September 28, 2016

summer camps

2020 Summer Camp Information


May 1, 2020

In order to meet the changing demands of the current situation, Little Shop of Stories is revising its Summer Camp schedule and refund policy.

We will be making decisions concerning cancelations of each summer camp three to four weeks prior to its scheduled start.

At this time, we are announcing the cancelation of Puppet Camp (June 1-5). We will be contacting parents and guardians who have kids enrolled in this camp in the next few days.

Little Shop of Stories will be offering refunds of $339.55 for each child enrolled in a summer camp that has been canceled. (The balance of $10.45 went to a company called Shopify that handled credit card processing and online support. This amount is unrecoverable.)

We will also offer the following options: (1) issuing a gift card for $339.55; (2) holding that amount as payment for a camp next summer; or (3) accepting that amount as a donation to Little Shop. Should you select one of these three options you will have the opportunity to sign up for summer camps in 2021 before registration is open to the general public.

Sometime in the next two weeks we will make a decision about whether to hold Comics Camp (June 8-12). For this and some other camps we are exploring an additional option: (4) holding camp online. More details will follow.

If Little Shop does decide to hold a camp, refunds will also be granted in cases where parents/guardians decide to cancel due to health and safety concerns.

With thanks,

Everyone at Little Shop of Stories


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.

We’re excited to launch two new camps this summer, as well as bringing back a former one!

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.
  • Cancellations made prior to May 1, 2020 will be refunded $300.
  • Cancellations made prior to three weeks before the first day of camp will be refunded $250.
  • Cancellations made within three weeks before the first day of camp will not receive a refund unless we are successfully able to find a replacement camper.
  • For more information on Little Shop of Stories (including sessions, cancellations or refunds), call (404) 373-6300 or visit us in the shop.

And here’s some information about registration.

Our camp registration will be ONLINE ONLY. You will not be able to register for camps at the shop.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. on February 1, 2020. Registration can only take place online. We cannot register your children for camp at the shop.

How To Register

This year the process is fairly seamless. Unlike last year, you do not need to pre-register, and you can complete the process as a guest. If you have particular questions, don’t hesitate to call us before registration to best be prepared!

You must be a parent or legal guardian of the child(ren) to register them.We’ve partnered with JoySherpa, the wonderful folks who have set up the registration website. You can find their website here:

https://www.joysherpa.com/

Click on the above link to take you to the selection of camp offerings.
As Camp Hogwarts is typically the first camp that fills up, we recommend that you first register and complete the payment process for Hogwarts first if so desired as a spot in a camp is not secured until payment is complete.
After registration is completed you will be sent a confirmation email. This email will include a link to a general and medical release form that you will need to fill out and physically give to Little Shop of Stories by May 1, 2020 or within one week of registration, whichever is later.

And now … Here’s the lineup for this summer!


Puppet Camp – Canceled

June 1 – 5 | Rising 3-5 Graders

With Jason & Messiah

Maximum enrollment: 24

Cost: $350

Enchanted by the magic of The Labyrinth? Has The Mandalorian’s Baby Yoda encapsulated your idea of what adorable truly means? Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street? Little Shop of Stories would like to invite you to learn the history and craft behind puppetry from all over the world! Make your own puppets, and put on your very own puppet show! 


Comics Camp Online!

June 8 – 12 | Rising 4-6 Graders

With Jason & Justin

Maximum Enrollment: 26

Cost: $350

We’re so excited for Comics Camp! We wanted to let y’all know about some new, really great things we’re lining up for the week. We’ve been reaching out to some of our favorite cartoonists and illustrators, and it looks like we’ll have several of them doing demonstrations and Q&A sessions for campers! This is an exclusive opportunity– these will not be simply videos, but live, interactive workshops where your kids can time to see how the cartoonists they love and read all the time do their work!

We’ve also reached out to various comics publishers about providing materials for the activity box, and the response has been great there as well!

This is going to be a great opportunity for your kids to chat with other kids, make comics, see how comics are made, and get their imaginations soaring. And, while we won’t be here in the shop, there’s some amazing things we’ll be able to do this year that we’ve never been able to do before!

Campers will receive a camp kit which will include materials for the week. Online interaction will be facilitated through a mix of apps. We are currently considering zoom, Google Hangouts, and twitch.

