Category Archives: Icebreakers, Games, Skits

New To The Recreation Field?

Just starting out in the recreation programming field? Want some advice from people who have planned their share of craft classes, day camps and teen special events? Here is a smorgasbord of tips to help plan high-quality, fun, programs for all age groups. · If you want to become a great programmer and a leader in your field, don’t be afraid to think outside the box and propose a new program. Do something the department hasn’t done that is a … Continue reading

Posted in Icebreakers, Games, Skits, October 2009, Parks and Rec Business, Silvana Clark, Sports + Fitness + Recreation, Writers | Leave a comment

Abracadabra

As counselors know, it’s easy to become so involved in getting campers to archery and making sure they go to the bathroom before bed, they forget to have fun with the campers. The following are ways counselors can totally amaze campers with magic tricks, games and wacky snacks. Start with some spontaneous magic tricks. Don’t worry–you won’t need to cut anyone in half. These tricks are easy, yet have a big impact in impressing campers. The Non-Popping Balloon Blow up … Continue reading

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Let’s Get Twisted

Every camp has its never-fail programs and traditions that campers enjoy every year. Yet what about those so-so activities we keep doing because we have the supplies and can do the planning in our sleep? Sometimes all programs need is twisted thinking. (Are any twisted-thinking camp staff members reading this?) Simply take a look at your programs and ask, “What can we do to add a “twist” to this activity or program? The following are a few examples of ways … Continue reading

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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

Posted in Camp Business, Craft Projects, Icebreakers, Games, Skits, Issues, Jan/Feb 09, Programming, Silvana Clark | Leave a comment

Spread The Word

As in most parks and recreation departments, you probably offer a crowd-pleasing array of programs, such as road runs, craft classes, senior excursions and soccer clinics. How about adding an additional element to a class or activity? Pick a project and encourage participants to get involved in volunteering. Many people have a vague feeling of, “I know I should volunteer but don’t know where to start.” Your department can be a way to involve children and adults in finding opportunities … Continue reading

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