FAQ

Where is the event?

The location of each event will be posted in the Store. We often use Scout campsites, 4H campsites, and a variety of other sites to host our events.

What should I wear to a LARP?

Click HERE to read our costuming guide, written by a former LAP student.

How much are tickets?

Ticket prices vary. The following variables are considered when we set ticket prices.

  • Length of the program. (Quantity of days & nights)
  • Are meals provided and how many
  • Ticket Type: PC or NPC
    • PC stands for Player Character. These are the bulk of the participants in a LARP. They are there to experience the story and have fun. Both middle school and high school students can register as a PC.
    • NPC stands for Non-Player Character. These participants are there to learn how to run a LARP and assist our staff throughout the event. This ticket type is often discounted because NPCs are expected to work and sometimes do not play a character of their own. NPC tickets are reserved for youth registered for our HS LARP class as they have already begun learning about the ins and outs of planning events.

Who will be there?

You can find out more about our core staff members HERE. They run our “Monster Camp.” They are in charge of making the event run – they craft an engaging story, set up art installations and scenery, and direct all the NPCs that your child will interact with over the course of the camp. We also have “Counselor Camp,” which consists of our experienced counselors. They will play the game alongside the youth, supporting them and helping them with the LARP as well as their real-world needs. We also have a number of staff who serve as Non-Player Characters, also known as NPCs, to help set up, clean up, and play the friendly creatures and nefarious villains that your youth will interact with within the game.

Are adults CORI checked?

All adults who walk onto an event or camp site (paid & volunteer) were CORI/SORI checked before they can begin working with us. 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). We also do a prior work history check (for confirmation of identity and good work ethic)

In accordance with MA License regulations all staff members are required to be First Aid CPR / AED certified or higher.

All youth staff, including CITs, are supervised by Adult staff. All CIT’s attend leadership and community arts development training, as well as First Aid CPR / AED training.

Have this community ever experienced hazing or abuse?

We hold to a strict set of community principles that encourage modesty, courtesy, integrity, self-control, perseverance, and an indomitable spirit. These 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 more recent years that we have offered youth programming as an organization, we have never had a case of internal hazing or abuse. 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 instructors?

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 end any time from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. We are happy to encourage early bedtimes, but we find that youth are often very self-regulating and reasonable with their bedtimes. Youth are generally prepared to go to bed after the modules for the night have been completed.

Is there a local hospital or ER?

Depending on where we hold our event, there will generally be a hospital within a fifteen to thirty minute drive of the site. We also have First Aid, CPR, and CERT Safe trained staff present at all of our events. In the years we have been running weekend events, we have never had to call an emergency ambulance.

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

The number of youth in a cabin is set by the location of the event. There are often 6 youths in a cabin but this can change if we find a new site to work with. The campers are grouped by age and gender and are supervised by a counselor. The counselors will be within easy reach of the youth throughout the event, often staying in their own separate cabins close to the youth cabins. Counselors stay with the youth all day long and participate in role-playing alongside them, forming close bonds with the youth. Most youths identify their counselors as their favorite staff members by the end of the event.