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Geek Summer Camp
For Adults

STARRUCCA, PA

AUGUST 15th-19th, 2018

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ACTIVITIES

Choose your own activities and design your summer of fun at Epic Nerd Camp. We offer you a huge selection from each of our exciting programs. You just pick what you like and you can improve your skills and/or learn new ones. Put on your creative cap, come along with us and explore the unique world of ENC.

ARTS & CRAFTS

It’s easy to have an ART ATTACK in the arts & crafts complex.

We’re working hard, developing a curriculum of specialty classes that will have you working hands-on with leather, glass, wood, metal, clay, and more! In 2017, we utilized the facility’s arts & crafts program, but 2018 will be 100% ENC. This change will enable us to offer projects more suitable for adults, but will result in many of the classes having a fee for materials.

Follow us on Pinterest to see what projects we’re considering! Epic Nerd Camp

TABLETOP GAMES

Gaming is a big part of Epic Nerd Camp, we allocate a lot of time and space so our attendees can make the most of their tabletop experience. In addition to our diverse library of available games, we open our doors to game companies and independent game makers who wish to have their games available for play at our event. We accept games of all kinds, and most stages of production; from games still in need of testing to pre-release and current release products.

In addition to our official ENC Game Masters, we are always open to players who may want to run an adventure of their own. If you would like to be a GM, submit a volunteer application and we will contact you!

If you would like to add your games to the ENC library, have them in our Play-To-Win section, or have them available for testing please send an email to Bentley@Epicnerdcamp.com.

To make a larger contribution or become an official sponsor, please contact Bentley directly at Bentley@Epicnerdcamp.com.

CIRCUS

Picture yourself flying on a trapeze or balancing on a high wire. Perhaps you prefer hanging from your ankle doing acrobatics on the Spanish web or riding a unicycle. There is no limit to what you can do here.

Skilled circus coaches will take you step by step through all the techniques involved in the many circus acts we offer. Start with the basics and let your imagination run free. Once you get started, there is no limit to what you can accomplish.

FLYING TRAPEZES
STATIC TRAPEZE
SWINGING TRAPEZE
TRIPLE TRAPEZE
SPANISH WEB

RUSSIAN SWING
BUNGEE
FABRIC
LYRA
TRIPLE LYRA

TEETERBOARD
HIGH WIRE
UNICYCLE
ROLLING GLOBE
POI/STAFF (Fire spinning at night if you know how and want to bring your stuff)

QUARTET/ADAGIO
MINI-TRAMPOLINE
JUGGLING
CIRCUS BIKE
GROUND SKILLS

LARP

A live action role-playing game (LARP) is a form of role-playing game where the participants physically act out their characters’ actions. The players pursue goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world while interacting with each other in character.

Encaros is a land of two factions warring for years untold. Their clashes in the past can only be described as devastating; the magic and tactics of both sides destroys many protections the land once carried, awakening old mysteries better left locked away. This is the only time the battles between these two ceases when undead, or worse, take to the field. Sorcerers have felt a change in the world; those of faith speak of visions of a new start… but the more economical minded mention that the faithful never speak of the cost. Read more about Encaros on our LARP PAGE.

Even during a decade of loosening social mores, Scranton in the 1920’s had a reputation as an anything-goes city. Vice flourished, and despite prohibition, booze flowed easily. Saloons and gambling dens operated with near-impunity, as did the brothels where disorderly women plied their trade in bawdy houses in Central City’s tenderloin district. The largest distillery in the US operated in a maze of warehouses, and over two dozen brothels catered to both the coal mine workers, and their wealthy owners alike.
When a wealthy coal baron’s daughter turns up dead, no one is sure what to make of it. No one is claiming responsibility for the peculiar and gruesome death. The girls on the streets could tell you what’s been going on, but no one is listening. Now the police are paying attention to the string of brutal murders, a serial killer is on the loose, and things are getting stranger.

BATTLE GAMES

Also known as “combat games” or “boffer games”, these are non-roleplaying games based around using foam padded implements representing swords, shields,  and other gear that is designed to safely come into realistic physical contact with the players. An objective, such as capture the flag, will be played out with all the fun that comes from smacking someone with a foam sword!

