The Storyteller’s Cottage

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Listing Category: CampsListing Tags: Camp Half Blood, Camp NaNoWriMo, Code Breaking Camp, Connecticut, Dungeons & Dragons Camp, Harry Potter, Hartford, Simsbury, Spy Camp, Spy School, Storyteller's Cottage, summer camp, West Hartford, and Writing Camp

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  • The Storyteller’s Cottage is a portal to travel into all of your favorite books!  From Harry Potter, to Percy Jackson, to Spy School and more, leap into a fantasy world and become a character in places you’ve only dreamed about.  


    Our immersive fantasy day camps combine themed games, crafts, costuming, foods & creative projects in our elaborately detailed literary spaces, including a medieval castle room located behind a secret door in a bookcase, a magical common room that includes a familiar cupboard under the stairs, and even a Victorian steampunk library complete with mechanical octopus.  Whatever literary location you’ve always wanted to visit, we’ve got the room that will make you feel right at home!  


    Spend a week with us this summer absorbed in another world.  Camps meet every day from 9:00am – 4:00pm (except July 4).  

    July 1 – 5: Harry Potter Camp
    July 8 – 12: Fantasy Dungeons & Dragons Camp
    July 15 – 19: Code Breakers Camp
    July 22 – 26: The Lady is a Spy Camp
    July 29 – Aug 2: Camp Half Blood
    August 5 – 9: Visual Storytelling Camp
    August 12 – 16: Get Published (Mini NaNoWriMo Camp)

    ALL THE DETAILS:

    HARRY POTTER CAMP: Spend a week at Hogwarts! Bring your wand, wear your house colors, and take classes from a range of visiting professors in all your favorite subjects, including Potions, Charms, Transfiguration, Alchemy, History of Magic, Care of Magical Creatures, Defense Against the Dark Arts, and more. Enjoy book discussions, scientific experiments, crafts & costuming, cooking, and even learn magic from a real magician! We’ll make chocolate frogs, drink butterbeer, play Quiddich, and even take a field trip to Hogsmeade. Bring your own lunch; we’ll provide snacks. (Two groups available for ages 6 – 9 and 10 – 13) Cost: $200 (no meeting 7/4) REGISTER

    D&D CAMP: Were you born in the wrong era? Are you really a knight, or a mage, or a bard, or an elf at heart? Spend a week immersed in a land of fantasy … create a clever and powerful character and spend your mornings crafting amazing costuming and accessories for it (like wings, horns, armor, weapons and more), then spend the afternoon playing Dungeons & Dragons as that character! Bring your own lunch; we’ll provide snacks. (Ages 10 – 16 — We’ll divide the group by age to play in different D&D campaigns) ​Cost: $250 REGISTER

    CODE BREAKERS CAMP: Are you a fan of exciting problem-solving books like the Mysterious Benedict Society, Book Scavenger, Mr Lemoncello’s Library, Greenglass House and 39 Clues? Spend the week learning to break every kind of code there is! We’ll play all three of our mystery rooms, then build our own room from scratch. Bring your own lunch; we’ll provide snacks. (Ages 7 – 11) ​Cost: $250 REGISTER

    THE LADY IS A SPY CAMP: Do you love the idea of transforming yourself into a strong, confident agent who can handle herself in any situation? Spend the week with us learning all the skills a lady spy will need, including disguise, self-defense, sophisticated etiquette, code breaking, surveillance, orienteering, survival skills, sword-fighting, and even how to stay calm while debating! Bring your own lunch; we’ll provide snacks. (Two groups available for ages 6 – 9 and 10 – 13) ​Cost: $250 REGISTER

    CAMP HALF BLOOD: Do you suspect you might be a demi-god? Come to Camp Half Blood and find out! Spend the week immersed in mythology, monster lore, weapons training, and more. Bring your own lunch; we’ll provide snacks. (Ages 9 – 13) ​ ​Cost: $250 REGISTER

    VISUAL STORYTELLING CAMP: Stories are told many ways … sometimes they’re verbal, sometimes they’re written, and when we’re really lucky, our favorite stories are told visually. Spend a week with us exploring all the coolest varieties of visual storytelling, from graphic novels, photography, videography (think YouTube), and hybrid versions like scriptwriting and screenwriting. Bring your own lunch; we’ll provide snacks. (Ages 9 – 13)​ Cost: $250 REGISTER

    GET PUBLISHED CAMP: Do you love to write? Would you like to become a published author? Spend the week with us exploring all the coolest types of writing, like journalism, blogging, food critics, fan fiction, fantasy world-building, and more. Meet a different REAL PUBLISHED AUTHOR each day, and learn where to submit your writing for publication, how to write a query letter, when you’ll need a literary agent, and get professional editing on your own work. Spend afternoons at our mini “CAMP NaNoWriMo”, the kid’s version of National Novel Writing Month, working on your creative writing — complete a publishable piece by the end of the week! (Ages 10 – 14) Cost: $250 REGISTER

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