Category Archives: Programming

Spinning Yarns

Spinning wool into yarn is one way to connect campers with nature and the past. © Can Stock Photo Inc. / joyfuldesigns

After several decades of resting in the corner of my living room–and basically serving as a decoration–my spinning wheel is back in use. I am again picking through sheep fleece, washing the wool, carding, and spinning it. I had forgotten how satisfying it is to transform wool into a yarn that can be used for knitting or weaving. I read recently that when we work with fibers from plants and animals, they connect us to the stories of the people … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Issues, March/April 2013, Programming | Leave a comment

Campers Vs. Staff Members

It's all fun and games--but the staff will eventually lose! Photo Courtesy Of Camp Rivercrest

In the camp world, there are two conflicting philosophies on games. Is competition healthy, or should everyone be a winner? No matter where one stands on the issue, pitting campers against staff members will provide healthy competition, as well as a team victory when campers win. Getting staff members involved in games is an ideal way to demonstrate how to be role models. They can show campers how to be active and how to use teamwork, and when the staff … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Issues, Jan/Feb 2013, Programming | Leave a comment

Sold!

Auction unique camp experiences. Photos Courtesy Of Camp Augusta

As most people are already aware, there are numerous ways to pepper campers with elements of wonder and surprise. Since children are often observers or mildly engaged in activities that have a pre-determined path, it is important to provide experiences that have numerous outcomes and avenues. One avenue to incorporate elements of wish, wonder, and surprise is via a staff-led auction. Essentially, campers obtain tokens individually or by cabin/group during a game, and then use those tokens to buy a … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Issues, Jan/Feb 2013, Programming | Leave a comment

Get A Move On

Get everybody moving with these fun, active games! Photo Courtesy Of Jared Knight

Before campers file in this summer, gather supplies for the following games, which are sure to be a hit. After all, what kids can resist setting off mouse traps and playing with slime? Remote Control In teams of two, one person is the robot and the other person stands behind him or her to direct the robot’s direction of travel. The person controlling the robot gives a tap on the back for “go” and two taps for “stop.” The controller … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Issues, Jan/Feb 2013, Programming | Leave a comment

Jungle Mania Pong

A new twist on table tennis. Photo Courtesy Of Philip Geissal

Looking for a game that is fun for all ages? Jungle Mania Pong does not require the skills of a gifted athlete, or expensive equipment. Using some concentration and memory skills, one can play this game for pure entertainment or as a teambuilding exercise during staff training. Either approach gets participants up and moving without hesitation. Just grab a paddle and see what all the fuss is about! Number of Players: six to 15 Equipment: A table surface with a … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Departments, Issues, Jan/Feb 2013, Programming | Leave a comment