Easy Ideas for your Camp
Do you work at camp? Are you in need of more programming ideas? Do you have any international activities at your camp? This page is designed to help you learn how you can internationalize your camp and also share your experiences with camping professionals around the Globe
(Submitted by Linda Grier Pulliam and presented at ACA National Conference in Orlando, Florida, February, 2009)
For permission to print and distribute multiple copies please contact Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org
SONGSLearn the origins of your favorite camp songs or learn some new ones:
GAMESYou can find a lot of game ideas at http://www.scoutinglinks.com
Soccer is the most popular sport in the world, maybe because it can be played almost anywhere with very little equipment. All you need is a ball and some space. And only the goalkeeper can use his or her hands.
Big Snake, a game from Ghana, Africa. One child, the snake, tries to tag others. The tagged children join hands with the snake and try to tag others. The leader and the tail are the only ones who may tag free players. If the snake's body breaks, the snake must start again. The game ends when everyone has been tagged.
Exchange, a game from France has 10 or more players. The players, numbered from one to the highest number playing, are seated in chairs in a circle around a center blindfolded player. The blindfolded player calls two numbers. The persons whose numbers are called must exchange places while the blindfolded person tries to catch one or secure either of their chairs. The player caught must exchange places with the center player. No player can go outside the circle.
International Scavenger Hunt-teams are given 20 minutes to bring back or record as many international influences as possible (clothing, fruits, staff, English words with foreign origins)
More website links for International Games for Children
"Children's Games from Around the World" by Glenn Kirchner is available at
http://www.yahoo.com/ and also http://www.amazon.com/
PLAN A SPECIAL EVENTHost a Camp Olympics with a parade of nations.
Celebrate a national holiday during your camp session.
July 14-Bastile Day (France)
June 24-Midsummer Festival (Sweden)
July 1-Canada Day
End of June- Shakir Bairan (Turkish Candy Festival)
July 7-Ivan Kupala Day (Russia)
July 26-Aug 31-Salzburg Festival (Austria)
Early August-Rakish Bandhan (India)
First Week of August-Eisteddford (Wales)
Provide a scholarship for one or two recent immigrant children and feature their country during the camp session.
Have campers come to camp prepared with information about their own heritage.
Invite international guests from your community to share a meal with your campers.
Learn about the Say Hello Project and teach campers to say hello in several of the 2,796 languages of the world, for more information go to http://www.ipl.org/youth/hello
CRAFTSMake Origami, for more information, go to http://www.paperfolding.com
Carve Soapstones (Canada)http://www.trussel.com/f_art.htm
Guatemalan Worry Dolls http://www.mayantraditions.com
Ukrainian Easter Eggs http://www.meddybemps.com/easter/index.html
Chinese Calligraphy http:// www.asiawind.com/art/callig/Default.htm