NEW YORK – If you really love survivor, now you cam send your kids to a Survivor summer camp.
A pair of teachers -- who are rabid Survivor fans -- have started a camp in Tennessee for kids based on the reality show experience, and yes, they give you a chance to eat bugs.
"You see the loners, the leaders," Leah Handelsman, co-founder of the camp Survivor Webbland, told the Knoxville News. "Some kids are bossy. Some are more into competing."
Kids wear bandanas to identify their tribes. They even get a symbolic bamboo Tiki torch, which can't be lit for safety reasons but the kids get to take them home at the end.
Instead of winning $1 million, the five-day camp is designed to help kids understand group dynamics and the need for teamwork, as well as resolve personality conflicts -- just like on the real show.
They also have a chance to won T-shirts and photos signed by Knoxville-native Tina Wesson, the winner of CBS's Survivor: The Australian Outback.
The two teachers claim they have never missed an episode of the hit reality show and had always wanted to use it as a basis for teaching kids.
About 24 to 28 kids attended each of the two five-day sessions of the camp in Knoxville.
Some of the challenges include canoe races, tug-of-war and putting together a 1,000-piece jigsaw puzzle. Other simpler challenges involved giving up dessert at lunch or not eating with silverware.
Some contests offered food -- cotton candy and lemonade, pr donuts and cookies -- as rewards, but the final challenge of the week included eating organically grown mealworms, beetles and crickets
Unlike the show, no one was ever voted out of the camp. Instead, the kids were given votes of confidence. The team who won the daily tribal immunity challenge voted for the person in their tribe whom they thought was the best camper.
A CBS spokesman said he was not familiar with the camp.