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Time to play!

Parents and campers want to know what to expect before enrolling in a camp program. When creating the annual camps brochure, we have defined a handful of required activities for each session.  However, it really is just a handful. Our camp counselors are actively engaged when planning activities. They'll choose activities that the campers will find fun and stimulating - no one goes to camp to be bored!

  • Because each camp location is different,
  • Because the weather can change from day-to-day, 
  • Because each counselor has unique talents, and 
  • Because campers’ interests are varied, 

expanding and diversifying your activities knowledge base before working at our camps is really helpful! Activities can make or break a camp session. 

There are tons of books and websites that explain a variety of different recreational games that are suited for youth of all ages. Check out your local library, book store, or do some online research. Here are a few free activity videos that you can find online. 


Fun Field Games



Arts and Craft Ideas



Team Building Games



Our YouTube channel, Team American Village, was created by Mark and I as an informal way to help our staffers learn more job-related skills. We've also posted some links within the Counselor Webzone.

Once you know some games or activities, you can start thinking about how to adapt them to language-learners.

I hope you'll find these starter tools useful ... and exciting! 

Getting paid to play has it's perks!



Amanda B, Assistant Program Director

American Village Counselor and Director since 2006