Creative Director - BookPeople Camp Half-Blood
603 N Lamar, Austin, TX, United States, 78703
BookPeople is seeking a full-time year-round Creative Director for its Camp Half-Blood day camp program. Camp Half-Blood takes place at McKinney Falls State Park outside of Austin, Texas each summer and serves kids aged 9-17. The camp seeks to bring the stories of Percy Jackson to life and to inspire a lifelong love of reading in its campers.
The camps have historically included activities like archery, capture the flag, lessons on Greek mythology, jousting and phalanx training, among other activities. In addition, each camp session tells a story inspired by the Percy Jackson universe, allowing campers to experience quests just like their favorite demigod characters in the books.
Ideally, the Creative Director would have a background in bookselling or publishing (including a deep knowledge of the Percy Jackson books and characters) and theater and is responsible for:
Crafting a storyline for each session of camp that pays homage to the Percy Jackson universe.
Hiring actors to bring those stories to life where appropriate.
Working with the Camp Director to schedule activities for each session.
Supporting BookPeople’s book fair and educational outreach businesses as appropriate throughout the school year.
BookPeople, the largest independent bookstore in Texas, began our Camp Half-Blood program in the summer of 2006 after a group of enthusiastic Percy Jackson fans asked, “Wouldn’t it be cool to go to Camp Half-Blood for real?”
13 years later we’ve gone from hosting one session of Camp Half-Blood to nine or more each summer since. In 2011 we added Camp Jupiter to the demigod family of camp programming. The mission of Camp Half-Blood is simple: we’ll do anything to keep kids interested in reading. If this means, and it does, building the world of Rick Riordan’s Percy Jackson and the Olympians series, the Heroes of Olympus series, Kane Chronicles and now The Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard series, we’ll do it. We love the books, we love kids, we love creativity, friendships and adventure. With this in mind we hope you’ll become a part of our demigod family.
Our goal with Camp Half-Blood & Camp Jupiter is to bring the books to life. Your demigod will get to have adventures and go on quests as their own story unfolds over the course of their camp session. They’ll learn and utilize critical lateral problem solving skills and use creative play and teamwork to win the day. We favor a whole learning approach to the camp experience. We try to make meaningful connections between history, mythology, literature, art, science, sports, current events, language and rampant creativity. Oh yeah, sword training, chariot racing, archery, lava wall climbing, and phalanx training are pretty fun too.