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Five Scavenger Hunt Games

Spice up your scavenger hunt with a treasure map!
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When icebreakers are old news and campers need a break from relay games, bring groups together for smaller chunks of fun through scavenger hunts. The beauty of the scavenger hunt is that with a little forethought, it is easily customizable to fit the needs of any camp variable: length of time, distance from the main lodge, specific group configurations or time of day. Use these ready-made scavenger hunt ideas, mix and match them with each other or use the ideas … Continue reading

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Learning To Pack Light

Creative ideas come out of minimalism.
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The Virgin airline lost my suitcase, forcing me to buy a week’s worth of clothes and toiletries in Oxford, England. That was an inconvenience, as well as an important reminder to always pack necessities in one’s carry-on luggage. However, the real value in the experience was the requirement that I now conduct four days of staff training workshops without props. Several good books on low-prop or no-prop games exist, but I’ve got enough of those memorized that it’s easy to pull … Continue reading

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Independence Day Excitement

Happy Independence Day!
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5 Great Group Games for July 4th Fireworks, apple pie and fun–three ingredients that make every Independence Day a success. Whether you’re celebrating the Fourth of July at camp, at home or somewhere else, consider these five games when your party wants a little fun in their festivities. 1. Celebration Soccer Requires 2 teams of 11 campers Equipment: One pool noodle for each camper Red, white and blue balloons Two soccer goals on an open field Instructions: At the start … Continue reading

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On Your Mark, Get Set, Go!

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With all the energy spent planning camp programs and new activities, it can be tough coming up with the time to dedicate to fine-tuning the smaller elements. Freshen up your camp relay races. If your slate of relay games has become dated and predictable, mix and match a few from this list to bring the spirit of friendly team relay competition back to life. Single Runner Relays Beach Blanket Relay: Line up team in a single line. Give each team … Continue reading

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Zero Tolerance Makes Zero Sense

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There is no reason for any kid at camp not to be cool.

I have a 7-year old daughter who takes Lyrical Ballet every Tuesday. She doesn’t like when I watch, so I don’t (until the last 5 minutes, because then it’s too late for her to get mad at me). The dance recital is next week, so right now the class is working on perfecting their moves. Some of the kids are pretty good, some are OK and some are all over the place—but what struck me more than anything is that … Continue reading

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