30 Years of Big Ideas

Since 1990, Camp Invention® has been guiding children to bring their biggest ideas to life! Through the years, our program keeps getting better and campers’ ideas keep getting bigger!

Though this summer might be different from any other, together we can continue sharing ideas, encouraging creativity and inspiring the next generation of innovators.  

Show Us Your Big Idea for a Chance to Win!

Join us in celebrating another summer of hands-on exploration by going outside, getting creative and drawing your next BIG idea in sidewalk chalk!

Take a look at the inspiration images below and dream up your own way to show your biggest idea.

Everyone’s a winner!

Everyone who shares a photo of their sidewalk chalk drawing will get a surprise savings off their Camp Invention registration!

Plus, one randomly selected grand prize winner will receive a summer STEM activity pack for even more imaginative fun! 

How to Enter

Submit a photo of your sidewalk chalk drawing by June 30 in one of two ways:

  • Post on the Camp Invention Facebook page using #CampInvention and #30YearsofCampInvention, then send us a direct message with your email address
  • OR send us your photo in an email to [email protected]

Find all the details on our sweepstakes here.

Enter to win today!

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2020 Camp is ON and Reinvented!

Experience the hands-on fun in person or at home with this year’s curriculum, Elevate!

  • Explore the principles of flight with paper airplanes, hand-copters and your very own robot in Camp Invention Flight Lab™.
     
  • In Design Thinking Project™, learn the value of your creativity as you sketch, prototype and protect your intellectual property.
     
  • Take on exciting challenges in Rescue Squad™, like building parachutes to safely airdrop wildlife and restore balance in nature.
     
  • Design and build the ultimate sports complex with inspiration from game-changing inventors in Camp Invention Champions™.
Your Support Has Made a Real Impact

Thanks to our partners and parents, over the past 30 years, we've achieved the following milestones.

Celebrating 30 years
Camp Invention Archives

Camp Invention has encouraged persistence, inspired confidence and fostered an innovation mindset — while having fun every step of the way!
 

Young innovators geared up for Camp Invention’s launch in 1990!
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Young innovators geared up for Camp Invention’s launch in 1990!
Campers inventing the future with their bright ideas in 1992!
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Campers inventing the future with their bright ideas in 1992!
Campers celebrating creativity and invention with 2016 NIHF Inductee Victor Lawrence
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Campers celebrating creativity and invention with 2016 NIHF Inductee Victor Lawrence
A 90’s throwback Camp Invention T-shirt!
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A 90’s throwback Camp Invention T-shirt!
In 2008, campers proved that Anything's Possible by turning their wild imaginations into epic creations!
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In 2008, campers proved that Anything's Possible by turning their wild imaginations into epic creations!
Our 2018 T-shirt featured the Innovation Force — world-changing inventors and STEM role models
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Our 2018 T-shirt featured the Innovation Force — world-changing inventors and STEM role models
The very first Camp Invention flyer from 1990!
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The very first Camp Invention flyer from 1990!
Flashback to our 2011 camp flyer featuring the program Spark!
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Flashback to our 2011 camp flyer featuring the program Spark!
Sparking imaginations in 2008 at South Bosque Elementary School and Flour Bluff Intermediate School in Texas!
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Sparking imaginations in 2008 at South Bosque Elementary School and Flour Bluff Intermediate School in Texas!
A young innovator took apart a VCR to create something new!
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A young innovator took apart a VCR to create something new!
Families stayed connected to Camp Invention with this 2004 newsletter featuring inventors, fun facts and more!
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Families stayed connected to Camp Invention with this 2004 newsletter featuring inventors, fun facts and more!

Together, we can keep bringing big ideas to life!