Coding & Robotics Camps

School holiday activities to inspire future innovatorsNorth Shore (Wairau Valley) & Botany Downs, Auckland, NZ

Sibling & Group Discounts Available

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Multi-Day Discounts Available

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School Holiday Coding & STEM Activities

Wairau Valley, & Botany Downs Auckland, NZ

Jr. Pokémon Camp

Ages 6+ (half-day camp)

Ignite Your Child's Coding Passion: Create a Pokémon-Inspired Game with Scratch
Introduce your child to the captivating world of coding with this enthralling camp, perfect for beginners. Students will master foundational coding concepts using Scratch, while designing their very own Pokémon-inspired video games.
Equip your child with a USB stick to save their work and let them take their project home to dazzle friends and family.
This in-person activity promises a supportive learning environment.Duration: Half day, 9am-12pm OR 1pm-4pmGuaranteed 1:10 Educator/Student ratio or better for personalized attention!

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$79.95

Jr. Minecraft Camp

Ages 6+ (half-day camp)

Ignite Your Child's Coding Passion: Create a Minecraft-Inspired Game with Scratch.
Introduce your child to the captivating world of coding with this enthralling camp, perfect for beginners. Students will master foundational coding concepts using Scratch, while designing their very own Minecraft-inspired video games.
Equip your child with a USB stick to save their work and let them take their project home to dazzle friends and family.
This in-person activity promises a supportive learning environment.Duration: Half day, 9am-12pm OR 1pm-4pmGuaranteed 1:10 Educator/Student ratio or better for personalized attention!

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$79.95

Robotics & Coding

Ages 8+

Discover the Future of Robotics: A Problem-Solving Adventure for Your Child

The day begins with our educator presenting a real-world problem or scenario. Working in small teams, students immerse themselves in hands-on activities to design, build, and program a robot. This camp offers a glimpse into the future of jobs while fostering practical STEM knowledge.

Our camps cater to beginners and focus on enhancing critical thinking and problem-solving skills, preparing them for the challenges of tomorrow.

This in-person activity promises a day filled with learning and excitement. The 1-day camp runs from 9am to 3:30pm, with a guaranteed 1:10 Educator/Student ratio or better! 

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$125

Minecraft Coding Camp

Ages 8+

✔️ Learn block based coding and transition to Java ✔️ Great for beginners to intermediate students✔️ Learn to build your own games and mods✔️ Run your code and see your projects come to life in Minecraft  
Fresh lessons and content every day. Book a single day or book multiple days, it's up to you!  
This in-person activity promises a supportive learning environment.
Duration: 1 day, 9am-3:30pmGuaranteed 1:10 Educator/Student ratio or better!

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$125

Roblox Coding Camp

Ages 8+

✔️ Learn block based coding and transition to Lua✔️ Great for beginners to intermediate students✔️ Learn to build your own games and mods✔️ Run your code and see your projects come to life in Roblox
Fresh lessons and content every day. Book a single day or book multiple days, it's up to you!
This in-person activity promises a supportive learning environment.
Duration: 1 day, 9am-3:30pmGuaranteed 1:10 Educator/Student ratio or better!

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$125

3D Printing Workshop

Ages 8+

In this fun, hands-on workshop, students will learn the importance of 3D printing in the real world. Students will work with TinkerCad modelling software to explore the industrial design process for prototyping, research, and build solutions.
Students are able to take their projects home once printed*. Includes all equipment and filament. 
In-person, interactive learning.Duration: 1 day, 9am-3:30pmGuaranteed 1:10 Educator/Student ratio or better!
* Due to the long print times for some objects, your child's project will be ready for pickup generally within 7 days. 

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$125

YouTube Creator

Ages 8+

In this engaging workshop, students collaborate in small groups to produce their own YouTube-inspired video. They'll learn essential skills like lighting, video editing, title and overlay effects, concept creation, and green screen techniques.

Students bring their own camera or smartphone, as the class focuses on using readily available equipment without the need for costly pro-tools. PC, editing software, lighting, and green screen are provided.

Online Safety: We prioritize safety and do not upload videos to platforms like YouTube during the camp.

This in-person activity promises a stimulating experience for your child. The 1-day workshop runs from 9am to 3:30pm, with a guaranteed 1:10 Educator/Student ratio or better! 

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$125

Jr. Coding Camp

Ages 6+

Ignite Your Child's Coding Passion: Create a Video Games with Scratch.
If you are looking to introduce your child to the world of coding, this is the perfect place to start. Students will learn the foundational concepts of coding while learning to build their own video games. 
Book a single day or multiple days. Multi-day students will unlock unique content and more challenging projects. Bring a USB stick and save your work, take your project home to play and impress your friends! 
This is an in-person activity, not online.Duration: 1 day, 9am-3:30pmGuaranteed 1:10 Educator/Student ratio or better!

