What Will You do on Spring Break?

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Spring Break Opportunity

New for 2018, Boardwalk DIY Studio, Andover, MN

 

Friday, March 9 - Saturday, March 17th, 2018 (class schedules vary - see listing)

Join Boardwalk DIY Studio (Andover, MN) in an immersive experience that allows your child to use both their hands and their minds.

Participants will spend 4 days experiencing wood working, painting, art, chemistry and composite materials.  Alongside these hands-on activities, participants can also learn about inventing, American business and salesmanship.  Successful completion of the week allows the students a chance to run and operate their own business, plus schedule fundraising nights for their favorite organization(s).

How cool are the projects?  Many projects have been seen at the county and state fair event – earning ribbons and recognition.  If your child is in 4H, we can work with them to include photos and detailed explanations of each step so they can perform their best.

Our week is centered on woodworking and art.  

  • Chessboard (checker board)
    • All hardwood - using MN species of Butternut, Silver Maple, Cherry, Walnut and Birch.
    • Includes four or more different types of joints.
  • Painted Wood Sign
    • Features your child's unique flair and 'brand'.
    • Focuses on the standard Spruce, Pine and Fir species of Northern MN.
  • Third Project - TBD
    • Project will be determined based on time, resources and the unique personality of each group.
    • This project is optional.

What to Expect

The week is centered around two core ideas:  wood working and the study of art.  Participants will build three projects during the week – including a solid hardwood chess board and a wooden sign featuring their own personal flair and logo.  The third project changes depending on the personality of the group and how much time we have to finish the rest of the curriculum.  The third project may range from a wooden toy truck, airplane or gumball machine – or something totally unexpected.

While your child is waiting for glue and paint to dry – we explore other subjects related to their projects – including: chemistry and painting.  We also show them how to protect their final projects with the use of finishes and composites such as resin and fiberglass (the same materials they use with many boat kits).

The week is designed around the Boy Scouts of America – merit badge program, however, any student regardless of school, group or gender can participate. 

Topics include:

  • Woodwork (focus on hand tools)
  • Art (study of and basic application)

 

Please consider joining us for an awesome week of learning, creation and exploration.

Who Can Attend?

Boys and girls ages 14 – 17 or going into a minimum of the 9th grade. 

The week is designed around the Boy Scouts of America – merit badge program, however, any student regardless of school, group or gender can participate.

Boy Scouts – please see additional requirements below.

Boy Scouts wanting to earn certain merit badges must also meet these requirements:

  • Completed blue cards for each merit badge they want to earn.
  • Woodwork Merit Badge: Scouts must be 1st Class and have earned First Aid and have their Totin’ Chip.
  • Chemistry Merit Badge: Scouts must build the Cartesian diver on their own and bring to class during the week.  They must also complete Requirement #4 off-site.

Meals/Snacks

Due to limited kitchen space and the very real possibility of food allergies – all participants must bring their own meals and/or snacks as appropriate.  We will strive to provide water and bagged chips throughout the day.  Coolers will be available to keep items cool.  There are no microwaves or ovens to warm meals up.

Students can bring spending money (Amy’s Candy, Subway and Sweet Toppings are nearby).  We will try to have a small ‘trading post’ as well for candy, snacks, pencils, etc.

We will have a pizza party celebrating our week on Saturday from 11:30 – 1:30 for all attendees.  Students have the chance to showcase their projects at the event.

Rec Time

Weather permitting – we do plan to have 30-45 minutes of ‘Rec Time’ for the students to get outside and enjoy the weather.  Students can bring spending money (Amy’s Candy, Subway and Sweet Toppings are nearby) and/or balls, Frisbees (no bats or rackets).  Remember – you can never guarantee the weather in March.

If weather is too cold or too wet – students can read or listen to music (with headphones) or play games that they have brought from home.

Boardwalk DIY will try our best to provide secure places to store electronics – but we cannot guarantee to stop all theft or breakage.

