Take Your
ADVENTURE
To The Next Level!

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 Spend the SUMMER

 in a story

Wizards & Warriors Summer Camp combines Live Action Role Playing with STEAM education to give children ages 8 – 17 the opportunity to become heroes in their own immersive, educational, and interactive stories. During their camp sessions, camper/heroes suit up as their own unique characters and immerse themselves in the ongoing adventures of the fantasy world known as Sidleterra. Camper/heroes complete STEAM lessons to earn strength points and magical abilities, which they’ll use to battle a range of monsters and save the day.

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In-person Residential,
In-person Day, and
Virtual Camp Offerings

OVERNIGHT CAMP

Hosted at Prindle Pond in Charlton, MA

IN-PERSON OVERNIGHT

STORY-BASED STEM CAMP

FOR AGES 8 - 17

Wizards & Warriors™  Overnight Camp combines Live Action Role Playing with STEM education to give children ages 8 – 17 the opportunity to become heroes in their own stories. During their two-week camp sessions, campers explore our outdoor camp as we transform the woods into the immersive fantasy world known as Sidleterra. Camper-heroes complete STEAM lessons to level up their magical abilities, which they’ll use to battle a range of monsters and save the day.

IN-PERSON OVERNIGHT

STORY-BASED STEM CAMP

FOR AGES 8 - 17

Zombie Summer™  Camp combines Live Action Role Playing with STEAM education to give children ages 8 – 17 the opportunity to become heroes in their own stories. During their one week camp session, campers become Zombie survivors using NERF blasters to fight off the zombie threat. Camper-heroes use technology, science, teamwork, and their blasters to save the world from being overrun in an immersive story. Can you survive the zombie apocalypse?

IN-PERSON TEEN OVERNIGHT

STORY-BASED STEM CAMP

FOR AGES 14 - 17

Blackwatch™  Overnight Camp takes our Live Action Role Playing with STEM education camp model and "levels it up" for Teens. During their one week camp session, teens become heroes in the more challenging Nightlands setting where the monsters are more fierce, the puzzles more complex, and the challenges are more cerebral. STEAM focused storylines, puzzles, and riddles await these teenage heroes as they try to save the world in just three days...

DAY CAMP

In-person camp at our Burlington MA facility
Virtual camp presented via Zoom

IN-PERSON DAY

STORY-BASED STEM CAMP

VIRTUAL DAY

STORY-BASED STEM CAMP

FOR AGES 6 - 15

Wizards & Warriors™  Day Camp combines Live Action Role Playing with STEM education to give children ages 6 – 15 the opportunity to become heroes in their own stories. During their one week camp sessions, campers explore our indoor facility building the fantasy world known as Sidleterra around them as they go. STEAM focused storylines, puzzles, and riddles await them everyday. Adventures take place indoors at our Burlington facility and run from 9am - 3pm.

 FOR AGES 8 - 15

Not ready for in-person or overnight camp? You can still spend the summer in the magical world of Sidleterra! Our fearless leaders are searching the world for heroes who will stand against the forces of darkness, who have the heart to see their missions to the end, and who have an insatiable appetite for adventure. Will YOU step forward to join the adventure?  All of our interactive virtual adventures utilize the STEAM-focused story-based educational style of our in-person adventures.

Wizards & Warriors™ , Zombie Summer, and Blackwatch Camp™ are trademarks of Guard Up, Inc.

 

OVERNIGHT

This is not your typical summer camp!

We provide the framework of the adventure,

but the HEROES (our campers) create the story!

Get immersed in the magic of story-based education...

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WIZARDS & WARRIORS ™ 

is a coed residential camp

for adventurers aged 8 - 17

Camp 2022 Season:

  • Blackwatch Camp: June 29th - July 1st

  • Zombie Camp: July 3rd - July 8th

  • Wizards & Warriors Session 1: July 10th - July 22nd

  • Wizards & Warriors Session 2: July 24th - August 5th

  • Wizards & Warriors Session 3: August 7th - August 19th

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Spend the summer in the magical world of Sidleterra. Our fearless leaders are searching the world for heroes who will stand against the forces of darkness, who have the heart to see their missions to the end, and who have an insatiable appetite for adventure. Will YOU step forward to join the adventure?