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$125

AI Innovators Lab

Ages 9+ NEW! Full Day Program

Dive into the world of Artificial Intelligence (AI) with Skill Samurai's AI Innovators Lab! This one-day camp invites children aged 9-14 to explore AI in a fun and engaging way, with a blend of practical projects, interactive discussions, and hands-on learning. Campers will uncover AI's role in everyday life, tackle its implications, and apply their newfound knowledge to create an AI model using kid-friendly tools like Scratch and Machine Learning for Kids. Ideal for beginners, the AI Innovators Lab is a stimulating experience that combines valuable STEM skills with critical thinking, fostering a passion for tech in tomorrow's leaders. Unleash your child's potential - Sign up today!

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$125

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The Best Holiday Camps Available


Small Class Sizes

Our premium school holiday camps are designed for a 1:10 Educator/Student ratio. We believe that this is ideal for camp learning outcomes.

Learn Future Skills

Coding and Robotics are skills that all kids should learn. It helps boost critical thinking, creativity, resilience and academic performance!

Unplugged Time

We believe it's important to teach kids that while technology is important, we must switch off our devices and connect with others. Our fun STEM building challenges will have kids laughing and learning!

Parents Camp Guide & FAQ's

  • Our Flexible Cancellation Policy


    If you need to cancel for any reason, no problem, we're parents too and we know that things can change.
    Full camp credit will be added to your account which can be used for future school-holiday camps. You can also use your credit towards any of our after-school coding classes, it's completely up to you. 
    We're happy to be as flexible as possible.
    If your child cant attend, even right up until the day of camp, just let us know and we'll ensure you receive full credit for any other future events or classes; ua.moc.iarumaslliks%40olleh 
    In the event of a Government mandated COVID lockdown, the camps will move online, with the same live tutor support.

  • Welcome Letter

    Dear Parents,
    Thank you for signing your child up this summer for our Skill Samurai Camps! We have been working hard all year to create excellent content and train our amazing staff to ensure an unmatched education experience for you child.
    Our camps are about more than just teaching coding; they are designed to bolster camper socialisation skills and provide opportunities for leadership development through team building activities and group play.
    Great staff and content are important, but your child's safety is our primary concern. Our excellent student/teacher ratio, highly-trained staff, and program policies and procedures are all designed with this in mind. We look forward to providing a safe, educational, and FUN camp experience for your child this school holidays. 
    Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.
    Jeff HughesGlobal Camp DirectorSkill Samurai moc.iarumaslliks%40ffej506-899-3788

  • What to Pack?


    Backpack◼ Please label with camper's name.
    Medications◼ They must be turned into Camp Coordinator at check-in (includes prescription / non-prescription)◼ They must be in their original packaging/bottle◼ You will be required to fill out a Medication Authorization Form
    Closed-Toe Shoes◼ Campers will NOT be able to participate in running games without this footwear.
    Sun Protection◼ Sunscreen◼ Hat ◼ Sunglasses (optional)
    Water Bottle◼ We encourage our campers to drink between 5-8 glasses per day.
    Snacks and Lunches◼ Please provide campers with snacks and lunch. 
    ◼ Headphones.◼ USB stick or thumb drive to save their work◼ Mobile Devices. Students are welcome to bring their own mobile devices for use outside of camp class hours. Skill Samurai is not responsible for lost or stolen devices. Students should only play games that are rated "G" during camp hours to protect curious younger children.

  • What does a typical day at coding camp look like?

    A typical day of camp looks like this:
    Check in between 8:30 and 9am
    9:00am-10:30am Coding/Robotics Lesson10:30-10:50am Morning Tea10:50am-12:00pm Coding/Robotics Lesson12:00pm-12:20pm Cyber Bullying Discussion12:20pm-12:50pm Lunch12:50pm-1:30pm STEM Activity1:30pm-2:30pm Coding/Robotics Lesson2:30pm-2:50pm Afternoon Tea2:50pm-3:30pm Coding/Robotics Lesson
    Pick up between 3.30 and 4pm
    Please alert your Camp Coordinator if you are running late. 09 551 8990 (Wairau Valley)

  • Coding camp Check-in and Check-out

    Check-in is from 8:30am Early check in (from 7:30am) can be purchased from the booking page. 
    Check-Out is 3:30pm-4pmNo curb-side pickups. Parent/Guardian must come inside to check-out camper.Must show photo ID and be on the Check-Out Authorization Form.If your plans change and your camper will be picked up by someone not on the Check-Out Authorization Form, you must notify us in writing. Email your Camp Coordinator.Meds must be returned to the parent/guardian. They will not be sent home w/ campers.
    Late Check-Out PolicyEarly Drop-off available from 7:30am $20
    Late Pickup available up to 5:30pm $20
    Both early drop-off AND Late pickup $30