Additional Requirements for Boy Scouts

Merit Badge(s)

Boy Scouts wanting to earn certain merit badges must also meet these requirements:

  • Completed blue cards for each merit badge they want to earn.
  • Woodwork Merit Badge: Scouts must be 1st Class and have earned First Aid and have their Totin’ Chip.
  • Chemistry Merit Badge: Scouts must build the Cartesian diver on their own and bring to class during the week.  They must also complete Requirement #4 off-site.

Scoutmaster Bucky

Scoutmaster Bucky (website).  If Boy Scouts plan to attend the March 17th Scoutmaster Bucky event - Boardwalk DIY Studio can help you prepare for the Art and the Composite Materials merit badge and you can finish these at the Scoutmaster Bucky event.  An awesome way to finish out the week!

Schedules

Space is very limited.  Schedule early to get your desired time(s).  If you need a week-long option (8a – 5p) – please see Group 7.  All groups are 4 sessions – except Group 7.

Seven schedules to choose from.  (Choose one Group)

Group 1: Sunday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 14, 2018  9a – noon, [FULL]

** FULL -> Group #7 is no longer taking registrations**

(Wednesday is optional)

  • Student can be dropped off no earlier than 8:45a
  • Student must be picked up no later than 12:30p [1]

Group 2: Sunday, March 11 – Wednesday, March 14, 2018  1p – 4p, [FULL]

** FULL -> Group #2 is no longer taking registrations**

(Wednesday is optional)

  • Student can be dropped off no earlier than 12:45p
  • Student must be picked up no later than 5p [1]

Group 3: Wednesday, March 14 – Saturday, March 17, 2018  9a – noon, [register now]

(Saturday is optional)

  • Student can be dropped off no earlier than 8:45a
  • Student must be picked up no later than 12:30p [1]

Group 4: Wednesday, March 14 – Saturday, March 17, 2018  1p – 4p, [register now]

(Saturday is optional)

  • Student can be dropped off no earlier than 12:45p
  • Student must be picked up no later than 5p [1]

Group 5: Friday, March 9 – Friday, March 16, 2018, [FULL]

** FULL -> Group #5 is no longer taking registrations**

(Friday is optional)

  • Actual times for Group 5 are:
    • Friday, March 9, 2018  5p – 8p
    • Sunday, March 11, 2018  9a – noon
    • Monday, March 12, 2018  9a – noon
    • Friday, March 16, 2018  9a – noon (Friday is optional)
  • Student can be dropped off no earlier than 8:45a or 4:45p (depending on day)
  • Student must be picked up no later than 8:30p or 12:30p (depending on the day) [1]

Group 6: Saturday, March 10 – Saturday, March 17, 2018, [register now]

(Saturday is optional)

  • Actual times for Group 6 are:
    • Saturday, March 10, 2018  5p – 8p
    • Wednesday, March 14, 2018  1p -4p
    • Thursday, March 15, 2018  1p -4p
    • Saturday, March 17, 2018  9a – noon (Saturday is optional)
  • Student can be dropped off no earlier than 8:45a or 4:45p (depending on day)
  • Student must be picked up no later than 8:30p or 12:30p (depending on the day)  [1]

Group 7: Monday, March 12, 2018  - Friday, March 16, 2018   8a – 5p, [FULL]

** FULL -> Group #7 is no longer taking registrations**

This group plays a very important part towards the success of the entire week.  Group 7 will help prepare materials, cleanup and collect tools and supplies as well as plan for the next day’s activities.

 

Fees

Fees include building space, materials, tools, storage, basic snacks and wood checkers for your chess board.

  • Groups 1 – 2 and 5: ~ No Longer taking reservations ~ $75/week (early bird - register before February 10th, 2018), $100 regular
  • Group 3, 4 and 6: $75/week (early bird - register before February 10th, 2018), $100 regular
  • Group 7: ~ No Longer taking reservations ~ $105/week (early bird - register before February 10th, 2018), $145 regular
  • Registration closes March 2nd, 2018 at 6a.

Financial assistance is available. 

A parent/guardian must be able to volunteer a minimum of 4 hrs to receive $20 off fees.  Not all classes will need volunteers.  Limited openings available. 

