Summer Camp

2022 Summer Camp Information

Summer. One of the four best seasons each and every year.

This coming one – we’re pretty sure -- will be filled with Little Shop camps. For us, the highlight of summer is having campers in the shop, with all the noise and excitement and energy they bring.

All camps will be held Monday through Friday and $350 EXCEPT We Are Going to Camp!, which will be held Tuesday through Friday and cost $280. The camp day starts at 9 a.m. and runs to 4 p.m. promptly.

Weather permitting, campers walk to Ebster Pool on Thursday mornings and typically spend lunchtime at a nearby park.

All campers must have received two doses of a CDC approved Covid-19 vaccine. (All counselors are fully vaccinated as well.) Campers must wear a mask while indoors. We are limiting each week to 20 campers.

Campers will bring their own lunch, snacks, water bottles, and sunscreen.

Camp registration will again be online and will begin sometime shortly after 9 a.m. on Saturday, February 5th.

Click here to be transported to the Little Shop of Stories Summer Camp registration site.

Cancellation Policy

If you need to cancel your registration for camp for any reason, refunds are handled as follows:

  • Up to 8 weeks before the start date of the camp in question, you may cancel and receive a full refund
  • Should you cancel within eight (8) weeks of the start of the camp, no refund is possible unless we fill the vacant slot. Should the empty slot be filled, the full cost of the camp will be refunded.
  • Cancellations made within two (2) weeks of the start of the camp in question will receive no refund.

If we need to cancel camp, you have three options:

  • You can use the deposit for a slot in any camp your child is eligible for next year.
  • You may take the return as a gift card in the full amount.
  • You may take the return as a refund on your credit card.

Here’s the lineup!!!

We Are Going to Camp!

May 31 - June 3| Rising 1-2 Graders

with Hannah

Please note that this camp has sold out. The wait list is already pretty full, so please do not add your name to it.

Summertime is so much fun, but it's even better with a friend! In this four-day camp, we will be celebrating friendship with characters such as Elephant & Piggie, Frog & Toad, Charlie & Mouse, Bink & Gollie, and so many more! There will be fun crafts (like making friendship bracelets and crafting our own kites!), fun activities (games and sports galore!), and plenty of stories about your favorite fictional friends. So come make a real-life friend with us! 

Note: This is a four-day camp.

Make Your Own Myth Camp!

June 6-10 | Rising 3-5 Graders

with Hannah

Please note that this camp has sold out. The wait list is already pretty full, so please do not add your name to it.

Every young adventurer needs a quest, but in order to take on gods and monsters you must first go through training! In this camp, we will be learning about the ancient heroes from mythology around the world. Get ready to play games like the Olympians, get crafty like Loki (haha--get it?), and do activities with your favorite mythological creatures (ogres, griffins, and banshees, oh my!) --all while creating your very own mythology. Because everyone should be the hero of their own story. 

Backpack Explorers

June 13-17 | Rising 1-2 Graders

with Sydney & Zach

Gather 'round, campers, for a scary campfire story (just imagine that I'm holding a flashlight beneath my face)! Once upon a time, a long, long time ago, there was a kid around your age who didn't... go... TO BACKPACK EXPLORERS CAMP (GASPS ALL AROUND)!!! They never learned about the different kinds of birds and bugs they can find in their very own neighborhood using books like Look Up!: Birdwatching in Your Own Backyard, they never made fun art projects with leaves and flowers that they foraged themselves like Little Witch Hazel, they didn't earn special badges like in the Backpack Explorers Series, and they didn't learn how to grow a garden like in Gwendolyn's Pet Garden  (DUN DUN DUN)!!!! Luckily for you though, this is just a silly ghost story and not at all true because you can sign up for Backpack Explorers Camp and do all the activities listed above AND MORE!!!

Comics Camp

June 20-24 | Rising 4-6 Graders

with Jason

Please note that this camp has sold out. The wait list is already pretty full, so please do not add your name to it.

