Magazine article Variety

Free-Form Camp Fires Up Young Minds

Magazine article Variety

Free-Form Camp Fires Up Young Minds

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Steve and Kate's Camp didn't set out to cater to the children of folks at Pixar, Industrial Light & Magic and the like, but given their philosophy, it's no surprise so many attend.

"We have a fundamentally different approach to how we program, which I think has attracted a certain type of person," says Steve Susskind, co-founder of the Bay Area-based camp that for the first time this year will offer sessions in the LA area, from roughly mid-June to mid-August, depending on the location. "We've created an environment where kids are able to choose all day exactly what they want to do, for as long as they like."

Though the camp has numerous programs that have nothing to do with entertainment, several dotali under that umbrella.

"If someone is (interested) in filmmaking, they can do it all day," Susskind says. "It's not about structured vs. unstructured, it's about what type of structure. That sort of open-ended approach has been attractive to people from a lot of the creative and tech industries."

Pixar mainstay Andrew Stanton sent his children through the camp and has been effusive about it, writing that the campers "blossom and discover a freedom of identity that, in a way, no other institution I've experienced has ever managed. …

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