About The Camp
The camp has magical borders which are enforced by the Golden Fleece, which was found and discovered by the satyr Grover, the Cyclops Tyson, and demigods Percy Jackson, Clarisse La Rue, and Annabeth Chase. Taken from Polyphemus’s island, it was placed on Thalia’s pine tree, ensuring that no monsters could gain access to the camp. In earlier years it was a pine tree made from Thalia, a daughter of Zeus. After almost being killed by monsters, Zeus felt sorry for her and turned her into a pine tree, making it so she wouldn’t die. Her tree became the official borders of Camp Half-Blood. The Fleece stayed on the tree, guarded by a dragon (Peleus), protecting the camp.
The half-bloods live in cabins (one for each Olympian god and goddess, as well as many minor gods), and eat at the dining pavilion. There is also an archery field, a swordfighting arena, two climbing walls with lava for training, and others.
Its cover name is Delphi Strawberry Service, a reference to the name of the Oracle of Delphi.
There were originally twelve cabins, one for each Olympian god, but after the Second Titan War, Percy made the gods promise to claim all their children and for the minor gods to be respected, so now there are twenty cabins in total, one honoring each god or goddess. Some of the cabins include Zeus, Poseidon, Demeter, Dionysus, Hermes, Ares, Athena, Apollo, Aphrodite, Hephaestus, and Artemis. The cabins of Eros, Hades, Iris, Hypnos, Nemesis, Nike, Hebe, Tyche, Morpheus, Hedone and Hecate being the later additions. Construction of the new cabins took less than six months with the help of the cyclopes from Poseidon’s forges
Hera’s cabin is a courtesy because she’s the goddess of marriage and doesn’t have demigod offspring. Artemis’s cabin is also honorary because she is one of the maiden/virgin goddesses, but does sometimes play host to her Huntresses. The cabins honoring Zeus and Poseidon are supposed to be empty, but Percy Jackson and his Cyclops half brother Tyson (occasionally) occupy Poseidon’s cabin, and Thalia Grace used to occupy Zeus’ cabin, before she joined Artemis’s Huntresses to prevent her from being the child of the prophecy.
Also, now the gods are obligated to claim their demigod children, by age 13. This will make for a much less crowded Hermes cabin. The cabins are now placed in the shape of a Greek Omega (the last letter of the Ancient Greek alphabet: Ω).
The Big House
The Big House, is where the Oracle of Delphi used to live in the attic, before Rachel Elizabeth Dare took the Oracle into her own body. It also is a main meeting place for the leaders of the cabins for major problems and ideas before any quests. Dionysusand Chironenjoy playing pinochle on the front porch, the only true game (along with Pac-Man and gladiator fighting) according to Dionysus.
The Climbing Walls
The lava wall, a climbing wall, is said to pour lava out for an “extra challenge”. You must climb quickly or it will clash with the other wall, lava will pour from the top, and boulders will fall on whoever is climbing.
The camp borders are designed to keep mortals, monsters, bad weather and many other things out of the camp. Only campers, gods, monsters, and some mortals (such as the Oracle, Rachel Elizabeth Dare) who were given the permission by a camper may enter through the border. Once, the border was protected by many things, the most notable being a strong copper dragon. In modern times, it is passively – but effectively – defended by the magical barrier generated by Thalia’s tree, created from her body by her dad, Zeus, in her dying moments.
Thalia’s Tree was poisoned by Luke Castellan with elder python venom from the pit of Tartarus during the war four years ago. As the tree weakened, so did the strength of the borders. Percy managed to rescue Grover as well as steal the Fleece from Polyphemus the Cyclops. The Fleece healed Thalia’s tree and restored Thalia to her original body while leaving the tree in place. The Fleece is currently guarded by the copper dragon Peleus.
The dining pavilion is where the campers eat breakfast, lunch and dinner. The food served is a diet primary of grapes, cheese, bread, and extra lean, nymph-cut barbecue. Each cabin has their own tables and campers are not allowed to sit at a table that is not their cabin’s. The tables are covered with a white tablecloth fringed with purple. At the center of the Pavilion is the bonfire. It is lit during the dinners. At the beginning of each meal, each cabin takes turns going up to the fire and dropping in a share of their best food as an offering for the gods (because the gods like the smell). Hestia, Goddess of the Hearth, gets a portion of each offering.
This is where they store the pegasi. The Demeter cabin is in charge of the riding lessons, but Aphrodite’s cabin helps every now and then. Every few times, some demigod(s) would take pegasi lessons from one of the other demigods from Aphrodite’s cabin. It is also well known that Chiron does not like them very much, but no one is sure why.
This is where the campers get their weapons. It is a big metal shed around the side of Athena’s cabin. It has been known to carry everything from modern weapons like shotguns, to ancient artifacts like Helen of Troy’s dagger, Katoptris. It has a quite a large collection of swords, spears, clubs and firearms. Every camper gets a weapon, but the Hephaestus’ cabin makes their own.
There are white marble columns lining walls stained with soot. Chimneys pump smoke over a gable with carvings of gods and monsters. The forge is located at the edge of a stream, with waterwheels spinning bronze gears. Always, campers hear machinery working, fires crackling, and the sound of hammers against metal. Inside, there are tables full of projects and weapons, and there is also a big wall map of the camp. Hephaestus’ children are often, or always, working in the forges.
The woods are where dryads live and monsters are stocked. It is known as a dangerous place, and no one should ever go there unless they were armed or with a companion. The campers play capture-the-flag in the woods every Friday, and sometimes hunt for monsters to fight as training.
The Myrmeke Hill is at first thought to be a myth, until Percy, Annabeth, Silena and Beckendorf found it. It is located on the North-West side of the woods. It has many nests down to the Earth’s core that are stocked with larva and metal.
Zeus’ Fist is a rock formation in the heart of the forest, that looks nothing like a fist. It is a jumble of rocks rising up about twenty feet tall. It once held an entrance to the labyrinth that was used by the Titan Army to invade Camp Half-Blood. The Labyrinth was destroyed shortly thereafter when its creator, the famed inventor Daedalus, was killed (in a manner of speaking) by Nico DiAngelo, son of Hades.
The camp has several traditions derived from its Greek roots. Winners and victors are given laurel wreaths and paraded around camp. More poignantly, anytime a camper goes on a quest, their siblings/cabin mates weave them a funeral shroud in case their sibling does not survive – if the camper has no siblings, another cabin may volunteer to do it. Should they return victorious, they get to burn the shroud.
But the most prominent tradition is the camp beads. At the end of every summer session, the senior counselors vote on the biggest event of the summer and paint it on the bead.
A game of capture the flag is played every Friday from 6:00 to 9:00. The boundry is the creek and often teams use the pile of rocks named ‘Zeus’ Fist’. Whenever the hunters of Artemis are sent to the camp there is a game of capture the flag and all campers help out. The Hunters have won 73 times in a row.
The Oracle’s Cave
The Oracle of Delphi, Rachel Dare, resides at the camp in a cave created for her by the God Apollo. When Rachel accepted the role as Oracle, Apollo made the cave for her at the edge of the woods, overlooking the fireworks beach. Inside, the cave is decorated with modern items such as a killer stereo system and a home theater entertainment system. Rachel spends the majority of her time at camp, but has been known to leave from time to time.