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The Wayfinder Experience Blog

The blog is divided up into different series in which we share and discuss specific facets of our camp and community.
Pick any of the series that interest you and start reading!
The series we currently have running are as follows:

Where Are They Now: This series puts the spotlight on former staff and participants showing what some of our alumni (and beloved community members) have been up to in the world, and how they think Wayfinder helped them get there. The series was made in 2017, so you bet these wonder folks have only gotten up to more fun and creative things since!

A Day In The Life: Here we turn the focus to our day to day at camp and try to give our readers an idea of what we have going on each week throughout the summer. This series features stories from summer 2017.

Wayfinder Wisdom: In this series each post focuses on a specific aspect of our summer camp. It is our attempt to share some of the knowledge we have accumulated in more than a two decades of LARPing. Though many posts are written in 2018, they all still hold true.

Wayfinder Story Board: In this series you will find posts on how to write a great Adventure Game as well as shared examples of great Games. We also have a great number of posts from many great Game writer’s sharing their thoughts and ideas about LARP.

Wayfinder One Day Adventure’s Campaigns Blog: These posts will focus on the campaign style Adventure Games being played at our One Day Adventures, starting in 2018!

Want to contribute to the blog. We are always looking for more Wayfinder and greater LARP community voices to be heard (or read) on our blog, if you have a story to share please email us: [email protected]

About Wayfinder

About The Wayfinder Experience

In a Nutshell

The Wayfinder Experience is a live-action role-playing company, based in Kingston, New York. We run summer camps, events, school programs and workshops for teens, children and adults. The centerpiece of our programs is the Adventure Game, a transformative experience that challenges players physically, mentally and emotionally, while immersing them in an exciting world of fantasy.

Our Events

Wayfinder operates weeklong overnight LARP summer camps for teens and day camps for children. We also host three-day events, such as our Winter Game in December, and One Day Adventures every month.

Our staff is also available for special events, like our Capture the Flag with swords after-school programs and children’s Birthday Parties.

Our Programming

At our overnight and day camps we offer a diverse range of workshops combining sports, art, “play-safe” swordplay, improvisational acting & intentional community building. All this culminates in our Adventure Game, a live-action role-play that is often played out over multiple days.

During the “Adventure Game” our participants become characters in a magical, legendary story, complete with costumes, elaborate sets & props, masks, treasures, spells & quests. We transform our summer camp facilities into whole new worlds. The stories and settings are prepared in advance, but the end results are dependent upon the actions and choices of the participants themselves. At the end of the adventure, a simple call for “Game!” signals a return to the real world—and the chance to excitedly share experiences and stories!

Our LARP Adventure Games are all original, written and created by our staff (and sometimes our campers) and range in scope from high fantasy to tales of pirates and ninjas, from the Wild West to science fiction, alternate histories, zombies, noir mysteries and everything in-between. No two games are the same and every adventure lets you play a new character… or many!

Wayfinder Virtual Camp

Wayfinder Virtual Camp

We offer an amazing virtual LARP experiences that integrates immersive play with multi-media programming.

There are currently no virtual events planned.

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One Day Adventures Campaigns

The Living Legends Blog

These posts will focus on the games being played at Living Legends events this year.

The Legends of Gelgador: Part 2

The Story So Far Part 2: The Bedos Crusade It was the 304th year of the Third Gelgadoran Age and the Empire was in the midst of a never before […]

The Legends of Gelgador: Part 1

The Story So Far Part 1: The Sword In The Dark Representatives of Arroway, Otar and Bedos, the Great Nations of Gelgador, gathered at the Temple of the Gods, at […]

Living Legends 3000: Story So Far Part 5

The Story So Far Part 5: Odyssey The hunt to find and rescue Mongo Valesser continues! Led by Jaxx Meridian, a coalition of Mongo’s allies from past adventures and members […]

Living Legends 3000: Groups and People

Groups Mongo’s Marauders — The group of space pirates, soldiers and adventurers who work most closely with notorious smuggler Mongo Valesser. What was once a ragtag group of ever changing […]

Living Legends 3000: Story So Far Part 4

The Story So Far Part 4: Smuggler’s Reign Much time passed after the incident with the Phantom Shock Society at the Snake Pit. Mongo Vallesser and his associates became the […]

