September 28, 2016

summer camps

 

We love summer.

Summer is magical! Everyone should have wondrous memories of their childhood summers and Little Shop of Stories strives to be a part of creating them. We love hosting weekly camps – most of which are book related — and filling the shop with the extraordinary sounds of kids doing kid things. We love making books come alive, and we love spending time with your kids. Here are some things to know about our camps:

  • Camps run from 9am-4pm every day. We provide a morning and afternoon snack, and kids are required to bring their own lunches and water bottles.
  • All of our camps take place in our upstairs loft here at the shop, but we take walking field trips around the square and to Ebster pool.
  • All camps cost $350.
  • Once again each of our camps will be peanut (and tree nut) free. Some of our campers have serious allergies and we feel that this is the most effective means of addressing this.

Our camps end at 6th grade, but our friends at the Decatur Writers Studio have a writers camp for middle schoolers and for high schoolers, run by our very own Terra McVoy! For more information, check out their website here, or write to info@decaturwritersstudio.com.

And here’s some information about registration. In an effort to be fair, here are our guidelines for signing up for camp:

  • Camp registration begins on Saturday, February 4th at 9 a.m. Registration must be done in person by the child’s parent or legal guardian.
  • Our camps are extremely popular and many will fill up within the first hour or two of registration. Yes, we know it’s crazy. We just wanted to warn you. (I believe the first person in line last year arrived at about 4:30 a.m.)
  • While in line on Saturday morning, you may not save spots for your friends. No line cutters! Let’s set a good example for our kids here!
  • There is a $100 deposit per camp. In case of cancellation, $50 is NONREFUNDABLE. In case of cancellation within 21 days of the start of camp, the entire $100 deposit is nonrefundable.

We request that all camp deposits and other payments be made with checks. While we’ll take cash and credit cards payments, checks serve to help (immensely) with record keeping.

Here’s the lineup for this summer!

 

Magic Tree House Camp

May 29 – June 2 | Rising 1-2 Graders

Note: This camp is full. A waitlist has been started.

With Sunny and Matt

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $350

Calling all boys and girls who hunger for adventure and knowledge! The upstairs of Little Shop of Stories has turned into a giant Magic Tree House and it’s whisking campers off to different places in history just like Jack and Annie.  Join us for a week of dinosaurs, ninjas, cowboys, mummies, wild animals, magic tricks, and so much more! We’ll spend lots of time doing games, activities, and crafts based on each place we’ll visit. Please note that it is helpful if your camper is familiar with the Magic Tree House series before starting camp.

A camper may only attend one week of Magic Tree House Camp.

 

Goody for Girls! Camp

June 5 – 9 | Rising 3-5 Graders

 Note: There are only a few openings available for this camp.

With Sunny & Krista

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $350

Get ready for a special week for girls only, inspired by the achievements of real women. From Amelia Earhart to Julia Child, from Coco Chanel to Alice Coachman, from Frida Kahlo to  Annette Kellerman, from Martha Graham to Ruth Bader Ginsburg, women throughout history have been making waves and doing incredible things! Each day at camp, we learn about different women and their achievements, and then do activities inspired by these role models. In past years at Goody for Girls Camp we have learned to synchronized swim, visited the vet, put on talent shows, had mock trials, designed our own clothes, learned secret codes, performed choreographed dances, baked cookies, run relay races, created flower arrangements, flown paper airplanes, and started petitions.  And we promise even more excitement and fun this year! Goody for Girls Camp is full of activities, art, and adventures that celebrate everything girls can be and do, and this super-fun camp will encourage, challenge, and bring out the best in your girl.

 

Comics Camp

June 12 – 16 | Rising 4-6 Graders

Note: This camp is full. A waitlist has been started.

With Justin & Jason

Maximum Enrollment: 24

Cost: $350

Draw, baby Draw! You know when you get caught doodling and reading comics instead of doing homework or your chores? Well, Comics Camp is exactly like that without the homework and chores. This summer, discover how to cartoon your heart out as we make comics. Whether you like comic books, graphic novels, comic strips, or webcomics, you’ll learn all about how to design, pencil, and ink your ideas and turn them into comics! In addition, this year’s Comics Camp will finish with a bang as every camper will make comics to sell at our 2nd Annual LittleCon, the only comics convention exclusively for kid cartoonists! (Want to know more about LittleCon? Here’s a write up from the Huffington Post from a couple of years ago.)

