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Island Lake is located in the beautiful Pocono Mountains in northeastern Pennsylvania. The picturesque setting of this 550 acre property includes a large lake for our abundance of water activities.

In addition to the lake, the venue has an Olympic-size swimming pool. Campers can participate in swimming and boating activities, or they can relax on the beach with their friends.  Art is located in a pavilion-style building so that campers can spend their creative time in the fresh air. A circus building invites you to participate in the many exciting activities along with indoor and outdoor flying trapezes. The pioneering program includes a 17-station challenge course, 2 climbing towers and the exciting giant swing as well as a zip line.

Enjoy your meals in a modern, cafeteria-style dining room. Breakfasts include a choice of cold cereals as well as a hot entrée ranging from bagels to pancakes to French toast. For lunch and dinner we offer a choice of several main courses, overabundant salad bars, fresh fruits, juices and milk. Of course, we also offer a vegetarian course with each meal. Meals would not be complete without our homemade desserts prepared daily by the on-site baker! We are able to accommodate all special dietary needs and the dining room is nut and peanut free.

Our campers are housed in comfortable cabins which include a bathroom containing two showers, two stalls, and three sinks. Each cabin has a covered porch and glass windows with screens. The beds are separated by half-walls, affording each camper extra privacy. There are cubbies and hanging space in every bunk with a dresser and an outlet next to each bed, making all of our campers’ living accommodations as comfortable as possible.

The venue boasts a huge, air-conditioned infirmary furnished with modern equipment. We will have registered nurses and EMTs on-site.

Frequently Asked Questions

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 (which covers food. lodging, and a crap ton of activities), is $599

Registration closes July 31st.

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.

 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 July 31st.

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.

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).

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 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.

As much as we would love to, we can neither promise nor dedicate any golf carts to transporting individuals. You are welcome to bring non-motorized transportation if you would like to, such as an off-road scooter or bicycle. For safety and insurance, a helmet must be worn at all times if you choose to use one.

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.

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. they can absolutely register for camp!

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.

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