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A Day in the Life of a Demigod: Camp Half-Blood Sets its Adventure in Philly

The demigods of Camp-Half Blood build a greater appreciation for reading, active play, teamwork, and their own potential.

When kids arrive at Wissahickon Valley Park this summer, they will receive a sword, a team, and a new identity. Then the real adventure begins—one they craft themselves and live out all summer long as demigods.

Taking inspiration from Rick Riordian’s popular Percy Jackson Chronicles, as well as the Greek mythology that spawned those tales, Camp Half-Blood is a unique summer camp for kids ages 7-10 who have a flair for storytelling, fantasy, and action. Campers arrive at their location, join a “hometown” (with names like Team Athens and Team Sparta), and craft the week’s story together with their counselor. While campers learn and play within activities inspired by stories of mythological heroes from around the world, they find their own unique identity and uncover the clues to a larger adventure that plays out across the week. That adventure culminates at the end of the week in a “Quest” where monsters and gods come to life for the campers to encounter on an action-packed day of exploration through the park and immersive interaction with the creatures & characters they’ve been learning about. Puzzle-solving, rescue missions, and battles are always involved.

Everyone has a role to play, and the kids take their roles very seriously, learning sword-training, armor forging, myth-crafting, storytelling and more–all with the goal of unleashing the hero inside them. And if there are more props—or battle gear—needed for the quest, they can make them during craft time. The experience is only limited by their imaginations.

“Camp Half-Blood is a truly magical place where counselors and campers showed my child a path towards new and wonderful friendships,” a parent raves. 

This fully immersive—and literary—summer camp experience was, fittingly, created by a former bookstore owner and current Founder and CEO of literary enrichment program Plato Learning, Crystal Bobb-Semple. While the original Brooklyn location of Camp Half-Blood thrives, the camp has expanded to other regions due to its distinctive and exceptional spirit. 

As with all great epic tales, it begins with a hero and a story. The demigods of Camp-Half Blood build a greater appreciation for reading, active play, teamwork, and their own potential. By building those storytelling and problem-solving skills, kids are also building their confidence and abilities. 

This year, outdoor play has become even more essential with COVID precautions, and the fully-outdoor setting of Camp Half-Blood helps it easily keep everyone safe without sacrificing the excitement and fun. Additionally, Camp Half-Blood requires all staff to be regularly tested, and strongly encourages them to be vaccinated. Social distancing policies and mask-wearing by all campers and counselors will be in place as well. 

Camp Half-Blood will take place in Wissahickon Valley Park (5000 Hermit Lane) in Philadelphia from June 27 – August 5 and is priced by the week. Rising second through seventh graders are invited to join the adventure and discover the hero within. Learn more at camphalfbloodbklyn.com/wissahickonpark.

Camp Half-Blood supports the Main Line Parent Community.

Contributing Writer

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