 

Camp Be The Change

June 19 – 23 | Rising 3-5 Graders

Note: This camp is full. A waitlist has been started.

With Sunny & Krista

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $350

Calling all young social activists! Ghandi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” and in this NEW camp we are exploring all of the amazing ways kids can make a difference in the world around them. We’ll learn about influential figures in history who have fought to make the world a better place, from Susan B. Anthony to Representative John Lewis. We’ll also learn about kids that are taking a stand and changing their communities. This camp will cover a wide range of topics from random acts of kindness to civil liberties. We’ll have fun exploring ways to improve and support our own community – volunteering, planting trees, writing petitions, creating public art, and so much more. You’re never too young to change the world!

 

Jedi Academy

June 26 – 30 | Rising 2-4 Graders

Note: This camp is full. A waitlist has been started.

With Justin & Jason

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $350

Has the Force awakened a love of Star Wars in you? Are you excited to explore adventures in a galaxy far far away? Then join us this week for games, activities, crafts, and adventures to inspire the Jedi in you. This camp, for both boys and girls, will involve light saber training, droid programming, flying x-wings, and lots of other Jedi fun!

 

Magic Tree House Camp

July 10 – 14 | Rising 1-2 Graders

Note: This camp is full. A waitlist has been started.

With Sunny and Matt

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $350

Calling all boys and girls who hunger for adventure and knowledge! The upstairs of Little Shop of Stories has turned into a giant Magic Tree House and it’s whisking campers off to different places in history just like Jack and Annie. Join us for a week of dinosaurs, ninjas, cowboys, mummies, wild animals, magic tricks, and so much more! We’ll spend lots of time doing games, activities, and crafts based on each place we’ll visit. Please note that it is helpful if your camper is familiar with the Magic Tree House series before starting camp.

A camper may only attend one week of Magic Tree House Camp.

 

Junior Detectives Camp

July 17 – 21 | Rising 2-4 Graders

Note: This camp is full. A waitlist has been started.

With Terra & Hannah

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $350

Do you like solving puzzles, investigating mysteries, and figuring out whodunnit? Then join us this week as we follow in the footsteps of great kidslit detective series like Nancy Drew, Encyclopedia Brown, Cam Jansen, Nate the Great, 39 Clues, All the Wrong Questions, and the Mysterious Benedict Society! Each day will be packed with treasure hunts, puzzles, and games. In addition, we will be exploring the jobs of real world mystery solvers like lawyers, archaeologists, spies, journalists, mystery writers, game builders and more. This brand new camp is for girls and boys who love nothing more than getting to the bottom of a good mystery!

While we love the enthusiasm of repeat campers, we ask that this year’s camp be reserved for detectives who have not had the chance to take it before.

 

Camp Hogwarts

July 24 – 28 | Rising 3-5 Graders

Note: This camp is full. A waitlist has been started.

With Madison and Hannah

Maximum enrollment: 24

Cost: $350

The Ministry of Magic is pleased to announce that 24 lucky young Witches and Wizards will be accepted to the Hogwarts Camp of Witchcraft and Wizardry this summer. All students will receive training in Potions, Divination, Charms, Care of Magical Creatures, and Defense Against the Dark Arts.  All students will be required to sit for their O.W.L.s (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) at the end of the week- NO EXCEPTIONS.  In addition to lessons, students may participate in extracurricular activities, including Quidditch. However, loss of limb will not excuse you from completing assignments. Please note: It is important that all students have read at least the first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, to fully experience this camp.

A camper may only attend one week of Camp Hogwarts.

 

Camp Hogwarts

July 31 – August 4 | Rising 3-5 Graders

Note: This camp is full. A waitlist has been started.

Please see description under July 24th.

City of Decatur schools are back in session this week (as is Atlanta), but DeKalb County starts on August 7th. Most private schools start on the 7th or later. So we’ve added this extra week of Hogwarts!

A camper may only attend one week of Camp Hogwarts.