How many times have you been caught drawing on your math test? Have you read a comic book over and over until the pages fall out? Well, come find out how to make your own comics at Little Shop of Stories! In Comics Camp we will explore what makes sequential art so appealing and practice our skills to produce our very own mini-comics. At the end of the week, we will be holding our annual* Little Con! Little Con is a comics convention where our campers will be showing off all they have learned during the week, and selling their art. Here's a link to a wonderful article written by Joe Peacock about our first Little Con (We were so young!).


Spy Camp

June 27 - July 1 | Rising 2-4 Graders

with Sydney

Please note that this camp has sold out. The wait list is already pretty full, so please do not add your name to it.

RED ALERT RED ALERT: Little Shop is in desperate need of individuals with a keen eye, quick feet, and a knack for getting out of sticky situations! Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to attend Little Shop of Stories' Spy Camp from June 27th to July 1st and sharpen your sneaky skills with expert training. Test your acrobatic ability with agility courses like Kitty from Kitty's Moonlight Adventure, learn how to create aliases and masterful disguises like the City Spies, make and use special gadgets like Alex Rider, forge important documents, and just maybe pull off the greatest heist in children's bookstore history! Or perhaps your skillset is more suited to the sleuthing side of sneakery, like Nate the Great, Encyclopedia Brown, or Myrtle Hardcastle, and you need to practice your clue spotting expertise or your powers of deduction! Whichever side of the law you land on, if any of these activities sound like fun to you and you're a rising 2nd-4th grader, join us for Spy Camp! This message will self-destruct in 10 seconds.

D&D Camp

July 11-15 | Rising 4-6 Graders

with Justin

Please note that this camp has sold out. The wait list is already pretty full, so please do not add your name to it.

As the companions nervously slink into the chamber, your heart rate triples and you hear a low rumble. “What is it?” your friend asks. Before you can answer, there’s a clatter as you stumble on a loose stone. The low rumble stops suddenly and a monstrous roar fills the cavern. “I woke the dragon,” you say, “RUN!”

Calling all rogues, warlocks, druids, and barbarians! D&D camp is about all things Dungeons and Dragons and role-playing games. Not only will kids create characters to go on epic adventures, but we will fill our days with crafts, games, and activities connected to this wonderful game! Your child does not have to have already played D&D, they just have to come prepared with enthusiasm and lots of imagination!  

Dragon Camp

July 18-22 | Rising 2-4 Graders

with Zach

Dragons love tacos, but did you know that they also love CAMPERS?? If you enjoy Dragons Love Tacos, Amy Wu & the Patchwork Dragon, Tea Dragon Society, Wings of Fire, or any other book about dragons -- then welcome to Little Castle of Stories, home of the Decatur Dragons! We'll craft our own dragon wings, breathe "fire," & hoard treasure! We'll study dragon eggs, encounter different species, and discover stories from across the globe!! We'll build dragon puppets, including the longest dragon puppet ever assembled in the entire history of Decatur!!! And believe it or not, we actually have a real live dra-- oh no! It's escaped! "RROOOAAAARRRR!!!" *fire breath!!* 

Camp Hogwarts 

July 25-29 | Rising 3-5 Graders

with Zach

Please note that this camp has sold out. The wait list is already pretty full, so please do not add your name to it.

The Ministry of Magic is pleased to announce that a few lucky young Witches and Wizards will be accepted to the Hogwarts Camp of Witchcraft and Wizardry this summer. All students will receive training in Potions, Divination, Charms, Care of Magical Creatures, and Defense Against the Dark Arts.  All students will be required to test for their O.W.L.s (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) at the end of the week- NO EXCEPTIONS.  In addition to lessons, students may participate in extracurricular activities, including Quidditch. However, loss of limb will not excuse you from completing assignments. Please note: It is important that all students have read at least the first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, to fully experience this camp.

Camp Hogwarts

August 1-5 | Rising 3-5 Graders

with Zach

Please see the camp description above.

A camper may only attend one week of Camp Hogwarts.