Pale, grotesque, or camouflaged as everyday humans, zombies can take on a variety of appearances. If these bloodthirsty, brain-consuming creatures start knocking on doors tomorrow, many people will have no idea how to handle the situation. Running away screaming could be a realistic possibility. Campers at a Zombie Apocalypse Survival Camp in Allen, Texas, would likely have the advantage during a zombie takeover.
The zombie genre has been featured in many different ways. There are books, like “The Forest of Hands and Teeth” by Carrie Ryan; movies, such as “Dawn of the Dead”; and television shows, including “The Walking Dead.” There are even camps dedicated to these undead creatures. The City of Allen Parks and Recreation department offers a zombie-themed survival camp for kids and teens age 8 to 15.
Shane Ingram, recreation specialist with the City of Allen Parks and Recreation, said the camp, “teaches kids different survivor skills, but with a zombie twist. Each day we focus on a different survival activity, such as shooting archery, making a shelter or building a campfire.” Campers get to have fun while learning valuable life skills.
Some kids might struggle to see how archery could be useful in the real-life applications. This camp teaches participants that archery is a vital life skill that can aid in survival. Knowing how to shoot a bow and arrow means you can feed yourself if you ever need to hunt for your own food. If ever trapped in the wilderness, or faced with a zombie outbreak, archery could mean the difference between eating and being eaten.
“Archery was incorporated into this camp as a tool for hunting,” Ingram explained. “We spend one day teaching the kids about archery safety and fundamentals, and the next day we bring out a 3-D deer that has the middle cut out. We hang plastic bags filled with Jell-O, shaving cream, and an assortment of other concoctions from hooks inside the 3-D deer. The kids absolutely love shooting at the fake ‘guts’. During this lesson we also will talk about shot placement and how to get a clean kill shot on a deer.”
While the bags of “guts” are meant to be a fun addition to keep archers engaged, learning to execute a clean kill shot is an important and ethical aspect of hunting. “Out of all of the activities we do during the week, archery seems to always be the overwhelming favorite for our campers,” Ingram said.
The camp welcomes participants age 8 to 15 years. Children age 8 to 11 come one week and 12-to-15-year-olds attend the next. The zombie survival camp costs $100. The City of Allen offers three camp dates for each age bracket, once per month in June, July and August. The first camp begins June 13th. For more information, or to register, check out the City of Allen’s website and search for Zombie Camp in their 2016 Summer Guide.
The zombie apocalypse has been the subject of many dystopian storylines. If there’s ever a terrible outbreak of a disease that brings on a craving for brains, these campers will be prepared to survive. Who knew that archery could be such an essential life skill?