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Camp Program
The following slides contain topics which were recommended for inclusion in a  Camp Program Manual ,  which would have bee...
The Salvation Army Eastern Territory  Camp Program Manual   <ul><li>Scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation Models </li><...
The Salvation Army Eastern Territory  Camp Program Manual   <ul><li>Overall Program </li></ul><ul><li>Program Areas  </li>...
The Salvation Army Eastern Territory  Camp Program Manual   <ul><li>Programming by Area </li></ul><ul><li>Athletics </li><...
The Salvation Army Eastern Territory  Camp Program Manual   <ul><li>Programming by Area </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor Living S...
The Salvation Army Eastern Territory  Camp Program Manual   <ul><li>Christian Education </li></ul><ul><li>Morning Devotion...
The Salvation Army Eastern Territory  Camp Program Manual   <ul><li>Special Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Salvation Army  ...
The Salvation Army Eastern Territory  Camp Program Manual   <ul><li>CDAs, TCAs, and Evening Programs </li></ul><ul><li>CDA...
The Salvation Army Eastern Territory  Camp Program Manual   <ul><li>Staff Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Duty Schedules  </...
The Salvation Army Eastern Territory  Camp Program Manual   Other Topics?
Camp Program Improving your camp program through diversification, decentralization, and the use of Essential Experiences.
Diversification and Decentralization Sessions Schedules Experiences
Old Thinking: Each summer,  every camper will enjoy the same experiences  at our camp.  That is fair, reasonable, and simp...
New Thinking: This summer,  each individual camper will enjoy those  essential experiences  which meet his or her needs, a...
What are those  essential experiences  you would like each camper to have?
What experiences are so moving, challenging, rewarding, and unique to camp that you would want them  guaranteed  for your ...
Essential Experiences <ul><li>vary according to the age and  experience of each camper </li></ul><ul><li>fully utilize the...
Essential Experiences <ul><li>address the physical, emotional,  spiritual, intellectual, and  social needs of each camper ...
Essential Experiences Some essential experiences  are  meant to be experienced by  all  campers   every  summer . <ul><li>...
 
Essential Experiences Other essential experiences are meant to be experienced by  selected  campers . Younger Cabin Groups...
Essential Experiences Younger Cabin Groups Kickball  Tag  Parachute Games  Four Square  Newcomb  Soccer Older Cabin Groups...
Essential Experiences <ul><li>Brainstorm all possible experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Categorize them by program area if po...
Essential Experiences <ul><li>Identify those experiences which are essential, but only for a single age group and/or gende...
Essential Experiences Brainstorm all possible experiences. Step One tag games  swimming  kickball  outdoor cooking  canoei...
Essential Experiences Categorize experiences by program area. Step Two tag games  kickball  dance  station games  cooperat...
Essential Experiences Categorize experiences by program area. Step Two tag games  kickball  dance   station games   cooper...
Essential Experiences Identify those experiences which are essential for all campers, regardless of age or gender. Step Th...
Essential Experiences Identify those experiences which are essential for all campers, regardless of age or gender. Step Th...
Essential Experiences Place universal essential experiences into the weekly schedule. Step Four “ By utilizing our large n...
Essential Experiences Step Four “ These lead counselors will be encouraged, in turn, to teach these drills to the other co...
Essential Experiences Identify those experiences which are essential, but for one single age group and/or gender. Step Fiv...
Essential Experiences Determine when those could take place in the weekly schedule. It may at the cost of an activity deem...
Essential Experiences Consider variables which may improve the quality of each group’s essential experiences. Step Seven l...
Essential Experiences location  time  staffing equipment  weather ownership novelty challenge high interest food  expressi...
Essential Experiences location  time  staffing equipment  weather ownership novelty challenge high interest food  expressi...
Essential Experiences location  time  staffing equipment  weather ownership number of participants  complexity of activity...
Essential Experiences location  time  staffing equipment  weather ownership number of participants  complexity of activity...
