offers events exclusively for kids 12 and under between 9 AM and 9 PM in Hemlock on Monday through Saturday. Continuing in 2023 a meet and greet session for parents and kids to meet other juniors participants has been scheduled for Sunday, July 23rd at 6:00 pm.
Before any Junior may use the Juniors Room
or participate in the Juniors Program, a parent or guardian must
accompany the child to the Juniors Room to complete a consent
form for the child. Among other items, this form provides
contact information (e.g., cell phone number, hotel room number)
to reach a parent/guardian in the event of an emergency. Only one form
is required for the entire week.
There are 21 Juniors events in 2023. These events are FREE to children accompanied by a BPA member in attendance at the conference. While parents need not be present for the children to play, we encourage parents to lend a hand. Children should be old enough to grasp rules and play independently. (Note: Parents should refrain from playing games for their children.)
The games used in the Juniors competitions are usually the same as
the ones the adults play—albeit sometimes modified to make
them shorter or easier to understand. The emphasis is on sportsmanship—and
discovering how much fun it is to interrelate with others with
a good boardgame in this age of electronic eye candy. Although
all Juniors events are Class C—Coached—and will be
explained, it is best if the children have some advance familiarity
with the games in question. Winners
receive smaller versions of the plaques their parents are striving
for in the adult competitions or other prizes. More than one child
has returned home with more wood than adorns their parents mantle.
In some cases, GMs provide additional, non-monetary prizes.
possible, please send Juniors with copies of the games they
will play in order to ensure that there are enough copies to
allow everyone to play. This is particularly vital for Juniors
events because many of the kids do not have games and our GMs cannot
provide enough copies for everyone.
hires adult Juniors Room Monitors who have experience working
with children and will supervise the Juniors room during Juniors
hours. Returning in 2023 are Megan Byrd, Lesley Coussis, and Tim Evinger.
Regardless, WBC and its monitors and its GMs assume no responsibility for keeping
track of your child’s whereabouts before, during, or after
any Junior event. There is no substitute for parental supervision.
This is not a day care service and
children should be well-behaved and
respectful of others. In addition,
they are expected to exhibit good
sportsmanship. Any child who behaves
inappropriately will be asked to
leave. At the discretion of the convention
director and the Board of Directors,
a child who has been removed for
inappropriate behavior may be restricted
from future Juniors competition or
required to have parental supervision
when playing in a Juniors event.
WBC members and gaming
companies have donated games to a Juniors
Game Library. Juniors can check
out these games for use in the Juniors
open gaming area. Your donations to
this library are appreciated. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’re looking for a way to “give
something back” to the hobby,
look no further than WBC’s Juniors
Program. To help, contact Megan Byrd,
the Juniors Program Coordinator, at email@example.com.
- GM volunteers are always needed to run events. Any boardgame of suitable complexity level and length is eligible for use in the Juniors tournaments.
- Assistants are always needed to teach games and supervise tournament tables full of youngsters. You’ll
find that Juniors are enjoyable to game with. They often use innovative strategies and believe in using diplomacy for every move. You may find that the little time you spend in the Juniors
Room is some of the most fun you have at the convention. (Don’t be embarrassed if an 8-year-old beats you soundly.) Please sign up ahead of time or on the sign-up sheets posted in the Juniors
games to the Juniors Game Library or
for a tournament (be sure the game is
labeled with your name).
funds for expanding or improving the
We appreciate everyone who has contributed in any
way to our Juniors Program.
The following companies, clubs, and individuals—plus
other anonymous donors—have contributed to
creation of the BPA Juniors Game Library: Avalon
Hill, Days of Wonder, Fantasy Flight Games, GMT
Games, Northstar Games, Rio Grande Games, Out of
the Box Games, Valley Games, Games Club of Maryland, Brian Sutton,
David desJardins, Craig Yope, Days of Wonder, and Mark Yoshikawa.
Seven Springs has a wide range of amenities for children and family entertainment as well as daycare. Check their website for details. Please be aware that Juniors who
use the swimming facilities need to be supervised
by someone over 16 years old.