Kids fight to 'death' at Hunger Games-themed Florida summer camp

Posted by Zoe Fraley on August 5, 2013 

Summer camp is supposed to be full of fond memories for kids: water balloon fights, arts and crafts, barbecues.

Planning the death of the 12-year-old girl next to you.

A Florida summer camp is offering kids a Hunger Games experience, minus the death of course. The camp is based on the popular Hunger Games books, now movies, in which a girl and a boy from each of 12 districts have to fight to the death in a televised tournament. At the camp, the kids will train before the tournament, in which they would collect flags from each other's belts, rather than brutally killing each other.

Here's an excerpt from an article in the Tampa Bay Times about the camp:

The first day of camp brought girls with lunchbags and suntans and swimsuit strings hanging down the backs of their shirts. They smiled and jumped up and down, excited to see each other; many were classmates at Country Day School, the host of the summer camp. It was this friendship that made Rylee Miller, 12, feel a little conflicted. "I don't want to kill you," she told Julianna Pettey. Julianna, also 12, looked her in the eye. "I will probably kill you first," she said. She put her hands on Rylee's shoulders. "I might stab you."

 

You can read the full article here.  What do you think, would you send your kids to a Hunger Games summer camp?

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