If you’re planning to hold a summer camp, or if you’re the camp’s coordinator, you need to have a good deal of action prepared.
If you’re planning a day time program, then the transportation service needs to be hired, volunteers are required, and what not. Moreover, the amount to be collected from participants needs to be worked out. Once you settle down with planning such fiscal and administrative details, it’s time for some real action.
Children look forward to attending summer camps. They want to enjoy, learn new things, and make new friends! So, your summer camp planning decides whether the kids are going to enjoy it or not. You want to put all your creative and fun quotient into making this summer camp the most memorable ever for the participants. A few factors listed below can ensure grand success of your summer camp:
When you plan a summer camp, you ought to get a theme. A summer camp theme will brief the participants as to what the camp is going to be like. You can have a swimming summer camp, for example. If you’re planning a bunch of games, you could call it ‘adventure land’ or something like that. Moreover, an art camp would have a theme like ‘paint the world,’ and so on.
If the summer camp is going to be an overnight program, you have to keep the kids occupied with various activities, other than the main one (the theme). Plan interesting and fun games. You can have a scavenger hunt, sack race, relays, and so on. Games act as one of the most effective and simple relaxing techniques for kids. They also help them gel with others and develop an ability to function in a team.
Kids in summer camp need to be on their own at least part of the time. This period may be used to make new friends, or explore oneself. You could even encourage them to write down their thoughts about the summer camp, or maintain a diary about the daily activities. Care should be taken not to forcefully ask them to do certain things; let them be on their own.
When you plan a summer camp program, counselors and doctors ought to be there. A kid could feel homesick or depressed if he isn’t doing well at the camp. A doctor or a counselor can make the kid feel comfortable during such times. Counselors can also play a significant role in studying the behavioral patterns of the kids, thus helping the organizers bring out the best in a child and enhance the quality of the summer camp.
Selecting a summer camp depends on the type of the child taking part. If a kid has never attended a summer camp, he or she may be reluctant to go for more than a week.
Your summer camp program can have a specific day, such as a cultural or talent day. A talent day, for example, would mean every child has to exhibit the talent they possess, like playing the guitar, singing, painting, or dance.
How about planning for an art day? Children can be taught origami, painting, drawing, and pottery. You could even have the camp decorated or organize an exhibition to exhibit the various crafts made by your kids.
The most interesting portion of a summer camp is adventure sports! Plan for sports like rock climbing, river crossing, snorkeling, parasailing, etc. Make sure you don’t force a child to carry out an activity he or she is scared of. However, encouraging words to boost the kid’s morale are always welcome. Even better, provide them with the possibility of undertaking the task with an adult as this might imbue confidence.
You can devote a day or two to science and nature activities. Conduct certain experiments or go around the camp location finding the scientific names of trees. Wordplay is a good idea as it is both educational and entertaining. Moreover, if a fun element is associated with certain things, kids tend to remember them faster.
In the meantime, this clip from the ’70s comedy classic MEATBALLS demonstrates what you should not do when it comes to summer camp planning: