Start Your Own Coding Camp
An exclusive program for K-12 educators!
Inspire young coders and earn money doing what you love with Tynker CodeMaker Camp™. Applications for this year are closed. Click below to be notified when applications for next year open in Fall 2019.
Getting Started is as Easy as 1-2-3!
Choose your own schedule, fees, and courses to best suit your needs and availability.
Get trained in camp operations, logistics, and best practices by the American Camp Association.
Automatically create your camp website, register students, and deposit payments to your bank.
What is a Tynker CodeMaker Camp?
The Tynker CodeMaker Camp program is designed for K-12 educators who want to explore significant income opportunities over summer break. We provide camps operations training, teacher guides, marketing support, and other key resources to support teachers through the entire process of launching their own coding camp business.
Who Can Apply?
- Any educator from an accredited K-12 institution
- No coding experience is required
- Past Tynker experience is a plus
- Available to US educators only
Kids Love Coding with Tynker!
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Python Coding II
Learn Python to solve real-world problems.Camp
Camp Setup and Training Resources
Get the most up-to-date resources on launching your own camp and training to ensure a smooth start from our collaborator, the American Camp Association.
Registration & Payment Processing
Your summer camp registrations and payment processing will be a breeze. With just a few clicks, you can create your own Tynker branded camp website, manage your camp schedule, communicate with parents, and keep track of all legal and medical forms.
You don’t have to be an artist to create your own gorgeous Tynker branded flyers, brochures, posters, and t-shirts! Use Tynker’s marketing portals to do all this and easily run email marketing campaigns in your community. We will also help direct parents in your neighborhoods to your website with our own web campaigns.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I run
a Tynker CodeMaker Camp?
The Tynker CodeMaker Camp program was created specifically to support teachers. If you’re considering teaching summer school or finding other sources of income over summer, Tynker CodeMaker Camp offers a terrific opportunity to do what you love and make money doing it. More and more parents see learning to program as a priority for their children. Programming is uniquely suited to a camp environment because it involves both learning and creating, meaning that kids love it and so do their parents!
Do I need
experience to run a Tynker programming camp?
No. Tynker is a complete learning system built for educators with no programming experience. Our interactive lessons engage students so they can learn on their own. Camp instructors follow easy-to-use lesson plans with guides and solutions to lead students through daily activities.
How much can I
earn running a Tynker CodeMaker Camp?
As much as you like! Remember this is your own business so you aren’t restricted by a fixed stipend or hourly salary. We’ve estimated that running 4 one-week sessions with an average of 12 students per week at $350 per camper per session can earn you more than $6,000, after accounting for common expenses like location fees, insurance and computers. Like any business, keeping costs under control makes all the difference.
Do I need to hire
Many teachers are opting to collaborate with colleagues rather than hiring staff to run Tynker CodeMaker Camp. If that is not an option for you, we recommend hiring instructors with general technology expertise because they can create additional collaborative activities for students to customize your camp.
How do I get
The first thing to do is submit your application. Once you are approved, it’s time to find a location for your camp. This could be a local school, community center, library, church, museum, parks & recreation facility, or community college/university campus. Talk to these organizations to find out if they will support hosting a youth camp. Discussions can take a while, so get started as soon as possible!
Make sure that your location has a high-speed Internet connection and a strong wi-fi network. Ideally the location should have computers, otherwise you will have to provide these yourself. Tynker will help you with the rest.
Why do kids love
Tynker CodeMaker Camp?
Kids love Tynker because they’re learning a skill that they can immediately use to create projects and bring their imagination to life. During a week of camp, they can make more than fifty programming projects that they feel proud to share with their parents and friends. At the end of camp, campers still have access to their projects and can continue creating.
Can I combine
children at different levels and ages?
Tynker’s online lessons allow kids to progress independently at their own pace. This means that you can easily mix kids of different ages and experience levels in one class without boring the advanced students or confusing the beginners. However, we recommend grouping kids by age to encourage collaboration and fun.
How will Tynker
help me with marketing?
We provide you with tips and resources to market your Tynker camp, along with class descriptions, an activities schedule, flyers, and copy for your web page. Use our marketing checklist to maximize exposure and enrollments. We also provide referral links on our website to help you get the word out to a broad audience.