Every summer since 2014, we’ve let the next generation of creatives take over our studio for a week of Creativity Camp.
Best and Biggest Ever
This year’s Creativity Camp was the largest one we’ve ever had, with 19 campers. For the first time, we had to create a waiting list because we reached our maximum capacity.
Applying the theme of storytelling with music video, the campers got to experience a real-life work environment. They utilized professional equipment and collaborated to meet a five-day project deadline. This year’s campers were very committed to working together as a team and producing high-quality work.
What They Created
Each of the four teams created their own storyline, selected their own music, and produced their own short films.
Music Video: Hope in Front of Me
Romantic Comedy: A Good Time?
Drama: Breaking Point
What They Learned
The creative process
As with every Creativity Camp, we taught the four roles of the creative process. The campers then immediately applied the process to their team project.
Seeing new perspectives
One of the campers, Bethany Rathert, shares, “Creativity Camp helps me see the world with a more creative perspective. Instead of taking something for what it is, I think about how to make something creative out of it.”
Another camper, Teleri Wilt, shares “My favorite part of Creativity Camp is seeing what’s possible. My team and I sat down on the first day with no plan and no experience. By the end of the week, we had completed a music video.”
Teamwork and leadership
This year we appointed team leaders for the first time. A peer camper was in charge of their team of 4–5 people.
This was a learning opportunity for Teleri, who was one of the team leaders. “I was constantly evaluating, are we getting things done? Are we all having fun?” she says.
A second-time camper, Grace Hogsten, shares, “My favorite part of Creativity Camp is learning how to work with different personalities and skillsets on a team. The teamwork aspect of camp is helpful because I do other activities, like student government, where I need skills like that.”
Another camper, Judah Almengor, had never really gotten a chance to work on creative projects with others before. “I enjoyed stretching my boundaries and going outside my comfort zone to work with other people,” he says.
Getting past stuck
“Creativity Camp has helped me go past what I thought I could with my creative limits. When I thought there was no way I could come up with more ideas, I was presented a situation that forced me to come up with more ideas—and I did,” says Judah.
“Creativity Camp taught me when to think and plan and when to actually start doing,” says Teleri. “When you’re creating and practicing, you’re doing it over and over, instead of thinking it over and over. And that’s what makes you more creative.”
High-achieving campers earned awards for the way they embodied the roles in the creative process.
Join Us in 2020
After the resounding success of this year’s camp, we’re looking forward to our 8th annual Creativity Camp next year. Feel free to share this video with your young creatives and would-be campers. Check out the website for details on Creativity Camp 2020.