Living Legends 3000: Story So Far Part 3

The Story So Far Part 3: Rogue Moon Rising Having waited a long enough time to let the heat die down, and with the disbanding of the police force The […]

Living Legends 3000: Story So Far Part 2

The Story So Far Part 2: The Raiders of Yozon-4 Having rejoined Mongo’s Marauders — Mongo Valesser, The Blackstar Battalion, Crew of In Amber Clad,  and The Star Chaser Guild […]

Living Legends 3000: Story So Far Part 1

The Story So Far Part 1: In The Ruins of Eberon Keep Deep within the dense rock and forests of Yozon-4, the fourth moon of the gas giant Yozon in […]

Living Legends 3000: History & Setting

Living Legends 3000: History & Setting History The Living Legends 3000 series of live-action theatrical Adventure Games take place in the planetary systems that make up The Galactic Commonwealth. Commonly […]

Group Hug

Wayfinder’s Blog

The Wayfinder Experience Blog

The blog is divided up into different series in which we share and discuss specific facets of our camp and community.
Pick any of the series that interest you and start reading!
The series we currently have running are as follows:

Where Are They Now: This series puts the spotlight on former staff and participants showing what some of our alumni (and beloved community members) have been up to in the world, and how they think Wayfinder helped them get there. The series was made in 2017, so you bet these wonder folks have only gotten up to more fun and creative things since!

A Day In The Life: Here we turn the focus to our day to day at camp and try to give our readers an idea of what we have going on each week throughout the summer. This series features stories from summer 2017.

Wayfinder Wisdom: In this series each post focuses on a specific aspect of our summer camp. It is our attempt to share some of the knowledge we have accumulated in more than a two decades of LARPing. Though many posts are written in 2018, they all still hold true.

Wayfinder Story Board: In this series you will find posts on how to write a great Adventure Game as well as shared examples of great Games. We also have a great number of posts from many great Game writer’s sharing their thoughts and ideas about LARP.

Wayfinder One Day Adventure’s Campaigns Blog: These posts will focus on the campaign style Adventure Games being played at our One Day Adventures, starting in 2018!

Want to contribute to the blog. We are always looking for more Wayfinder and greater LARP community voices to be heard (or read) on our blog, if you have a story to share please email us: [email protected]

About Wayfinder

About The Wayfinder Experience

In a Nutshell

The Wayfinder Experience is a live-action role-playing company, based in Kingston, New York. We run summer camps, events, school programs and workshops for teens, children and adults. The centerpiece of our programs is the Adventure Game, a transformative experience that challenges players physically, mentally and emotionally, while immersing them in an exciting world of fantasy.

Our Events

Wayfinder operates weeklong overnight LARP summer camps for teens and day camps for children. We also host three-day events, such as our Winter Game in December, and One Day Adventures every month.

Our staff is also available for special events, like our Capture the Flag with swords after-school programs and children’s Birthday Parties.

Our Programming

At our overnight and day camps we offer a diverse range of workshops combining sports, art, “play-safe” swordplay, improvisational acting & intentional community building. All this culminates in our Adventure Game, a live-action role-play that is often played out over multiple days.

During the “Adventure Game” our participants become characters in a magical, legendary story, complete with costumes, elaborate sets & props, masks, treasures, spells & quests. We transform our summer camp facilities into whole new worlds. The stories and settings are prepared in advance, but the end results are dependent upon the actions and choices of the participants themselves. At the end of the adventure, a simple call for “Game!” signals a return to the real world—and the chance to excitedly share experiences and stories!

Our LARP Adventure Games are all original, written and created by our staff (and sometimes our campers) and range in scope from high fantasy to tales of pirates and ninjas, from the Wild West to science fiction, alternate histories, zombies, noir mysteries and everything in-between. No two games are the same and every adventure lets you play a new character… or many!

Wayfinder Virtual Camp

Wayfinder Virtual Camp

We offer an amazing virtual LARP experiences that integrates immersive play with multi-media programming.

There are currently no virtual events planned.

Group Hug

One Day Adventures Campaigns

The Living Legends Blog

These posts will focus on the games being played at Living Legends events this year.

