Are you looking for thrilling, safe at-home adventures?
Get Ready for a Great Escape!
St. Charles Park District has teamed up with Brain Chase to deliver world-class challenges as we navigate virtually through escape rooms solving global mysteries. This summer experience will keep your child on an organized morning schedule with independent activities for the rest of the day! Your child may complete some activities at a quicker or slower pace based on their skill level. This may provide additional breaks throughout their day. The daily schedules include age-based escape room challenges, small group gatherings, independent activities and interactions with your child’s peers and camp staff.
What is Brain Chase?
Brain Chase began in 2014 as a home summer learning program for K-12 students, but they’ve expanded into schools, family game nights, after-school programs, gifted and talented challenges, turnkey summer camp kits, and much more. At their core, they’re a gamification company. They find world-class challenges in subjects ranging from art to zoology and wrap them up in massive global escape rooms, treasure hunts, whodunnits, and other puzzles. They’ll also throw in a few decoder rings, animated adventures and lots of trips around the world just for fun.
SAMPLE WEEKLY SCHEDULE
|Dates||Escape Theme||Description||Elective 1||Elective 2|
|June 1-5||The Ivory Queen||A missing chess piece. A mysterious coffee shop. A jungle full of perilous traps. To find the prize, you’ll need to learn about the rules and history of chess, and match wits for some of the world’s best players.||Gardening||Service|
|June 8-12||The Sword of Agamemnon||An ancient rivalry between famed adventurer Tate Grayson and fellow explorer Heinrich Shliemann leads to the disappearance of a priceless artifact. It’s time to put the past to rest – but to do so, you’ll need to brush up on the Olympics, Greek mythology, and many more Greek contributions to the world.||Cooking||Typing|
|June 15-19||Escape from Mt. Everest||Was George Mallory really the first to summit Mt. Everest? To find out, we’ll need to recover his missing camera – and live to tell the tale! Learn more about the earth’s tallest mountain, the basics of orienteering, and some of history’s bravest adventurers.||Photography||Yoga|
|June 22-26||Escape from the Smithsonian||Dinosaurs, gemstones, and whales…oh my! This race through one of America’s most treasured museums will out your scientific knowledge to the test. Will you escape and catch the bad guys?||Art||Science|
|June 29-July 3||Escape from the Library||How familiar are you with the Dewey Decimal System? What research tools are available at your local libraries? It’s time to find out, because you’ve just been locked inside – and to escape, you’ll need to learn.||Fitness||Math|
|July 6-10||Escape from Nefertari’s Tomb||Journey to Egypt in a perilous quest to recover the missing Senet board of Queen Nefertari! You’ll travel from a ransacked archive room to the busy streets of Cairo, then deep into the tombs of Egypt’s ancient rulers. It’s a race against time to escape with the prize!||Coding||Bake-Off|
|July 13-17||The Diary of Jane Austen||Did Jane Austen really carry on a forbidden romance with Jedediah Grayson? The answer lies hidden with a missing manuscript, and only Austen’s personal diary will help you locate it. To solve the mystery, become familiar with the life, times, and works of one of the world’s best-respected authors.||Cooking 2||Creative Writing|
|July 20-24||The Quill of Beethoven||Whatever happened to the quill that penned Ode to Joy? Time to become an expert on Beethoven, his works, his contemporaries, and his instruments.||Engineering||Entrepreneurship|
|July 27-31||Escape from the Louvre||Let’s get to Paris! Some thugs have invaded the Louvre and absconded with a priceless artifact. Your mission: learn enough about the works, the museum, and art history to escape their nefarious traps!||Foreign Language||Cooking 3|
What happens after I register?
After you register, you won’t hear from us until 1-3 days prior to the program start date for your session, when we email you log in information. At that time you will also receive the name and contact information of you camp guide and links to the daily Zoom meeting! !
Questions? Call 630-513-6200 or email email@example.com
Anyone can join the fun! For age-appropriate challenges, we have divided groups according to these ages:
- Entering grades 3-5
- Entering grades 6-9
Children entering grades 1-2 are welcome to register. Please note the program content provided is suited for grades 3+. Younger participants may need continuous support from an adult through the program day. If you would like to register your child entering grades 1-2, please call 630-513-6200.
