Elite Skills Minecraft Camp with Java Coding

2018 Elite Skills Minecraft Camps in Philadelphia PA, Main Line PA, Lower Gwynedd PA, Bucks County PA, Cherry Hill NJ, Princeton NJ, Montclair NJ, NYC Manhattan, Long Island NY, Wilmington DE, Washington DC, Towson MD, St. Louis MO, Nashville TN & Los Angeles CA!


***2018 Camp Locations, Dates, Tuition & Discounts Located At The Bottom Of This Page***


(Ages 11 to 14)

This camp involves exciting Java™ programming in addition to Minecraft™ skill development and gameplay!

New Coding, New Projects, New Tournaments for 2018!

As one of the leading Minecraft™  Camps in the world, we also offer Elite Skills Minecraft for campers with lots of Minecraft™ experience.  Are you a passionate Minecrafter who wants to learn advanced skills in Minecraft™ and gain exposure to programming mods in JavaTM?  Do you want to explore 3D Graphics Programming, the type of JavaTM code that powers Minecraft™, and learn how to code your own Minecraft™ style Engine?  If so, let’s get started!

While working in single player and multiplayer, campers can take their skills to the next level and have a blast engaging in fun projects in a social setting. In multiplayer, students work in teams to complete projects and participate in adventures and competitions. Campers also learn how to program mods and create a Minecraft™ style Engine using JavaTM (see below for description), use survival skills in difficult environments, scratch craft advanced items, utilize Redstone at more advanced levels, and participate in weekly Friday tournaments.  

There are three main projects at camp:  Coding Mods, Creating a Minecraft™ Engine, and Team Survival in a Customized World full of challenges and hostile conditions.

  1. Coding Mods using JavaTM – Campers learn how to utilize JavaTM to program their own mods.  Bring your ideas for new tools, foods, and recipes!
  2. Creating a Minecraft™ Engine – By using 3D Graphics Programming, learn how to create a 3D environment, control player movement and vision, and place blocks with customizable textures around your world.  In essence, create the same type of Engine that powers Minecraft using JavaTM Code!
  3. Team Survival & Challenges – In our Survival Worlds, YOU can create things like shelters, transportation systems, surveillance devices, factories for food and resource production, automated farms, traps, and more while completing an advanced scavenger hunt that can grant you reign over the world!  Utilize Redstone to enhance your structures and survival capabilities ,and also scratch craft items to help you along the way!

At the end of the week, campers test their skills in a Friday tournament and celebrate with a fantastic Fireworks Show!

Valuable Learning Opportunities:

Programming Mods Using Java:  Campers learn and utilize JavaTM to create mods that they can incorporate into their worlds.  Once mods are created, they can be installed, exported, and shared with friends!

Learn How To Code a Minecraft Style Engine Using Java:  Campers learn about 3D Graphics Programming and how to code the type of Engine that is used to power Minecraft™.  A Game Engine is a software framework that provides the core functionality of the game – graphics, movement, vision, textures and more!

Using Survival Skills: Use and improve survival skills in very difficult environments where terrain is challenging, hostile characters spawn, and items/tools must be scratch crafted to build systems and structures that allow YOU to thrive!

Advanced Redstone Lessons: Campers can learn advanced Redstone techniques for creating things like Fireworks shows, Vending machines, Automated Farms, Defense Systems, and more!

Scratch Craft Advanced and Obscure Items from Recipes:  To survive in our challenging worlds, campers will need to scratch craft the right items at the right times!

High Level Teamwork and Communication: Surviving in challenging worlds and difficult environments in Minecraft™ is exhilarating! Using our Multi-Player servers, campers will need to communicate well and work together to build and sustain a thriving community!

Friday Tournament Competitions ~  High level tournaments give campers the chance to test out their skills by participating in our events like Haunted House Survival with Solvable Mysteries, Redstone Powered Gauntlets, Cave Mining Challenges, and all NEW Parkour Courses!  Tournament events may be in single and/or multi-player.

Campers should have a strong understanding of building, designing, the use of Redstone, installing mods (not programming mods using JavaTM ) and customizing maps before participating in this camp.

Campers are required to arrive with their own Minecraft™ account for a PC.

All Campers Receive a Lavner Camps t-shirt and take home their projects from the camp week!

*We are one of the World’s Leading Minecraft Camps but independent from Minecraft.net, Mojang, AB., and/or Microsoft.