The Legends of Gelgador: Part 2

The Story So Far Part 2: The Bedos Crusade It was the 304th year of the Third Gelgadoran Age and the Empire was in the midst of a never before […]

The Legends of Gelgador: Part 1

The Story So Far Part 1: The Sword In The Dark Representatives of Arroway, Otar and Bedos, the Great Nations of Gelgador, gathered at the Temple of the Gods, at […]

Living Legends 3000: Story So Far Part 5

The Story So Far Part 5: Odyssey The hunt to find and rescue Mongo Valesser continues! Led by Jaxx Meridian, a coalition of Mongo’s allies from past adventures and members […]

Living Legends 3000: Groups and People

Groups Mongo’s Marauders — The group of space pirates, soldiers and adventurers who work most closely with notorious smuggler Mongo Valesser. What was once a ragtag group of ever changing […]

Living Legends 3000: Story So Far Part 4

The Story So Far Part 4: Smuggler’s Reign Much time passed after the incident with the Phantom Shock Society at the Snake Pit. Mongo Vallesser and his associates became the […]

Living Legends 3000: Story So Far Part 3

The Story So Far Part 3: Rogue Moon Rising Having waited a long enough time to let the heat die down, and with the disbanding of the police force The […]

Living Legends 3000: Story So Far Part 2

The Story So Far Part 2: The Raiders of Yozon-4 Having rejoined Mongo’s Marauders — Mongo Valesser, The Blackstar Battalion, Crew of In Amber Clad,  and The Star Chaser Guild […]

Living Legends 3000: Story So Far Part 1

The Story So Far Part 1: In The Ruins of Eberon Keep Deep within the dense rock and forests of Yozon-4, the fourth moon of the gas giant Yozon in […]

Living Legends 3000: History & Setting

Living Legends 3000: History & Setting History The Living Legends 3000 series of live-action theatrical Adventure Games take place in the planetary systems that make up The Galactic Commonwealth. Commonly […]

What is LARP?

What is LARP?

LARP or Live Action Roleplay is a term that can be applied to a broad spectrum of activities. While there are many types of LARP in the world, Wayfinder’s brand of LARP is contained in something we refer to as “the Adventure Game.” Within the context of an Adventure Game, LARP is an immersive roleplaying experience happening within a world prepared by our staff for the players. Each player is given the chance to design their own character, picking the type of character they want to play helps guarantee they have the gameplay experience they want.

At each week of the Wayfinder Experience we lead participants through workshops specially designed to prepare them for their time in the live action roleplay Adventure Game. This includes an introduction to our game systems (such as how the use our magic and swords in the Adventure Game), time to design and build a character, some work on improvisational theater skills to prepare for interactions in the adventure, and a good deal of work on trust to ensure a safe and enjoyable time in Adventure Game.

We view the Adventure Game as a transformative experience where players are given the freedom to explore pieces of themselves they may never otherwise get to inhabit in a safe environment. We have run a wide array of Adventure Games based on anything from the historic to the fantastic. We hope you’ll join us for an summer adventure and find the hero inside!

Blog

Wayfinder’s Blog

Learn all about the different pages of our blog here.

Adult Retreat

Adult Retreat

This yearly retreat is open to anyone 18 years or older.  A perfect get-away for old campers, parents and first-time friends of the community. Experience the magic of live action role playing in a mature environment! This is a fun and inclusive retreat. We will spend time doing a number of different workshops, such as improvisational theater, sword fighting (with our special foam swords) and New Games to build trust with each other before we play our Adventure Game where you will be in control of your character’s destiny.

Check back for 2023 dates!

Summer Overnight Camps

Summer 2023 Overnight Camps

Sleepover Night 3: August 12, 2023

Dates:
Aug 12 - Aug 13
Ages:
11-18
Sleepover Night 3: August 12, 2023
For those planning to send a participant to both Overnights Week 3 and Week 4 or those who want just one more night after Week 3.  You must be registering for Week 3 to attend.  Laundry service available to Sleepover Night 3 participants going to both weeks of camp for $25 per bag.  Note: there is no early bird price on this; the price will remain the same no matter when you register.  
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Sleepover Night 2: August 05, 2023

