Category Archives: Craft Projects

35 Creative Programming Ideas for 2009

The results are in and the ideas are plentiful! We invited readers to submit their most creative programming ideas to find out what keeps their camp ticking. After the submissions came pouring in, we knew we had several gems to share with Camp Business readers. Take a look and see if there’s anything you can use to spice up the upcoming camp season and thanks to everyone who participated! Food A Feeding Frenzy One program that occurs each year at … Continue reading

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Crafts Most Camps Have Never Done

As summer approaches, camps across the country start to gather supplies for the inevitable craft classes, such as Popsicle stick picture frames, painted rocks and apple prints. Now there’s nothing wrong with traditional crafts, but how about trying something a bit out of the ordinary? Ever decorated Styrofoam mannequin heads or gotten campers involved in making artistic trading cards? How about some super-gross papier-mache creatures? The following are some ideas designed to add an element of fun and creativity to … Continue reading

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Crash Course In Crafting

Martha Stewart began her billionaire’s climb to fame and fortune by cooking and making crafts. Millions of loyal fans follow her suggestions for arts and crafts projects. Why not let your young parks and recreation customers enjoy the creativity that develops from making easy arts projects? There’s no need for picture-perfect results. Part of the fun of crafting involves letting children feel free to experiment with colors, textures and designs. If they want to make a three-eyed puppet—let them. Flying … Continue reading

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Celebrate National Kid’s Craft Day March 14

Your parks and recreation department celebrates the Fourth of July and Valentine’s Day, so why not celebrate National Kid’s Craft Day? This is a great chance for kids and adults to enjoy gluing, painting, coloring, building, decoupaging and sculpting. Plan a citywide event that encourages creativity and some great finished projects. Here are a few simple craft ideas to incorporate as part of National Kid’s Craft Day. 1. Who says crafts have to be pink and cute? Provide an assortment … Continue reading

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Programming for Tweens

Way, way back when I started working at Bellingham, Washington Parks and Recreation, (okay it was in 1979), youth programs fell into three age groups. Pre-school activities were geared for 3- to 5-year-olds, while children’s programs attracted 6- to 12-year-olds. The minute children turned 13, they began attending teen programs. However, in the last five or six years, a new group has emerged: tweens. Marketers are flocking to this 9- to 13-year-old age group, described as having the behavior of … Continue reading

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