Video Game Design Camp
with GameMaker

2018 Video Game Design and Programming 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 9 to 13)

Design Games Like a Pro!

In Video Game Design Camp with GameMaker™, campers create incredible games with AWESOME graphics and learn/implement computer programming.  Campers have the chance to explore creativity, design, and programming logic throughout the process of creating fun and exciting games.  At camp, campers learn the process of creating a video game – brainstorming, planning, character design, level design, programming, interface design and much more!  

The GameMaker™ Studio software caters to entry-level novices all the way up to game development professionals. In addition to professional quality development, the software allows campers to create fully functional prototypes in just a few hours, and a full game in just a week!

After learning the Graphical User Interface in GameMaker™: Studio, campers begin to plan their game by crafting a storyline and developing characters using the advanced, built-in, digital painting software. Once their characters are created, campers learn about level design and layout floor plans with an easy-to-use, efficient, tiling technique that allows for excellent control and precision. Once the basic visuals are established, campers begin to program their character movement and interactions within the game.

Campers have the option to write their own code to power their game, or to utilize easier drag and drop programming.

Offering a vast database of game design concepts, and sharp graphics, GameMaker™ is a great step towards professional level design and an even bigger step to top-level creativity and innovation!

Some Project May Include:

Arcade-Style Asteroids Space Game: Create a solar system with lots of floating asteroids, aliens, gravity, and drag.  With your very own custom spaceship, survive an ever changing landscape while battling to protect earth!  Turn the clock back for a super fun and retro style Arcade game!  This style of game was a favorite for many of our camp parents when they were kids!

Adventure Games: Design a platform game with side/top-down scrolling capabilities that allow a player to explore an epic world with adventurous plots, challenges, and storylines. Campers can focus on character and landscape development, add text/dialogue, and feature multiple levels. Campers will explore the power of coding when creating this type of game. 2D Platformer games included!

Dash Games: Create a side scrolling, jump based platform game that challenges a player’s skills and reaction time. Campers get to create their own courses, obstacles, and concepts. This game is heavily coding based where player movement is programmed related to a gravity variable.

Valuable Learning Opportunities:

Graphics, Graphics, Graphics:  The graphics in GameMaker™ are exceptional.  Create beautiful games with an incredible look, feel, and appeal to many types of gamers.

Professional Level Software:  Use what the pros use!  This software is powerful, and can be complex.  That’s where we come in…  Our curriculum is designed to teach you the software so you can create awesome games during the week but not feel overwhelmed.  With effort there is reward, and the camper projects created in our GameMaker™ camps are really incredible!

Valuable Coding Experience:  Whether it’s through drag and drop or by using the code writing tools in GameMaker™, you WILL gain lots of experience in coding.  This is an important factor in game design and a truly valuable add on to the camp experience.

The Game Design Industry:  If You are interested in the Game Design Industry, and may want to be a professional game designer or do it on the side as a hobby, this camp is a great place to get your start, see what game design is all about, and hone your skill set.

Impress Your Family and Friends:  You will leave with a copy of your work at the end of camp!  Just wait until your family and friends see the professional style games you’ve created!

Campers receive a Lavner Camps T-Shirt and will take their project(s) home on a CD with a CD cover at the end of the week!

This camp is for beginners and intermediates.

Campers may also attend Tech R3volution and Major in Game Design with GameMaker 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 Game Design Camp with GameMaker, we also recommend our Virtual Reality Camp with Game DesignWeb Design Camp, 3D Minecraft™ Camp – Innovation & Design, Graphic Design Camp, Filmmaking Camp, Computer Programming Camp with Python, Computer Programming Camp with Java, Robotics Camp, and TECH R3VOLUTION™.

Our 2018 Game Design Camps with GameMaker are located at Gwynedd-Mercy Academy Elementary ~ 816 Norristown Rd, Springhouse PA 19477, Newtown Friends School ~ 1450 Newtown-Langhorne Road, Newtown PA 18940, 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, Ursuline Academy ~ 1106 Pennsylvania Avenue, Wilmington DE 19806, 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 information about our Specialty Camps, click here:  Lavner Specialty Camps

Camp Tuition & Discounts – All Specialty Camps

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Camp Discounts

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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