Flexible Summer Programs

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DescriptionWho Can Attend | Schedule | Fees

Early bird registration ends June 1st

 
 

Summer Program

New for 2018, Boardwalk DIY Studio, Andover, MN

 

Monday, June 11 - Saturday, August 25, 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 12 weeks experiencing wood working, painting and art.  Alongside these hands-on activities, participants can also learn about inventing, American business and sustainability.  Successful completion of the summer courses - nets over 8 unique projects for each participant.

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.

How to Register

  1. Click the 'Purchase Summer Pass Now' links below. This will take you to our purchase page for the 'Summer Programs - Flexible Schedule Package'.

  2. Once you purchase this package - you will receive 9 codes. These will be used by our staff to track progress in the program throughout the summer. No need to write them down or send with your child.

    • Projects are built on skills learned in previous classes - so please try to limit yourself to 1 class per week. However, we can make adjustments as needed

  3. Your package includes an extra class session (for a total of nine) - it is not mandatory that you schedule all 9. In fact, you can schedule as many as you want - up to nine sessions.

Our summer program is centered on woodworking and art.  Eight different projects throughout the summer - that intertwine with 3 major projects:

  • 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 - Speaker

    • Some of these projects will be 'light up' speakers from Tinker Crate (KiwiCo) and some are Bluetooth speakers made from plans provided by Rockler.

  • Other projects include:

    • Wooden truck, Gumball machine, 4th of July Project, Birdhouse, Memo board, Chalk board, Sliding picture frame, Toolbox and a mason jar planter.

    • We will also be working on creating a character/storyline based on special chess pieces that the students have an opportunity to build.

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.  

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). (older students)

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

Merit Badges/ subjects include:

·       Woodwork (focus on hand tools)

·       Art (study of and basic application)

·       Painting

·       Chemistry

·       Composite Materials

Other Merit Badges/subjects may include:

·       Salesmanship

·       Inventing

·       American Business

 

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

How to Register

  1. Click the 'Purchase Summer Pass Now' links below. This will take you to our purchase page for the 'Summer Programs - Flexible Schedule Package.

  2. Once you purchase this package - you will receive 9 codes. These will be used by our staff to track progress in the program throughout the summer. No need to write them down or send with your child.

    • Projects are built on skills learned in previous classes - so please try to limit yourself to 1 class per week. However, we can make adjustments as needed

  3. Your package includes an extra class session (for a total of nine) - it is not mandatory that you schedule all 9. In fact, you can schedule as many as you want - up to nine sessions.

Who Can Attend?

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

The activities are 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 zero kitchen space and the very real possibility of food allergies – all participants must bring their own meals and/or snacks as appropriate.  We will 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 an Open House at the end of the summer for all attendees.  Students will 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 Minnesota.

If weather is too hot 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.

  • Merit Badges will require additional work outside of class time and are not guaranteed to be finished at the end of the program.

Schedules

Space is very limited.  Schedule early to get your desired time(s).  

Mondays: 9-noon, [register now]

** Early Bird Registration ends June 1, 2018 **

  • Student can be dropped off no earlier than 8:45a

  • Student must be picked up no later than 12:30p [1]

Mondays: 1 - 4p, [register now]

** Early Bird Registration ends June 1, 2018 **

  • Student can be dropped off no earlier than 12:45p

  • Student must be picked up no later than 4:30p [1]

Thursdays: 1 - 4p, [register now]

  • Student can be dropped off no earlier than 12:45p

  • Student must be picked up no later than 4:30p [1]

Fridays: 9-noon, [register now]

** Early Bird Registration ends June 1, 2018 **

  • Student can be dropped off no earlier than 8:45a

  • Student must be picked up no later than 12:30p [1]

Fridays: 1 - 4p, [register now]

** Early Bird Registration ends June 1, 2018 **

  • Student can be dropped off no earlier than 12:45p

  • Student must be picked up no later than 4:30p [1]

How to Register

  1. Click the 'Purchase Summer Pass Now' or 'Register Now' links below. This will take you to our purchase page for the 'Summer Programs - Flexible Schedule Package.

  2. Once you purchase this package - you will receive 9 codes. These will be used by our staff to track progress in the program throughout the summer. No need to write them down or send with your child.

    • Projects are built on skills learned in previous classes - so please try to limit yourself to 1 class per week. However, we can make adjustments as needed

  3. Your package includes an extra class session (for a total of nine) - it is not mandatory that you schedule all 9. In fact, you can schedule as many as you want - up to nine sessions.

Fees, $1240 (full price) or $540 Early Bird

Fees are based on an 8 project and/or 12 week program.  Fees include building space, materials, tools, storage, basic snacks and wood checkers for your chess board.

  • Summer Program: Full price, $1240.00 per participant.

    • Register before the Early Bird deadline and pay only $340.00 for the program.

      • This includes 8 projects (or more), flexible schedule, snacks and two $35 gift certificates for adult classes at Boardwalk DIY Studio.

    • Discounts are also available on Groupon - if you miss the Early Bird date.

  • Registration closes June 3, 2018 at 6a.

why such a huge discount!?. 

  • The full registration price is based on what each project would cost in supplies and materials – plus the studio space/time needed, trained instructors and other expenses.

  • Giving an incentive to register early – helps us fill the classes to their maximum potential. The more students we can share these projects with – the less (on average) we need to charge each individual student.

  • Registering early allows us to negotiate flexible purchase options (materials and resources) – which saves us money. Early registration also helps us to prepare materials (cutting, prepping, etc) – without hiring additional skilled labor.

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. 

Optional days will be announced throughout the summer.

How to Register

  1. Click the 'Purchase Summer Pass Now' links below. This will take you to our purchase page for the 'Summer Programs - Flexible Schedule Package.

  2. Once you purchase this package - you will receive 9 codes. These will be used by our staff to track progress in the program throughout the summer. No need to write them down or send with your child.

    • Projects are built on skills learned in previous classes - so please try to limit yourself to 1 class per week. However, we can make adjustments as needed

  3. Your package includes an extra class session (for a total of nine) - it is not mandatory that you schedule all 9. In fact, you can schedule as many as you want - up to nine sessions.

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.         

If Boardwalk DIY Studio deems necessary to send a waiver (or consent) home with your child before they use a specific tool - please return promptly.                                                                   

Additional Opportunities

Service Hours

There are opportunities for service hours on a few Saturdays throughout the summer.  This may include trail/park cleanup, tree planting or invasive species removal.

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

  • 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 through 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.