Map Camp 2016

Summer MapCamp

Welcome to UK Geography's Summer MapCamp!

Current Enrollment and Available Seats

We have filled all available slots for Map Camp. If you have questions please email us.

MapCamp One (June 6-10), FULL
MapCamp Two (June 13-17), CANCELLED 
MapCamp Three (June 20-24), CANCELLED

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. Check out some photos and maps from our 2015 camps below.

List of mobile apps used in camp.

When is it?

The camp offers three opportunities: June 6-10, June 13-17 or June 20-24. Each day of camp runs from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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?

Campers should be entering 7th to 9th grade in the Fall.

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 10.

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?

$225 for one week. $200 for early registraion (by April 15, 2016). Note: Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis.

How do I register my young map lover?

Please send your registration form to MapCamp c/o Department of Geography, 817 Patterson Office Tower, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 40506-0027 or

Payment is due upon registration and can be made by check or credit card. For payments by check, please address check and mail to address above.


If you are paying online, be sure to fill out and send in the registration form as well.

Links to interactive maps made by 2015 map campers 

The first summer offering of Map Campwas 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.

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