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Summer Camp seeks proposals for ambitious collaborative project

Calling all Engineers, Designers, Sculptors, Builders, Videographers, Architects, Artists and Makers of all descriptions and disciplines

SUMMER CAMP SEEKS PROPOSALS FOR AMBITIOUS COLLABORATIVE PROJECTS
Beam Camp requests project ideas for 2009 and future summers.

You supply the plan and vision. We'll supply 100+ energetic campers and staff and 700+ acres of forest, mountain and lakes as studio, canvas and workshop. Submit your proposal to be Beam's 2009 Project Master.

THE PROJECT
Each summer Beam commissions a Project Master to design a unique large-scale collaborative endeavor that campers produce and enjoy. The Project can range from the conceptual to the structural. We are looking for big ideas that will challenge and excite our campers and staff. Our Project Management Team will work with the Master to "translate" the Master's project blueprint into the camp context.

THE CAMP
Beam Camp is a 4-week summer program (July 18-August 16) for boys and girls aged 7-17 in Strafford, New Hampshire. Beam Campers cultivate hands-on skills while exploring innovative thinking, design and the creative process. They transform ideas into artifacts and personal achievement into community success. Teams of campers work on different aspects of the Project each morning. In the afternoons, they participate in Domains, mini-courses in arts, athletics, science and nature studies.

Project Criteria

  • Make it big.
  • Don't limit yourself to "camp-y" themes.
  • Construction can be a central component, but doesn't have to be.

Past Projects:
2005 The Nexus Canopy: a raised, 42' x 36' grid of wood and fabrics that the campers transformed from shelter to maze to movie theater to art installation to banquet space. Project Master: Fabian Jabro/Standard Architects

2006 The Beam Fleet: seven wooden vehicles, designed, and built by the campers, equal parts kinetic sculptures, simple machines and rolling canvases. Project Masters: Steve Gerberich & Nathaniel Leib

2007 The Beam Micro/Macro Domes: five geodesic domes based on the forms and structures of virus proteins, that became shelters, sculptures, playspaces and activity centers. Project Master: Caitlin Berrigan

2008 Jungletopia: three tree-houses ring a 16-foot armature to form a play/contemplation space that bridges (metaphorically and physically) Beamers' imagination and craft with the forest environment. Project Masters: Jan Drojarski & Jon Bocksel
FAQs

HOW DO I SUBMIT A PROPOSAL?
Go to http://www.beamcamp.com/project-proposal/ to fill out the Project Proposal form or send an email to brian@beamcamp.com.

WHAT'S THE PROJECT BUDGET?
We generally spend $10,000 on Project-specific materials including any necessary new tools/machines.

WHAT ARE THE MASTER'S TIME REQUIREMENTS?
Upon selection of a Project, Masters have until May 1st to create a blueprint or working plan for the project. We ask that the Master be available for at least two pre-camp planning meetings and join us for at least three days during the camp session.

DO I GET PAID?
Project Masters receive a $2,500 stipend plus reimbursement of travel costs.

Proposals due: March 1, 2009.

For more info on Beam: http://www.beamcamp.com

For further inquiries contact: Brian Cohen: brian@beamcamp.com

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ahuge band set.a big drumset,a huge guitar, agiant base guitar, and supersized microphone!
Kiteman8 years ago
..... wow
Yeh - with that many hands to do the work, they could have some excellent chickenwalkers stomping around the woods, even if they are just costumes.
Brian Cohen (author)  Kiteman8 years ago
Thanks for an intriguing idea. Any interest in showing us how we'd do it?
Sorry, I'd love to, but I'm on the wrong continent, and my holidays don't fit well with yours.