Here’s what Comics Camp will look like, more or less:

Days will begin at 9 a.m. with a check-in, discussion, and social interaction. (It is estimated that these will be 30-45 minutes as guided by what campers need and want.)

We will then break for individual comics exploration. Every day, there will be a guided exercise which will include reading comics and drawing. Campers will be encouraged to explore specific aspect of comics making and prepare questions and problems they are having with their drawing and comics making. This is expected to last between an hour and an hour and a half.

When we return, games and group drawing for another 30-45 minutes: again, as the campers need or want.

Lunch break: 30-45 minutes.

This will be followed by another check-in, followed by a drawing session on twitch. This is expected to last an hour or so. One of our counselors will tackle a drawing and answer questions through chat. Campers will be able to watch live drawing, interact, make suggestions, etc.

Another self-directed time follows, using materials from the camp kit to do a specific activity.

The rest of the afternoon will include reading more comics and an end of day check-in where we talk about what we’ve drawn and use breakout sessions to share notes and get advice/support/social interaction from counselors and peers.

One of the major goals of camp should be social interaction. The content is great, and we want kids making comics. However, this is not school, and we expect the online portions to be rowdy. So long as it is fun, safe, and fostering community and friendship, this is to be encouraged.


Camp Creative – Canceled

June 15 – 19 | Rising 4-6 Graders

With Angie & Messiah

Maximum Enrollment: 24

Cost: $350

Do you dream of combining your creative skills and your passion for creative writing? If so, we have the perfect camp for you! Camp Creative will explore using art and writing together to foster and enrich your love of creative writing. We will be working with a variety of mediums and ideas throughout your week with us. 


D&D Camp – Yeah, We’re Still Playing D&D!

June 22 – 26 | Rising 4-6 Graders

With Justin & Jacob

Maximum Enrollment: 24

Cost: $350

D&D Camp – Yeah, We’re Still Playing D&D!

At the core of D&D Camp is the game Dungeons & Dragons. As we designed the curriculum for this new camp, we decided to turn this into a D&D campaign. For those who are not familiar, D&D is a group storytelling game where players take on the rolls of adventurers in a fantasy story. A campaign defines one complete story from beginning to end and can take multiple sessions to complete. As planned, the adventures we were going to run during camp were intended to be compressed into the one week, bolstered with lots of fun activities, crafts, and storytelling.

Instead, we will run a single campaign, with three sessions a week, for as long as needed to complete the campaign adventure. We expect this would be 2-3 weeks of gaming, with each session taking about 3 hours (with breaks). This would be facilitated using a specialized online platform called Roll20. It’s like Zoom, but with maps and character sheets and automated dice rolls, etc.

The meetings will take place on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons (exact time TBD) starting on June 22nd.

In addition, each camper will receive a D&D activity box delivered to your home and filled with D&D related books, dice, games, & other things to occupy their summer and give them lots of materials to engage their imaginations.

We wish we could hold this camp in the shop as we really miss interacting with your kids. Hopefully this will be of interest to you and your camper and you all will find this to be a wonderful substitution under the circumstances.


Camp Hogwarts

June 29 – July 3 | Rising 3-5 Graders

Please note: Camp Hogwarts has sold out. A wait list has been started.

With Madison & Karen & a couple of other Little Shoppers

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 6 – 10 | Rising 3-5 Graders

Please note: Camp Hogwarts has sold out. A wait list has been started.

Please see description under July 29th.

A camper may only attend one week of Camp Hogwarts.


Magic Tree House Camp

July 13 – 17 | Rising 1-2 Graders

With Michelle & Sunny

Maximum enrollment: 22

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.


Magic Tree House Camp

July 20 – 24 | Rising 1-2 Graders

With Michelle & Another Little Shopper

Maximum enrollment: 22

Cost: $350

Please see description under July 13th.

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


Camp Mythos

July 27 – 31 | Rising 2-4 Graders

With Justin & Heather

Maximum enrollment: 24

Cost: $350

Young heroes, seeking adventure, know this: before you can undertake your quest, you must first understand the trials of ancient heroes as they faced the gods and monsters of yesteryear! Camp Mythos is an exploration of all things mythology– we will play games, make crafts, and do activities based on myths from around the world! If you know about the war of the Titans in Greek mythology, the power of Dragons in Chinese mythology, if you know that Osiris was the first mummy, or the name of Thor’s hammer, then this camp is for you!