Some examples of the games we’ll be playing (that we found on this AMAZING LIST are:

Bridge Battles are team games with any amount of players. You must destroy the opposing team just like a normal team battle, but the trick is that your are on a bridge and can fall into the waters below.  You are safe to stand on the land or the bridge, but if any part of your body touches the water are, you are instantly killed (i.e. fell off the bridge). Variant: The team who makes it to the other side of the bridge first wins.

Fetch works best with 5 to 10 people. One player is the thrower the rest are the fetchers. All fetchers start in a line 5 feet apart from each other. The thrower stands five feet behind them. The thrower then tosses a rock over their heads as far as he or she can. When the rock hits the ground the thrower shouts ‘GO’ and the fetchers can begin to move (false starters die instantly). Their job is to fetch the rock and bring it back to the thrower. (The rock must be placed in the throwers hand, not tossed to him or her.) The fetchers are fully allowed to kill and/or maim each other.

Necromancer is a very interesting game involving treason and should be played with twenty or more players. Two teams are made, a team of peasants and a team of zombies. One out of every five peasants is a zombie. Before combat begins all the peasants draw a piece of paper from a hat. One piece of paper has the word “necromancer” on it. Whoever gets the necromancer is secretly on the team of the zombies. One zombie looks at each peasants paper to find out who the necromancer is and tells the other zombies (the peasants should never know which one is the necromancer). Battle then begins. When anyone dies, peasant or zombie, they fall to the ground. The necromancer can “raise” them by touching their chest or back. Anyone raised is now a zombie and fights for the zombie team. If the peasants figure out who the necromancer is and kills him or her all the other zombies die and the peasant team wins. If the necromancer and his zombies succeed in converting all the peasants they win.

WIZARDING ACTIVITIES

Quidditch is a wizarding sport played on broomsticks. It is the most popular game and most well-known game among wizards and witches, and, according to Rubeus Hagrid, the equivalent to Muggles’ passion for football.

Wizard Dueling Game created for Epic Nerd Camp, learn the rules and battle your camp mates!

SWORDS & SABERS

Learn from a variety of sword types & techniques; German Longsword, Fencing, Lightsaber choreography, etc. 

Archery

Don’t take an arrow to the knee.

PIONEERING

Trails leading to adventure and excitement begin at our front door. You will discover the wonders of living with nature and learn the skills to survive in the wilderness.

Balance on a cable, soar into the sky on our 50-foot giant swing, or slide down a zip line longer than a football field on our 17-station ropes course built in the woods.

Enjoy a panoramic view of Island Lake from the tops of our two 34-foot climbing towers. Learn the skills and climb your way to the top on beginner, intermediate, or advanced routes. Master the arts of climbing the walls, rappelling, and belaying. In pioneering, you can feel like you’re on top of the world.

The Two (Climbing) Towers, Zip Line, Shelter Building, Orienteering, 50-Foot Giant Swing, Outdoor Cooking, Climbing, Rappelling, Belaying, 17-Station Ropes Course, Challenge Course (High & Low Stations)

MERMAIDING

Learn how the merfolk swim! We have monofins for class use, but the tail (bathing suit part) is something you’ll need to bring, if you want to go 100% mer.

ESCAPE  ROOM

Our magician/magic instructor can sometimes get a bit carried away in the search for his protégé. Usually, our magic lessons go off without a hitch, but sometimes he likes to “test” his students’ skills by locking them in the Magician’s Studio. You’ll have to use your powers of perception and problem solving skills to find your way out of this tricky situation.

Lake

Waterfront Fun! Activity periods can be spent relaxing on the beach, swimming in the pool, or enjoying our recreational crafts such as the water trampoline, iceberg, funyaks, surfboards, pedal boats, and more.

ACTIVITIES

ARTS & CRAFTS

It’s easy to have an ART ATTACK in the arts & crafts complex.

We’re working hard, developing a curriculum of specialty classes that will have you working hands-on with leather, glass, wood, metal, clay, and more! In 2017, we utilized the facility’s arts & crafts program, but 2018 will be 100% ENC. This change will enable us to offer projects more suitable for adults, but will result in many of the classes having a fee for materials.

