WHAT PLAYERS SAY:
'The events this year have been works of art in my opinion. They have been doing for me what I like most about LAP - quality, people, good story, and thought-out mechanics - but I think it may be the opportunity to really LARP with folks who really commit to characters like the LAP staff that has really been blowing these out of the water. In short, it was a good time". - Adult player from Brewster, NY
“I have been going through severe LARP withdrawals since I left Massachusetts. There are other LARP groups out there in my area, but they don’t even come close to the community of LARP Adventure Program. The mutual respect, trust, and confidence in each other that the people in the community share is LARP Adventure Program’s greatest strength, and it is what elevates L.A.P. beyond all comparison. Everyone is so passionate about making the experience the best it can be. In fact I’ve never encountered such an amazing creation that every member of the community can say that they helped to create anywhere else.” - Sam Bauman, adult player from Boulder, CO.
“Ye Olde Commons was the best event I’ve ever attended, as well as being the best camp I’ve ever attended. I don’t generally PC, and this was my first time PCing in a while. And it was incredible. Thanks.” - Kenzie S, adult player from Arlington, MA
"Thank you for everything! Thank you for being a great program and letting me have fun". - Youth player from Arlington, MA
“Thanks so much for the event. It was absolutely amazing! I really enjoyed everything and especially the fight against the Templar. The lighting was great! I know it is a lot of work for you guys to set up and prepare for the event so thank you again.” – Max C.S., youth player from Arlington, MA
“This is the best thing I have ever done in my life.” – Hagan J, summer event participant from Canaan, NH
WHAT PARENTS SAY:
“I’ll tell you that LARP has become like a lifeline for him. He struggles with school, and each week, he’s counting the days till he can go to LARP after-school. Thank you so much for creating the supportive, fascinating, and non-judgemental environment … It’s a gift!” – Melina Engel, parent from Belmont, MA
“The LARP Adventure Program (LAP) supports growth of the whole person. It is a unique group in which young people can express their full creativity, develop their physical skills, and, most importantly, find a place in a highly intentional community that allows them to practice who they want to be in the world. The values of respect, honesty, integrity, mindfulness and care for everyone in the group are integral to the LARP experience, both in-game and out.” - Bess Deck, parent of two students from Arlington, MA
“As created by Eric Love (the Director), LARP offers rich opportunities for kids to use their imaginations, creative powers, minds, bodies, and spirits to build a community of like-minded souls and have a ton of fun in the process.” - Robin Schoenthaler, MD, parent from Arlington, MA
“The LARP activities have captivated Nick’s imagination. He has had a safe, supportive and enriching place to be after school, where he feels like he belongs. It is hard to imagine what this year, in this new place, would have been like for him and all of us, without LARP” - Marianne, parent from Arlington, MA
“It’s been great getting to know you and all your love and care …LARP has made him (student) very happy! The LARP events are probably his (student) favorite experiences of 6th grade. I have never know such a spirit existed and it’s been quite a great match for him. Thanks for all the hard work you put into everything!” - Monica, parent from Arlington, MA
“I just wanted to let you know that “my son” had another wonderful experience this summer at LARP camp! He’s been talking about it for two weeks now. He is also looking forward to the high school LARP program. I love that he’s found something that he is so passionate about. Thank you to everyone at L.A.P.!” – Kara Larzelere, parent from Arlington, MA
“Our son has benefited most greatly from the LARP program” – Emily Randall, parent from Arlington, MA
“LARP is part of what has molded our son into the outstanding adolescent/soon-to-be young adult that he is. I want to ensure that the next set generation of youth growing up with us get these same opportunities. ” – Sally Buta, parent from Arlington, MA
'We are so happy that we found the LARP Adventure Program for our son. He absolutely loves it and is thrilled to be a part of this community. The program taps into our son's creative and intellectual sides. Our son has met like minded youth who share his passion for this type of "play". The teachers and summer counselors are professional and supportive, and are as enthusiastic and passionate about the program as our son. He is looking forward to the next event!' - Nancy Kramer, parent from Cambridge, MA
"Thanks! LARP has had such a positive impact on my sons's life this past year, we can't thank you enough! He loves you guys. What a wonderful program." - Margaret Kyle, parent from Arlington, MA
“The LARP program has been an invaluable experience for my daughter. Eric and his team continue to promote and encourage group and individual creativity in a safe, yet challenging environment. Each individual’s thoughts and ideas are respected, valued, and rewarded within a highly structured framework. My daughter’s self esteem and self confidence have improved through the interactions that occur as a result of participating in same age groups and mixed age teams activities, assisting with newer participants, and dealing with random circumstances within a mixed age group. She has become more self-aware about her capabilities as well as areas of her personality that she wants to develop further. Through the LARP program she has been offered the means to improve or hone those and other skill sets. The participants learn about the Renaissance period, martial arts and self control principles of that genre as well as form a network of friends outside the classroom that they would not have met. LARP enables a very intelligent, unique group of kids to have the opportunities that no standard curriculum or other after school programs can offer.” – Sharon Standley GZ/US, parent from Arlington, MA
“What an absolute gem this program is! We had LARP Adventure host our preschooler’s birthday party at our house in our backyard woods. They created an entirely customized, entirely interactive, immersive world for a dozen small children to enjoy. The format was a cohesive scavenger hunt compete with puzzles, music, and magic. All of the children (and their parents) were utterly enthralled. Eric is attentive, enthusiastic, poised, professional, knowledgeable, and an excellent listener and communicator. An added bonus was being able to meet several creatures he was kind enough to carefully introduce: a gorgeous Northern Inuit pup, a gecko, and a tarantula. This was the best party I could imagine- I’m hoping to have them back every year. So magical. Thank you again!” - Rachel B.
