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