Dates:
Aug 05 - Aug 06
Ages:
11-18
Sleepover Night 2: August 05, 2023
For those planning to send a participant to both Overnights Week 2 and Week 3 or those who want just one more night after Week 2.  You must be registering for Week 2 to attend.  Laundry service available to Sleepover Night 2 participants going to both weeks of camp for $25 per bag.  Note: there is no early bird price on this; the price will remain the same no matter when you register.  
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Sleepover Night 1: July 29, 2023

Dates:
July 29 - July 30
Ages:
11-18
Sleepover Night 1: July 29, 2023
For those planning to send a participant to both Overnight Weeks 1 and 2 or those who want just one more night after Week 1.  You must be registering for Overnight Week 1 to attend.  Laundry service available to Sleepover Night 1 participants going to both weeks of camp for $25 per bag.  Note: there is no early bird price on this; the price will remain the same no matter when you register.
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Overnight Camp Week 4: Aug 13 – Aug 20

Dates:
Aug 13 - Aug 20
Ages:
11-17
Overnight Camp Week 4: Aug 13 - Aug 20
At Wayfinder summer camps, we teach a decades-tested core curriculum of theatrical skills, athletic play, and community awareness which is interwoven into an Adventure Game providing a chance for participants to explore imaginary worlds with new perspectives and new identities. Because health and safety of our participants is our first priority, for the Summer of 2023 all of our events are open only to participants and staff who are fully vaccinated against Covid as of the time camp starts.  We will also be following our Covid protocols; if you want precise information about them, please check back when camp gets
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Overnight Camp Week 3: Aug 06 – Aug 12

Dates:
August 06 - August 12, 2023
Ages:
11-17
Overnight Camp Week 3: Aug 06 - Aug 12
At Wayfinder summer camps, we teach a decades-tested core curriculum of theatrical skills, athletic play, and community awareness which is interwoven into an Adventure Game providing a chance for participants to explore imaginary worlds with new perspectives and new identities. Because health and safety of our participants is our first priority, for the Summer of 2023, all of our events are open only to participants and staff who are vaccinated against Covid as of the time camp starts.  We will also be following our Covid protocols; if you want precise information about them, please check back when camp gets closer.
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Sale

Overnight Camp Week 2: July 30 – Aug 05

Dates:
July 30 - August 05, 2023
Ages:
11-17
Overnight Camp Week 2: July 30 - Aug 05
At Wayfinder summer camps, we teach a decades-tested core curriculum of theatrical skills, athletic play, and community awareness which is interwoven into an Adventure Game providing a chance for participants to explore imaginary worlds with new perspectives and new identities. Because health and safety of our participants is our first priority, for the Summer of 2023, all of our events are open only to participants and staff who are vaccinated against Covid as of the time camp starts.  We will also be following our Covid protocols; if you want precise information about them, please check back when camp gets closer.
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Sale

Overnight Camp Week 1: July 23 – July 29

Dates:
July 23 - July 29
Ages:
11-17
Overnight Camp Week 1: July 23 - July 29
At Wayfinder summer camps, we teach a decades-tested core curriculum of theatrical skills, athletic play, and community awareness which is interwoven into an Adventure Game providing a chance for participants to explore imaginary worlds with new perspectives and new identities. Because health and safety of our participants is our first priority, for the Summer of 2023, all of our events are open only to participants and staff who are vaccinated against Covid as of the time camp starts.  We will also be following our Covid protocols; if you want precise information about them, please check back when camp gets closer.
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Sale

Summer Day Camps

Summer 2023 Day Camps

Unison Day Camp 2023: Aug 14-Aug 18

Dates:
August 14 - August 18, 2023
Ages:
8 -17
Unison Day Camp 2023: Aug 14-Aug 18
At Wayfinder summer camps, we teach a decades-tested core curriculum of theatrical skills, athletic play, and community awareness which is interwoven into an Adventure Game providing a chance for participants to explore imaginary worlds with new perspectives and new identities. We're excited to be at the Unison Arts Center for Day Camp once again this summer! Nestled just beneath Mohonk mountain, Unison blends an outdoor gallery with beautiful landscapes making it a perfect location to immerse ourselves in the fantastic. Join us this summer! Camp will run from 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday with an additional session from 6 PM to 9 PM on Thursday when we will have Night Game.  Parents should plan on picking up their children on Thursday at 3, giving them some time to rest and feeding them before bringing them back at 6 PM.
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Unison Day Camp 2023: Aug 21-Aug 25

