I’m Topher Bradfield, Children’s Outreach Coordinator and Camp Director for BookPeople – the largest independent bookstore in Texas. I began our very first literary camp, Camp Half-Blood, in the summer of 2006 after having a group of enthusiastic Percy Jackson fans ask me, “Wouldn’t it be cool to go to Camp Half-Blood for real?”
Four years later we’ve gone from hosting one session of Camp Half-Blood to the seven sessions that we have planned for the summer of 2012. In that time we’ve expanded our camps beyond Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson series. Some of the books we’ve adapted into literary camps include:
- John Flanagan’s Ranger’s Apprentice Series
- Rick Riordan’s Kane Chronicles
- Kirsten Miller’s Kiki Strike Series
- Lincoln Peirce’s Big Nate Series
- Pseudonymous Bosch’s Secret Series
My goal with all of the literary camps is a straightforward one: bring the books to life. Camps based on books seemed like a good idea when I started this journey, and it’s turned into a passion. And I’m not alone in this journey. We have an amazing family of councilors and educators who return year after year to be a part of the community that your demigod campers have made so rich and rewarding. This is the kind of camping community we love – everyone with a vested interest in continuing to find new ways to make reading the adventure we all know it can be.