Horseback riding, ultimate frisbee, or… battling dragons? Kids in Colorado have agreed that going on a dangerous quest is one of their favorite things to do in the summer. “Yes, there’s hiking up in the mountains. Yes, there’s team games. Yes, there’s a dragon marauding the city of Solaris. So we’ve got it all!” laughed Aaron Pirnack, publications director of Renaissance Adventures.
Under the leadership of founder Mark Hoge, Aaron and his team have run experiential education live-action roleplaying programs (“larps”) for kids since 1995. Using a game system crafted specifically for kids larps called Adventure Quest, Renaissance Adventures has won several awards already (Best of the West, Best of Boulder, and others), and has now won the distinction of receiving the “Top Five” award for summer camps by Colorado Parent magazine. With tens of thousands of camp options and programs across the state, Colorado has a prosperous and highly competitive summer camp industry. Colorado Parent’s award is sought after because it is one of the most distributed publications across Colorado and the award is voted on by its readers.
“It’s an honor to be a family favorite of Colorado,” Aaron said. “Our programs are not traditional summer camp activities. The kids go on epic adventures… journeys into the imagination to challenge kids toward teamwork, critical thinking, ethical reasoning, and many other 21st century skills.”
Renaissance Adventures hosts programs in several locations across Colorado and Washington, and has licensed its programs to camps in Michigan and Texas. Who knows? Maybe more kids across the country will trade in their frisbees for swords and become the heroes of a mythic quest.