I’m Topher Bradfield, Children’s Outreach Coordinator and Camp Director for BookPeople the largest independent bookstore in Texas. I began 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?”
11 years later we’ve gone from hosting one session of Camp Half-Blood to the numerous literary camps throughout the year. In 2012 Lucasfilm approved us for our newest, and most exciting camp: Star Wars: Clone Wars Jedi Training Camp. Now we are set to bring you the next Star Wars Camp event. Star Wars: Join the Resistance
My goal for the Star Wars: Join the Resistance Camp is a straightforward one: bring the Star Wars: Join the Resistance era book series to life. Although most people primarily know Star Wars from the movies, and cartoon series there are many great novels that take place in the Star Wars universe. We set about bringing these to life while making meaningful connections between history, mythology, literature, art, science, sports, language and rampant creativity. Oh yeah, light saber training and learning the ways of the force are pretty fun too.
This is our way of fighting childhood illiteracy. Bring a child inside the world of our camp book. Let them have a visceral response to the story so they can relate to the book in ways that reading alone can’t accomplish.
We continue to have an amazing family of councilors and educators, also huge Star Wars fans, who return year after year to be a part of all of our camps.
When you combine this with support from the publisher, Disney/Lucasfilm, DK books, the many amazing LFL approved costuming groups, and BookPeople, there isn’t much we can’t bring to life. 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.
I hope to see you and your Youngling this summer,