Follow us on Pinterest to see what projects we’re considering! Epic Nerd Camp

TABLETOP GAMES

Gaming is a big part of Epic Nerd Camp, we allocate a lot of time and space so our attendees can make the most of their tabletop experience. In addition to our diverse library of available games, we open our doors to game companies and independent game makers who wish to have their games available for play at our event. We accept games of all kinds, and most stages of production; from games still in need of testing to pre-release and current release products.

In addition to our official ENC Game Masters, we are always open to players who may want to run an adventure of their own. If you would like to be a GM, submit a volunteer application and we will contact you!

If you would like to add your games to the ENC library, have them in our Play-To-Win section, or have them available for testing please send an email to Bentley@Epicnerdcamp.com.

To make a larger contribution or become an official sponsor, please contact Bentley directly at Bentley@Epicnerdcamp.com.

CIRCUS

Picture yourself flying on a trapeze or balancing on a high wire. Perhaps you prefer hanging from your ankle doing acrobatics on the Spanish web or riding a unicycle. There is no limit to what you can do here.

Skilled circus coaches will take you step by step through all the techniques involved in the many circus acts we offer. Start with the basics and let your imagination run free. Once you get started, there is no limit to what you can accomplish.

Flying trapeze, Spanish Web, Lyra, Teeterboard, Unicycle, Poi/Staff (BYO Fire at Night), Juggling, Ground Skills, and many more!

LARP

A live action role-playing game (LARP) is a form of role-playing game where the participants physically act out their characters’ actions. The players pursue goals within a fictional setting represented by the real world while interacting with each other in character.

Encaros is a land of two factions warring for years untold. Their clashes in the past can only be described as devastating; the magic and tactics of both sides destroys many protections the land once carried, awakening old mysteries better left locked away. This is the only time the battles between these two ceases when undead, or worse, take to the field. Sorcerers have felt a change in the world; those of faith speak of visions of a new start… but the more economical minded mention that the faithful never speak of the cost. Read more about Encaros on our LARP PAGE.

Even during a decade of loosening social mores, Scranton in the 1920’s had a reputation as an anything-goes city. Vice flourished, and despite prohibition, booze flowed easily. Saloons and gambling dens operated with near-impunity, as did the brothels where disorderly women plied their trade in bawdy houses in Central City’s tenderloin district. The largest distillery in the US operated in a maze of warehouses, and over two dozen brothels catered to both the coal mine workers, and their wealthy owners alike.
When a wealthy coal baron’s daughter turns up dead, no one is sure what to make of it. No one is claiming responsibility for the peculiar and gruesome death. The girls on the streets could tell you what’s been going on, but no one is listening. Now the police are paying attention to the string of brutal murders, a serial killer is on the loose, and things are getting stranger.

BATTLE GAMES

Also known as “combat games” or “boffer games”, these are non-roleplaying games based around using foam padded implements representing swords, shields,  and other gear that is designed to safely come into realistic physical contact with the players. An objective, such as capture the flag, will be played out with all the fun that comes from smacking someone with a foam sword!

Some examples of the games we’ll be playing (that we found on this AMAZING LIST are:

Bridge Battles are team games with any amount of players. You must destroy the opposing team just like a normal team battle, but the trick is that your are on a bridge and can fall into the waters below.  You are safe to stand on the land or the bridge, but if any part of your body touches the water are, you are instantly killed (i.e. fell off the bridge). Variant: The team who makes it to the other side of the bridge first wins.

Fetch works best with 5 to 10 people. One player is the thrower the rest are the fetchers. All fetchers start in a line 5 feet apart from each other. The thrower stands five feet behind them. The thrower then tosses a rock over their heads as far as he or she can. When the rock hits the ground the thrower shouts ‘GO’ and the fetchers can begin to move (false starters die instantly). Their job is to fetch the rock and bring it back to the thrower. (The rock must be placed in the throwers hand, not tossed to him or her.) The fetchers are fully allowed to kill and/or maim each other.

