Harry Potter Camp Still Bringing Books to Life for Young Witches and Wizards
Two years ago, MuggleNet introduced readers to Harry Potter Camp, a Potter-themed summer camp in Elmhurst, Illinois, whose goal was to encourage the kids who attended to read and explore their imaginations. We are happy to report today that not only is the camp still up and running, but they are also growing!
Harry Potter Camp has just announced that, due to demand, they will be expanding to include a second session this summer, which will take place in August.
The camp is for children between the ages of 8-12 and runs for five days, during which time the kids will attend such classes as Astronomy, Care of Magical Creatures, Potions, Transfiguration, and more. The camp also includes many activities outside the classroom like playing Quidditch, visiting Hogsmeade, and competing in the Triwizard Tournament!
Caroline D., co-director and creator of Harry Potter Camp, explains her inspiration for creating the non-profit camp. She says,
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and its subsequent novels inspired me to celebrate these books that I love and to share that love with others. This quickly morphed into the idea of a camp based on the school in the novels: Hogwarts. Such a camp would bring the books to life for the kids who attended, and that’s the ultimate aim: to get kids excited about reading the way I get excited about reading. I want to share my passion for books and for the Harry Potter books in particular.
This summer’s first session of Harry Potter Camp was this past week, and judging by the pictures, it was a blast!
Session 2 of Harry Potter Camp will be taking place August 3-7, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. The final deadline for registration will be Friday, July 17. The cost for the camp is $145, which covers the cost of a wand, stuffed pet, cauldron, T-shirt, and other supplies. You can register for the camp online here.
Will you or your children be attending Harry Potter Camp this year? What Potter-themed summer activities are in your area?