  • Volunteers must be able to follow directions and assistance with glue, paints, tools, etc.
  • Fees are reimbursed after class completion.

Chess Pieces: (+$25)

Your child can also make chess pieces from nuts, bolts, anchors and more.  We recommend using the ‘optional’ days to focus on these pieces because they do involve solvents, super glue and paint.  Also comes with a plastic carrying case to transport your pieces. 

Tool Use

Note ~ All participants may use hand clippers, chisels, sanding blocks, knives, hand drill and hand saw - among other hand tools.  Participants age 14 and older may also use powered palm sanders, finish sanders, power drills and small grinders (Dremel).  No child under 14 will be allowed to handle any power tool during this course - no exceptions. No participant will be allowed to operate power tools such as a table saw, circular saw, planer, drum sander, miter saw or band saw.                                                                            

Additional Opportunities

Artists and creative types – we have an extra opportunity for you.

Starting the week of camp and progressing later into Spring – you can have your own art showing as well as cohost a design class for your friends and family.

  • First day of the week, we will work with you to identify 10 – 12 designs (quotes, wood signs, etc) that you like.  We will explain more on the first day of your class.
  • During the week, we will begin to work with you to design your versions of these chosen Pinterest designs.  We will need to limit them to 3-4 final designs.
  • Once you are happy with your designs – you can make 1 or 2 of each design – as a wood sign.
  • Once you have finished, we will work with you and your family to schedule an art showing and a private wood sign event for your family and friends.

Service Hours

There are opportunities for service hours on Saturday, March 10 from 8a – 3p.  Students will help young children make a wood project at the annual North Suburban Home Show – Kid’s Workshop.

Scoutmaster Bucky

Please see the extra information about the Scoutmaster Bucky event (here).

Licenses/Experience

Boardwalk DIY Studio volunteers are not licensed teachers, daycare providers or babysitters (for lack of a better term).  We do have over 11 years of mentoring and teaching students ages 7 – 17 and over 20 years in wood working, crafts and entrepreneurship.

All of the adults helping in this week’s events are volunteers.  Please treat them with respect and learn from their experience.

Rules/Expectations/Discipline

All participants are expected to follow the Boy Scout Oath and Law.  If your child is not a Boy Scout – please help familiarize them to these core expectations.

No use of electronics with permission by instructor(s).

Students will be expected to work as a team AND to the best of their ability.  They will NOT be allowed to waste the time or disrupt others.

Arriving/Leaving Camp

Children will be permitted to leave camp – only at the approved end times for each day – OR when a parent/guardian makes arrangements to pick them up outside of the daily schedule.

All parents/guardians picking up their child MUST present a Driver’s License.

What to bring

  • Laptop (if available) – limited WIFI is at site, but a computer will help further research and data collection.
  • Lunch/snacks (as needed)
  • Comfortable clothes.  Short sleeves preferred, or long sleeves that can be rolled up.
  • Safety glasses.
  • Long hair must be tied back.  
  • Boy Scouts must bring a completed Blue Card, Merit Badge Workbook, Notebook and pencils to class.  Workbooks and some projects can be done at home during the week.

Dismissal from Camp/Refunds

If parent(s) must be called to pick up their child because of their child’s inability to follow rules and expectations at camp – there will be no refunds, no readmittance for the rest of the week and an approved parent/guardian must pick them up from camp.  We cannot let the child leave and walk/bike home on their own.

However, the parent/guardian does have the opportunity to try and talk their child out of whatever rule(s) they are having issues following and we can all return back to class.

Changes to Schedule(s)

Boardwalk DIY Studio has no plans on changing the schedule for the week.  However, if a change becomes necessary – we will work with all affected participants to find a solution.

Footnote(s)

[1] Students will be expected to work on projects until they leave camp.  Students are NOT allowed to loiter in the building, disturb other classes, play in the parking lot or disturb other businesses.  They must focus on their projects.  If they need to stay longer than the schedule permits - please consider registering for Group 7.