  • Coding Camp Behaviour Management Policy

    To ensure a fun and safe experience for all students, we have rules in place for kids to follow. These will be explained to your child on arrival at Camp each day. If your child misbehaves, we’ll discuss the issue with your child, and if the problem persists, we will contact you. Skill Samurai maintains a zero-tolerance stance on bullying or socially unacceptable behaviour. 
    Level 1Arguing, swearing, refusing to listen, being inappropriate, personal space issues.
    1st incident:Time out, removal from activity or loss of privileges, followed by debrief.2nd incident:Time out, removal from activity or loss of privileges, followed by debrief. Meeting with Camp Coordinator and Summer Director. Brainstorm possible solutions. Phone call home to update parents to work on solutions together.3rd incident:Time out, removal from activity or loss of privileges, followed by debriefPhone call home by Camp Director and likely removal from camp*Level 2Violence (i.e. hurting others, self, or property); stealing or threatening violence.
    1st incident:Meeting with Unit Leader and Summer Camp Director to brainstorm possible solutions.Phone call home to parents/guardians and to work on solutions. Consequence and behavior contract or removal from camp*.2nd incident:Removal from camp** Removal from campAny camper removed from camp will need to be picked up from camp immediately by their parent. They will not be permitted to to finish out the day. They will be removed from all activities and wait with the Camp Director for your arrival. If you are unable to pick them up, a ride will be arranged with one of your emergency contacts.

  • Lost & Found

    As part of the daily routine, staff encourages campers to take responsibility for their belongings and will display Lost & Found.Any items left at camp after the session are kept at that location for 2 weeks. To claim lost items, please call/email your Camp Coordinator. Once camp has finished for the season, we will be unable to return lost items.
    Have a description of the item(s) including:
    camper's full namephone numbercamp session datesClaimed items will be held for two weeks and must be retrieved from camp. Please assist us with Lost & Found by labelling everything with your camper's full name. Valuables and meaningful items should be kept home for safe keeping.
    Skill Samurai is not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.

  • What is a Coding Camp?

    A coding camp is a great way to introduce your kids to computer science. Learning to code boosts creativity and the ability to solve problems. It helps kids view the world in new ways.
    Coding camps are generally small groups of kids that share a similar interest... Often the camps are conducted over multiple days, generally 2-5 days. It's not a sleep-over camp. Kids come to the campus each morning and are picked up at the end of each day. 
    Kids work in teams on special projects. We take regular breaks and unplug from devices with other fun learning activities. 
    We get it, all parents want their child to have every possible opportunity to succeed. At Skill Samurai our coaches are equipped to help your child thrive in the digital age.


  • How can Summer Camp can help my children thrive?


    Students attend school year after year with the same peers, which can lead to labelling and being 'stuck' with a particular perception. A child may become known as studious, quiet, etc., when, really, they can be boisterous in another setting. Children who go to day or week-long camps meet a whole other group of people in a different environment. Often times, a child will break out of his supposed categorization if given the chance.This can help your child grow and develop. 
    I’ve heard it a million times from campers: “I’m in my element” or, “I’ve found my people!” Students who interact with like-minded peers are able to easily build friendships (potential lifelong friendships) founded on similar interests. These relationships can lead to even more, as students are essentially networking, and have friends to call on when it comes to doing a side project, finding an internship, or even starting a new businesses with the friend they met at robotics camp or coding camp.If your child is obsessed with Smartphones, gaming, robotics or YouTube, enrol them in our upcoming summer camps… It might open a whole new world for them. 




  • Is this too much screen time? 


    Today's children spend more than 7.5 hours a day engaged with technology, which often takes the place of vital hands-on activities and socialization opportunities. Our camps are designed to be project based to encourage team problem solving… We also interrupt the tech sessions with plenty of fun “unplugged STEM activities” (Activities where we don’t use anything electronic). 
    Taking a break from technology allows children to:• Communicate • Develop teamwork and leadership skills• Build confidence by speaking and working with others• Reinvent themselves amongst new people
    Coding camps are a great way to keep your children engaged and learning, while discovering a healthy balance! 




  • Are your Coding Camp Staff Trained?


    Summer camp can be an exciting experience for most kids. 
    The problem is, how can you trust that the camp leaders are suitably trained or qualified? 
    At Skill Samurai, out Camp Leader training is as important as our curriculum. Your child’s safety and experience are paramount. 
    All team members must undergo rigorous training before they are allowed to work with your child. 
    Here are some of the training topics that we cover; 
    • Becoming a Youth Development Professional• Bullies and Targets• Mental, Emotional and Social Health (MESH)• Safe Touch & Safe Talk (Acceptable behaviour)• Helping Awkward Children Fit In• Autism Spectrum Disorder• Cross-Cultural Agility• Day Camp Dynamics• Cultural Competence in Youth Programs• Gender and Sexuality in Youth Programs• Programming For All (Differently Abled Youth)• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder• Preventing Gossip and Relational Aggression• Child Welfare and Protection• Cyberbullying and Sexting• Duty of Care• And more!
    Plus, all of our coaches are certified by STEM.org.
    As you can see, our training is comprehensive. At Skill Samurai, we believe in creating a fun and safe space for your child… That’s why we insist on world class development of our staff. 

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