Design With Purpose

Ages: entering grades 5 through 8 in September 2022
Hours: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

At Beaver, the design process is all about finding new ways to improve the world around us. As our campers develop new skills and collaborate with their peers, real world challenges present them with endless opportunities to tap into their own creativity. Through our new series of week long immersive experiences, campers will develop new skills in design, engineering and fabrication based in Beaver’s new Research and Design Center.

Go Baby Go!

Beaver is teaming up with Go Baby Go! and Boston Children’s Hospital Department of Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy to custom modify battery powered ride-on cars for children with limited mobility. Campers will work together in teams to design, customize, and build each car to meet the specific needs of an individual child. 

Early in the week, each team will meet their assigned family and learn about the unique needs of their “little driver” and then be guided by physical therapists from Boston Children’s Hospital as they develop their specific designs. Then they’ll head into the workshop to rewire the car’s electrical system, develop unique supports and harnesses, and hack the accelerator and ignition. By the end of the week, the little drivers will speed off in their very own car, able to zoom around and play in ways that weren’t possible before. Develop teamwork, empathy, and engineering skills as you spend the week building more than just a car.

Adaptive Futures

How do you grow your spirit of innovation? Building, creating, and using your imagination to address a real world challenge and imagine a solution, device, product, or experience that positively impacts your community is a great start! By examining real world dilemmas and developing innovative solutions to them, campers will imagine, prototype, and design various products aimed at positively impacting the world around them. They will be exposed to and flex their own muscles at creative technologies from VR landscapes to 3D printing. These young designers and entrepreneurs will be able to share their final product with a panel of invested individuals who will celebrate their ideas and recognize their creative problem solving.

**All programs are contingent upon the 2022 Massachusetts State guidelines for Covid-19.

Sample Daily Schedule

Time Activity
8:30-9:00 am Drop-off
9:00-9:45am Team design challenge
10:00-11:30am “Empathy Adventure” across campus
11:30-12:00pm Lunch on our outdoor terrace provided by Beaver
12:00-12:30pm Recreational time
12:30-2:00pm Prototype construction and testing
2:00-3:00pm Group feedback, redesign suggestions, and modifications
3:00-3:45pm Cool off with an afternoon free swim (**contingent upon MA Covid-19 Guidelines for 2022)
3:45-4:00pm Pick-up

2022 Session Dates & Tuition

Session Dates Tuition
Week 4 – Go Baby Go!  July 18- 22 $TBD
Week 5 – Go Baby Go!  July 25 – 29 $TBD
Week 6  – Adaptive Futures  August 1- August 5 $TBD

Includes daily lunch and snack

**All programs are contingent upon the 2022 Massachusetts State guidelines for Covid-19.


Sibling and 8-Week Discounts available

Extended Day

Want more camp? You’ve got it.  Our weekly Extended Day programs are available to all Design With Purpose campers for an additional fee.  For more info, click here.

  • 7:30-8:30 am – Drop off your camper up to an hour earlier than the regular drop-off at 8:30 am.
  • 4:00-6:00 pm – Extend your camper’s day as late as possible to give them full access to more activities.

Bus Transportation

Why not let someone else be the chauffeur? We’ll safely shuttle your camper to and from Beaver by bus. For more info, click here.