Welcome to Hogwarts of Fairhope!
"It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be."
Hogwarts of Fairhope is an exciting, interactive 2 week summer camp with a Harry Potter theme and is open to children ages 3 and up with special classes and activities for teens. This day camp runs a full two weeks from 9AM - 4PM and we offer before and after care from 6AM - 5:30PM. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided but campers must bring their own lunch and a water bottle.
Hogwarts of Fairhope summer camp is a place where children are free to express their love of the magical world created by J. K. Rowling along with other like-minded children, teens, and grown-ups. Our volunteers, counselors and teachers are all fans, and come to camp with the same passion for this imaginary world as the children. Our staff works very hard to create an oasis of magic, where, even though we are all muggles, we can pretend for just a little while to be wizards and witches with amazing powers.
Hogwarts of Fairhope is open to children ages 3 to 17. PreSchoolers are PotterTots, but all other children will be a part of two groups - a class of same age peers and a House with all ages. The classes meet for activities two or three times a day, with professors. The Houses meet twice a day and work together on three collaborative House Projects: a community service project, a performance, and a craft or art project, which are kept secret and presented to all campers and parents at the final assembly. Campers sit with their House during Assembly.
Campers should bring a lunch. Morning and afternoon snacks are provided by our Kitchen Witch. Allergies should be noted on the registration form, and we will do everything we can to accommodate.
Houses are chosen by the Sorting Hat, and campers stay in their House in subsequent years, even as they grow into other classes. The Houses each have a color, quality, element, and mascot associated with them:
PhoenixFire: red, Hope, fire, phoenix
WindHorse: green, Love, air, pegasus
WaveRider: blue, Peace, water, dolphin
StoneDragon: yellow, Faith, earth, dragon
Classes are divided by age as follows:
Ages 3 - 5 - PotterTots
Preschoolers who are fully potty-trained but not yet in Kindergarten are PotterTots, This is both their class and their House. In PotterTots classes little ones play, dance and sing, and do a lot of arts and crafts while they learn about the other houses and their qualities as they do fun, age-appropriate "magical" activities. We go on the assumption that these children have not read the Harry Potter books but may have seen at least some of the movies, and we do not do any "scary stuff" with them. Sleep mats and a change of clothing should be brought to camp.
Ages 5-6 - Frogs
Designed for rising Kindergartners and First Graders, the Frogs class does lots of hands-on learning and active play time.
Ages 6-7 - Toads
For more attentive rising First and Second graders, the Toads class has more challenging classes, but still lots of time to play and be active.
Ages 7-8 Bats
Rising Second and Third graders will be in the Bats class, where they are given intellectual opportunities along with free play.
Ages 9-10 Owls
Rising Fourth graders start to delve deeper into the books and learn more about the world, both magical and muggle. Their classes include role-play and improvisation, as well as hands-on activities.
Ages 11-12 Newts
Rising Fifth and Sixth graders will do activities that show the "magic" of science as well as more sophisticated art opportunities. They are also given leadership opportunities within their houses.
Ages 12-13 Griffins
Middle School age children who are not interested in working as a House Elf, or who are experiencing camp for the first time are Griffins. Griffins' classes have more in-depth discussions about the books and they are sometimes paired with younger groups to give them opportunities to mentor the younger campers.
Ages 14-17 House Elves
Teens volunteer to help out with all aspects of camp, with jobs assigned after an initial interview with individuals and their parents. These volunteer hours count as community service, and teens also enjoy special teen-only classes which result in a short film. House Elves are "released" at a special ceremony at the final assembly. Applicants must be 14 years old at the time of camp, or they must have been a camper for at least two years.
Our program is based on the Hogwarts Summer Camp Program originally created by Jessica Gray for the summer program at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Baton Rouge. Hogwarts of Fairhope is a non-religious, secular program that focuses on the literature and gives children and teens a place to express and celebrate their love of the subject matter.
All trademarks and names used are acknowledged as the property of their respective owners. This includes, but is not limited to, JK Rowling, Warner Brothers, Bloomsbury Publishing, Scholastic Books. This Summer Camp is not associated with, affiliated with, or endorsed by any of the aforementioned parties. Rights to the characters and their likenesses are neither claimed nor implied.