Holy shit. There’s going to be an official B.P.R.D. summer camp held in Portland, Oregon. Yes, as in Hellboy‘s B.P.R.D. Yes, it’s a real camp, a joint project between Dark Horse Comics and Trackers Earth, which sounds like the awesomest outdoors education program ever (they have Guilds!). Anyways, here’s the deal, straight from the press release:
The B.P.R.D. Training Camp includes:
? Tactical training
? Survival in any environment
? Martial arts and self-defense specific to preternatural entities
? Hand-to-hand weaponry (foam swords, bows, and more)
? Investigation and forensics
? Folklore and mythology
? Potions and charms 101
? Telepathy training
? Gadgets of the occult: EMF detectors, polarized lenses, and other paranormal investigative gear
? Comparative analogy and physiology of monsters
? Construction of your own quality foam swords and training weapons
? Meeting with the artists of the comic book that documents the adventures of the B.P.R.D.
? Bureau history and paranormal research
…and that’s just the skills you learn! Here’s the main event:
Older recruits also investigate nearby “haunts,” then finally travel to Camp Trackers near Sandy, Oregon, to investigate reports of dark figures and strange happenings at the remnants of the old, defunct town of Marmot. Here they search for a legendary and lost pioneer cemetery (true story) to ask local specters and spirits about the town’s history and the legend of Adolph Aschoff, the man who is said to have sealed away an ancient evil upon the founding of the town.
WOW. If you’re between the ages 9 and 17, live near Portland and are free from July 16th-20th, first of all, what are you doing reading Topless Robot. Stop that. Second, head here for more information on the B.P.R.D. camp, and to register.