About USA Chess
Chess & Video Game Creation Camps
Lessons are designed to improve campers’ skills whether children are interested in casual or competitive chess. Instructors use a range of teaching tools including demo boards, worksheets, stories, computers and historic games to keep class time exciting. Each half day consists of two hour long lessons tailored to the ability of the children and one hour of practice to play against other students and instructors.
The best children’s chess instructors from all over the country teach children of all abilities in the USA Chess summer chess camp. From novice to expert all are welcome and will experience chess lessons and play in a fun filled environment. Each day consists of chess instruction and competitive play. Our experienced instructors, selected for their ability to make chess fun, teach the game to players of all levels in week-long chess camp programs.
Lessons are tailored toward the skills of the children. Whether your child is a casual chess player or tournament participant, this exciting enrichment program will improve every child’s game. Instructors use a range of teaching tools including demo boards, computer tutorials, worksheets, stories and historic games to keep class time exciting. Each half-day consists of two hour-long chess lessons and one hour of practice to play against other students and instructors.
USA Chess camps are a perfect way to give children a fun week of learning chess while challenging their minds!
ALL CAMPERS RECEIVE A CHESS SET,NOTATION BOOK, T-SHIRT, AND TROPHY! Ages 5-15
Typical Day- Chess Classes
The camp schedule is structured, but at the same time it is fun. Classroom size for our chess program averages 12-15 campers. We make every effort to group friends together, but groupings within the chess programs are dependent on the camper’s chess playing ability. Teaching methods and lessons are specific to each instructor, but the main focus is the same: present the chess material in a fun, exhilarating and entertaining way. All necessary equipment is provided. There are no expectations placed upon the campers, and the atmosphere is very relaxed. A typical day in our chess program will include instruction, activities and, of course, an opportunity to try their new skills with an opponent. For half day campers, the day consists of two classroom lessons lasting an hour each, with an hour break in between for practice and snack. All-day campers follow the same schedule in the afternoon: an hour lesson with an hour break in between for practice and snack and then a final lesson.
Typical Day – Computer Game Creation and Scratch Animation
Computer enrichment programs typically have two longer sessions with a snack break in between. At the beginning of camp they will be assigned a computer and will work on that machine throughout the week. The instructor will follow our step by step curriculum as the kids learn to create their games or projects. Then for the final days of the camps, they are given time to create on their own, building multiple levels adding characters and making their game just the way they want it.
All day campers follow the same schedule, with an hour-long lunch/recess break between the morning and afternoon sessions. Since the computer classes are half day courses, students will many times change rooms after the break and begin to learn a new game or software program in the afternoon.