October 2018 SummerCampEntertainment eNewsletter
Dear Camp Director,
In the past I have emailed you on a monthly basis offering entertainment and interactive events for your camp.
This year, I’m adding something new, that I think you’ll like: In each email, I’ll also include a program idea that you can use, no charge, no strings attached. I’ll provide you with a complete plan to implement the program, along with tips and (when appropriate) files you can download to help you put it all together.
As a former Program Director at a large overnight camp in New York, and former Director/Owner of a successful day camp in South Florida, I’ll also offer my expertise by answering a camp programming question each month. Got a question? Need advice on something you’re working on? Reply with your question and I’ll answer it in a future email.
So, moving forward, here’s what you can expect from these monthly emails:
As you plan for summer 2019, I hope that these emails will help you make your camp program even more fun and exciting for your campers and staff.
This month’s program idea: Hawaiian Theme Day
Hawaiian Day is a fun theme day that I have run with great success in both day and overnight camps. In this article, I’ll offer Hawaiian-themed program ideas that can be incorporated throughout the entire day.
This month’s activity spotlight: ESCAPE THE BUNK
Escape The Bunk was by far the most popular activity we offered our camp clients in 2018. Without fail, at every camp where we ran this exciting program, several campers told us it was the best activity of the summer.
Here’s how it works:
This activity is usually conducted as a bunk vs. bunk race, and prizes are often awarded to the winners. However, we have found that the prizes are not needed, as the excitement of solving the puzzle is reward enough. At one camp, I sat with the director in the courtyard surrounded by all of their bunks while the activity was going on. Since everyone was inside their bunks working on solving the Escape, the camp was eerily quiet. But the silence was broken by loud cheers from within the bunks each time a difficult clue was solved.
At another camp, a head counselor burst into the office while the activity was going on, exclaiming, “I have never seen these kids work together like this!!!”
NEW FOR 2019:
This year we are adding multiple escape scenarios to choose from. This will avoid repetition for those who booked in 2018, as well as those who would like to book more than one activity in 2019.
Also, due to the activity’s popularity, we are assembling a team that will be dedicated solely to running this program on a daily basis. This will open up our summer calendar, allowing us to run the activity in twice as many camps as before.
If you’d like to learn more about this program, please reply to this email with your questions, or call 954-483-3654.
|Since this is the first newsletter with the new format, I asked the members of the Summer Camp Professionals Facebook group to suggest some questions. (If you’re not already a member of this group, I highly recommend it. Join here.)
Keith Schoch of Lakeview Day Camp (East Brunswick, NJ) asks: How can directors make the best use of veteran staffers during camp staff training?
This question takes me back to the days when I was a Junior Counselor at Camp Hilbert in Richmond, VA. One of the most memorable sessions during staff orientation was titled “Deviating From The Norm” and was given by a counselor named David Cohen. David was, as I said, a counselor, not a head counselor or other administrator (yet). The heads of the camp had identified David as someone who was good at improvising and changing things up to ensure a great time for his campers, and asked him to give that session.