For the past five years I've directed a week-long Hunger Games Camp at my middle school through our SummerTimes program. As an early fan of the series who saw the fandom spread throughout my middle school and beyond, I thought it would be really cool if there was a way for fans to come together and experience the Hunger Games (minus all the killing).
After the success of my first week of camp in the summer of 2011, I offered and sold out three sessions of camp in summers 2012, 2013, and 2014. For my personal sanity, I cut back to just one week in the summer of 2015. When it began, my camp was the only of its kind. Since then, Hunger Games camps have sprung up all over the place. I've spent (and continue to spend) countless hours reading and re-reading the series to develop a schedule of activities that captures the essence of The Hunger Games, trolling the internet for ideas to adapt, and putting it all together to create something really special. And I'm pretty darn proud of it.
If you live in the Alexandria, VA area and are interested in becoming a tribute at my camp (or are a parent of a potential tribute), stay tuned for the details on summer 2016.
Hunger Games Camp Schedule and Activities
I realize that not every interested teen has the ability to come to my camp (pesky things like geography and limited availability of slots get in the way) and that other librarians, teachers and parents might not have the time or ability to put together something like this from scratch. I also really appreciate the folks at Scholastic Publishing who have provided amazing "sponsor gifts" for the tributes. Plus, I just really love this camp. All of that is why, in 2012, I put all planning materials for the camp on my blog for FREE!
Please use these materials to create your own Hunger Games program, party or camp. When you do, be nice and give me some credit! Send folks to my blog, recommend my activities (if you like them) and/or drop a comment to let me know. Any suggestions or feedback you can give are also appreciated.
Training Center Part 1: Obstacle Course
Training Center Part 2: Target Practice
Remake Center and Opening Ceremonies
Hunger Games Trivia (Round 1, Round 2)
Bow & Arrow Craft
Capture the Flag
Cupcake Decorating (in honor of Peeta!)
Trailers and Videos
Note: I realize that not all activities have links. I'm working on it!