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Minecraft Camp was the brainchild of a former colleague of mine, who did all of the initial setup, promotion, etc. He invited me to join him for the inaugural Minecraft Camp in 2014, working as a counselor and assistant. I owe him a huge debt of gratitude, as I took over the camp after he and his family moved a couple of years later. The camp is a great deal of fun, but it also tends to be very lucrative; in some years, the camp’s net revenue is substantially more than my bring-home pay for a month (keeping in mind that I slam a solid two-thirds of my paycheck into retirement accounts). It was quite costly when I was sick and missed camp during Summer 2020, but I was thankful that another colleague was able to step in to run the camp and make a few bucks.
This year’s camp was one of the biggest in the school’s history, surpassed, I believe, only with the very first camp in 2014. In this post, I’d like to run through the basics of camp, then dive into some of the financials involved. I’ll also include some very minor tech notes about which version of Minecraft we use, and which mods we’ve tried.