BV Minecraft Camps Ahoy!

Posted on September 27, 2016
[Click here to go straight to information on upcoming Buddyverse Minecraft Camps in Adelaide.]

Minecraft has been a staple of Game Truck Australia ever since the beginning: almost every party at least starts with Minecraft on the Xbox One, and parents know that it is perhaps the only common language for kids aged 6-15. Its cultural reach is hard to overstate, so I have been looking for ways to use it to help create more incredible experiences for kids in different formats.

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Now, after nearly a year of planning and false starts, I am super excited to announce that we have now scheduled our first Buddyverse Minecraft Camp in Adelaide. I first saw the founder of Buddyverse, Tim Wicks, in action over a year ago, and was impressed at the focussed energy he created in the room.

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Tim Wicks, the founder of Buddyverse. (Kind of my hero.)

These Camps are a very different (and complementary) offering to Game Truck parties. Instead of hiring the Truck to come to your house for a whole bunch of kids, you buy a ticket for your child(ren) to come to the Camp. It offers a good alternative to Vacation Care, and Tim experienced massive demand when he started his Camps. Sometimes laptops are provided, and sometimes you are able to bring your own, but we always recommend that you bring your Minecraft account details with you. Kids play on a dedicated server, Buddyverse, for a given time, and are facilitated to have all kinds of experiences ranging from simple fun to intense team-based build challenges. There are a couple of things that make this an exceptional experience:

  • Buddyverse is a very impressive server with lots of activities and a detailed Camp Commands booklet, so kids never run out of things to do;
  • Buddyverse is a closely moderated server so it is designated as very kid-safe;
  • If kids attend a camp, they get access to the server afterwards for six months, and they can take part in a really positive and active community around the server;
  • Finally, more advanced players can take on peer leadership roles to help others learn how to play and eventually moderate and administer the server.

This last point is, from an educator’s point of view, the best part of Buddyverse. Time and time again we have seen kids who struggle to fit in or find a place in particular social circles, or who don’t excel at sport (I was one!), or who perhaps struggle with more formal education. However they have their deep knowledge of Minecraft validated and valued in Camps or Game Truck parties, and in helping other players they experience amazing growth themselves. We also know from educational research that peer learning is extremely valuable for all ages.

Our first venue is perfect: the Stretton Centre is a state-of-the art facility which aims to service the local community with educational and business development opportunities, so we couldn’t have found a better place to host this exciting opportunity. (If you’d like to see Camps hosted near you, get onto your local council or library and demand it!)

The Stretton Centre, venue for our first Minecraft Camps. (More venues to come soon, hopefully.)

The Stretton Centre, venue for our first Minecraft Camps. (More venues to come soon, hopefully.)

Some snapshot details of the upcoming camps:

When: Tuesday 4th of October and Tuesday 11th October, 2016

Time: 9.30am-3.30pm

Where: Stretton Centre, Peachey Road, Munno Para

Cost: $60 for Bring Your Own Laptop; $70 for Laptop Provided

Capacity: 20 on day one; 24 on day two. (They usually book out very quickly.)

There are some important details to know about attending a Buddyverse Minecraft Camp so it is strongly recommend that you look at the Buddyverse FAQ before booking. If you are ready to book, click here. If you have any questions that are not answered by the FAQ or elsewhere on the website, please email Chad at buddyverse@gametruckaustralia.com.au or feel free to call him on 0433 318 001.

See you in the ‘Verse!


1 Reply to "BV Minecraft Camps Ahoy!"

  • Tom
    September 27, 2016 (8:22 pm)
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    I can see how this could develop some important traits in children: leadership, teamwork, and a sense of community, for example.


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