YMCA Camp Kitaki

Makerspace at Kitaki

Makerspace at Kitaki

What is a makerspace?

A makerspace is a physical location where people gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, and build. Simply put, a makerspace is an area with the tools and supplies needed to create.

A few years back we transformed what hadtraditionally been our Crafts Den into a makerspace, a place to unlock for kids the idea that they can do, make, and be what they want. It has been a wonderful, creativity-fueled, slightly messy adventure. 

We need your help

To have a successful makerspace, we need tons of materials to allow kids to fully and creatively express themselves.
Many of these supplies are common items you may have around your house that we will use in uncommon ways.
If you are interested in donating any of the following, please email campkitaki@ymcalincoln.org or call 402.434.9221.

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Makerspace Wishlist

  • Babyfood jars (cleaned, please!)
  • Beads
  • Blocks
  • Buttons
  • Clear plastic storage tubs in a variety of sizes
  • Clothes pins
  • Cookie cutters
  • Craft supplies-paint, glue, scissors, pipe cleaners, googley eyes, puff balls
  • Crepe paper
  • Egg cartons
  • Fabric scraps
  • Feathers
  • Felt
  • Heavier duty materials to build with or glue to (wood scraps, Masonite board, etc.)
  • Magazines- both to cut up (camp appropriate, please) and to use as inspiration (anybody subscribe to Make?)
  • Marbles  
  • Mason jars (cleaned, please!)
  • Nuts, bolts, and nails
  • Old belts, purses, and bags
  • Paper -different textures, weights, colors, styles, etc.
  • Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
  • Plastic bottles (cleaned, please!)
  • Popsicle/craft sticks
  • PVC pipe
  • Sandpaper
  • Scrabble tiles and other board game bits
  • Sewing supplies (needles and thread in particular)
  • Socks (used is okay but not gross, please)
  • Stencils
  • String, yarn, shoelaces, and rope
  • Tin cans (no sharp edges, please)
  • Tissue paper
  • Tools including shovels, trowels, hammers, and screwdrivers
  • Wire
  • Any kind of odd or end that you think might inspire our campers