Epic Nerd Camp – Geek Summer Camp for Grown Ups2018-08-27T18:02:47+00:00
Epic Nerd Camp
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What is Epic Nerd Camp?

Geek Summer Camp For Grownups

Epic Nerd Camp is an adult summer camp program for geeks ages 21+ who enjoy gaming, fantasy, and sci-fi. It’s 5 days/4 nights of playing tabletop games, live action role-playing, and doing activities IRL that characters do in-game. You’ll find out what it takes to be a hero as you learn swordplay, archery, level up your crafting skills, and even learn to fly.

Epic Nerd Camp is an experience that focuses on building community through social activities, learning “hero” skills, playing games, expressing creativity, and making the kind of lasting friendships that come from adult summer camp!

Our Program

At Epic Nerd Camp, you will enjoy busy, productive days following a personalized schedule that you choose, with classes designed for adult summer camp. Each day consists of small group classes and activities, as well as camp-wide adventures. For details about activities, check out our activities page. For a look at our 2018 daily schedule, CLICK HERE.

Where Is This Magical Place?

Our 2018 venue is located in the beautiful Poconos Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. The picturesque setting of this 550 acre property includes a large lake for our abundance of water activities.

All of our cabins include indoor bathrooms and showers with constant access to hot water. During registration you will be able to choose between all-male, all-female, or mixed-gender cabins. We take pride in our Safer Spaces protocols and will make every effort to ensure everybody is as comfortable as possible.

3 meals per day are provided, including options for Vegetarian and Gluten-Free meals for those who notify us during registration. See our Venue page for more details.

Adult Summer Camp For Geeks

Located in northeastern Pennsylvania, Epic Nerd Camp is a summer “campvention” (like a convention and a summer camp had a geeky baby) for adults 21+ who enjoy gaming, fantasy, and sci-fi.   It’s 5 days/4 nights of playing tabletop games, live action role-playing, and doing activities IRL that characters do in-game.

This August 15th-19th, you’ll find out what it takes to be a hero as you learn swordplay, archery, level up your crafting skills, and even learn to fly.

Frequently Asked Questions

Dates for ENC 2019 have not been released yet. ENC 2018 was August 15th- August 19th!

Details for ENC 2019 have not been released yet.

Registration for ENC 2018 (which covers food. lodging, and a crap ton of activities), was $599

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. 🙂

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

 ENC 2018 Cancellation & Refund Policy

Refund requests made more than 90 days 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 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 will not be eligible for a refund.

2019 POLICY SUBJECT TO CHANGE

The details for ENC 2019 have not been released yet.

Yes! We have several options when it comes to bunking, including co-ed cabins.  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. More details to come with ENC 2019 announcements.

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. 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, by a separate chef. You are also welcome to bring prepared meals and keep them in the kitchen fridge.

As mentioned above, there will be 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.
  • All GF meals are prepared separate from food containing gluten.

If you have severe food allergies (Celiac/etc), you are also welcome to bring prepared meals and keep them in the kitchen fridge. Please contact us well in advance and notify us if you plan to do so, we will make every effort to make this as convenient and safe as possible.

Other than your awesome self, you will need to bring your own linens (whatever you require for your bed/pillow/blankets/towel). THIS POST in our Facebook Group will give you a pretty good idea of what to bring.

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

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

Our campers with limited mobility have really struggled to get around. As much as we would love to, we can’t transport individuals around camp. You must be able to get yourself up and down hills, and walk about 10,000 steps a day, unassisted by staff.

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.

All three years have had slightly more campers who use female pronouns, which is unusual for a “nerd” event… but we excel in “unusual” ;P

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.

Probably not. With so many campers returning via carpooling with friends they made at camp, the demand is smaller every year, to the point where it’s become unviable. Joining our FACEBOOK GROUP is the best way to arrange a ride.

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 specifically trained to perform absolutely necessary tasks for you (as defined by the ADA), you have to do what we do, and leave your super awesome doggo at home :(((((( <-super sadface. Service animals are a need, not a want. If you are wondering whether or not you should bring your animal, you should not.

If they are over 21 years old by the first day of camp, they can absolutely register for camp!

So did we! Thanks to our current government administration, 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!

The designated smoking areas are the parking lot, and a spot behind the cafeteria. 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.

Please email us at [email protected] and we will answer all of your questions to the best of our ability!