disc is similar to a frisbee, but smaller and thinner in order to glide farther. In this class, campers will get outside, learn how to play disc golf, and enjoy friendly competition.

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094Archery and Outdoor Games

Archery is a huge hit at Discover Camp with both boys and girls. Campers really enjoy learning and applying the skills of archery. It’s not easy at first, but with practice it doesn’t take long to improve your skills. Some archery activities include archery trick shots, balloon popping, fruit salad, slow motion archery and shoot the pinata.  Campers will also participate in other outdoor activities between their shooting sessions. These games will focus on developing hand eye coordination.

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095Indoor Rock Climbing (Beginners)

Right around the corner from Discover Camp is “The Cliffs” an indoor climbing facility. Our students will be treated to a daily lesson in climbing safety, climbing skills and the physics of climbing.

A Discover Camp counselor (who works at The Cliffs) will assist on the climbing experts with instruction. If you’ve never seen The Cliffs’ Facility, it is absolutely breathtaking. The Cliffs’ is 5 minutes away from camp.

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096Indoor Rock Climbing (Advance or Returning campers)

Right around the corner from Discover Camp is “The Cliffs” an indoor climbing facility. Our students will be treated to a daily lesson in climbing safety, climbing skills and the physics of climbing.

This class is designed for returning campers who have partcipated in rock climbing previously. Campers will take their rock climbing skills to the next level on more advance obstacles and challenges.

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097Gymnastics

This class is designed for anyone who is interested in learning the basic fundamentals and skills of gymnastics and acrobatics. This is a multi-level class taught at Westchester Gymnastics.

Campers will learn:

  • Forward and backward rolls
  • Back-bends
  • Back-walkovers
  • Cartwheels
  • Round-offs
  • Standing Back Handsprings and more

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103Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Slash Spec

Focused around the infamous Traxxas Slash, the campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby, the Slash is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible (we jumped it off a two story roof and it was fine!) After completion, the campers will be able to use our off road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other Slash trucks at camp. We’ve built about 900 Slashes since we introduced it to our camp many years ago so we’re certainly experts on this particular chassis.

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104Introduction to Racing Academy - Traxxas Rustler

Campers will be disassembling a truck according to instructions that we have developed ourselves. This class is great for those who want to take that first step into the hobby. The Rustler is very straight-forward and is nearly indestructible. After completion, the campers will be able to use our off-road track to participate in organized racing events with many of the other trucks at camp. Includes: This class includes the truck kit, remote, charger, 2 batteries, tools, and a toolbox. The charger and tools will be needed for any future Racing Academy course.

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105Intermediate Racing Academy - Slash Spec./Upgrades

This class is designed for campers who have already built a Traxxas Slash and wish to spend their time upgrading their cars. This will be done very carefully by first thoroughly cleaning and examining the truck for wear and tear. The campers will be upgrading their stock truck to a race ready truck. The upgrades are designed to bring the slash to a new level of competition. Included materials:

Tires, suspension upgrades, servo, and a new remote and receiver which will be used for future cars and truck builds.

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106Intermediate Racing Academy - Scale Trail Truck

The Sawback is here to take the podium on fit and finish! Designed from the ground up for scale performance and great looks with or without a body, the Sawback does not disappoint. The combination of scale looks and performance parts makes this truck go where you want in style. The new crawler features a heavy-duty C-channel frame. The truck also features a very strong and durable gearbox. The wheels and tires included are a bead lock type tire that will allow for maximum traction in any terrain. The truck will be paired with a strong brushless/esc motor and a high torque servo. The camper will be able to test it on the all new off road crawler course.   INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electric speed controller), battery and tool box. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course 102. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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107Intermediate Racing Academy - On Road Spec.

