Does your camp have theme weeks or theme days? In this series of posts, I give you 5 ideas for different themes. Check the comments for more ideas and to add your own.
Below are my five suggestions. What’s yours?
TRADITIONAL BALL SPORTS
Of course, you’ve gotta go for the low hanging fruit and play traditional sports. There are so many to choose from.
- Soccer (Futbol)
And how about the traditional playground sports.
- Four Square
- Whiffle Ball
- Gaga Ball
But there are also those sports that use balls but aren’t so traditional, at least in North America.
- Bocce Ball
Unless your campers have been through a Cotillion program, they probably have never been exposed to ballroom dancing.
Once you have the steps down, many ballroom styles are quite simple. I don’t mean the campers are going to be ready to compete in a ballroom dance competition, but it wouldn’t take too much practice to be able to do the Waltz at a wedding reception.
There are a lot of benefits for kids learning ballroom dancing. Besides increased balance and coordination, it also helps to straighten one’s posture and helps develop social skills like a greater sense of trust and cooperation with a partner.
For those boys who scoff at dancing and only want to play sports, let them know that ballroom dance has been proven to help develop endurance, speed, focus, discipline, and dexterity.
Here are the easiest styles to learn for beginners.
- Paso Doble
- Cha Cha
This is one of those activities that most people wish they had the basic skills to do. What better place to learn than camp?
There are tons of videos and written tutorials online that will teach you how to juggle. My favorite way, though, is to use scarves before moving on to beanbag type of balls. That’s how I learned.
Once you have learned the basics, or if you already have someone on staff that is a juggler, sit the campers down and begin the instruction. Here is a great video using this technique.
A theme week of All Ball doesn’t have to just be about physical activity. There are crafts you can do with pom poms, magic tricks you can learn using sponge balls and cooking recipes like Popcorn Balls.
I could lay out a recipe for you here, but it seems much more efficient to link to a great recipe for Popcorn Balls that also includes a few variations. So here you go.
THROWING BALLS AT A DUNK TANK
Dunk tanks are great. Especially if you have someone that the campers want to get wet, a favorite staff member, the camp director, the staff person that always seems like a buzzkill or serious all the time, or the counselor who never wants to get wet.
Whether this is for a camp carnival or other special camp event, the trick is to have different lines for campers to throw from. The younger the camper, the closer the line. And you always want to give them a bucket of balls to throw for their ticket.
However, renting a dunk tank can be quite expensive. Depending on where you are the fee can be $175-$300 for one day. You might want to consider purchasing an alternative dunk tank for a one time fee that you can always have at camp.
- Less expensive and safe alternative to a Dunk Tank.
- Indoor use as well using a portable pool to catch water (Pool NOT included). Great for all...