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Each day, our campers LIVE the story,

which is adjusted daily based on the decisions our heroes make in the game. Sidleterra is an open world where all choices have consequences -- good or bad. It's not only a wonderful opportunity to built self confidence, but a fantastic learning experience as well!

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Wizards & Warriors™  is an immersive summer camp experience that includes costumed characters, outdoor battles and mystical creature encounters.  Our imaginative staff creates an emotionally and physically engaging fantasy world for our campers, in a safe, fun and educational environment. 

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Our heroes solve mysteries, decode messages, build traps, decipher puzzles, brainstorm solutions to disputes between rival tribes, learn about history, mythology, science and math, and earn points to level up their powers to defeat the forces of evil.

All meals are provided for our heroes.

ADVENTURING PARTIES & AGE GROUPS

Youth Program: 8 - 12 years of age

Teen Program: 14 - 17 years of age

Monster Campers: 14 - 17 years of age

Adventuring Parties are the “cohorts” or groups our heroes will be traveling in this summer. Cohorts reduce Covid-19 transmission risk through lower capacity interactions and decreased group-to-group mixing. The Story School follows local and national guidelines for best practices

RATES & DEADLINES

Before Dec 24:

Blackwatch: $779

Zombie Camp: $1,400

Wizards & Warriors: $2,800

Ask us about our camp discounts!

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE. RESERVE YOUR SPOT BEFORE FINAL REGISTRATION CLOSES

Wizards & Warriors™ , Zombie Summer, and Blackwatch Camp™ are trademarks of Guard Up, Inc.

Zombie Overnight

Become a Zombie Warrior

Campers become Zombie defenders armed with NERF

blasters working to use technology, science, and

teamwork to prevent the next apocalypse...

  • Session 1: July 3rd - July 8th

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ZOMBIE SUMMER CAMP ™ 

In-person overnight camp at Prindle Pond in Charlton, MA

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Like fighting monsters but would rather use a NERF blaster than a sword? You can still spend the summer in the magical world of Sidleterra, but with a twist! With a focus on science fiction, our Zombie Camp session sees heroes become ZeeCorp Defenders fighting to advance science and curb the consequences of mad scientists...

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In order to gain experience, campers

will navigate battles with fierce monsters, solve mysteries, develop communication skills, and create bonds that last a lifetime. The ZeeCorp defenders are calling!  It's time to let the next adventure begin!

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Zombie Summer™  Camp

A single week overnight camp for those heroes who love to use their NERF blasters to fight off zombies and other creatures. Running from July 3rd - July 8th this special summer week session will challenge our heroes to become the zombie survivor they always dreamed of. Using science and technology, they will have to uncover the mysteries behind multiple apocalypses

Zombies are just the beginning...

In addition to zombies, heroes will also meet figures from history, fight creatures from science-fiction novels brought to life, and complete STEAM puzzles and challenges to advance the story and save the day.

RATES & DEADLINES

Before Dec 24:

Zombie Camp: $1,400

Ask us about our camp discounts!

LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE. RESERVE YOUR SPOT BEFORE FINAL REGISTRATION CLOSES

Wizards & Warriors™ , Zombie Summer, and Blackwatch Camp™ are trademarks of Guard Up, Inc.

 
 

In-person DAY CAMP

This is not your typical summer camp!

We provide the framework of the adventure,

but the HEROES (our campers) create the story!

Get immersed in the magic of story-based education...

