Create captivating camps for any season
Learn how to design camp-style Outschool classes that drive enrollments year-round.

What do you think of when you hear the word “camp?” Hanging out with friends? Exciting adventures? Trying new things? Just the idea of camp can inspire excitement for learners and families – and not only during the summer season! You can create a camp class any time of year on Outschool, and there are several seasons where camps are a big hit with families looking for extended or in-depth learning experiences.

What is a “camp” on Outschool?

Camps are multi-day, live classes that meet at least two days a week for up to eight weeks. Ongoing classes that meet these requirements can be camps, but Flex classes and Groups can’t. Camp classes should explore a specific topic or theme through intentional curriculum and community-building.

If you meet these requirements, we recommend also adding the keyword “camp” to your class title or description to make sure your camp class shows up on our camps search page.

When can I create a camp course?

Anytime! Many folks only think of camps as a summer activity, but you’ll find learners enthusiastic about joining a camp all year long. School breaks or holidays (when learners may not be participating in traditional schooling) can be excellent opportunities to connect with families looking for enriching activities to fill extra time at home. You may also find homeschooling families with flexible schedules looking for camps at different times of the year to really hone in on a certain topic or empower their learners to dive deeper into a subject they love.

In general, camp classes are most popular on Outschool from May to August and again in December when those traditional school breaks occur. Learn more about seasonal demand for different types of courses in this guide.

What makes a great virtual camp?

Virtual camps are all about forming a community, having fun, and learning without limits. Since you’ll be meeting with camp learners frequently, consider including elements like these in your curriculum:

  • Team building or social-emotional learning. Your learners will have plenty of time to really get to know each other, so take advantage of the opportunity to build a connected classroom community.
  • A clear project or goal. Both parents and learners may be attracted to camps that have a definitive outcome – or even an element of competition! Will learners complete an art project? Will they get to plan, conduct, and evaluate a science experiment? Will they write and perform a virtual play with their classmates? A clear end-goal motivates learners to continue attending camp and feel accomplished at the end.
  • Intentional skill-building. Could you host a camp that teaches a specific skill? Camps based on skill-building can provide intensive instruction that empowers learners to leave with newfound confidence in the topic area.
  • Passionate exploration. Above all – camps are FUN! How can you speak to your learners’ interests with interactive games, enthusiastic instruction, and a shared passion for your topic?

Reach more families with multiple camp options

Consider listing multiple camps of varying lengths, formats, meeting times, and age or skill levels to meet a wide variety of families’ needs. Offering diverse types of camps can help you connect with learners who live in different time zones, are looking for a particular level of instruction (beginner vs. advanced), and have different availability to attend a multi-day camp.

When it comes to choosing a length for your camp, camps lasting three to five days are usually among the most popular on Outschool (but certain topics may work best with a longer camp). Some educators have also found success by offering short-term camp listings with additional “optional days” for families who would like a longer camp.

For example, you may list a camp for four days. In the class description, you may include a link to an optional one-time class on the same topic occurring on the “fifth day” that doesn’t require attending the camp (like a trivia game, show and tell, or extra presentation). With this approach, you could capture interest from 4-day campers, 5-day campers, and one-time class learners.

Perfect your camp class listing

A stand-out camp class listing includes a few key features:

  1. The word “camp” appears in the title and class description to help searchers find your class.
  2. The camp’s overall goal, project, or theme is clearly outlined, just as it would be for any other style of class.
  3. The specific topics or activities for each day and/or week are described in appropriate detail within the description.

Here’s a sample listing we created to give you an idea of what parents and learners love to see when searching for camps.

Title: Marvelous Magician Camp – Learn Tricks & Host a Magic Show

Are you ready to dazzle your friends and family with mystifying magic tricks and stupefying sleight of hand? In this magician camp, you’ll learn, practice, and perfect five magic tricks that you can perform in your own magic show.

(Notice the keywords in both of the above! Families searching for terms like magician, magic tricks, sleight of hand, magic show, and camp may all land on this listing with a search.)

Calling all kids ready to learn the secrets magicians have held close to their chest for centuries! Are you ready to master magic tricks that will blow your audience’s minds and have them asking “How you’d do that?!” over and over again? Join Teacher Tom (aka The Mysterious Mr. Magic) at Marvelous Magician Camp to learn how to perform classic magic tricks that only require a few simple objects you can find around the house. Astound your fellow magic campers during our in-class magic show on the final day of camp, plus learn how to host your own live magic show for friends and family!

During five days at magic camp, learners will:

Day 1: Learn the basics of sleight of hand, misdirection, and magic performance.
Days 2-4: Practice and perfect five magic tricks, including the Disappearing Coin, Cup Through the Table, Magnetic Pencil, and two card tricks.
Day 5: Choose a magician name and learn how to prepare for a home magic show. Each learner will have the chance to perform a magic trick that we learned in class or that they have mastered on their own in our concluding session.

This camp is designed for beginner magicians – no experience required! If you already have a few tricks up your sleeve but want to build a foundation in sleight of hand that will help you become a masterful magician, this camp is still for you.

Get ready for opening day

Before submitting your listing, take the time to understand how you’ll keep learners safe in a virtual camp environment. If you need inspiration for your online curriculum, check out these trends for Outschool summer camps or the latest parent topic requests.

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