Website Design Lab is designed for campers 13 to 16 years old and instructed by Christopher Crevling, a seasoned, twenty year professional in the field of software development and business management. During the five day offering, campers, turned developers, will deep dive into wordpress, coding, e-commerce, navigation, plugin-widgets and other core website design tools. By camp’s end, campers will have built their very own, launch ready website!

Daily lessons components, curriculum highlights and camper outcomes include:

Day 1: Introduction to WordPress, Themes, Plugins & Site building
Introduction to WordPress and web development: Campers will be introduced to the basics of WordPress, what it is, and how it works.

Selecting a Class Project Topic (from a suggested one or one they want to make)
Campers can choose to do the projects as a group, there will also be a class project if the campers wish

Setting up a WordPress account: Campers will learn how to create a WordPress account, navigate the WordPress Dashboard, and create a new site.

Choosing and customizing a theme: Campers will learn about WordPress themes, how to search for and select a pre-built theme, and how to customize the appearance of their site using the theme options.

Day 2: Creating posts, Pages, Plugins and Post types
Adding pages and posts: Campers will learn how to add pages and posts to their WordPress site, including formatting text, adding images and videos, and creating categories and tags.

Creating a menu: Campers will learn how to create and manage a custom navigation menu for their site.

Adding plugins: Campers will learn about the different types of plugins available for WordPress, how to search for and install plugins, and how to configure plugins to add functionality to their site.
Creating Custom Post Types: With the use of plugins we will create a custom post type and show how it can be used within a wordpress site to house content and allow the ability to edit that content

Day 3: Widgets, Sidebars and Gutenberg building
Adding widgets: Campers will learn about WordPress widgets and how to add them to their site’s sidebars and footers.

Customizing the homepage: Campers will learn how to customize the homepage of their site, including adding a featured image, custom header, and a custom layout.

Gutenberg Crash Course: Campers will learn how to use the block editor called Gutenberg to create nice looking content that serves a purpose for their project

Enhancing site functionality: Campers will learn how to enhance the functionality of their site, including adding contact forms, social media buttons, and a search bar.

Day 4: Creating and Managing a Blog, Taxonomies (categories) and E-Commerce
Creating a blog: Campers will learn how to create and manage a blog on their site, including adding blog posts, categories, and tags.

Adding e-commerce functionality: Campers will learn how to add ecommerce functionality to their site, including setting up a shopping cart and adding products.

Learn about WooCommerce: Campers will learn how to setup and configure a store in order to sell a product or digital goods

Finalizing the site: Campers will put the finishing touches on their site, including optimizing images for the web, fixing broken links, and reviewing the site for errors.

Day 5: Final Design Prompts & Project Presentations

Final project presentation: Campers will present their final projects, showcasing the websites they created and demonstrating their newly acquired skills.

Feedback and Q&A: Campers will receive feedback on their projects and have the opportunity to ask questions about WordPress and web development.

Closing ceremony and awards: Campers will receive awards and certificates for their participation in the camp, and campers and instructors will have the opportunity to reflect on the experience and share their thoughts.


Instructed by Christopher Crevling
Chris is a seasoned professional in the field of software development and business management. He has over 20 years of experience in the industry, and has built a reputation for delivering high-quality solutions to his clients. He is a skilled coder and has a strong understanding of various programming languages and frameworks. He has also demonstrated an ability to lead and manage a team of developers, ensuring that projects are completed on time and to the client’s satisfaction. Chris teaches coding from time to time, he most recently taught at Tahoe Expedition Academy during the 2021-22 school year.

Ages: Designed for students 13 to 16 years old.

Gender: Girls and Boys.

Capacity: Limited to 10 participants.

When: Monday thru Friday, 9:00am – 3:00pm daily. Session dates TBA.

Where: Participants will meet each morning at Tahoe Expedition Academy’s 42 acre Martis Valley campus, located at 9765 Shaffer Mill Rd. Truckee, CA 96161

What to Bring: Computer Requirement – A PC Windows professional laptop or an updated MacBook Pro capable of running coding software. also pack lunch, snack, hat and sunglasses, as well as close toed shoes.

Camp Price: $575.00


Website Design Lab

Registration Opens Feb 1