Minecraft on the computer has more depth
The main differences that your kids will notice when moving from a console (Xbox, PS4) or Pocket Edition (PE) and the PC are:
- The PC worlds are infinite – the console and PE editions are not very big.
- You actually craft on the PC, you need to learn where to place different components to achieve a specific tool/thing. On the console and PE the crafting is largely done for you.
- You can use commands on the PC (and commands are the foundation of coding!)
- You can modify the worlds, and what is in them to a much larger degree
- You can play on cool, kid safe servers like BuddyVerse
- Thousands of plugins enhance gameplay, like creating awesome games and quests
The leadership program stems from the camps and continues into the server. This means that the leadership role a child takes on during the camp will still be a part of their play on the BuddyVerse after the camp. Read all about the leadership program in a BuddyVerse Camp here:
The BuddyVerse server is live & online
An online server allows a child to use their own Minecraft account. This means that what kids do and build and earn will still be there when they continue to play on the kid safe server after a Camp.
The days are structured
Regardless of the length of a session, we ensure there are plenty of breaks. We also provide a ‘Parody Refresh’ where we have specific exercises to help kids ‘optimise their Minecraft greatness’.
There are also events throughout the day to give some of the children something to focus on.
We hold an Epic Build Challenge each day of the camp with differing themes. There is a Community Build Challenge and mini lessons throughout the day.
Children can collaborate
When we hold the Epic Build Competition one of the first questions we get is “can we work together?” We structure the day to encourage collaboration, though our guidance is hardly necessary, as it is the desire of most players to build and create with other people. Interestingly they will often team up with kids they had not met before the camp.
Traditionally Camps have started at 9am and run through to 3pm, though every now and then a venue is only available from 11am, (as an example) and we would then run the Camp though to 5pm. Camps can start whenever it suits the Camp Leader. We are starting to see Camp Leaders that do birthday parties and after school programs, so times and session length are becoming more varied.
Parents Are The Gate Keepers!
We know that many parents are the ‘one stop shop’ for a kids frustration and anxiety when it comes to learning on Minecraft. “Mum, I want mods”, “Dad, how can I get a texture pack?” “How do I change my skin?” “I’m stuck, I want to do…..” Most parents will have heard something like this. We have developed resources to cover common questions with booklets and posts like ’10 Tips For Struggling Minecraft Parents’ and the Camp Commands Book.
Watch this testimonial from a parent of a child that has attended multiple Camps. We have many, many similar and touching testimonials.
Early on we found that the personality of the kids in the camps were, on occasion, very different from the persona they used online. To address this we have ongoing conversations around cyber safety: how to behave online, and what to do if you are uncomfortable with another persons behaviour.
We now have a focus on online behaviour, and our 3 server/camp rules – Be Kind, Be Helpful, Use Your Manners & Have Fun – are helping hundreds of children think about and develop who they are when online.
Children receive a free subscription to the BuddyVerse server when they attend a Camp or event, the length of access depends on the length of the session they attend - 6 months for a full day camp & 3 months for a camp 3 hours or less.