Camp Divergent

For some kids, enjoying the Summer means opening up their favorite book and diving in.

“I love to read, it’s hard for my parents to get me to stop reading. I currently have two books in my backpack just incase and I just never stop reading,” said Jonah Koppitz, camper at Camp Divergent.

Luckily for Jonah, Anderson’s Bookshop and Naper Settlement have just the outlet to let them indulge in their favorite hobby while meeting new friends and participating in different activities.

It’s all part of Camp Divergent, a week-long summer camp that allows kids to play into the dystopian world of the popular Divergent book series and experience the five different factions in the book.

“Monday we do Amity, Tuesday we do Candor, Wednesday we do Erudite, Thursday we do Abnegation and Friday we do Dauntless, and then each day we just do different activities, games, crafts, even snacks themed around those factions, and it’s a little something for everybody,” said Taylor Gaul, Head Counselor and Curriculum Developer at Camp Divergent.

For example, the erudite day, or intelligence faction focused on learning- with kids performing science experiments, exploring Naper Settlement and listening to another dystopian author, whose message was in sync with the kids who attend the camp.

“When you read a book it’s kind of a solitary experience, you know what you imagine and it’s kind of fun to be able to come together with so many other people and see what they imagine and be able to bring it to life together,” said Joelle Charbonneau, Author of The Testing Trilogy.

This year’s camp has seen more enrollments, author visits, and even a collaboration with another camp.

“We also added a YA camp this year, YA stand for young adult fiction and so each day we focused on a different genre of books, we do contemporary, we do sci-fi, we do mystery and dystopian,” said Gaul.

The new changes and improvements certainly read right with the campers.

“I like it, I think it’s really fun and definitely a lot different than other camps,” said Megan McFadden, camper at Camp Divergent.

“This is the highlight of my summer every year and I couldn’t wait to come back,” said Koppitz.


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