Summer is here and it’s the perfect time to reinvigorate your community programming. These next few months offer nicer weather and more hours of daylight, which means you can take your community outside, while engaging in fun and/or educational activities.
Here are seven summer camp ideas for you to introduce to your community.
Hiking and Canoeing
Outdoor activities such as hiking and canoeing can both challenge your campers and provide a great opportunity for physical activity. Campers must build trust with each other, forcing them to practice teamwork, while exploring nature by boat and on foot. In learning how to paddle a canoe and navigate through the woods or mountains, your campers will thrive through the strength of their accomplishments.
Leadership is an important skill to have in life, whether it’s working with classmates in school or leading a team project at work. These leadership training lessons should aim to deepen your campers’ knowledge, skills, and self-awareness, through completing a number of activities that are designed to help them make mature, logical decisions. Some workshop ideas may include nutrition, conflict resolution, or communication.
Comic Book Camp
Superhero films are more popular than ever and they’ve been a source of inspiration for many children to create their own comics. A comic book-focused camp can help kids harness their creativity and improve their artistic skills, while also building their self-confidence. The end goal for this camp can be for your campers to create their own comic book by the final day of camp.
Technology and More
Technology-based camps can be a lot of fun and there are a number of tech-related things that you can choose from as a focus, including drones, computer design, coding, and robotics. Understanding technology is important in today’s society and providing children and teens the opportunity to see a tech project from start to finish can create a very strong sense of accomplishment and provide invaluable knowledge on the topic.
Teaching children to care about the environment at an early age can help them live more sustainable lifestyles. Summer camps are a great time to introduce these ideas and learn about why such things as recycling and taking shorter showers are important to protecting and preserving the environment.
You can teach these ideas through fun games and projects. Some ideas include a game that has your campers race against one another while they sort out recycling and building their own garden planter.
Water fights are a classic summer camp activity for campers of any age. It’s a great way to wrap up a great day, week, or month of summer camp, while also acting as a way to beat the summer heat. Water fights can be seen as a terrific alternative for campers who may not be comfortable with swimming or lack those aquatic skills altogether. You can split your campers into teams, to create teamwork and bonding, designing a fun and thrilling time.
Scavenger hunts aren’t only fun for your campers; they’re also a lot of fun to plan. Add a number of different aspects that help create a unique and exciting experience that encourages teamwork between the campers and forces them to use their problem solving skills. Extend this activity to fit the full day and plan for a relaxing evening where you celebrate your campers’ wins, while making s’mores by the campfire.
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