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How To Talk To Parents…So They’ll Listen

Your campers listen; here's how to get their parents to.
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During the summer between my sophomore and junior year of high school, I discovered an essential truth about myself: I enjoy working with kids. Between tutoring elementary school students in spelling and reading, babysitting when my schedule allowed, and spending my summer as a 4-H camp counselor, keeping kids safe and having fun at the same time naturally led me into a career as a middle school teacher and summer camp program director. Not until my student teaching experience did … Continue reading

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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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