Adventurers will log in daily to their Brain Chase dashboard.
Two independent activities will challenge your child(ren) daily.
Supply lists are provided at the beginning of the week. A guiding video will describe the activity for your child to follow along or build on the idea to best match their age, interest and skill level. Assistance may be required for some cooking and higher level challenge activities.
The adventure begins daily with a large group meeting and escape room challenge.
Discover clues, hunt for facts and find the solution to unlock keys to master this game!
Your day depends on you!
Each morning will begin as a group navigating through the escape room. The rest of the day adventurers are able to complete 2 hours worth of independent activities and submit work to guides in order to progress to the next day’s escape room.
|Time||Activity||How to Log In|
|9:30am||Camp Morning Kickoff & Escape Room with Camp Guides||Link to Small Group – Zoom Meeting|
|11am||Independent Learning Challenges (2 hours to be completed before next morning’s escape room challenge)||Offline|
Note: Every morning, there will be a Whole Group – Zoom Meeting. If you need help, each day you will be provided your camp guide’s name and email.
Parents will receive an email the week prior to their session beginning with the required supplies needed to complete the electives.
Sample Supply List
|Catapult||7-10 tongue depressor or popsicle sticks, rubber bands and something soft to launch|
|Diving Ketchup||1 ketchup packet, 1 1-liter bottle with lid and water|
|Pasta Towers||Uncooked spaghetti noodles, tape, string or marshmallows and scissors|
|Indoor Rain||Jug of hot water, vase, ice and empty bowl|
|Mars Colony||Paper and pencil|
- What device do I need? Each camper needs a device with Internet access. If you have a laptop or Chromebook, you will have an easier time typing and participating compared to if you only have a smartphone. But a smartphone will work, in a pinch. Whatever device you use, it needs to have a camera and microphone so that campers can participate in Zoom videoconferencing. It also needs to have a strong Internet connection. We found it works best to have one device for your Zoom call (tablet, smartphone, etc.) and one device to work in your escape room with the group (Chromebook).
- What browser works best? Campers will be doing learning challenges on the Brain Chase platform. It works best with Safari, Chrome, and Firefox. It does not support Microsoft Explorer or Edge.
- How does my child do Zoom videoconferencing? Follow these simple instructions for how to join a Zoom Meeting. If you want to doublecheck that your device supports Zoom, see system requirements for iOS, iPadOS, and Android or system requirements for Windows, macOS, and Linux.
- how to join a Zoom Meeting – https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362193-Joining-a-Meeting
- system requirements for iOS, iPadOS, and Android – https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201179966-System-Requirements-for-iOS-iPadOS-and-Android
- system requirements for Windows, macOS, and Linux. – https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362023-System-requirements-for-Windows-macOS-and-Linux
WHAT PARENTS ARE SAYING
- “Thank you for Brain Chase. It is quickly becoming a highlight of our kid’s childhood. This is truly education done right.”
- “My kids love it. Can’t get enough of it. Your nefarious plan to trick kids into doing school work over the summer is working to perfection!”
- “…Seriously, this is the coolest at-home summer learning program :)”
- “Brain Chase truly was what we needed this summer, in so many ways. I just want to personally thank you for putting this together. Though our children did not find the treasure, we know that the knowledge gained was worth so much more. We look forward to seeing what you come up with for next year.”
- “We’ll definitely be back – well done, Brain Chase! I just wish every child could do this.”
WHAT KIDS ARE SAYING
- “I LOVE BRAIN CHASE!!! I get to participate in a real life adventure just like Nancy Drew. I love all the really fun bonus projects… I enjoy the videos and feel really close to the characters.”
- “IT WAS THRILL-RACKING!”
- “It is fun and you learn without even realizing it (sort of). Plus, you get to pick where the treasure is everyday and that’s always exciting!”
- “So far Brain Chase is like spice of our summer time :)”
- “Brain Chase is super fun, gives me something productive to do in the summertime, and I want to hear more about Mae Merriweather and her adventures.”
- “The whole world loves it.”
- “I love opening the letters and finding cool stuff and I love the games and all the fun stuff. I love to do the bonus I love brain chase!”