Dates:
August 21 - August 25, 2023
Ages:
8 -17
Unison Day Camp 2023: Aug 21-Aug 25
At Wayfinder summer camps, we teach a decades-tested core curriculum of theatrical skills, athletic play, and community awareness which is interwoven into an Adventure Game providing a chance for participants to explore imaginary worlds with new perspectives and new identities. We're excited to be at the Unison Arts Center for Day Camp once again this summer! Nestled just beneath Mohonk mountain, Unison blends an outdoor gallery with beautiful landscapes making it a perfect location to immerse ourselves in the fantastic. Join us this summer! Camp will run from 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday with an additional session from 6 PM to 9 PM on Thursday when we will have Night Game.  Parents should plan on picking up their children on Thursday at 3, giving them some time to rest and feeding them before bringing them back at 6 PM.
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Hudson Valley Sudbury School Day Camp: Jul 31 – Aug 04

Dates:
July 31 - August 4, 2023
Ages:
8 -17
Hudson Valley Sudbury School Day Camp: Jul 31 - Aug 04
At Wayfinder summer camps, we teach a decades-tested core curriculum of theatrical skills, athletic play, and community awareness which is interwoven into an Adventure Game providing a chance for participants to explore imaginary worlds with new perspectives and new identities. A quick drive from historic Kingston, the Hudson Valley Sudbury School is a perfect natural hideaway. Sitting back from Zena Road the campus opens up featuring a beautiful forest. Come play with us at this wonderful woodland escape! Camp will run from 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday with an additional session from 6 PM to 9 PM on Thursday when we will have Night Game.  Parents should plan on picking up their children on Thursday at 3, giving them some time to rest and feeding them before bringing them back at 6 PM.
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Hudson Valley Sudbury School Young Adventurers: Jul 31 – Aug 04

Dates:
July 31 - August 4, 2023
Ages:
6 - 7
Hudson Valley Sudbury School Young Adventurers: Jul 31 - Aug 04
A week of camp for Adventurers aged 6 or 7 — the week will focus on character building, imagination, arts & crafts, and fun mini-adventures! Gearing our programming towards children not quite old enough for our full programming, Wayfinder takes the rampant imagination of youth and builds it into constructive fun games and creative expression. Wayfinder programming provides a perfect outlet for creative and energetic youth, while maintaining a safe space for the shyer adventurers among us to bloom and grow. Come one, come all, come adventure! A quick drive from historic Kingston, the Hudson Valley Sudbury School is a perfect natural hideaway. Sitting back from Zena Road the campus opens up featuring a beautiful forest. Sign your Young Adventurer up to play with us at this wonderful woodland escape! Camp will run from 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday.
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Wayfinder Day Camp at Woodstock Day School

Dates:
July 03 - July 07; July 10 - July 14
Ages:
8 - 18
Wayfinder Day Camp at Woodstock Day School
We’re excited to return to Woodstock Day School for 2 weeks of Day Camp this summer! Situated in a rural, natural setting, WDS offers views of Overlook Mountain, 40 acres of nature trails and wide open fields, an exciting location for Adventure Games! Camp will run from 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday with an additional session from 6 PM to 9 PM on Thursday when we will have Night Game.  Parents should plan on picking up their children on Thursday at 3, giving them some time to rest and feeding them before bringing them back at 6 PM.  Register for this camp on Woodstock Day School's website.
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Wayfinder Day Camp at High Meadow School

Dates:
July 10th - July 14th | July 17th - July 21st
Ages:
8 - 18
Wayfinder Day Camp at High Meadow School
Featuring 9 acres of beautiful land just off the main road in Stone Ridge, NY, High Meadow School provides a wonderful location for participating in camp!  Camp will run from 9 AM to 3 PM Monday through Friday with an additional session from 6 PM to 9 PM on Thursday when we will have Night Game.  Parents should plan on picking up their children on Thursday at 3, giving them some time to rest and feeding them before bringing them back at 6 PM. Registration is on High Meadow School's website.
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