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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hellboy Summer Camp!

Posted by Alison Hallett on Tue, Jan 24, 2012 at 10:14 AM

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Dark Horse Comics and Trackers Earth just announced a Hellboy-themed summer camp in Portland this summer, wherein campers will "join an elite team of paranormal investigators combating the forces of darkness from all across the globe," and learn such "essential survival skills such as shelter building, stealth, and tactical and martial-arts training."

Ages 11—13 and 14—17: 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 a legendary and lost pioneer cemetery (true story) to ask local specters 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.

Wednesday—Friday Overnight: Older recruits culminate their week with a two-night stay at Camp Trackers’ outdoor wilderness site in Sandy, Oregon. This is the perfect opportunity to focus on many of the skills taught at the camp.

The B.P.R.D. Training Camp includes:

• Tactical training
• Survival in any environment
• Martial arts and self-defense specific to preternatural entities
• Hand-to-hand weaponry (foam swords, bows, and more)
• Investigation and forensics
• Folklore and mythology
• Potions and charms 101
• Telepathy training
• Gadgets of the occult: EMF detectors, polarized lenses, and other paranormal investigative gear
• Comparative analogy and physiology of monsters
• Construction of your own quality foam swords and training weapons
• Meeting with the artists of the comic book that documents the adventures of the B.P.R.D.
• Bureau history and paranormal research

No word yet on whether one of the camp counselors is Roger the Homunculus. It's a little spendy (maybe? I actually have no frame of reference for kid stuff), but sounds pretty fun—more details here.

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