Warning: Don’t plan this summer’s camp program until you’ve attended this two day training.
There’s nothing worse than wanting to add some freshness and excitement to your summer camp program, not knowing where to start. It’s a lonely feeling. You want this summer to be better than ever.
You want the campers to think,
“Wow! I love this camp! This year is the best!”.
But where do you start?
You search the internet for ideas and find a few you like, but you aren’t sure how to create or implement them. You wish someone would show you exactly what works and how to make it happen.
That’s what this two-day training is all about….Camp Programming. Most of the programs and activities presented will be unique to your camp.
DAY 1 WORKSHOPS
DAY 2 WORKSHOPS
WHY CAMP PROGRAMMERS SHOULD ATTEND
- You’ll be introduced to new ideas, activities and programs.
- The instruction you receive will save you tons of time and frustration creating new camp programs.
- The programming can be used at day and resident camps.
- You learn what other camps are doing during the mini-round table and mastermind sessions.
- You’ll get to network with other camp people.
- It’s going to be a lot of fun.
WHO IS THIS TRAINING FOR?
This training is for any staff who play a part in the program planning for the summer. The main person will usually be the program director, but, depending on the camp, it may include the director, a special events coordinator, or someone else. It’s for the programmers who are motivated to offer something new and exciting, or for those who feel stagnant and need some inspiration.
The camps that will benefit the most are day and resident camps that are open to new programming ideas.
This training is great for one person, but it is even better if two or more people from your camp attend. That’s why there is discount for multiple attendees from the same camp.
WHO IS IT NOT FOR?
This training is not ideal for any staff that is not part of the program planning.
It’s also not for camps that are content with the programming they have, or for camps that do not have room in their schedule for new programs.
SCAVENGER AND TREASURE HUNTS
It’s amazing how excited campers get about simple scavenger hunts. Scavenger hunts can be very easy to put together. Treasure hunts, on the other hand, can make any program director pull their hair out. A good hunt can entertain campers like few other programs can. A bad hunt can frustrate staff and bore campers. In this workshop we’ll discuss a variety of easy scavenger hunts to offer, including tips and tricks you may not have thought of. We’ll also discuss the art of the treasure hunt.
HOW TO SUCCESSFULLY RUN A GAME SHOW AT CAMP
When it comes to special events at camp, it’s hard to beat a game show. Game shows aren’t the easiest programs to create from scratch, but once you have the details worked out, they can be one of the most entertaining and memorable events a camp can offer. In this workshop you’ll learn how easy it can be to run a variety of game shows. You’ll also get the chance to participate in one if you want.
THEMES AND SPECIALTY CAMPS
Do you offer themes for your sessions? Do you offer themed specialty camps? This workshop will be a modified round table discussion with everyone. We’ll discuss favorite themes, themes that didn’t work out, themed activities, decorations, food options, and much more. There will also be a presentation and discussion on themed specialty camps.
RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES
What do you do on those rare occasions when it rains, or if the weather is so hot that it’s best if everyone stays inside? You lead rainy day activities. This isn’t just about taking out some board games or letting the campers have “free-time”, it’s about leading organized activities for everyone to participate in. In this workshop we’ll go over a lot of activity ideas that any camp can use when needed. Don’t be caught without a rainy day plan this summer.
HOW TO CREATE A LOW COST ESCAPE ROOM AT CAMP
An escape room is where a group of people are locked in a room and must solve clues and puzzles to find the key that will let them out before time runs out. These days, commercial escape rooms offer different scenarios. It’s not always about “escaping the room”. Sometimes it’s about finding a specific object or figuring out who a particular person is by investigating certain clues. Escape Rooms are becoming more and more popular. In this workshop you’ll learn how you can set-up an escape room at your camp.
HOW TO CREATE EPIC CAMP WIDE GAMES
In this workshop you’ll learn how to use game mechanics (the same ones used to create board games and video games) to create camp wide games specifically for your camp. You’ll also learn how you can use those same game mechanics to improve classic games (like Capture the Flag) as well. This is a hands on workshop where we will work in small groups to create a new game.
REWARD AND RECOGNITION PROGRAMS
Reward and recognition programs can be an amazing part of summer camp, if done correctly. It is one of the best ways to promote positive behavior and recognize camp accomplishments. In this workshop we’ll discuss the various ways you can implement a reward and/or recognition program, whether that be through beads, pins, stickers, camp store bucks, or something else entirely.
‘BEST OF’ COLLECTION
This workshop is a collection of the best ideas your facilitator has collected over the past few years from camp professionals all over the world. Some ideas are quick and easy to do at camp while others take some planning. You’ll come away from this training with all sorts of fantastic ideas that you can use this summer. There will also be an opportunity for attendees to share their best programming ideas if they would like to.
Your facilitator of this amazing two day training is Curt “Moose” Jackson.
Curt has worked at a number of camps, both day and resident. He is known for his creative programming. Curt writes all about camp programming on his website (which you’re currently on) and has written numerous books, both physical and electronic. He has collected hundreds of ideas from other camp and recreation professionals who have shared their best programs and activities through his email round tables. In short, if you want to add freshness and excitement to your current camp program, Curt can help.
EVENT DATES AND TIMES
January 23-24, 2017 from 9am-4pm. Please arrive early to check-in.
WHAT TO BRING
- Lunch – There will be a lunch break. You can either bring a lunch, or there are restaurants at the Westfield North County Mall which is a little over a mile away (5 minute drive). You also may want to bring a water bottle.
- Notebook and Pen – Bring something to take lots of notes. There will be handouts, but it’s always best to write down your thoughts that may not be in the handouts and for when others share their ideas in our mini-round tables and brainstorming sessions.
- Comfortable Clothing – It’s always best to be comfortable.
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The training will take place at the Girl Scouts San Diego Escondido Program Center in Escondido, Ca.
The address is 3050 Las Palmas Ave, Escondido, CA 92025. The center is located in Kit Carson Park.
Escondido Program Center: Actual Location
LIMITED SPOTS AVAILABLE
To ensure a positive learning environment where everyone can participate,
spots for this training are limited.
Don’t wait. Register now.