FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
What is happening?
Our kid friendly weekend events contain three to four days of in-game activity, from humorous role-play scenes to epic battles. In the North is a three-day event that takes place in the winter. Youth will be dropped off on Friday evening and picked up on Sunday afternoon, with a full day of in-game activity in between. Meals are served at 9:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 6:00 PM. The nighttime activities end when the players have completed the modules for the night, or when it is time for bed.
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 for each event will be posted in our Store. We offer early, standard, and late registration pricing, as well as at-the-door tickets. The early registration tickets are the lowest in price, and at-the-door pricing is the highest. Placement at the door cannot be guaranteed, so plan ahead and get your tickets early!
Who will be there?
At our youth events, our staff falls in to two “camps.” Our core staff consists of Eric Love and Eli Flinn. 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 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 on site are CORI/SORI checked before they can begin their
employment/volunteering. In addition, 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).
Have this community ever experienced hazings 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 leadership position?
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 years we have been running weekend events, we have never had to call an emergency ambulance.
How many youth sleep in a cabin? How are they supervised there?
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 cabin close to the youth cabins. Counselors stay with the youth all day long and participate in the role playing alongside them, forming close bonds with the youth. Most youth identity their counselors as their favorite staff members by the end of the event.