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WIZARDS & WARRIORS ™ 

In-person Day Camp takes place at our Burlington Facility for ages 5 - 15

  • Week 1: June 27th - July 1st

  • Week 2: July 4th - July 8th

  • Week 3: July 11th - July 15h

  • Week 4: July 18th - July 22nd

  • Week 5: July 25h - July 29th

  • Week 6: Aug 1st - Aug 5th

  • Week 7: Aug 8th - Aug 12h

  • Week 8: Aug 15h - Aug 19th

  • Week 9: Aug 22nd - Aug 26th

  • Week 10: Aug 29th - Sep 2nd

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Interested in an immersive in-person experience? You can still spend the summer in the magical world of Sidleterra! Our fearless leaders are searching the world for heroes who have the heart to see their missions to the end, and who have an insatiable appetite for adventure. Will YOU step forward to join the adventure?

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Wizards & Warriors™ Day Camp

meets Monday - Friday from 9am to 3pm at our Burlington facility Campers/heroes will create characters that are warriors, mages, healers, and any other background they can think of. Half-day sessions are available from 9am to 11:30am and 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm. 

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In order to gain experience, campers

will navigate battles with fierce monsters, solve mysteries, and create bonds that last a lifetime. The Gate of Destiny is calling!  It's time to let the next adventure begin!

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In-person Day Camp includes an immersive storyline

set at our Burlington facility where we turn our typical classroom into any environment our heroes would like to adventure in. The space could be an underwater cavern, or the top of Machu Picchu, or even a space station on Saturn! 

RATES & DEADLINES

EACH 1-Week / FULL DAY SESSION Before April 2nd:

If you register for a one-week Session - $500

If you register for two - four weeks - $425/week

If you register for five - ten weeks - $400/week

The full camp day available from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Wizards & Warriors™ , Zombie Summer™ , and Blackwatch Camp™ are trademarks of Guard Up, Inc.

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VIRTUAL DAY CAMP

This is not your typical summer camp!

We provide the framework of the adventure,

but the HEROES (our campers) create the story!

Get immersed in the magic of story-based education...

WIZARDS & WARRIORS ™ 

Virtual Day Camp takes place via Zoom

for adventurers ages 8 - 17

  • Week 1: June 27th - July 1st

  • Week 2: July 4th - July 8th

  • Week 3: July 11th - July 15h

  • Week 4: July 18th - July 22nd

  • Week 5: July 25h - July 29th

  • Week 6: Aug 1st - Aug 5th

  • Week 7: Aug 8th - Aug 12h

  • Week 8: Aug 15h - Aug 19th

  • Week 9: Aug 22nd - Aug 26th

  • Week 10: Aug 29th - Sep 2nd

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Not ready for in-person or overnight camp? You can still spend the summer in the magical world of Sidleterra! Our fearless leaders are searching the world for heroes who have the heart to see their missions to the end, and who have an insatiable appetite for adventure. Will YOU step forward to join the adventure?

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Virtual Wizards & Warriors™  Day Camp

meets Monday - Friday from 9am to 3pm via Zoom.  Camper/heroes will create characters that are warriors, mages, healers, and any other background they can think of. Half-day sessions are available from 9am to 11:30am and 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm. 

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In order to gain experience, campers

will navigate battles with fierce monsters, solve mysteries, and create bonds that last a lifetime. The Gate of Destiny is calling!  It's time to let the next adventure begin!

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Virtual Day Camp includes live Zoom

and Google Classroom meetings, communication with fellow heroes, counselors presenting interactive stories, and physical activities to further engage our heroes.

RATES & DEADLINES

EACH 1-Week / FULL DAY SESSION Before April 2nd:

If you register for a one-week Session - $450

If you register for two - four weeks - $400/week

If you register for five - ten weeks - $350/week

The full camp day available from 9:00am to 3:00pm

EACH 1-Week / HALF DAY SESSION Before April 2nd:

If you register for a one-week Session - $250

If you register for two - four weeks - $225/week

If you register for five - ten weeks - $175/week

Half-day sessions available from

9:00am to 11:30am and 12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Wizards & Warriors™ , Zombie Summer™ , and Blackwatch Camp™ are trademarks of Guard Up, Inc.

 

CURRICULUM

What do our heroes learn?