Essential Experiences What did you do on your nature walk? We walked. Did you see any nature? No. There were too many tree...
Essential Experiences <ul><li>novelty </li></ul><ul><li>challenge </li></ul><ul><li>high interest </li></ul><ul><li>expect...
Essential Experiences Decentralizing your camp to allow for more essential experiences… increases the efficiency and effec...
Essential Experiences Staff orientation and programming are two important areas in which to implement essential experience...
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  1. 1. Camp Program
  2. 2. The following slides contain topics which were recommended for inclusion in a Camp Program Manual , which would have been a follow-up to the Salvation Army Eastern Territory Camp Staff Training and Orientation Manual . This second manual was never commissioned, but Keith Schoch began compiling resources, using these same categories, at this wiki: http://campsource.pbworks.com
  3. 3. The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Camp Program Manual <ul><li>Scheduling </li></ul><ul><li>Orientation Models </li></ul><ul><li>Season Schedule </li></ul><ul><li>Weekly Schedules/Themes </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Schedules (centralized vs. decentralized formats) </li></ul><ul><li>Daily Schedule Components (Clubs, Rotations) </li></ul><ul><li>Opening/Closing Day Schedules </li></ul>
  4. 4. The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Camp Program Manual <ul><li>Overall Program </li></ul><ul><li>Program Areas </li></ul><ul><li>Staffing Requirements </li></ul><ul><li>Sample Job Descriptions for Nontraditional Positions (Technology Coordinator, Staff Programming Director) </li></ul><ul><li>Activity Period/Lesson Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Teachable Moments </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Camp Program Manual <ul><li>Programming by Area </li></ul><ul><li>Athletics </li></ul><ul><li>Aquatics- Swimming </li></ul><ul><li>Aquatics- Boating </li></ul><ul><li>Arts and Crafts </li></ul><ul><li>Nature </li></ul><ul><li>Farm/Riding </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Camp Program Manual <ul><li>Programming by Area </li></ul><ul><li>Outdoor Living Skills </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge Course </li></ul><ul><li>Native American Lore </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Education </li></ul><ul><li>Other Nontraditional (Dramatic Arts, Computer Lab, Library) </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Camp Program Manual <ul><li>Christian Education </li></ul><ul><li>Morning Devotions </li></ul><ul><li>Evening/Cabin Devotions </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Devotions </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Bible Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday Worship </li></ul><ul><li>Worship Teams </li></ul><ul><li>Seeker Follow-Up </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Education (as a program area) </li></ul>
  8. 8. The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Camp Program Manual <ul><li>Special Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Salvation Army Program Camps </li></ul><ul><li>Rainy Day Options </li></ul><ul><li>Academic Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Afterglow (ages 11-13) and Teen Programming </li></ul>
  9. 9. The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Camp Program Manual <ul><li>CDAs, TCAs, and Evening Programs </li></ul><ul><li>CDA Traditional Examples (group games, hikes, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>TCA Traditional Examples (Olympics, station games, scavenger hunts, etc.) </li></ul><ul><li>Evening Programs </li></ul><ul><li>Decentralized Camp Models </li></ul><ul><li>Sunday Evening Programming </li></ul>
  10. 10. The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Camp Program Manual <ul><li>Staff Programming </li></ul><ul><li>Duty Schedules </li></ul><ul><li>Onsite Staff Events </li></ul><ul><li>Offsite Staff Events </li></ul><ul><li>In-Service Training </li></ul><ul><li>Staff Traditions </li></ul><ul><li>End-of-Camp Observances </li></ul>
  11. 11. The Salvation Army Eastern Territory Camp Program Manual Other Topics?
  12. 12. Camp Program Improving your camp program through diversification, decentralization, and the use of Essential Experiences.
  13. 13. Diversification and Decentralization Sessions Schedules Experiences
  14. 14. Old Thinking: Each summer, every camper will enjoy the same experiences at our camp. That is fair, reasonable, and simple to plan.