WHAT STUDENTS SAY:
“I didn’t really get a chance in class to say this, but thank you so much. I’m not sure where I’d be without what you’ve helped me and the other people achieve for themselves. Thank you.” - Evan, student from Arlington, MA
“My life has changed because LARP was added to it.” - Student from Arlington, MA
“I enjoy LARP because I like books and it’s like being inside a story. ”- Student from Arlington, MA
“We are writing this message to tell L.A.P. that everyone involved in the program at Chenery is very glad that you guys came and are teaching us. Larp is the best pastime we have ever had since drawing (which is saying something). we can’t wait for next session!” - Lily & Hallie, students from Belmont, MA
“I used to hate any school activities that included exercising. But then I saw LARP, I didn’t know what it was so I decided to try it out. Then I was instantly hooked. That was because LARP was in a way like gym. LARP gave me the exercise that I needed and at the same time I was happy and I really enjoyed it because I wasn’t judged or hurt. AND… THERE WAS PINK HAIRED LADY!!!!!” - Hallie, student from Belmont, MA
“Eric–you really opened my heart and mind to a lot in the world. I don’t think I’ve ever really thanked you for being such a good mentor and role model. It may be corny, but I really look up to you. Peace and love” - Devin, student from Brookline, MA
“I’ve met my best friends, and learned some of the most important lessons In my time at LARP. It’s really fun and has always been the high point of my day for every day Ive been there for all four years.” - Ian H, student from Arlington, MA
“Dear Eric (the Director), Thank you for being my LARP teacher, my parents love that I am trying something new. You are an amazing person” - Lissy, student from Arlington, MA
“LARP is awesome” - Anthony K, student from Arlington, MA
"This program has been extremely helpful for making me who I am. I have met my closest friends and created some of my fondest memories here. I am extremely grateful for this opportunity in my life. I wanted to say thank you to everyone, because of all of you helped me through my life these past 6 years. Thank you all so much." - William Davis K, student from Arlington, MA
WHAT THE COMMUNITY SAYS:
“I find that the LARP Adventure Program provides constructive ways to spark the imaginations of young people. Such inspiration is a route to success in life.” - Bob Sprage, YourArlington.com, Arlington, MA
“I have worked with Eric Love and the LARP program for over 10 years.
In that time I have seem some amazing results from the students who have participated in the program . Team building, respect for their community, respect for each other, the environment and strong sense of responsibility are just a few of the core pillars that these kids have been introduced to in the LARP training.
In fact I hire LARP graduates to work here at the Arlington Center for the Arts. During my 17 years here at ACA, the employees who have come out of this LARP program are the best . They are respectful, adaptable, creative, hardworking - in short dynamic to work with on projects. This LARP program offers ( in my view) participants the chance to learn more about themselves and how to become good citizens, and even more importantly offers skills that teach them how to adapt to an ever changing world.”
- Shanley Pam, Operations Manager, Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington, MA
"It is unbelievable the transformation of my son. It continues to shock me how kind and how well my son is doing. His LARP experiences are a critical part of his growth trajectory. The concrete and specific way that students learn to take responsibility for the impact they have on others helps them become self aware in a whole new way. It enables them to become a positive member of a community through developing consciousness of putting the needs of others ahead of their own. The coaching he receives is effective and lasting for who he has become — both as a good person and in his potential to emerge as a leader in the world far beyond LARP. Thank you Eric and Allison and team for supporting this incredible emergence of my wonderful son. I cannot express my gratitude enough for the care, clarity, accountability and coaching you have given him over the years. It has made a fundamental difference on who he has and who he will become." - Dickenson Courtney, Founder Acera Schools, Winchester, MA
“I’m so glad I’ve gotten a chance to get to know you (Eric Love)! You are by far one of the wisest and most interesting people I have ever come in contact with. Thank you for the advice.”-Kelsey Craig, AEC Staff Lesley Intern, Boston, MA.
“Eric (the Director) is very passionate about his work and clarity is found through his passionate communication styles… Eric creativity and personal magnetism give him attributes for success in anything he tries”.-Diana Weisner, M.ED, AEC, Arlington, MA
“In our integrated college community, each student also makes a singular contribution to campus life. Learning about your experiences as a member of LARP (LARP Adventure Program) convinced me you have ever-better days and triumphs ahead. You will both stand out and grow here.”-Jonathan Burdick, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid University of Rochester
“Eric, the leader of LARP, is to be commended for his tireless efforts in promoting and leading this dynamic activity. He is respected by the participants as well as his team leaders and is known for balancing creativity, fairness, and discipline to make this an enriching experience for all. The activities are well controlled AND monitored by him. He is very willing to protect the LARP participants from other kids who instigate trouble after school through mockery or attempt to create a hostile environment for the group. This type of leadership and courage are so rare and very much appreciated since it is hard to find even in the daily classroom structure and life. The kids respect him even more for this type of support because they know he is there for them and willing to stand up for them.
He has created an atmosphere which allows for creativity, brainstorming, and free thinking while maintaining control and balance to make the activities challenging yet rewarding. In addition, Eric is respected because he has set up boundaries for the group and continues to reinforce and enforce these guidelines that were established in a consistent manner. Constructive criticism is offered as well as assistance which enables kids to have a means to deal with situations on their own. I would like take this opportunity to recognize his efforts in enhancing the kids’ lives and middle school experience.”– Sharon Standley, GZ/US, Arlington, MA