Trackers Earth, Mike Mignola, and Dark Horse Comics are opening a B.P.R.D. (Bureau for Paranormal Research and Defense) Training Camp for children aged 9 through 17 in the Portland, Oregon, area (which is also home to Dark Horse Comics, publisher of Mignola’s Hellboy comics featuring the B.P.R.D.). Registration is open now for the five-day program in July at a cost of $292 for the 9-10 age group and $398 for 11-13 and 14-17 age groups.
And check out what these lucky bastards will be learning, according to TrackersPDX:
• tactical training
• survival in any environment
• martial arts and self-defense specific to praeternatural entities
• hand to hand weaponry (foam swords, bows and more)
• investigation and forensics
• folklore & mythology
• potion and charms 101
• telepathy training
• gadgets of the occult: EMF detectors, polarized lenses and other paranormal investigative gear
• comparative analogy and physiology of monsters
• construct your own quality foam swords and training weapons
• meet the artists of the comic book that documents the adventures of the B.P.R.D.
• Bureau history and paranormal research
So kids these days have awesome Hellboy-themed summer camps they can proceed to not appreciate, and my neighborhood had “beat the smallest kid with sticks” competitions. On the bright side, I have developed awesome defenses to stick-based attacks.