At this initial posting 11th December 2016 this list is short. However I will update this if people let me know about more larps in the USA that accommodate children either through the Larpbook.com website or our Facebook page.
The first thing I discovered that American Summer Camp culture includes larp experiences. I was absolutely delighted to see this. This allows children and teens to have an exciting and immersive with groups of their peers, conjoined with the experience and excitement of being away on their own. A god many of these camps build learning right into the experience and the many of the organisations you’ll in the summer camp section below are absolutely aware of and capitalising on the educational potential of larp. This gives the child a holiday, larp and education rolled into one package.
The Summer Camps
The Wayfinder Experience
LARP Adventure Program
Wizards and Warriors Summer Camps
Note we’ve not going into details for these camps. Summer camps offer a wide array of stay duration’s, and larps. Though the style seems to be mostly fantasy inspired there is simply too much to cover and sum up in a few short paragraphs. Our recommendation – go take a closer look if at each of them
So lets move on to clubs and groups. There number of larping groups in the USA is enormous. Some of these split some themselves down into local clubs that stem from a larger national whole. This “Chapter” based system is very common in the USA and seems to be the result of having a very large country. The first entrant on the list is an example of such an organisation.
Larpcraft is a major system that runs events across the USA and I believe that it also has a number of International groups as well. Though Larpcraft is designed for players of 13 years of age or higher their rules also state that children can be taken to games provided there is a parent of guardian present. We’ve had a number of people anedotaly quoting Larpcraft as providing a supportive environment for younger players via its members.
Special thanks to Aaron Vanek, Zorts (Via Reddit)
The picture used in this post is via LARPBooks own Stuart Edwards.