You remember summer camp, right? Canoes, cabins, maybe some s'mores around a campfire, and then you went home at the end of the week with bug bites and sunburn. Well, get ready to be jealous, because now kids in Portland, Ore., have a summer camp that teaches them to hunt ghosts like Hellboy.
Registration is now open for July sessions of the Official B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense) Training Camp, a five-day program that teaches kids everything from survival skills to telepathy (really) and even gives them a chance to investigate a spooky local legend.
Fans of the comics and the films will know that B.P.R.D. is the monster-battling organization that Hellboy calls home, along with his best pal, Abe Sapien, and his fiery main squeeze, Liz Sherman. The camp is officially sanctioned by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola and Hellboy publisher Dark Horse Comics, which is also based in Portland.
Here's the rundown of what to expect at the camp from the official website:
"Find out if you have what it takes to join an elite team of paranormal investigators combating the forces of darkness from all across the globe. We immerse you in tactical training of all forms, including survival skills in any environment (both earthly and non), martial arts and self-defense specific to praeternatural entities, hand to hand weaponry (we train foam swords, bows and more) and forensic investigation. All these key skills that every agent must have, plus you are steeped in the history of our Bureau and legacy of paranormal research."
Kids in the 9-10 age range get a localized crash course in spooky happenings, but kids aged 11-17 get a more in-depth paranormal experience.
"Older recruits also investigate nearby 'haunts', then finally travel to Camp Trackers near Sandy, Oregon to investigate reports of dark figures and strange happenings at the remnants of the old defunct town of Marmot. Here they search for legendary and lost pioneer cemetery (true story) to ask local spectres and spirits about the town's history and the legend of Adolph Aschoff, the man who is said to have sealed away an ancient evil upon the founding of the town."
And yes, Adolph Aschoff was a real person who really did found Marmot. The "ancient evil" part is made up, but that doesn't stop it from being fun.
So if you're in the Portland area and happen to have kids the right age (or if you happen to be a kid yourself), consider sending them to one of the most awesome summer camps ever this year.
(Via Bleeding Cool)