Realms Overnight Apprenticeship
Elves, Wizards & Role-Playing

Join our Realms Leadership to save the Realms of Cascadia!
4 weekend overnights + 5 adventure days - Fall to Spring.

Grades 6-12 Journey into the Realms of Cascadia with Trackers Earth. Create your character! Play an elf, wizard, ranger, or more. Camp under magical stars with friends. Led by expert Realms Masters, embark on quests with foam swords and arrows. Level up in archery, wilderness survival, tracking, and healing plants. As a leader, this is your call to adventure—forge friendships, create the story, and save the Realms.


This is our one weekend-a-month Realms Overnight Apprenticeship.
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Realms Apprenticeship

Through our Realms Overnight Apprenticeship, expert Realms Guides mentor teens in small teams of fellow players. Over 9 weekends Fall to Spring, it includes 4 camping overnights and 5 adventure days. Our immersive Realms LARP emphasizes leadership and weaves an ongoing epic narrative with character development and real-world outdoor skills:

Character Creation & Role-Playing: Craft your unique character and embark on a journey of an incredible action-packed story. Will you be a thoughtful elf, navigating the forests with ease, a wise wizard wielding ancient spells, or a guardian ranger, protecting the realm? As you journey through our fantastical Realms, your character's growth mirrors your own, gaining invaluable skills and experience along the way.

LARPing Quests & Challenges: Wielding foam swords, sturdy shields, and mystical magic spells, you navigate challenging trials and face off against formidable foes. These thrilling adventures serve as your training ground, seamlessly blending the art of fantasy and storytelling with practical leadership skills and wilderness survival knowledge. It's here, in these moments, that legends are born and heroes are made.

Nature-Based Skills: Level up by mastering stealth, archery, and wilderness survival to ensure your safety and success on every journey. Let the animals, plants, trees, and the many forces of nature act as your guides through the wilds. You'll develop authentic skills in the ancient arts of tracking and nature awareness, connecting deeply with the world around you.

Realms Master Training: Venture beyond your own adventure to grow in the role of leader and creator. Mastering the art of the game empowers not only yourself but also those around you, training for the esteemed role of a Realms Master. This journey of discovery and leadership prepares you to guide others on their quests, shaping the fabric of our shared story.

Leadership Role

Step into a role of leadership within our Realms community. You have the option to attend additional apprenticeship days as a Realms Master-in-Training, scheduled with program mentors. During this time, you can share your skills and knowledge. This blend of learning and leadership contributes to your growth, teaching lessons in responsibility, creativity, and leadership.

Community Connection: Share your adventures and learnings. Help mentor newcomers to the Realms, fostering a welcoming environment for all players.

Team Leadership: Foster a spirit of collaboration within your team. Build a cohesive group that thrives on mutual support while playing in the Realms.

Creativity & Innovation: Your creativity shapes our Realms LARP experience. Our overnights introduce new ideas and plots that weave through the entire game of Realms.

Our Team

Our mentoring team includes our top Trackers staff featuring:

  • Expertise in mentoring and Trackers skills.
  • Low student-to-guide ratio facilitating personal, team-based learning.
  • Background checked with First Aid & CPR certification.
  • Trained in outdoor safety and the Trackers Earth curriculum.

Our Place

For Realms Apprenticeships, we use buses or vans to journey from Trackers HQ to wilderness locations specific to each weekend's activity. Our destinations could include Trackers' private 351-acre wildlife park. For overnights, we often use the 100-acre secluded Camp Trackers. Campouts can include staying in tents that Apprentices pitch themselves and cooking meals together outdoors—often over an open fire. When the weather calls for it, we might choose to stay closer to home, learning hands-on crafts in our art studios and visiting nearby nature parks.

Program FAQ

See below to read our Realms Overnight FAQ.

Choose Your Schedule

Mentoring Days: 5 total, 9:00 AM-4:00 PM + Graduation Day
Mentoring Overnights: 4 total, Friday - Sunday

When choosing, be sure your child can make most weekends.
Due to group size limits, we cannot switch between schedules.
We offer make-up days for weather-related postponements.
The Graduation BBQ is May 10, 2025


SCHEDULE - Realms Overnight

Grades 6-8 / 9-12
  • September 13-15, 2024 - Camping Overnight
  • October 4-6, 2024 - Camping Overnight
  • October 26, 2024 - Field Saturdays
  • November 16, 2024 - Field Saturdays
  • January 4, 2025 - Field Saturdays
  • February 1, 2025 - Field Saturdays
  • March 1, 2025 - Field Saturdays
  • April 4-6, 2025 - Camping Overnight
  • May 2-4, 2025 - Camping Overnight
  • May 10, 2025 - Graduation Day

Realms Overnight Application

To ensure Apprentices are prepared for the overnight camping and leadership roles, this program requires an application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, with acceptance notifications sent within two weeks. Given the very limited space in our Overnights, applying early is recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does this program require prior experience?
No, it can be useful for students to be familiar with Realms, yet if a student is truly interested in role-playing and nature, they will succeed.

What are the sleeping accommodations?
Each camper sleeps in tents supplied by Trackers—though they are welcome to use their own with approval from Trackers Guides to ensure it is functional. Tents are all-weather to keep out rain or inclement elements. Campers must bring their own cold weather sleeping bag and pad—we give equipment recommendations upon registration. Campers learn to care for their own tent and organize their Trackers Kit (gear & clothing) to stay clean, dry, and well maintained. Almost all activities take place outdoors. This is an authentic camping experience.

What kind of meals do student Trackers eat?
We often serve meals outdoors. Depending on the season and program logistics, food may be cooked over an open fire or on personal camp stoves. Meals are simple, using menus common to backpacking or overland expedition kitchens, for example, hearty stews. Please understand that this is not the camp for choosy eaters. Due to the rugged nature of this camp, it may be difficult to provide accommodations for specialized diets. If your child has a severe, systemic food allergy, contact us and we may be able to work with your Medical Doctor (MD) to see if adjustments can be made to meal plans.

What is your medication policy?
We do not directly oversee medication administration at this program. Given the independent nature of the program, student Trackers are tasked with their own self-care, which includes reminding themselves and administering their own medication during the program. This approach emphasizes responsibility and autonomy, aligning with the program's focus on independence and self-sufficiency. Student campers must bring medications in original packaging, labeled with name and dosage, and keep them in their backpacks. If the student Trackers has an EpiPen or inhaler, they should carry it and inform the instructor of its location for emergencies.

What gear should we pack?
We give recommendations for the ideal Trackers Kit (Gear & Clothing) to outfit you to camp in all weather. Our goal: to get student Trackers ready while helping them become independent for future adventures beyond the program. The Trackers Kit you assemble will include a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, outdoor clothing, and other personal gear. Before the program begins, we send you packing recommendations with links so you can stock their kit efficiently and cost-effectively.

Can my child bring their cellphone?
No, 100% leave them behind—that is a clear Realms rule. Electronic devices can distract from developing real-world observation skills in the outdoors and wilderness. Tracker Guides will carry cellphones for any necessary contact. While not a rule, discouraging both short and long-term social media use will be part of the Trackers Team culture. Digital distractions can significantly divert our attention, creating skewed perspective and focus. This severely limits the development of optimal situational awareness—a critical survival skill. Cultivating this awareness means being fully present and attentive to the details of our real world.

Have Questions?

For any questions, please feel free to contact our Family Success team.