Illinois bookstore sponsoring Divergent-themed day camp

A suburban Chicago bookstore is sponsoring three weeklong day camps based on the Divergent young-adult dystopian novel series that has also recently been adapted into a movie starring Shailene Woodley and Theo James.

Sponsored by Anderson’s Bookshops, Camp Divergent will take place at the historic Naperville Settlement in Naperville, Ill.

Anderson’s Bookshops are launching an exciting new summer camp/literary opportunity for students entering sixth through twelfth grades. Camp Divergent’s impetus is the incredibly popular Divergent young adult series of books by Veronica Roth.

The Divergent trilogy enters a dystopian Chicago where society is broken into five virtues: Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Each day will focus on one the trilogy’s five “factions,” and activities will highlight related traits, bringing the books to life. The number one New York Times bestselling series has spawned a movie-filmed in Chicago-that released in March.

Basing camps around literature or films has become popular in recent years with the massive popularity of the Harry Potter and Percy Jackson books. Camp Kern in Ohio has weeks based around Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and Star Wars and Wizards and Warriors Camp in Massachusetts secured the rights from BBC to host a Dr. Who themed camp this summer.

A Hunger Games-themed day camp in Florida attracted a ridiculous amount of media attention and controversy last summer from people who have very little imagination and have apparently never been to summer camp before.

Matt Ralph

Matt Ralph

I'm the editor of Summer Camp Culture and also blog at and I live in the Philadelphia area and went to camps and camp meetings growing up in Ohio, Maryland and New Jersey.

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