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TEAM BUILDING

Heroes learn team tactics and cooperative skills to succeed in their adventure

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STEM SKILLS

Physics, chemistry, biology and more. Our heroes practice STEM through creative play

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LANGUAGES

Our scrolls and spells are in Latin and other languages, just waiting to be deciphered

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CREATIVITY

Activities are designed to foster creativity, innovation, and self-expression

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COURAGE

Students face their fears and learn to find strength in the face of adversity

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WORLD CULTURES

Heroes are exposed to other cultures, adding an ethical dimension to our adventures

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PROBLEM SOLVING

Students learn to view problems in a different light and to utilize creative problem solving

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COMMUNICATION

Our adventures emphasize communicating thoughts and decisions

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HISTORY

Heroes learn about characters from around the world and throughout history

 

LOCATION

Story School is proud to announce our 2022 Overnight location: 

Nature's Classroom

Prindle Pond Conference Center

19 Harrington Rd in Charlton, MA 01507

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Located in Charlton, MA (ten minutes from last year's camp) Prindle Pond Conference center boasts some impressive facilities. Here's what our heroes have to look forward to:

  • Housing

    • Heroes are housed in 2 dormitory-style buildings; each has 2 wings with a bathroom

    • Rooms furnished with multiple beds and a dresser

  • Indoor Encounter Spaces and Facilities

    • The Dining Hall seats over 100 heroes allowing for plenty of spacing during meals

    • The Center Building and the Lodge have plenty of spaces for our heroes to dungeon delve and conduct experiments

    • Indoor gymnasium to shelter from the weather

  • Outdoor Adventure Spaces

    • Miles of trails to explore and encounter monsters...​

    • Scenic vistas along Prindle Pond*
           *we will not be engaging in water activities this season 

    • Amphitheater and firepits and more!

In-person Day Camp Returns at our Burlington Facility

The Story School

Academy of Creative Arts

12 A Street Burlington, MA 01803

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A Street is located just two turns off Middlesex Turnpike and is currently hosting all in-person activities for the Story School

  • Activity Spaces

    • Adventure Room: a converted raquetball court outfitted with lights and sounds and all the theatrical props we need

    • Story Room: 800 square feet to tell stories, conduct STEM experiments, and roleplay with creatures of all shapes and sizes 

  • Other Encounter Spaces and Facilities

    • Outdoor lawn and wood spaces for exploration and fresh air

    • Meeting rooms for trainings and special encounters

We hope to see you in-person this summer!

 

COVID PROTOCOLS

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Updated June 1, 2021

**Please check this page periodically for updates**

We have all watched COVID-19 impact our world, affecting everyone in some capacity, and hoped for a quick resolution. Cancelling our 2020 in-person camp last year due to the impact of the pandemic was a hard decision for us.

 

Although we at The Story School were able to help transition the programs of Guardian Adventures online and ran a successful virtual summer, we know it was not the same. Even though we are still dealing with the uncertainty of this virus, The Story School is hoping for brighter days ahead and are excitedly preparing for summer 2021 with both virtual and in-person programming.

The Story School will be following all guidelines put out by the CDC, the MA Department of Public Health, and the Massachusetts Camp Association, in order to protect campers, families, and our community as we move forward. Our top priority is to ensure that everyone has a safe, fun, and educational camp experience.

If you have a specific question about what Wizards & Warriors Summer Camp will look like amidst COVID-19, please contact Camp Director Haley Mosher or Executive Director Chris Wiley at guardian@thestoryschool.org

 

MODIFICATIONS

The Story School will continue to watch as guidelines and regulations develop to see if/where we will need to make any adjustments as our program draws near.

To meet the CDC suggested guidelines for summer camps, we will be limiting our cohort sizes (also known as adventuring parties) to 10 campers with 2 counselors per group. This will reduce the capacity of campers and staff that will be allowed on-site this summer. This will limit our registration spots for our residential overnight camp. PLEASE NOTE that we expect slots to fill up much more quickly due to the decreased availability.

Below you will find a summary of actions we are taking to help ensure that we are lowering the risk of exposure to COVID-19 as much as possible:

  • We are intensifying cleaning and disinfection practices at the Publick House Inn, disinfecting commonly touched surfaces on a daily basis in areas used by our camp community.

    • Objects used during activities, such as encounters or mods, will either be disinfected between hero use or another set of items will be used in its place.

    • For meals this summer, we will have staggered meal periods to reduce crowds and meals will be eaten by cohorts.

    • During Staff Training, staff will review cleaning supplies and how to use them properly.

    • The Publick House Inn’s staff have handled COVID-19 over the past year and are very well equipped to manage our 8-week stay.

  • Campers will travel exclusively in cohorts and practice social distancing.

    • Cohorts will minimize mixing between campers.

    • Cohorts will contain 10 campers with 2 counselors maximum.

  • Mask Policy

    • This summer campers and staff will be required to wear masks indoors and around other adventuring parties/cohorts. 

    • Campers will have the option to not wear their masks outside if they are only with their assigned cohort/adventuring party after completion of COVID testing while at camp

    • Campers will be allowed to take masks off to eat indoors, but they will be 6ft apart from other party members.

    • Staff this summer will be required to wear their masks at all times, except when eating.

  • Testing Policy

    • Prior to coming on-site, all campers and staff will be required to perform a COVID-19 test taken within the last 72 hours prior to the start of their camp session.

    • Campers will participate in a COVID-19 test upon arrival to camp, and be in a modified quarantine until results are returned. 

    • Campers will participate in a 3rd COVID-19 test 5 days into the camp session. 

  • Visitation Policy

    • This summer visitors will not be allowed on-site unless there is an emergency.

    • This policy includes but is not limited to: parents, guardians, relatives, and friends.

    • The Story School Year-Round Staff will be allowed onsite with permission from the Executive Director Chris Wiley as necessitated for coverage and support.

  • Multi-Session Sign-up

    • We will be allowing multi-session registration this summer. However, campers will be required to stay on-site for the duration of their stay. This includes all weekends between sessions.

  • Weekends

    • During past years The Story School has allowed campers to return home on weekends during sessions. This summer however, campers are required to remain on-site during the entirety of their session.

  • Electronics

    • The Story School will allow campers to have some technology time, but only on the weekends, in order to help accommodate our new visitation restrictions and on-site attendance requirements.

    • The Story School is still committed to giving our heroes an “unplugged” experience and they will not have access to any electronics outside of the specific exceptions above or as necessitated by a matter of health and safety.

 

ATTENDING CAMP

The following precautions must be taken in order to help protect our community this summer:

  1. Conducting a 2-week modified self-quarantine of low risk activities is advised. 

    1. Low risk activities consist of masked interactions, social distancing, and outdoor interactions with people outside home groups. 

    2. Campers are required to disclose any high-risk activities prior to attending camp. 

  2. All campers and staff are required to arrive with a negative COVID-19 conducted within 72 hours of the start of their camp session. This test will be sent to camper/staff addresses by Heed Health the company we are partnering with to perform Covid-19 test, 

  3. Anyone who is sick, or recently in contact with someone with COVID-19 prior to attending camp (staff, campers, parents, family members, etc.), must not come to camp.

  4. Check yourself for any and all COVID-19 symptoms.

PROGRAM OFFERINGS

This summer we will be running 3 sessions of Wizards & Warriors Residential Camp. Each session will take place over a course of 13 days. Campers are expected to stay on-site for the entire duration of their camp session.

DORMS

This summer campers will live in hotel-style rooms, with 2 queen sized beds and an attached bathroom. Campers will be sharing a room with only one other individual in the same cohort.

REFUND POLICY

All camp tuition is non-refundable, UNLESS withdrawal of attendance is directly related to COVID-19. Any cancellations by campers due to suspected exposure before attending camp, any cancellations of a camp session due to pre-emptive pandemic security measures, and any cancellations due to a potential outbreak will be eligible for refunds. We want our campers and parents to feel safe and encourage them to make decisions that are in their best interest as well as the best interest for others.

