If it wasn’t already obvious by the title of this post, the following piece is free of Tears of the Kingdom spoilers.
Before becoming the Zelda fanatic I am today, I used to work at a high school summer camp. I specifically helped make promotional material such as merchandise, flyers, social media posts, and especially videos. My job was to give students a taste of what this awesome camp was like and inspire them to visit us.
My job had one very important rule though. I was told I could not include specific parts of the camp in my promotional videos and posts. This included the go-kart racing, the “mud day” activities, and the super cool obstacle course they had deep in the woods. It really frustrated me at first. Those were some of the coolest parts of the camp! How could I just keep this information to myself when I know this is something students would really want to see?
But then I looked back on my experiences taking students to these places for the first time. These activities were kept secret. They were all hidden in the trees far beyond the camp grounds, so no one saw them until they were led to them for the first time. I wish I could express the sheer amount of joy and wonder when these students first set foot in each of these locations. All we did was tell them we had something planned, then they followed us through the trees until we stumbled upon the activity. Each day was a new adventure that they weren’t even planning on experiencing. The team at camp knew what they were doing. They knew how to keep these kids on an adventure and always wondering what’s next.