Theme parks are a thing of the past; instead of going to an overpriced adventure park for only a day or two, would you instead like to swap for a longer stay and participate in events from your favorite book? Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Ill. has a whole new take on summer camp: a “Divergent”-themed summer camp! Could there be a better way to get kids to beg their parents to go to summer camp? Seems like a win-win-win situation.



142027296Your first reaction might be, “wait, kids get to throw knives at each other, do trust falls off buildings, jump into moving trains, and fight their own personal demons?” No, not particularly.


With those of you who are not familiar with “Divergent,” the concept is simple. In a future dystopian Chicago, Ill., society is broken into five virtues: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). The kids who attend will participate in activities that each of the factions in the book do.


Anderson’s Bookshop is intent on implementing the book into their summer camp: “Each day will focus on one the trilogy’s five ‘factions,’ and activities will highlight related traits, bringing the books to life.” There will also be some required reading for the camp; what would you expect from a summer camp affiliated with a book store?


Activities include complicated brain teasers to exercise their “Erudite” side and making care packages to send to Africa to show their selfless “Abnegation” side. As for the “Dauntless” activities? Campers will not be jumping off trains or scaling any Ferris wheels; they will be learning martial arts instead!


Interesting in joining or signing your kid up? It is fairly cheap for such an amazing idea. The camp will run in three week-long sessions (9 a.m. to 3 p.m., everyday) and costs $250 per camper; each camper will receive a “Camp ‘Divergent'” t-shirt and faction button. For more information on the camp, visit their web site.


What do you think of this summer camp? Ingenious idea? Would you go or will you be going to this camp? Tell me what you think in the comments below or tweet me @kateeb790!