Necromancer is a very interesting game involving treason and should be played with twenty or more players. Two teams are made, a team of peasants and a team of zombies. One out of every five peasants is a zombie. Before combat begins all the peasants draw a piece of paper from a hat. One piece of paper has the word “necromancer” on it. Whoever gets the necromancer is secretly on the team of the zombies. One zombie looks at each peasants paper to find out who the necromancer is and tells the other zombies (the peasants should never know which one is the necromancer). Battle then begins. When anyone dies, peasant or zombie, they fall to the ground. The necromancer can “raise” them by touching their chest or back. Anyone raised is now a zombie and fights for the zombie team. If the peasants figure out who the necromancer is and kills him or her all the other zombies die and the peasant team wins. If the necromancer and his zombies succeed in converting all the peasants they win.

WIZARDING ACTIVITIES

Quidditch is a wizarding sport played on broomsticks. It is the most popular game and most well-known game among wizards and witches, and, according to Rubeus Hagrid, the equivalent to Muggles’ passion for football.

Wizard Dueling Game created for Epic Nerd Camp, learn the rules and battle your camp mates!

Swords & Sabers

Learn from a variety of sword types & techniques.

Archery

Don’t take an arrow to the knee.

PIONEERING

Trails leading to adventure and excitement begin at our front door. You will discover the wonders of living with nature and learn the skills to survive in the wilderness.

Balance on a cable, soar into the sky on our 50-foot giant swing, or slide down a zip line longer than a football field on our 17-station ropes course built in the woods.

Enjoy a panoramic view of Island Lake from the tops of our two 34-foot climbing towers. Learn the skills and climb your way to the top on beginner, intermediate, or advanced routes. Master the arts of climbing the walls, rappelling, and belaying. In pioneering, you can feel like you’re on top of the world.

The Two (Climbing) Towers, Zip Line, Shelter Building, Orienteering, 50-Foot Giant Swing, Outdoor Cooking, Climbing, Rappelling, Belaying, 17-Station Ropes Course, Challenge Course (High & Low Stations)

MERMAIDING

Learn how the merfolk swim! We have monofins for class use, but the tail (bathing suit part) is something you’ll need to bring, if you want to go 100% mer.

ESCAPE  ROOM

Our magician/magic instructor can sometimes get a bit carried away in the search for his protégé. Usually, our magic lessons go off without a hitch, but sometimes he likes to “test” his students’ skills by locking them in the Magician’s Studio. You’ll have to use your powers of perception and problem solving skills to find your way out of this tricky situation.

Lake

Waterfront Fun! Activity periods can be spent relaxing on the beach, swimming in the pool, or enjoying our recreational crafts such as the water trampoline, iceberg, funyaks, surfboards, pedal boats, and more.

FAQ

If you are excited about what Epic Nerd Camp has to offer, you’re nerdy enough. You don’t need to have previous experience in doing any of the things you’re excited about. Trying new things is one of the best parts of camp! However, if you are looking at this as a cheap alternative to a specialty camp (i.e. circus, rock climbing, etc), and disdain the nerdy aspects, ENC is not for you. If you’re looking for some nerds to troll/bully, ENC is not for you. We’ll boot you out and keep your money. 🙂

ENC 2018 will take place from 11am on August 15th to 11am on August 19th, 2018.

Starrucca, Pennsylvania. Please check out directions-to-camp.

Registration for camp will be available for $499 until April 7th, after that date tickets will cost $599.

December 15th-April 7th: $499

April 7th-: July 31st $599

Registration closes July 31st.

Up until now, ENC has had a strict no-refund policy, but we’re changing it!

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Refund requests made more than 90 days (May 18th, 2018) before the start of camp are eligible to receive a refund of their paid registration fee, minus a $75 cancellation fee.

Refund requests made between 61 – 90 days (May 17th, 2018-June 15th, 2018) prior to the start of camp are eligible to receive a 50% refund of the paid registration fee.

Refund requests made within 60 days of camp (June 16th, 2018) will not be eligible for a refund.

Tickets are limited to one session this year, and as such will be available until spots are all filled up or until August 1st.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) is the airport that you will find the cheapest flight with the lowest amount of connections. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre is closer, so if you can find a cheap flight into there and want to rent a car or get a ride, go for it. If you have your own plane, I think there’s an airstrip on the same road as the camp, but we’ll have to ask if you can use it. (Someone already inquired about this, so I’m just putting it out there.) Our shuttle will be running from Newark on the morning of August 15th. (Time and cost TBA in time for registration)

We have several options when it comes to bunking, including co-ed cabins. There’ll be a spot on our camper survey to let us know who you want to bunk with! All of the beds are single “cot-sized” beds. Some people push them together to sleep closer to their companion. If you want to bring an air mattress instead, we can accommodate that. In any case, you might want to bring one of those egg-crate foam thingies, or some memory foam…..just saying.

