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    Camp Halfblood at Brownstone Books
    Camp Halfblood at Brownstone Books
    Street:
    Prospect Park
    Neighborhood:
    Park Slope

    Review and Rating

    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 19-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Experience with in-person Camp Halfblood?
    Comment:  I walk by camp half-blood almost every day while I walk my dog. I've always thought it looked like great fun, even before I had a kid. I'm super impressed with the covid-19 safety protocols compared to previous summers. When I walk by the kids and teachers ALL have a mask on their person. at any given time probably 90% of the kids and caretakers are wearing the mask properly - covering the nose and mouth. Fencing with long padded swords is an inherently socially distant sport, and their other games seem to be fun but distant - like "keep away" or "hide and go seek". I'm not sure what they are playing, but they are pretty spread out. The only time I see a group of kids/caretakers not wearing a mask, is when they are obviously eating lunch. even then, they are all sitting 6+ feet apart. lunch times seem to be staggered, and only groups of 10 or so are eating at once (i think they used to all break all together before). I even saw some organized hand washing... which takes foresight when you are outside. this is just my observation walking by. My daughter is too young to go to the camp, but if she was old enough i would send her. I hope it's still running by then, it looks really fun! It is safer to interact with others outside rather than inside, and they are being really careful and safe.
    Reviewed by 2020Review
    On 19-Aug-2020
    Subject:  Experience with in-person Camp Halfblood?
    Comment:  My oldest went to Daring Girls (the all-girls camp under the same umbrella as Half-Blood) the last week of July and it was great. Temperature checks every morning and the girls were outside with masks on all day. The only time they took off their masks was to eat.The last day got rained out so they went virtual and that was surprisingly wonderful, too.
    Reviewed by 2018Review
    On 22-Oct-2018
    Subject:  2018 Summer Camp Reviews
    Comment:  Age of child: 8 Summer 2018 Review: This was the antidote to short recess all year! My kid, who normally begs to take a video game to camp, happily spent all day running around outside. He loved the quests and battles - these incorporate various games within the framework of an imaginative story (e.g. an allied magicial is kidnapped by an evil god and has to be rescued).
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    On 30-May-2015
    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? Yes Do 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.
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    On 30-May-2015
    Subject:  Review from 2013 Summer Camp Experience
    Comment:  Age of Child: 8 Likes: 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? No Do you recommend? Recommend Do 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 PSPMemberReview
    On 24-Sep-2012
    Subject:  2012 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Camp Camp Half-Blood Prospect Park Day Care or Sleep Away-- DCProgram: Age of Child: 8 Likes: As a big mythology fan, she loved the sword-fighting, the role-playing, the archery, the quests. The camp is outdoors, and she got lots of exercise chasing the Hydra and fighting the Nemean Lion all over Prospect Park. What would you change? Not much -- she had a great time. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add?Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 24-Sep-2012
    Subject:  2012 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Camp Camp Half-Blood Prospect Park Day Care or Sleep Away-- DCProgram: Weeks II and IV Age of Child: 8 Likes: It's based on the Rick Riordan Percy Jackson and the Olympians series of books, and the kids talk about mythology and receive prophecies, go on quests, practice archery, and, best of all for my son, they are given styrofoam swords (covered in silver duct tape) and they get to "duel" all day, or, basically, to hit each other pretty hard without anyone getting too hurt. What would you change? Since my son was a returning camper, he had a sword, but some of his friends who were new this year had to wait until the third day of camp to get their own swords. Overall, though, I like the people in charge, and my son had a great time. Would you send your child(ren) again? Yes Do you recommend? Highly recommend Do you have any other information to add? It's a lot of boys, with not nearly as many girls, but the girls who participate seem to enjoy it. The kids get REALLY dirty. My son picked up some pretty icky jokes and some inappropriate words form the older boys, but we dealt with it. If he could have gone all 4 weeks, instead of just 2, he would have.Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience
    Reviewed by PSPMemberReview
    On 24-Sep-2012
    Subject:  2012 Summer Camp Survey
    Comment:  Camp Brownstone Books Prospect Park Day Care or Sleep Away-- DCProgram: Camp Halfblood Age of Child: 10 Likes: She loved the imagination and the way the camp translated the Percy Jackson books to real camp adventures 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? This is a camp for both girls and boys and it is for kids who like to be active and act out make-believe. The kids are issued swords made from duct tape and foam and engage in play sword fights. There is heavy emphasis on the Percy Jackson books so it would be pretty important for a child to have read at least one of them (The Lightning Thief, is the first). Being interested in the Greek Myths is also pretty important. My daughter was transported to a different world and was insistent about waking up and getting to camp on time (very unlike school or anything else, for that matter).Review from 2012 Summer Camp Experience