Map Camp 2015

Summer MapCamp

Welcome to UK Geography's Summer MapCamp!


We've wrapped up summer 2015!

After two weeks of our first summer offering of Map Camp, we think it was a great success and experience. We learned how to navigate with a paper map, compass, and rule. We made many maps, from random rainbow-colored chair maps to hand-drawn campus maps that were used on our mobile devices. We can use GPS apps to record our locations and map at a later time. We found many geocahces around campus and walked about 4-6 miles per day. We hope you consider sharing your recommendation to other parents for Map Camp 2016.

Links to interactive maps made by map campers

Campus Extreme Parkour course
UK Campus Spin Stops (bike racks)
Monuments and Public Art of UK's Campus
Campus Tree Map (squirrel sightings)
If you want to take the most historic route, this is your map (historic markers).

Google+ page from Map Camp

Finding the geocache!

Finding the Old Man Monster geocache!

Map lab

Building interactive maps in the lab

Current Enrollment and Available Seats

MapCamp One (June 22-26) has 0 available seats
MapCamp Two (July 6-10) has 0 available seats

What is it?

A week long day camp with exercises in map making and outdoor geo-challenges. Attendees will participate in the ancient craft of cartography, build digital interactive maps to share with the world, and conduct campus treasure hunts with GPS-enabled mobile devices.

List of mobile apps used in camp.

When is it?

The camp offers two opportunities: June 22−26 or July 6-10. Each day of camp runs from 8am to 5pm.

Where is it?

Camp will be held in the UK Geography's state-of-the-art GIS and Cartography Lab in the Whitehall Classroom building in the heart of campus. Parents will drop off and pick up children at CB313.

What is the age range for camp?

Middle school.

What does my child need?

They should dress appropriately for outdoor walking excursions in the afternoon, weather permitting. They should pack a lunch and we will provide mid-morning and afternoon snacks and sugar-free beverages. While we will provide a limited number of GPS devices, we encourage attendees to bring a mobile smart device to get the best experience.

What is the format of camp?

Mornings will be in the lab dedicated to map making. After lunch, we will spend most of the afternoons putting maps in action outside of the lab. During all activities, children will be grouped into teams of four and will be directed by an adult team leader. The maximum number of students per camp is 16.

What is the day-to-day schedule?

  • Day One: Old Skool Maps

    • Morning - What are the basic types of maps and how do we read them?
    • Afternoon - X Marks the Spot! - A treasure hunt using topographic maps and traditional navigation skills.
  • Day Two: The Cartographer's Pen

    • Morning - Build a group map of campus trees using classic techniques of overlay and transparency.
    • Afternoon - Where's My Tree? - A scavenger hunt to find and photograph the trees we drew on our group map.
  • Day Three: Google Earth I and Geocaching!

    • Morning - Explore the world and your neighborhood with Google Earth and learn how to make a digital map.
    • Afternoon - Welcome to Geocaching - Treasures are hidden on campus and only a GPS can find them. Find a cache and leave a cache.
  • Day Four: Google Earth II and Find the Treasure

    • Morning - Build a map of your neighborhood using Google Earth and waymarking to show the world your favorite places.
    • Afternoon - I know Where You Keep The Treasure - Teams compete to see who finds the most of other teams' hidden treasures using GPS.
  • Day Five: Google Earth III and Find the Treasure Championship

    • Morning - Finish your map and publish it online for the world to see!
    • Afternoon - The Motherload - It's a challenge, but the first team to find the motherload, wins it all (and then shares it).

What is the cost?

$200 for one week.

How do I register my young map lover?

Registration form: