While my childhood was filled with practicing jump-shots and hitting homeruns (yeah, I was a bit of a sporto), most kids were running rampant at camp, splashing around in lakes and making lifelong memories. I’ve always regretted never going to camp, but I also realize there wasn’t a camp geared towards watching TV.
Toronto's favourite board game café, Snakes & Lattes, recently announced that for March Break 2013 they will be hosting a board game camp where kids can come and play all day and learn how to make their very own tabletop game.
That got me thinking. Based on my hobbies, what types of camps would pre-teen me want to go to?
1) Star Wars Camp: Camp Galactic Empire welcomes all potential Lukes, Leias, and Hans. Upon arrival, your metachlorian count will be taken to determine whether you’re a Sith or Jedi. Campers will engage in such activities as Light Saber Training, Mastering the Force 101, and Intro to Ewokese. The weeklong event will culminate with a party in our very own Cantina, featuring the musical stylings of Figrin D’an and the Fauxdal Nodes.
3) Merlin Camp: At Camp Camelot, campers will take part in all aspects of the series. From learning potions from Gaius, spells from Merlin, and how to be a knight of the round table from King Arthur Pendragon.
4) Face Off Camp: Camp Gypsum will provide a week’s worth of fun for aspiring special effects artists and teach them how to construct creations starting from the concept design to sculpting to applying makeup. Campers will be placed into groups and by the end of the week each will present their very own original special effects creations.
5) Falling Skies Camp: By the end of your three-day stay at Camp 2nd Massachusetts, campers will leave knowing basic first aid and various important life skills, including leadership, cooking, weapons training, and engineering skills.
6) Anchorman Camp: Camp Channel 4 News will have programmes ranging from Breakdance Fight Lessons, Jazz Flute Practice, Fondue Making, How to Talk to the Ladies, How to Dress to Impress, and Self-Defense Training for Channel News Fights. Campers will leave knowing everything they need to become a true journalist.
7) LOTR Camp: At Camp Shire, campers shall… not… pass up such amazing programmes as Loosin’ with Legolas, Ork Making, Songwriting, Developing Your Sauron Eye, and You’ve Gone From Gray to White… Now What? Meals included are breakfast, second breakfast, elevensies, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper.
8) Spartacus Camp: At Camp Capua, camp director Quintus Batiatus and his lovely wife Lucretia will teach you how to become lean, mean gladiator machines. After a weeklong worth of training with wooden swords, campers will participate in a winner-takes-all tourney to decide who the true Champion of Capua is.
9) Bond Camp: Camp 007 is not just for wannabe James Bonds. Campers will have the option of following in the footsteps of different characters from the franchise. Kids can learn to be a secret agent like Mr. Bond, an intelligence leader like M, or a gadgets-maker like Q.