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About

What is Camp Oak Hallows?

The brain-child of best friends Cole Cano and Virginia Gaffney, fellow nerds with a fondness for education. Located in Central Texas, our camp is privately-run but reflects the organization styles of Girl Scout camps, and Camp Champions, blended with everyone's favorite School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Campers participate in arts, education, and classic Magic-themed classes in week-long sessions all summer.

Why should I support a project like this?

This is not your standard American summer camp. Through balanced work and play, campers will have the opportunity to participate in their favorite magical and "muggle" activities, and older campers will be able to earn high school credits that relate to their magical studies. With access to the K12 Online School and Edgenuity E2020 programs, Camp Oak Hallows is currently set to offer: Chemistry, Environmental Studies, English III/IV, and several other relevant courses.

Our goal of $1 million will enable us to effectively invest in property and developments including living quarters and start-up supplies that can't be found so easily from local sponsors. The thorough and proper execution of this project will lead to the reclaiming of The N Word: nerd. It's a label plastered to thousands of kids in the public school system. We have the goal, as educators and artists, to take back The N Word while enriching the mind, body, and spirit through residential camp life, and the global collective love of the wizarding world.

 

What is 'camp life' like?

Campers are sorted into "Houses" by the magical career of their choosing (Potions master, nature and creature specialist, auror - just to name a few.) Housed with their like-minded peer campers and two trained counselors, campers will assemble their schedule from a selection of activities such as:

  • Potion making (with or without Chemistry credit)
  • Wand making
  • Study of magical creatures
  • Ancient Texts (with or without English credit)
  • Spells and Charms (with or without Latin credit)
  • Leadership and Team Building
  • Outdoor Skills (Scout badge earning potential)
  • Reading Circles
  • So many more!

After sorting and schedule-building, our team (The Muggle Borns) will engage campers in unique ways to encourage safe environment and a sense of belonging that may be out of reach in "the real world." There is a Zero Tolerance Policy for bullying, hazing, and "pranks."

As individuals, campers will grow as people and experience the Wizarding World like never before. As a family, we will unite in our passion for magic - both in and out of the books.

What does a camp session cost?

The current estimated cost of a one-week session of camp is $350. A detailed Camp Cost Evaluation will be made available on our website as we approach the Grand Opening in June of 2018.

 

Where can I get more information about The Muggle Borns and this project?

 

 Our website campoakhallows.webs.com details our story and includes contact information and FAQ. Please don't hesitate to check us out!

After our opening summer, we hope to expand to more fandoms and reach a wider audience, such as superwholockians. Your backing now enables future growth.

Risks and challenges

The challenges of owning and operating a summer camp are mainly social. Training staff members and creating a safe and enjoyable environment goes beyond money and power. But this is a risk that the Muggle Borns are willing to face.
Besides the management and team building aspect of camp-creating, maintaining an element of suspended-reality on camp grounds will be challenging, as technology has grown exponentially. Managing the use of personal electronics and teaching when is a "good time" to break out the iPod will make or break Camp Oak Hallows.

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    Every little bit counts to help make magic. Pledge to make ours, and we'll return a wand for you to make magic of your own.

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    Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.
    With your pledge, you keep the lights on at Camp Oak Hallows. Let us share that light with you at home with your own handmade candle.

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