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    Camp Half Blood
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    Prospect Park Parade Grounds

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 24-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Summer Camp Survey 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 11Review: Fantastic program, lots of fun outside time, kids have a blast, get a lot of sun and sweat. It's what I call a "warrior camp", modeled partly after the Percy Jackson books so the kids make cardboard swords and shields and play Greek games (like dodgeball, called something more interesting) - very clever. It's from 9-4 near Harmony Playground which is convenient to many Brooklynites. And it's reasonably priced, esp. for Slope these days.What would you change about the program, if anything? I'd have an after-camp option for pickup from 5-6 p.m., would make the camp so much easier to navigate than dropoff and pickup during business hours. Not as friendly to working parents so just do it one week per summer.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 24-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Summer Camp Survey 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 8Review: This camp is a perfect place for an active fantasy-loving kid. Drop off is at 9th Street and PPW, and the kids are given foam swords and shields which they decorate to make their own. The kids are on teams named after the Greek gods and they go on adventures every day through the park. I can say that my son came home telling me stories about the days adventures and was dirtier than I've ever seen him and exhausted every night. He already wants to go back next summer for two weeks instead of one.What would you change about the program, if anything? Pickup is at 4pm which is hard for a working parent. I wish they had an extended day until 6pm.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 24-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Summer Camp Survey 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 7Review: We've sent our boys to a lot of cool camps, and this is their all-time favorite, for reasons I don't entirely understand. It seems to hit the sweet spot of enacting their epic fantasies, being creative, and running around like sword-wielding maniacs. Mom loves it because it's literary. Every day after camp they jam their heads into the Riordan books and D'Aulaires' Book of Greek Myths. We've done it two years in a row (one week each), with plenty of related reading in the off season, and by now they know their mythology inside and out. The other pluses of this camp are that it's relatively long (9-4) and drop-off and pick-up are conveniently located at the Lafayette statue by the 9th St. entrance to the park. Five stars.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 24-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Summer Camp Survey 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 8Review: My son is a huge fan of anything to do with mythology, so this was like heaven for him. Fighting "monsters", completing quests and learning about Greek myths, he lapped it all up and wanted more. Already signed him up for next year.What would you change about the program, if anything? Wish there was an early morning drop off option. Getting my son there and getting to work on time was nigh on impossible!
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 24-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Summer Camp Survey 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 8Review: If you have a child who loves fighting, questing and all things Greek mythology, Camp Half Blood is perfection. This is my oldest son's third year attending and he'll be back again next year. It's incredibly creative, so well organized, and the staff is wonderful. The first year we went, my son hadn't even read the Percy Jackson books [which this camp is based on]- although now he has, and is mildly obsessed- so you don't need to be a Percy Jackson fan to appreciate how fun this camp is. Every day there are greek mythology themed electives- forging, shield making, sword fighting- and every week there is a "quest." There is a lot of running around and my son would always return sweaty, dirty and happy. We'll be sending our middle child next year, and our youngest after that. Highly recommend.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 24-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Summer Camp Survey 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 6 and 10Review: This was my oldest son's 3rd year at CHB. My younger son's 1st year. They both love it. And want to go back for 3 weeks next summer. My oldest is a huge Percy Jackson/Greek mythology fan but my youngest only knows a bit about it. They just love the whole day. The quests, the skills electives training, Olympic events and most especially the sword-fighting. They love those swords and use them all year long. It is a unique camp experience. I love that they spend the whole day outside and that they have so much fun every day. They come home tired and dirty but always excited for the next day!What would you change about the program, if anything? Both my boys complained that some of the camp counselors cheated to help their cabins win various events. The majority of the counselors I've dealt with over the years have been great but this year I heard this complaint from a few other kids too. Not good role modeling and hopefully just isolated incidences.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 24-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Summer Camp Survey 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 9Review: Mostly positive, but he got stressed out about competitive aspects of camp and disappointed when he or his team lost to other campersWhat would you change about the program, if anything? Implement more of an "everybody wins" policy. Also, 9am to 4pm was very hard to manage for our family. Earlier dropoff and later pickup would make a huge difference.
    Reviewed by 2016Review
    On 24-Sep-2016
    Subject:  Summer Camp Survey 2016
    Comment:  Age of child: 11Review: He had a great time. He loves the Percy Jackson books and enjoyed joining in that world. The kids were in the park all day, playing and battling. At pick up he was tired and dirty! He had been disappointed at which group he was placed in (we signed up last minute so it was slim pickings) but literally from day 1 he was loyal to his group and on day 5 came home with his arm sharpie'd "#herms4lyfe!What would you change about the program, if anything? He had two complaints - would have liked more art supplies for "forging" weapons etc, and there were dodge ball games, a few too many for his taste
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    On 23-Sep-2015
    Subject:  Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Age of Child: 11 Likes: My son really likes running around the park with his group of kids going on Quests ,playing " Capture the flag " with other Groups of kids in different 'Houses" lots of sword fighting with this very cool and save swords made by the camp. It follows the series of Percy Jackson and the kids also learn about Greek mythology What would you change? nothing Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? It is also reasonable priced as summer camps go.
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    On 23-Sep-2015
    Subject:  Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Age of Child: 9 Likes: sword and shield designing - sword fighting - quests - archery - olympics What would you change? Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
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    On 23-Sep-2015
    Subject:  Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Age of Child: 9 Likes: Outdoors all day. Imaginative fantasy play. Greek mythology. Team building skills. What would you change? I think it's great. It is a bit of a pain when it rains and you have to get to the alternate location since it is not in PS but just pray that the weather gods are kind. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? Kids are split into cabins with Greek mythology god names. Whether your child read the Percy Jackson books or not, they will love the swordfighting, shield making, cabin challenges, archery, etc. There is a wide range of ages at the camp but they all seem to work together in a team fashion.
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    On 23-Sep-2015
    Subject:  Review from 2015 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Age of Child: 10 Likes: My son loves the camp, he says it is "really fun." He says the counselors are "really nice." He gives the camp "5 stars." I like the director, Crystal. She is pleasant, organized and amazingly responsive to emails/calls even with so many campers. The kids are outside all day and unplugged. The kids their imaginations and my son looks forward to his "quest.". The camp has encouraged my son to learn Greek mythology and to read (!). The counselors are courteous and kid friendly. What would you change? Have less sword fighting and some more variety in activities. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 23-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience
    Comment:  Age of Child: 8Likes: It's based on the Percy Jackson books, which my child has read multiple times. It's imagination-based and very active--lots of sword-play, archery, and running around the park.What would you change? The camp needs a much better back-up plan and location for rain dates. Currently the rain location is far, far away from the park and the kids spend the whole day there if a rain day is called, even if it doesn't rain, since they can't get back to the park. Since the whole program is park-based, this is a huge problem.Would you send your child(ren) again? NoDo you recommend? RecommendDo you have any other information to add? We were looking forward to chariot races, but they did not happen while we were there.
    Reviewed by Administrator
    On 23-Oct-2013
    Subject:  Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience
    Comment:  Age of Child: 7Likes: This week was one of the highlights of my son's summer experiences. He loved the counselors and all the activities from learning sword-fighting and archery to fighting with "monsters" in the park. Tired and happy at the end of each day after spending it outdoors - very interested in Percy Jackson and Greek Mythology as a result. I loved that it was low-tech and imagination fueled!What would you change? Nothing!Would you send your child(ren) again? YesDo you recommend? Highly recommendDo you have any other information to add? Good to familiarize a child with Percy Jackson and his adventures a bit before the camp begins so that they understand the references.