Planning Camps

Next City Seattle

Next City is a summer camp for students who have completed the fifth grade. It is hosted by the University of Washington's Robinson Center for Young Scholars and meets for three weeks in Seattle. The camp incorporates interactive lectures, model building, group presentations, field trips, and a final project. Participants learn zoning principles and practice urban design with easily accessible online software.

Blog Post: One Planner's Experience as a Next City Instructor

CMAP Flip Camp

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning's FLIP Camp (Future Leaders in Planning) is a week-long summer program that takes high school students from Chicago's "collar counties" through an intensive survey of community and regional planning processes, field trips, and collaborative activities. The program culminates in a final presentation of team-focused projects in various areas of interest (e.g., land use, human services, or economic development). The program's goals are aligned with CMAP's regional master plan, ON TO 2050, and guides students' understanding of planning through the ON TO 2050 framework.