Category Archives: Traditional Programs

Dream to Reality

One of the great loves of a camp director is planning for the future in programming and facility development. I have always advised camp directors to make lists and goal sheets and to grow your program with your facility. Recently, I have had two experiences that have helped clarify for me the right way to plan the future of a facility and the camp. Participating as a camping consultant I watched one camp go through its master planning process, and … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Facilities + Grounds, Issues, Jeff Merhige, May 05, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

Group Games

The secret to many of these games is not playing them too long. 10-20 minutes often being the maximum. If the kids aren’t allowed to play the game until they are tired of it they will look forward to playing it again later. Some games will work better if the group is broken down into several smaller groups. Stalking Materials needed: power stick, a blindfold How to play: Everyone sits in a circle facing the center. One person is picked … Continue reading

Posted in Apr 05, Camp Business, Departments, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Programming, Traditional Programs | Leave a comment

Stretch & Twist

As camp time gets ever closer (wasn’t it just yesterday that we had closing ceremonies?) it’s time to jumpstart camp and get the ideas flowing. Continuing from last month’s column, and the January Programming Ideas article, here are some more ideas to get campers and staff going for the season. Keep sending your ideas into Camp Business so that we can share them and give every camp great ideas. What comes around goes around! See “You Don’t Say! (link below) … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Icebreakers, Games, Skits, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Mar 05, Programming, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

Getting to Know You

Activities, activities, and more activities is how we accomplish all that we do in the camping industry! Name games, team building and get-to-know-you games allow us to get inside the group dynamics of kids, campers, adults and retreat groups. The beauty of these tools is how adaptable they are. There is not one activity or game that cannot be modified for whatever audience you are planning to work with. The following examples are games and activities that we use with … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Departments, Feb 05, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Staff Training, Technology + Marketing, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment

The Ultimate Survivor

Traditional Programs “It’s time to vote,” “You’re fired!” “Will you accept this rose?” are phrases that have become a big part of our recent television and pop culture. How do camps turn these themes into programming that helps us to bridge children from the television and into the natural, magical world of camp? I like to think it is by taking TV shows, movies and popular fads and re-constructing them to represent the values and good choices we want kids … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Dec 04, Departments, Issues, Jeff Merhige, Technology + Marketing, Traditional Programs, Writers | Leave a comment