Camp Demigod to offer scholarships to Blaine

Published on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 by Steve Guntli

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Up to eight students may have the opportunity for a scholarship to Digivations’ Camp Demigod. The Point Roberts-based overnight camp combines education with popular fantasy and science fiction to promote creativity and innovation in young people. 

Camp founders Drs. Steve and Anne Berman are offering $400 to up to eight Blaine school district students, and $450 to Point Roberts students, to be applied to the camp’s tuition. Tuition rates run from $300 to $1,190, depending on the program. 

Recipients of the scholarship need to be motivated, ambitious, active in the community and highly creative, with a great love for books, art, theater or science. Scholarship applicants will not need to provide any tax forms or income reports, but the founders will give priority to families with greater financial need.

Founded by the Bermans in 2011, the camp encourages children to engage in educational activities by staging them through a beloved book, film or TV series. 

Camp Demigod has been honored with awards and grants from NASA for innovation in education. Fans of the Percy Jackson books, Harry Potter, Doctor Who, The Hunger Games and The Lord of the Rings get the opportunity to bond with students with mutual interests, while taking part in role-playing activities designed to encourage creativity. Students will craft their own costumes, write original storylines for their favorite characters and even learn some basic stage combat.

“There really is nothing else like it,” Anne said. “We have students who look forward to this all year long.”

Camp Demigod encompasses three distinct programs: Camp Half-Blood (July 6–13 and August 3–10) is tailored specifically to fans of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. Camp Fandom (July 13–20 and August 10–16) is a mash-up of several different fantasy and sci-fi influences, from Doctor Who to Avatar: The Last Airbender. Family Fantasy and Innovation Camp (July 4–6 and August 8–10) gives children and adults a chance to sample what the camp has to offer. 

Parents who are willing to volunteer their services at the camp may be eligible for further rate reductions.

“We have some parents who can cook, we have a woman who does photography for us,” Anne Berman said. “We’re always looking for people who are willing to offer their talents.”

The scholarship deadline for the August camps is Tuesday, July 15. Students can apply online at campdemigod.com. For specific information regarding financial aid, parents should send an email to info@campdemigod.com, or call the Bermans at 360/543-5641.