Getting Started

Adventures in Cardboard's unique summer day camp experiences are coming to the New York Metro Area in the summer of 2021! Leading up to our first season we'll be hosting a series of Saturday Game Days in the old growth woodlands and deep ravines of Forest Park, and all over the indomitable Lookout Hill of Prospect Park.

In the future we'll be scouting out the gargantuan batholithic ridge at Inwood Hill Park, the wild and rocky forest of Van Cortlandt Park, the rolling woodsy hills of the North Woods and Meer of Central Park, across the great river at Palisades Interstate Park and Tall Man Mountain and up into Long Island!

Let us know if you'd like to scout a park near year in New York, New Jersey or Long Island!

AiC 2019 poster

art by Dan Jones

Adventure in Cardboard's Mission

Adventures in Cardboard inspires creative and imaginative play, both theatrical and tactically competitive, in beautiful wild places. We seek to re-inspire community-oriented and creative outdoor play.

We facilitate activities that demand the use of legs and feet as much as hands and head, where artist-instructors seek to unleash a zeal for creative role-playing and group tactical organization, and where “wonder” is the preferred path to igniting a passion for design, construction and playful exploration of the natural world.

In Adventures in Cardboard, artists and children take inspiration from the natural world to create their own fantastic places to inhabit and explore. We know that natural spaces open the imagination, and in turn the imagination can open new respect and longing for the natural world. From the work of Richard Louv and others describing “Nature Deficit Disorder” we know children are smarter, healthier and happier when they have time for semi-structured play in natural places.

Adventures in Cardboard also seeks to instill children with a strong experiential notion that any group of kids with an idea is a resource for creative fun that can easily compete with any indoor mediaAdventures in Cardboard has a track record of inspiring children to organize their own group summer adventures at home with little more than their combined imagination, a thicket of trees and perhaps a bit of cardboard.