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Clever In The Kitchen

Meal themes are a great way to bring a group together. Here are just a couple ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

• A to Z lunch–Have a buffet that serves every letter of the alphabet from drinks to desserts

• Breakfast for dinner

• Medieval meal–Dine without utensils

• Clue meal–Solve the riddles to move from station to station to get to your meal

• Masquerade lunch–Decorate masks and wear them while you eat

• Silent breakfast

• Pajama breakfast

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Get The Ball Rolling

Activities don’t have to end when summer skies turn grey. Bring the action inside with these five great activities that are ideal for small indoor spaces and require minimal equipment.

Escape Ball

Number of players: 8 or more

Ages: 6 and up

Time period: 20 minutes

Equipment: Kickball or coated foam ball

Activity level: Low to moderate

Focus: Cardio, core strength, flexibility

Children stand in a circle with one child (“it”) in the center. The children standing in the circle stand facing in, with their feet spread apart so that they are touching the feet of the people next to them. They cannot move their feet or legs during the game. They should keep their hands on their knees until the activity begins.

The “it” child has the ball and tries to roll the ball through the legs of any player. “It” should fake his/her intent, using feints and changes of direction. Without moving their feet or legs, children in the circle have to stop the ball from going between their legs by bending over from the waste and using their hands to block. Any player that allows the ball to go through their legs becomes the new “it.”

My Friends

Number of players: 10 or more

Ages: 9 and up

Time period: 20 minutes

Equipment: Poly spots

Activity level: Low to moderate

Focus: Cardio, listening

This activity helps campers get to know each other.

This is a walking or fast-walking activity. The counselor gives a poly spot to all but one child and has them make a large circle. Children then stand on the poly spots. The child without a poly spot is chosen to be the caller and stands in the middle of the circle. The caller then asks a question of the group that pertains to him or her, i.e., “I wonder if any of ‘my friends’ are wearing the color red today?” Only the children wearing red may move to a new poly spot, including the caller. Whoever is left without a new poly spot to stand on becomes the new caller. Children may not move to the spot directly on either side of them.

Over-Under Relay

Number of players: 10 or more

Ages: 6 and up

Time period: 20 minutes

Equipment: Kickball or medicine ball

Activity level: Moderate to vigorous

Focus: Cardio, core strength, flexibility, coordination, cooperation

This activity brings in a little friendly competition.

Form teams of 5 or 6 children. Players in each team stand in line, one behind the other. The first person in line has the ball. On a signal, this player hands the ball (backwards) over his/her head to the next player. The second player passes the object through his/her legs to the third player who hands it over his/her head and so on. When the ball reaches the last player, s/he passes the ball back and the ball moves in the same over-under fashion back to the first player. The first team to get the ball back to the first player in line is the winner.

Birds Fly

Number of players: 5 or more

Ages: 5-9

Time period: 20 minutes

Equipment: None

Activity level: Low to moderate

Focus: Cardio, coordination, listening

This activity is similar to Simon Says, but with a twist.

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