Yes. We will not be selling alcohol, but you are welcome to bring your own.

You must be 21+ years of age by your arrival at camp. There is no upper age limit.

Yes, you will be provided with three meals each day, breakfast lunch and dinner. You are, of course, welcome to bring your own. We will have vegetarian and gluten-free* options, and although you can probably put together a vegan meal from the food available, we do not specifically have a vegan option.

The cafeteria is completely nut free.

*Yes, really gluten-free! Prepared in a separate area from food containing gluten. You are also welcome to bring prepared meals and keep them in the kitchen fridge.

Other than your awesome self, you will need to bring your own linens (whatever you require for your bed/pillow/blankets/towel).

If you have any personal games you want to bring, do it! And yes, you can bring your costumes. WE ENCOURAGE IT!packing list

Sadly, no. We actually put a lot of thought into finding a work-around for the problem, but there are stairs and hills positively everywhere.

Our campers with limited mobility have really struggled to get around. You must be able to get yourself up and down hills, and walk about 10,000 steps a day.

Absolutely!! Anyone with preferences or concerns in regards to lodging may contact us at Adventure@EpicNerdCamp.com. We want everyone to be comfortable, and have a Safer Spaces Team here to address and handle any concerns.

Although the range is from 21-65, the bulk of our campers are in their mid-2os to mid-40s. Several campers have come or returned with their parents.  Age doesn’t seem to matter though, as our shared passion of fandoms, games, and creative media is a huge equalizer.

Yes, definitely yes. There is no way to work around this, not only will ENC have photographers, but all of the campers will be taking pictures as well. If you have any issues with showing up in a photograph or video, this may not be the best fit for you. There’s a photo release in the registration waiver.

Yes, this was a legit question last year…..more than once.

The gravel is large. It’s like a mix of regular sized Legos and Duplos. (Did you know that Lego owns Duplo?! I didn’t, until today.)

Anyway, it’s not suitable for skating or rollerblading, bikes are fine. See FAQ regarding bikes.

We will have a limited shuttle on the 15th from Newark, there will be 1 scheduled shuttle to and from camp. Tickets will be at a first come-first serve basis.

Times and ticket available TBA at a future date (They will be announced before tickets go on sale later this month).

So many of our activities carry inherent risk. Qualified instructors will guide you, but sometimes injuries happen. We have nurses and first responders on-site for first-aid, but as an adult, you are ultimately responsible for taking care of yourself. So, if you are, for example, horsing around in the dark with lightsabers and happen to chip a tooth, you are responsible for any resulting dentist or hospital bills.

You: “Oh my, but that example is oddly specific…”

Me: “Yes…. yes it is.”

You may bring your bicycle as long as you also bring (and wear) an appropriate helmet (on your head).

I friggin’ wish! My dog is awesome! Her name is Willow and she is #1 Good Dog.

Unless your dog is legally certified as a service animal, you have to do what we do, and leave your super awesome doggo at home :(((((( <-super sadface

If they are over 21 years old by the first day of camp. absolutely!

So did we! Changes and uncertainties pertaining to the laws that enable work visas for internationally sourced camp staff made our chosen venue fall through. 🙁 We are determined to have a west coast camp at a venue that “gets” us and our mission, so we have to put more time and thought into who to partner with next.

If you have Verizon, you should be fine, people like us with AT&T have to go on more of an adventure to find a signal. We will not have Wifi available for campers, you are welcome to bring your own Wifi Hotspots though.

Nonetheless, many of you will find that disconnecting is a wonderful feeling, you may not end up missing your phone all that much!

We will have 2-3 designated smoking areas, any smoking outside of these areas is not allowed. All of these smoking areas will be equipped with “Butt Buckets”, please respect the property and dispose of your butts.

You sure can! The beds leave a bit to be desired, so you are welcome to bring an air mattress or camp pad, and we’ll move a bed out of the cabin to make room. In any case, you may want to bring one of those egg-crate or memory foam toppers.