FANTASTICAL ADVENTURES

HARRY POTTER: HOGWARTS AMERICANA

 
 
 
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Ages: Entering grades 3-7
Location:
Dairy Knoll
600 Neds Way
Tiburon, CA 94920
Fees:
$450 (+$50 for ferry service to & from SF)
$356 week of July 3rd (+$40 for ferry service to & from SF)
Time: 9:00am - 4:00pm
Dates:
June 19-23, 2017       #3312.401
June 26-30, 2017       #3312.402
July 3-7, 2017**        #3312.403

**No camp on July 4th 
 
Camp Cancellations will be processed less a $50 cancellation fee. NO REFUNDS will be given for cancellations made within the 4 weeks to the start date of your camp session. No refunds will be issued due to illness. Camp Transfers must be made at least 1 week prior to you camp session’s start date and will incur a $15 transfer fee.
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HEAD BOYS AND GIRLS Are you just a little too old to be a camper at Harry Potter Camp? Want to help us out? We need Head Boys & Head Girls (CITs)... We have CIT spots available for our Fantastical Adventure Day Camps. If your child has completed the 7th grade see the CIT page for more information on how to become a Counselor-In-Training.

WELCOME

Welcome to Hogwarts Americana - the American extension of Hogwarts. Campers will be immersed in the fictional world of Harry Potter. They’ll start off by being sorted into one of four houses - Embredor, Firesong, Grizzlestorm or Paladorn. During this magical week students will experience Potion Making, Charms, Muggle Magic, Care of Magical Creatures, Quidditch and plenty of games that will give them chances to earn points for their houses. Who will win the House Cup? Campers should bring a daily lunch and snack, except on Friday when we provide the feast! Please let us know of any allergies beforehand.

CLASSES

“Students” will attended classes specific to Hogwarts...
POTION MAKING In this class students will experience basic chemistry and create some fun and edible “potions”.
CARE OF MAGICAL CREATURES Create your own creature. Where does it come from? What does it look like? After creating the creature on paper students will have the chance to create it using molding clay. It’s their very own creature that they can take home.
DEFENSE AGAINST THE DARK ARTS What animal does your Patronus resemble? Will it work on the Dementors? We’ll find out.
CHARMS What happens when you use a laughing charm on the other students? What about a freezing charm?
TRANSFIGURATION Transform modeling clay into magical items. Transfigure it quicker than the other students and you’ll earn points for your house.

ACTIVITIES

“Students” will also take part in a number of wizarding activities...
 
QUIDDITCH Are you a seeker, beater or chaser? We’ll be playing a nonflying version of Quidditch (because nobody wants to wake up in the hospital wing with Madame Pompfrey staring at them). Players will try different positions to find the right one.
WAND MAKING Olivander is all the way in London so we’ll need to make our own wands. Will yours contain a Unicorn hair, Phoenix feather or Dragon heartstring?
WIZARDING GAMES Earn some points for your houses by playing games like Giants, Wizards and Elves, Pass the Snitch, FFEACH, The House Feud, Immobulus, Who Am I and more.
STUMP THE PROFESSORS Can you stump the professors with your Harry Potter knowledge? If so, you’ll earn points for your House. But beware, the professors know their stuff.
READY, ACTION! Those students who enjoy acting will have a chance to gather together and create a Harry Potter skit. Perform it in front of the rest of the school for some fun and laughs.
DUELING A student favorite! After learning some dueling spells you’ll get the chance to duel other students. Can’t remember the spells? No problem, they’re posted on the walls for reference. And...this is only a part of what we’ll be doing during this exciting week. Space is limited and this camp is sure to fill up. Don’t wait to register.

SPECIAL EVENTS

“Students” will also take part in a number of wizarding special events...
OWL HUNT Owls have escaped the Owl emporium. We have been asked to find them. After all, how else are students going to get their daily owl posts?
SORCERER'S STONE CHALLENGE As a team your House must get past Fluffy, the Devil’s Snare and more to find the Sorcerer’s Stone before the other House does.
THE TRI-WIZARD TOURNAMENT Who’ll represent your House in getting the Dragon’s Egg, rescuing a loved one and making their way through the maze to earn the Tri-Wizard Cup? ENCHANTED FOREST HUNT A band of thieves have robbed Gringotts. As the Aurors chased the thieves on brooms over the Enchanted Forest the bandits dropped their loot. Hogwarts Americana students have been tasked with recovering all the gold. Find the most gold and you will be rewarded - but watch out for the creatures that lurk in the forest. Good thing we are searching in the daylight. HORCRUX HUNT This scavenger hunt only has 7 items that need to be found. Which House will find the most?
END OF TERM FEAST We do not provide lunch except on the last day of camp. We’ll announce the winning House and have some pizza. We may also have a special potions concoction for our beverage.

HARRY POTTER CAMP FAQs

What is a typical day like? There is no "typical day" at HP Camp. One day may be a potions lesson and the next day Quidditch. Each day "students" will come in and check their owl mail. Beyond that the activities vary from day to day.
How knowledgeable do students need to be about Harry Potter? This is a question we get a lot. This camp will be enjoyed by any Harry Potter fan whether they have seen one movie or have read all the books. Of course, the more they know about the wizarding world of Harry Potter, the more they will enjoy their time at camp. We have had students who have only read the first book. We also get students that have read every book multiple times and have watched all the movies. We find that they all enjoy the experience. However, if a student has never seen a movie or read a book, they will not “get it”. We discourage parents from sending kids, who know nothing about Harry Potter, to camp with their siblings who are Harry Potter fans. A word on “spoilers” - The Harry Potter stories are filled with wonderful mysteries and surprises. We know that not all campers will have read all of the books by the time camp begins. Just to be clear, we talk about the entire series - a lot. Thus, we expect that there will be some “spoilers” for some campers. That said, it is our experience that having been “spoiled” does not keep kids from still enjoying reading the books and/or watching the movies.
What should students bring to Hogwarts Americana? Each day (except for Friday) everyone should bring a lunch and snack. Students should bring sunscreen and water as well as their lunch. Optional: Students will gain additional house points for wearing anything Hogwarts/Harry Potter appropriate. Many students have worn/brought robes, Hogwarts ties, Harry Potter buttons, "official" wands, Harry Potter scar, Harry Potter glasses, and more. Please leave the sword of Gryffindor and Nagini at home.
How do I make sure my child is in Gryffindor? At Hogwarts Americana the houses are Embredor, Grizzlestorm, Paladorn and Firesong. Gryffindor is at the Hogwarts in the U.K.
Are snacks provided? No. They may get an Every Flavor Bean or two, but that's about it.
Where is camp? At the Dairy Knoll in Tiburon, 600 Neds Way.
Should my child dress up? If they do, they will earn their house extra points, but it's not necessary.
Will you be playing Quidditch? Of course.
Are there any potions that might be dangerous? No. All the dangerous potions are for seventh year students.
What are the qualifications of the staff? Professor Corny loves to wear a robe and swish 'n' flick her wand all day long. She also was an international Quidditch Star. She loves to go on hunts, whether it be for Horcruxes or potion ingredients in the Enchanted Forest. She claims to have ridden a dragon once, but we think she's pulling our leg. Her favorite way to travel is by port key (she likes the feeling of being sucked into space for some reason).
 
Having trouble registering? Contact the Camp Director, Cornelia Busse-Geagan at cbussegeagan@theranchtoday.org or the Camp Supervisor, Tina Morales at tmorales@theranchtoday.org 
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