|This clip from the Shippensburg News Chronicle describes the details of how the Adventure Game camp was organized.|
The camps were called Adventure Game camps, and were held twice a summer for one week at a time. The camp ran for 5 years before the university discontinued the program.
|Adventure Game campers, 1985|
The camps were open to girls and boys aged 10-17 who wanted to learn in-depth character development and playing techniques in order to become Dungeons & Dragons masters. Students' knowledge of D&D concepts was tested throughout their week at camp.
|Portion of a Dungeons & Dragons test, summer 1981|
Despite the popularity of the camp, it was cancelled due to controversies surrounding Dungeons & Dragons and other live action role play games. Many media reports had suggested that the games had harmful effects on the young people playing the games.
|Cancellation letter for the Shippensburg Adventure Game Camp|
Even though the camp only lasted 5 years, it served as a unique opportunity to bring young people together on Ship's campus for a week of fun and learning.
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