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Title: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: ruecole on April 04, 2012, 10:47 PM
Any ideas for a cool tech camp name?

Activities for the 10-13 age group include:

Video Game Design
LEGO Robotics
Web & Graphic Design
Stop Motion Animation
Digital Photography
Skateboarding
Zip-lining
Indoor Rock Climbing

Basically, I see it as a day camp held at a local community centre where they've got a skateboard park and indoor rock climbing wall. At the end of the 2 week camp, the group does a hike in a local park that culminates in a ride on a zip-line. So mostly they'll be doing computer stuff all day, with a bit of skateboarding or rock climbing or even just gym activities after lunch.

Ideas for names so far:

CoolTech Summer Camp
Pixelation Tech Camp
Technogeekz Adventure Camp
8-Bit Outdoorz Camp

Thanks! :)

Rue
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: Beth on April 05, 2012, 05:19 AM
I don't think that I'd put the word "geek" into the name, myself. I like Camp Pixelation - I'd remove "Tech" and switch the order, but that may be personal preference.

In the apple tradition, you can add an "i": iCamp

I have to admit that I did a google search for "computer summer camp" so I can't really take credit for the creation of these names, but I thought these two might be options:

Cybercamp
Camp Emagination

Since not all activities are computer based at your camp, I think that the latter could be a good fit.
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: ButterflyGirl on April 05, 2012, 08:37 AM
I would not use "geek" or "pixie."   Pixie can be "pixilated" -- OR the little fairy, and "geek" is fine kid to kid, but is sometimes a put down depending on the context.  CoolTech is my favorite from your list.

 You could combine two of your names and call it Techno-Adventure Camp.  Or, TechVenture Camp.
 :)
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: ruecole on April 05, 2012, 09:05 AM
Thanks, guys.

Unfortunately, Mac already offers an iCamp, so I can't use that.

Believe it or not, my kids came up with TechnoGeekz!

Not sure what you mean by not using "pixie", ButterflyGirl? Pixelation is a computer graphics effect.

I like the idea of making it a TechVenture camp.

Thanks!

Rue
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: PatEsden on April 05, 2012, 09:26 AM
How about putting the word camp first. For some reason that makes it sound more like a specific camp rather than a type of camp.

Like--Camp TechnoGeekZ or Camp TechVenture

What is the genre of your story? Are you looking for a funny name, a scary name, something serious ...
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: ruecole on April 05, 2012, 09:42 AM
Thanks, Pat!

It's MG and I'm looking for a "cool" name. One that will make the reader (along with my MC) go, "OOOH! I want to go there!"

Camp TechVenture?

Rue
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: ButterflyGirl on April 05, 2012, 10:07 AM
I'm voting for Camp TechVenture.  "TechnoGeekz" sounds like all indoors, at least to me.  But you have a good indoor/outdoor name in Technogeekz Adventure Camp, lots of voice in the "geekz."  (Back-peddling on my earlier "geek" comment, since it came from your kids and they don't hear any put-down in it.)  I'm standing by my No vote on all things pixie related, even though of course there's Pixar, and pixelated is what you're referencing.  My brainy ten-year-old sometimes hears things literally and then in a nanosecond, he translates it in context.  He would probably think of the magical fairy-like creatures first, then computer graphics.  As adorable as pixies may be, they fall into the category of not-so-cool, even if only for a fraction of a second.   
 ;)
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: CaroleB on April 05, 2012, 10:10 AM
Camp Cyber-bots
Cyber-space Camp
Media Magic Camp
Virtual something or another???  Virtual Wizard Camp? Virtual-venture Camp?
Tech-Masters Camp
Tech-Animators Camp



Just picking my brain with you.  Carole :bewildered:
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: ruecole on April 05, 2012, 10:30 AM
11-year-old just suggested:

Virtual Outdoorz TechVenture Camp

I dunno. It doesn't sound "just right," though.

He doesn't like Camp TechVenture. I thought it sounded good, but I'm not 11.  ::)

Will keep thinking!

Rue
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: Andrea B on April 05, 2012, 10:50 AM
Camp WYSIWYG. ;)

(computer geek term for what-you-see-is-what-you-get visual user interfaces). I like that it sounds camp-ish.

Or Extreme Geek Adventure Camp.

You know ... extreme sporting ... X-Games ... and all that jazz.
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: MysteryRobin on April 05, 2012, 11:15 AM
Love WYSIWYG!!!!
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: jeffman on April 05, 2012, 11:22 AM
Camp MacroMicro generates 0 Google hits.

FWIW
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: ruecole on April 05, 2012, 11:53 AM
Camp MacroMicro is pretty cool, but  I LOOOOVE WYSIWYG!!! (And I totally know what it is too!)

Camp WYSIWYG it is!!!

Yay!

Thanks so much guys!

Rue
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: Andrea B on April 05, 2012, 12:27 PM
[...] I LOOOOVE WYSIWYG!!! (And I totally know what it is too!)

Camp WYSIWYG it is!!!

Yay!

Thanks so much guys!

Rue
Awww. Shucks. Just glad to help.

 :thanx:
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: ruecole on April 05, 2012, 12:54 PM
I'm glad you were able to help too! :)

Oh, and the 11-year-old loves WYSIWYG too! Yay!

Rue
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: ecb on April 05, 2012, 02:14 PM
What I *really* like about Camp WYSIWYG is how it sounds like those "faux Indian" names that so many summer camps really had/have, like Camp Tikihama, or whatnot. Great idea!!
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: ruecole on April 05, 2012, 02:26 PM
I didn't even think of that! I just love that it sounds fun and is related to computers in a not-so-in-your-face way. Oh, and it's not taken yet, which is always important. ;)

Rue
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: Andrea B on April 05, 2012, 03:42 PM
What I *really* like about Camp WYSIWYG is how it sounds like those "faux Indian" names that so many summer camps really had/have, like Camp Tikihama, or whatnot. [...]
That's exactly why I suggested it! :)
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: AnneN on April 05, 2012, 04:03 PM
This is so brilliant!!

I can see the opening exchange already, in which somebody mishears it as "Wissiwig"
"Wissiwig????"
"WYSIWYG!!"

Rue, write fast.  I want to buy this book NOW!
 :clap:
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: ruecole on April 05, 2012, 04:20 PM
Thanks, Anne! :D

We must be on the same wavelength: In the first chapter, I have someone pronouncing it WISE-ee-wig and the camp director corrects her. :hahaha

Rue
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: Ruth Donnelly on April 05, 2012, 04:42 PM
It sounds awesome, Rue... I want to read it, too!
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: ruecole on April 05, 2012, 04:57 PM
Thanks, Ruth! :applause

Rue
Title: Re: Name That Summer Camp!
Post by: Liz Straw on April 05, 2012, 05:04 PM
FYI  I just order a book called Nerd Camp by Elissa Brent Weissman