Starting with the basic touring car chassis, campers will build from a kit an easy to drive 4WD chassis. Discover Camp experiments with upgrade packages and has developed a plan based around the concept of “best bang for the buck.”  After the initial build, campers will be adding an aluminum driveshaft and other drivetrain upgrades. These parts will allow the campers to see the before and after results of their upgrade. Intermediate courses included materials: the kit, remote, receiver, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), battery and toolbox. It DOES NOT include the required charger and tools acquired from taking the Introductory Slash Course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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108Advanced Racing Academy - Team Associated Short Course Truck

This class is for the advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced race-level kit. The truck has changed the game with their new Mid-motor design.  Team Associated found with today’s tracks and faster motors, positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive short course truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Based on the B5m and T5m, the RC10SC5M Team Kit represents the next step in the evolution of competitive short-course racing. The SC5m shares many of the same Factory Team optional parts that result in improved durability and faster lap times. Factory Team V2 12mm ‘Big Bore’ shocks, and ‘Gull Wing’ front suspension are just a few of the SC5m features that make it stand above the rest of the pack! This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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109Advanced Racing Academy - Stadium Truck

This is a 2-wheel drive stadium truck with high-performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. Since its release, the truck has remained at the top level of national competition. The kit comes with the latest Factory Team high-performance option parts like the V2 12mm “Big Bore” threaded shocks, VTS slipper clutch, just to name a few. Also included in the kit is a Pro-Line body and advanced mid-motor design developed and applied to the race-winning truck platform. The finished product is a potent race truck and has everything it takes to get you to the top of the podium! This is a great selection for the advanced builder who is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses included materials: the kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery. It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for an additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger.

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110Advanced Racing Academy - 2wd Buggy

This class is for the most advanced builder and driver who wishes to build an advanced, race-level, kit. These kits have changed the game with their new Midmotor design. Team Associated has found that with today’s tracks and faster motors that positioning the motor in the middle of the chassis resulted in faster times. This is a 2-wheel drive buggy with high performance trimmings like a ball differential, big bore shocks, and upgraded tires. Parts are all carefully selected by Mr. JP Kaminski, the JPK Special. The kit delivers the next level of 2wd buggy performance that will continue to be proven a winner. This is a great selection for the advanced builder that is looking to challenge themselves both mechanically and driving. Advanced Racing Academy courses INCLUDED MATERIALS: the Kit, wheels, tires, motor/ESC (electronic speed controller), receiver and Lipo battery.  It DOES NOT include the required tools, remote and charger gained by taking the Introductory Slash Course 102 as well as the Intermediate course. These items can be purchased at camp for additional cost if campers have misplaced these items or want a second or new charger. 

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111Racing Academy Masters Program

This course is designed to let those who have been through most of the other RC Cars and want to build either something more specific to their interests or a kit not mentioned above. Students interested in this course must contact Davis Taylor (dtaylor@discovercamp.com) to discuss which car and parts are going to be needed and determine cost, before finishing registration for the summer.  Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes as well as at least 1 of the Racing Academy 3 cars.

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112My Laps (For Returning Campers)

Students will receive a brand new MyLaps Transponder so that they can connect  to our new timing system. This transponder and timing system allows students to challenge themselves to be consistent and learn more about their race cars to achieve the fastest times.  Campers keep their personal transponder. Prerequisites: Must have built a car with Discover Camp other than a Slash and/or completed both Intro and Intermediate Level Racing Academy classes. Contact Davis Taylor with questions (dtaylor@discovercamp.com)

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113Discover Camp Racing & Repair (For Returning Campers)

Any camper who has previously taken The Racing Academy and is interested in racing their vehicles, getting their vehicles back in order or upgrading their vehicles should join this class. The goal of this course is to give each camper the tools they need to refine their RC driving ability and become a faster, better driver. You’d be amazed what a new set of tires or even a suspension change can do to bring down your lap times. We’ll be assigning two counselors specifically to this program so that there is ALWAYS someone available to race with the kids or assist with repairs or upgrades. Should a camper require major repairs or upgrades above the materials fees then parents can send a check.  We always have plenty of parts on hand or can order from our suppliers.

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