Mini Summer Camp

Age Requirements: 3rd- 12th grade

Cost: $200/ student.

Register by email at Include the word GAMES in the subject line along with the following information. Parent name and email. Student name and grade. To secure your child’s place a 20% deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance is due by the first day of the camp. Make checks payable to Ben Higgins, and send them to 3343 Kendall Loop Anchorage, AK 99507 or Venmo @Ben-Higgins-31. Business name: The Cottonwood Project.

TBD Schedule: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday


10 am-12 pm. Session One: How to Make a Good Game.

12 pm-1 pm. Lunch (Bring a sack lunch)

1 pm-3 pm. Session Two: How to Design, Plan, Build Your Game.

3 pm-4 pm. Session Three: How to Gather Feedback and Improve your Game.


Day off to build your game at home.


10 am-12 pm. Session One: Building. Refining the Rules. Play Testing.

Lunch (Bring a sack lunch) 12pm-1pm.

1 pm-3 pm. Session Two: Making Your Game Look Its Best.

3 pm-4 pm. Session Three: Game Exposition. It’s time to celebrate what you’ve created. Families welcome.

Supplies to Bring

1) Students must bring a sack lunch on Tuesday and Thursday, a variety of craft supplies (See list below), and their beautiful brains.

2) Each student is going to be designing and creating a game during the mini-camp. We don’t know what we need at the start and we won’t know until the students decide what they want to create. As a result, the supply list can be summed up as “bring a bag or box of everything” and we’ll see what they need. The idea is to make the games from household items, pilfer from existing games for pieces and cards (which can be returned after), and make something new and fun. The home build day on Wednesday will give your child a chance to find any extra materials they need once they have some design ideas. You do not need to go buy a bunch of supplies. Hopefully, you can just raid the junk drawer.

Suggestions for craft supplies: 1. Scissors 2. Hot Glue Gun or Elmers Glue 3. Variety Construction Paper 4. Markers 5. Pens 6. Colored Pencils 7. Card Board 8. Playing Cards 9. Dice 10. Playing pieces “borrowed” from other games 11. Coins 12. Legos 13. String 14. Stapler 15. Anything you think would be useful.