Anyone know any good summer camp activities?

by admin on April 19, 2011

I am 15, and a "Playground Aide" for 5-12 year olds this summer. We have about 6 sites, with 60 kids each. At my site, we have a staff meeting tomorrow for activity planning. I started today, and it went horrible, so we want more structure.

Let me remind you, this is GOVERNMENT FUNDED. The fee for the camp is for 6 weeks, M-F, 9-3. We have NO BUDGET. We have some sports equipment and basic art supplies.

Anyone have any ideas for things we could do in the following categories. I’ve never been a parent, and have no idea what enterntains kids.

Categories-
-Performing Arts
-Music
-Sports and Games
– Art

Thanks! The person with the most activities picked from your list tomorrow at the meeting wins the 10 points. THANKS!
Any ideas accepted. I just need something kiddy to take in tomorrow! Thanks.


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    fullarmor123 April 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    German Spotlight – Play in complete darkness with one person on a hill or mound with a flash light. The rest have the goal of trying to sneak onto the hill without being spotted. The person with the spotlight has to call out the name of the person they spotted to get them out.

    Life size Monopoly – Use a roll of butcher paper to layout as a giant board. You can use the Monopoly game pieces to go with it.

    Squirt gun fight is always fun

    Sardines – Opposite of hide and go seek. One person hides and everybody else tries to find that person. As they find the person they quietly hide with them until everybody has finally located the hiding horde. Lots of fun, especially in the dark.

    Scavenger hunt – Have find a list of things or make a theme of objectives.

    Trade up – Split into groups and have each group start with something simple like a pencil. They then go where ever they can and talk to people about trading what they have for something bigger. The group that comes back with the biggest item or maybe the most interesting wins.

    Any age group loves sculpey. It will cost some money, but is reasonable and the clay seems to go a long way.

    Legos are great for entertaining young children. They can build for hours. You probably ask some people if they could lend some legos for some of the sessions.

    If you have any sporting equipment like balls, bats, cones, etc. having different activity stations help to keep kids interested by moving them from station to station every 10-15 minutes.

    You can also create an obstacle course out of anything that is around and time them individually or as groups to complete the obstacle course.

    Here are some websites I have used for other ideas:

    http://www.thesource4ym.com/games/
    http://www.funattic.com/game_youthgroup.htm#anchor4

    jenfleur April 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Yoga’s a fun activity, and has the added benefit of (possibly) calming them down a bit. If no one has any experience with yoga, you could rent a dvd to learn a few of the simple poses, then demonstrate for the kids.

    casey April 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    I am an activities director, and while I work in a nursing home and not with children I know some things that might help. I also have no budget and have to make things run smoothly anyway, you will find some helpful hints if you do a web search for activity director, alot of these pages also have childrens sections. Good luck.

    beso_me April 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    maybe go tubing down the river go hiking or have a contest with arts and music!

    shamrock65@verizon.net April 19, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    YOU CAN DO SCREEN PAINTING OF DIFFERENT KIND OF LEAVES, SUCH AS AN OAK , MAPLE , BEARCH, RED MAPLE ETC. ETC. WHAT YOU DO IS MAKE A LITTLE WOOD BOX 6X6X1 WITH A SCREEN ON TOP AND PIN THE LEAF TO A PAPER AND USE INK ANDF A SMALL PAINT BRUSH AND PAINT THE SCREEN AND THAT WILL LEAVE AN OUTLINE OF THE LEAF

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