2015 was an incredible summer, but we aren’t slowing down. Mark your calendars because here is your 2015 summer camp calendar. We’ve also listened and tried to include more of what you are asking for including Drenched, camps for all ages every week, and another Jr. High Expedition week. We look forward to seeing you next summer!
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by Sarah Kelley
We are a little more than five weeks out from the start of summer camp. This means we are beginning to see the full spectrum of packing styles. There are one or two campers who are so excited to come to camp, they are already mostly packed. Their favorite, old T-shirt and creek shoes are already stowed away carefully in their trunk. There are also moms who have the packing list tacked up on a fridge or board with items still needed highlighted to be picked up on future shopping trips. There are also moms (like me) who typically start doing laundry the day before leaving for a trip and haven’t even thought about packing for camp yet. Wherever you find yourself on the spectrum of planning and packing, here are three reasons why your campers should be included in the packing process.
1. They will know what they have, and when they should wear it.
Bought a special pair of shoes for water activities? Want your nine-year-old son to know where his extra underwear is? Does your daughter have a pair of pants that would be great for a long hike but terrible for tree climbing? Packing with your camper is a great time to have these conversations in a way they will be more likely to remember what they are supposed to wear when (and yes, please change your underwear daily).
2. Begin developing confidence before camp even begins.
Summer camp at Asbury Hills is a great place for campers to explore and worship in God’s creation, try new things, make new friends, and more. All of these things help campers develop confidence in who they are and what they can do. If your child has never had to pack for a trip before, this is a great way to begin developing confidence in new skills. Give them the list, and have them begin to pick out their clothes, towels, and shampoo. (While being there to be sure that her brand new glittery boots don’t get packed, but things like her toothbrush do.)
3. They will be able to pack their stuff back up at the end of the week.
Being a former camp counselor myself, this may actually the most important reason to let your campers pack themselves for camp. Most moms and dads I know have packing down to an art form. If you fold the sheets in thirds before rolling them, socks go in the ziploc bag, outfits are folded together with the t-shirt on top – it leaves just enough room to slide the Bible in before zipping the bag up. The problem with this is, mom and dad won’t be there on Friday to pack everything back up. So what typically happen is one of two things. The counselor in the cabin ends up packing everyone’s bags which takes infinitely more time OR extra items that no longer fit inside the allocated suitcase get stuffed in pillowcases, backpacks, etc. If your campers packs themselves before camp begins, it greatly increases the likelihood they will be able to pack themselves back up to come home. And bonus points – it also increases the likelihood your stuff won’t end up here.
In case you haven’t heard, the World Cup game of Germany vs. USA starts in less than an hour. This has us thinking about what makes for a good game. We do play the traditional kickball, soccer, basketball, etc. occasionally, but the best camp games tend to be the ones campers don’t get to play everyday. So, what makes a good game? The best ones engage all campers. We never want someone to feel like they are left out, so a good game keeps campers playing, still engaged if they are “out,” or have a fast turnover rate so a new game is quick to start. A good camp game also has the element of teamwork. Campers have to work together or interact with each other during the game. Games get bonus points if these interactions encourage campers to mingle and mix with the entire group. And most of all – games have to be fun. No one wants to play a boring game. The game that has quickly become a favorite at Asbury Hills is Ships and Sailors. Here’s how you play:
Ships and Sailors
This game is a cross between Simon Says and Mingle. The facilitator is the captain and gives these commands:
- Ships- run to the left
- Sailors – run to the right
- Captain on Deck – stand and salute. The captain will try to make you laugh.
- At ease – Stand normally
- Man overboard – Everyone pairs up in twos with one person on their tummy and the other with their leg on their back and hand over their eyebrows as if they are looking out to sea.
- Chicken in the henhouse – 2 people. One person goes on all fours. The other puts their knee on the 1st person’s back and clucks like a chicken.
- Walk the plank – 4 people line up single file
- Three men in rowboat – get in groups of three and pretend to row
- North Star – get in groups of 5 and walk in a circle with right (or left) hands in the center
- Hit the Deck – Everyone drops to the ground
- Beluga Whale – Everyone lies on their stomach grabs their ankles and sticks their tongue out
- Life Preserver – Everyone runs and hugs a buddy
- Cockroach – Lie on your back and wave your hands and feet around
Kids who do the action incorrectly or get left out of the groups are considered “out.” The last person remaining wins.