What is Tinkering?

To tinker is to have the opportunity to explore one’s own curiosity with the freedom of knowing that every attempt we make to solve a problem is worth the effort. It is the freedom to work with your hands, explore your curiosity, develop your confidence and knowledge.

The Tinkerers Environment

The Curious-on-Hudson Tinkerers program is designed to make the most of the rich and diverse environment that surrounds Camp Louemma. This includes a rich woodland environment, a woodworking workshop, space for a large-scale garden project, interior workspaces and more. This large and varied space provides numerous options for weekly projects over the 6-week Camp Louemma summer season.In each weekly session, campers will work together to create larger-scale projects that allow kids to think big not only in what they physically do but also in how they see themselves. Each camper is key part of a working team. There are no minor roles to play. Everyone is key to the outcome.

Core Values 

The core values of the Curious-on-Hudson Tinker Camp are:

Inclusion:

Everyone is welcome to participate, regardless of his or her experience. Everyone has a key role to play in every weekly project

Collaboration:

We design, build and work together to achieve some remarkable projects that may become a permanent part of the camp landscape). Young people don’t often get the chance to truly WORK with each other as a team to accomplish results in the physical world. This is not competitive play – this is cooperative play with a purpose.

Exploration:

We don’t hand out plans and scripts at Tinker School. We start each week with a kick-off meeting to discuss our weekly project and figure out how we will work together to achieve that goal. Then we shift throughout the week based on our experiences.

Authenticity:

At Tinker Camp we work with real tools, real materials and solve real challenges.

Environmental Awareness:

Whether we are building a micro5house or building raised bed frames for an organic garden – improving the world around us is a key element of this program. This education is intrinsic to what we do.