*We take camper experiences way beyond by teaching lessons in Coding Mods, Programming Game Engines, Advanced Redstone, and tournament play!  Please note, The functionality of our servers for multi-player use is dependent upon internet connectivity.  Our servers have successfully undergone testing prior to the summer at each location.  Although rare, during camp, it is possible that external factors may cause an interruption in connectivity.  If this occurs, campers will work on projects in single player mode and/or engage in other Minecraft™ learning experiences while connectivity is being restored. Rest assured, there are many Minecraft™ activities that supplement learning and are super fun!

Campers may also attend Tech R3volution and Major in Elite Skills in Minecraft at West Chester University – West Chester PA, New York Institute of Technology – Long Island NY, Vanderbilt University – Nashville TN, and UCLA – Los Angeles CA.

*For campers interested in Minecraft™ Camp, we also recommend our Computer Programming Camp with PythonComputer Programming Camp with JavaVirtual Reality Camp with Game Design, Web Design Camp & 3D Printing Camp.

Our 2017 Elite Skills with Minecraft Camps are located at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary ~ 816 Norristown Rd, Springhouse PA 19477, Malvern Preparatory School ~ 418 South Warren Avenue, Malvern PA 19355, Newtown Friends School ~ 1450 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown PA 18940, Plymouth Meeting Friends School ~ 2150 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting PA 19462, Rosemont College ~ 1400 Montgomery Avenue, Rosemont PA 19010, University of Pennsylvania ~ 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, Valley Forge Educational Services ~ 1777 N. Valley Road, Malvern PA 19355, Waldron Mercy Academy ~ 513 Montgomery Avenue, Merion Station PA 19066, Katz JCC ~ 1301 Springdale Rd, Cherry Hill NJ 08003, Stuart Country Day School ~ 1200 Stuart Road, Princeton NJ 08540, Montclair State University ~ 1 Normal Avenue, Montclair, NJ 07043, New York University ~ 60 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, NYIT ~ Northern Boulevard at Valentines Lane, Old Westbury NY 11568, Towson University ~ 8000 York Road, Towson MD, 21252, George Washington University ~ 2100 Foxhall Road NW, Washington, DC 20007, Washington University in St. Louis ~ 1 Brookings Drive, St. Louis, Missouri 63130.

*For more general information about our Specialty Camps, click here:  Lavner Specialty Camps

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Early Registration Discount – SAVE $30 per camp week when you submit registration and full payment for a camper by March 1, 2018 for one (1) or more camp weeks (full week, full days only) for any Specialty Camp.  This is included in tuition listed for each location below.

Multi Week Discount – Big Savings!  SAVE anywhere from $30-$300 on camp tuition by registering for multiple weeks.  This discount applies to ALL Specialty Camp Weeks (even if camp weeks are from different camps (e.g. Tennis Camp, Robotics Camp, Spy Tech Camp, and Fashion Design Camp).  Example:  A camper registering for 1 week of Tennis, 1 week of Robotics, 1 week of Spy Tech, and 1 week of Fashion will receive a Multi-Week Discount of $100 total!  

The Multi-Week Discounts only apply to camp weeks that are Full Week, Full Day (Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 3:30pm).

The Multi-Week Savings Discount can combine with either the Early Registration Discount or Additional Sibling Discount (if applicable).

The Multi-Week Savings Discount combines with any referral fees awarded to you via the Referral Program (if applicable).

Additional Sibling Discount – SAVE $30 for each additional sibling (2nd, 3rd, 4th child etc…) attending at least one full week(s), full days only, (9:00am to 3:30pm) of any Specialty Day Camp.  The primary camper is the child booked for the most camp weeks.  Additional Siblings qualify for this discount even if they are attending a different camp or location.  All Additional Sibling Discounts are awarded as refunds within fourteen (14) business days upon submission of your registration and payment for camp.  This discount will be provided as a partial refund to your credit card or by check by our camp office, depending upon your payment method for camp.

  • The Additional Sibling Discount cannot be combined with the Early Registration Discount.  In this case, the highest discount value is awarded.
  • The Additional Sibling Discount is combined with the Additional Multi Week Saving Discount.

Referral Program – Receive a $50 referral credit in your Lavner Camps Account for the next camp season (Summer 2019) for each “new family” you refer who registers their child for at least one full week of Lavner Camps during Summer 2018  (Monday to Friday, full days only).

Visit our Camp Tuition & Discounts Webpage for all terms & conditions regarding the discounts and referral program listed above.

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Elite Skills Minecraft Camp is offered in Philadelphia PA, Main Line PA, Lower Gwynedd PA, South Jersey, Central Jersey, New York City - Manhattan, Long Island, Washington DC, and Baltimore County MD.