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Updated June 1, 2021
**Please check this page periodically for updates**

 

SCHOLARSHIPS

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FOR STUDENTS

Our summer camp scholarships and financial aid program is a partnership between the camper families, donating organizations, and The Story School’s donor fund.
 
The Story School is committed to assisting as many campers as possible in their quest to experience their own adventure at our summer camps. While we sometimes receive more requests than scholarships are available and occasionally are unable to accept an application, we strive to work with parents and organizations to assist as many children as we can. Scholarship requests for large amounts may require verification by a copy of your family’s most recent tax returns.
Each camper applicant must provide the following:
  • A completed scholarship application.

  • One letter of recommendation from a person not related to you. (Examples: teachers, principals, community leaders, neighbors)

FOR DONORS

If you are an organization or individual wishing to provide financial assistance for children to attend one of our summer camps, please click the donate button below or contact us at (781) 214-1174 for more information. 100% of all donated funds are used for Summer Camp Scholarships for children.

 

EMPLOYMENT

Summer 2022 Camp Openings

Coming Soon...

APPLICATIONS WILL OPEN SOON

Currently accepting applications from candidates over the age of 18

All applicants must submit three references

All staff, performers, and volunteers must submit to a CORI and SORI Background Check, intensive screening, and reference check.

PLEASE NOTE:

Covid-19 Guidelines are constantly evolving and The Story School team will be adapting to them as more and more information becomes available. We hold ourselves to the highest standard of safety for our heroes and were very proud to have had a successful 2021 season with no outbreaks. We remain steadfast and diligent in protecting our young charges.

General questions can be directed to guardian@thestoryschool.org

or call us at 781-214-1174

Someone on our summer camp team will get back to you within 48 hours. 

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  • Love working with kids?
  • Have a fascination with the fantasy genre?
  • Have a very active imagination?
  • A responsible and good role model?
  • Don’t mind being hit with foam weapons?
  • Like to dress in costume and wear cool makeup?
  • Consider safety BEFORE anything else – no matter how fun?
  • Then you should apply to work with us!
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TESTIMONIALS

“This is the best camp experience my son has ever had! He can’t wait to go back! My son Ryan is usually the brainiac who no one really knows at home, but when we went to camp for the feast and heard he stood up in front of everyone to defend a spirit who no one else believed in and changed the minds of the rest, he experienced what I knew he could accomplish. Everyone was telling him how brave he was…I always knew my son could do wonderful things…but camp allowed him to show himself.”

-Marianne Murphy Harris

HELP SAVE THE STORIES!

 

Thank you to our amazing donors who helped raise nearly $25,000 for our 2021 Camp Season. The fact that we were able to run a successful camp program with over 70 total campers and prevent any COVID exposures and outbreaks is thanks to the support we received.

Our 2022 Season is full of hope and energy, but we still need your support. We have a beautiful new camp location at the Prindle Pond Conference Center partnering with Nature's Classroom and we have the ability to host twice as many campers as this past year. 

This year our donation funds will be used to support our robust scholarship program, continuing equipment and service needs to keep our camps operating safely during the continued pandemic, and helping grow our programs to support twice as many campers.

 

There are still campers who need scholarships or they won't be able to attend. There are still costs left to cover all of the amenities of our venue. Lastly, we have decided to increase the amount of outsourced support for all pandemic-related safety precautions. We're asking our community to help us one more time as we round that final corner and begin the summer camp season.

 

Where will your donation go during this second half of the fundraiser? 50% as always will continue to go directly to campers as scholarships as we are still receiving daily requests for campers to attend who cannot cover the costs themselves. 25% will continue to cover venue costs that despite the loosening of guidelines is still presenting an additional cost above and beyond our usual camp season, and the final 25% will be going toward our on-site professional COVID-19 testing, high-quality PPE, and compensating our additional staffing to ensure the safety of all campers, staff, heroes, monsters, and mages alike.

 

Thank you again to all of our donors thus far. Together we can make summer camp magical, safe, and an epic success.

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