LAP at Ye Old Commons FAQ

What is happening?

Our main residential summer camp consists of a fairly consistent weekly schedule that  mixes camp-wide activities, enrichment classes, open activities, and in-game modules.

 

Sundays start off with a group activity run by the cabin leaders to help youth develop internal cabin principles that all of them would like to abide by for the next week. This takes on a LARP/artistic flavor by having the students develop a sigil for their cabin using the principles they came up with and their cabin leader’s guidance on symbolic heraldry. This activity runs concurrently with settling in to the cabins as students have a three hour window to arrive in. Once all students have checked-in and finished the activity, we hold a camp meeting to go over our community principles, specific camp rules and the weekly schedule.

 

Monday through Wednesday all follow the same schedule though classes and activities vary day-by-day. Before breakfast students are woken by their cabin leaders and there is a camp-wide morning exercise. After breakfast we have our morning classes taught by our undergraduate and graduate interns from Lesley University with assistance from core staff members. Students take these classes roughly according to their cabin groups (adjusted for evenness) and rotate between the interns each day.

 

Those classes take us right to lunch and after that, open afternoon activities begin. Students are given a wide array of classes either taught by L.A.P. instructors or under the guidance of an L.A.P. instructor. Classes include improv acting, herbalism, sneaking and roguery, tracking, survival, model-making, arts and crafts, special effects make-up, wizard chemistry and more. These classes lead to dinner and then students have an hour of free time to get centered before the game. Students are encouraged to spend this time quietly and restfully, instead of as casual social time.

 

Evenings on these days are in-game modules during which the students take on the role of their characters and interact with a dynamic open-world (free to explore) plot crafted by our staff members. These modules offer opportunities for both camp-wide plot activities and age-appropriate mods that scale up or down for camper maturity and parent request. After the module is over, campers are sent to bed immediately and are overseen by their camp leaders in this process to make sure everyone is getting enough sleep.  Light out 11:11pm

 

Thursday is slightly different as it is largely a ’24-hour’ game period in which the students fully experience the plot in a hugely immersive roleplaying environment. We end earlier on Thursdays and spend the usual evening module time to either pack-up, for those leaving, or clean up, for those staying the weekend.

 

Friday contains closing ceremonies and usually an art show of the many projects taken on during camp as well as a slideshow of pictures we’ve taken.

 

Who will be there?

Our core staff consists of Eric Love, Director, Alexis Moisand, Office Manager, Eli Flinn, Safety Instructor, and Alison Davis, Matron Instructor. You can find out more about our core staff members on our website (https://larpadventureprogram.wordpress.com/staff-bios-2/). Each summer we usually take on one or two Guest Instructors to teach specific workshops that we think the youth will benefit from. In addition, we hire a number of undergraduate students through Lesley University as counselors who are also taking on an concurrent internship with us.

 

Are adults CORI checked?

All adults who walk on site are CORI/SORI checked before they can begin their employment/volunteering. In addition, we renew these checks every year to make sure we are kept up to date. All staff members are personally interviewed by the Director and Office Manager and usually come from past community involvement (graduate students, parents/guardians, siblings, etc).

 

Hazings and abuse?

We hold to a strict set of community principles that are a key part of the school year and summer curriculums. In the ten years that we have been doing youth programming individually and the three years now that we have been doing youth programming as an organization, we have never had a case of internal hazing or abuse and we attribute this to 1) the commitment of all our community members to the principles that we teach and 2) our preparedness to respond to such situations. In order to uphold those principles, we have daily camp meetings with all youth and we have adult supervision at all times, including in the cabins themselves.

 

What is the ratio of youth to leadership position?

We hold to a strict 1:10 counselor to youth ratio on-site. In fact, in past years our ratios have been closer to 1:5 thanks to an excellent staff and great community support.

 

Is there a set bedtime?

Bedtimes can be set by parents prior to the event or at check-in, or they can be left up to youth. Our night activities can go until 10p.m. to 12 a.m. We are happy to encourage early bedtimes, but we find that youth are oftentimes self-regulating and reasonable with their bedtimes. Due to the exciting and involved activities happening all day long, most youth are full prepared to sleep when it comes to 10 or 11 at night.

 

Is there a local hospital or ER?

There is a hospital in Southbridge roughly 15 minutes away from site with excellent ambulance response time. In three years we have yet to have to utilize their facilities but the site owners attest to their quality.

 

How many youth sleep in a cabin? How are they supervised there?

There are approximately 10-12 youth per cabin, grouped by age and gender, in addition to one intern / counselor per cabin. Counselors stay with the youth all day long and participate in the role playing alongside them, forming close bonds with the youth. Group bonding activities have also contributed to excellent counselor-camper bonds and most youth identity their counselors as their favorite staff member by the end of the camp session.

 

Is there laundry on site?

We provide laundry services on the weekend for students staying both weeks at no additional costs. Emergency laundry services are also available during the week in case of adverse weather conditions.

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