Adventures In Cardboard: A Summer Camp For Kids To Build Armor, Weapons And Castles Out Of Cardboard

October 15, 2015

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In Where The Hell Was This When I Was Growing Up news (jk jk, I got to go to Space Camp), Adventures In Cardboard is a series of 1-week summer camps where kids get to design and build their own armor, weapons and castles out of cardboard. Man, I f***ing love cardboard so much I could puke right now thinking about having enough of it to build an entire castle. Camp activity highlights:

Arms & Armor


Construct and design your own suit of armor. Work independently or collaborate with a team. Spikes, fins, scales, plates, helmets, gauntlets, shields limited only by your imagination. Go classic or go mythic. Add your sword, ax, mace, halberd, spear or other deadly accoutrements. Use and improve what you make in daily games of capture the flag.

Or... scrap the arms and armor and work instead on magical tomes, artifacts of power, hoods, capes, crowns, wands and rings of power!

Giant Castle

Design and build an actual castle or fortified village to inhabit, attack and defend with basic woodwork framing and large cardboard construction. Make walls festooned with battlements. Raise towers. Install a gatehouse with portcullis, arrow-loops and drop holes to defend the entryway.

Trail & Field Games

Develop group identities and team strategies to defend or storm the castle in daily competitions of capture the flag and other games. Plenty of paved paths for bicycle patrols, open fields for pitched battles, shoreline beaches for longboat raids and wooded trails for haunted towers and wizardry!

Campers are divided into six different houses each with its own set of virtues. The Houses of Arko, Drake, Vildegris, Aquila, Håkarl and Hart collaborate and compete in games that seek to instill integrity, chivalry, creativity and collaborative play.

My God, that sounds like a wonderful time. Anybody want to start an adult version with me? "It already exists, it's called LARPing." Heck yeah, let's LARP then! I'm going to be a knight, what are you going to be? "I'm going to be a wizard." Awesome, put this wig on. "This is a maiden's wig." Yeah...somebody else already called wizard, now you're my love interest.

Keep going for several more shots and a couple videos of all the fun to be had.

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Thanks to Allyson, jeffjeffjeff and Peter K, who agree we should start our own series of cardboard summer camps with all different kinds of themes like pirates and robots and space rangers.

  • MustacheHam

    This is pretty cool.

  • Oh to be a kid again.

  • GeneralDisorder

    There's a rather widely ranged club called Society for Creative Anachronism that is basically a weekly thing this post is about.

    I'd imagine they are ok with varying eras of history as well. I met a couple people who were members of SCA. They were weird. Imagine Renaissance Fair workers but they don't get paid.

  • Toastrider

    No argument there.

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