  15. 15. New Thinking: This summer, each individual camper will enjoy those essential experiences which meet his or her needs, abilities, and interests.
  16. 16. What are those essential experiences you would like each camper to have?
  17. 17. What experiences are so moving, challenging, rewarding, and unique to camp that you would want them guaranteed for your own child?
  18. 18. Essential Experiences <ul><li>vary according to the age and experience of each camper </li></ul><ul><li>fully utilize the camp’s facilities and natural environment </li></ul><ul><li>rely upon the expertise and resourcefulness of the staff </li></ul>
  19. 19. Essential Experiences <ul><li>address the physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and social needs of each camper </li></ul><ul><li>provide experiences which are unique to the camp setting </li></ul><ul><li>fulfill the mission of the camp </li></ul>
  20. 20. Essential Experiences Some essential experiences are meant to be experienced by all campers every summer . <ul><li>some evening programs </li></ul><ul><li>horseback riding </li></ul><ul><li>swimming </li></ul><ul><li>nature studies </li></ul><ul><li>Christian Education </li></ul>
  21. 22. Essential Experiences Other essential experiences are meant to be experienced by selected campers . Younger Cabin Groups Puppets Storytelling Parables Costumed Characters Memory Verses Object Lessons Older Cabin Groups Testimonies Contemporary Music Experiential Learning Role Playing Scripture Study Metaphors Morning Devotions
  22. 23. Essential Experiences Younger Cabin Groups Kickball Tag Parachute Games Four Square Newcomb Soccer Older Cabin Groups Softball Manhunt Earth Ball Doubles Tennis Volleyball Lacrosse Recreation
  23. 24. Essential Experiences <ul><li>Brainstorm all possible experiences. </li></ul><ul><li>Categorize them by program area if possible. This may entail that some area leaders give up or take on additional responsibilities. </li></ul><ul><li>Identify those experiences which are essential for all campers, regardless of age or gender. </li></ul><ul><li>Place universal essential experiences into the weekly schedule. </li></ul>Steps
  24. 25. Essential Experiences <ul><li>Identify those experiences which are essential, but only for a single age group and/or gender. </li></ul><ul><li>Determine when those could take place in the weekly schedule. It may be at the cost of an activity deemed nonessential. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider variables which may improve the quality of each group’s essential experiences. </li></ul>Steps
  25. 26. Essential Experiences Brainstorm all possible experiences. Step One tag games swimming kickball outdoor cooking canoeing pottery dance hiking low ropes station games tie-dyeing cooperative dodgeball beading animal tracking Native American Council Fire horseback riding manhunt creek walking diving Carnival softball weaving drama high ropes skits Jesus Walk animal care woodburning sketching singing archery rowboats birdhouse building World Ball movies volleyball climbing tower fishing bogging newcomb orienteering chess snorkeling circus skills camp radio crawfish hunting Dutch Auction nightline eco-walks star gazing s’mores photography wildflower identification newspaper Miracle Mile fire building Indian lore football soccer sumo wrestling teambuilding games Bible study archaeological digs tent sleep-outs model building Queensball relay races Olympics water carnival parachute games newspaper trailblazing Frisbee golf water balloons Talent Show frog races bird identification blindfold walks tennis Girl’s Night Out four square basketry owl pellet dissection basketball etc.
  26. 27. Essential Experiences Categorize experiences by program area. Step Two tag games kickball dance station games cooperative dodgeball manhunt parachute games Frisbee golf sumo wrestling tennis basketball softball archery World Ball volleyball newcomb chess circus skills football soccer Olympics water balloons teambuilding Queensball relay races Recreation:
  27. 28. Essential Experiences Categorize experiences by program area. Step Two tag games kickball dance station games cooperative dodgeball manhunt parachute games Frisbee golf sumo wrestling tennis basketball softball archery World Ball volleyball newcomb chess circus skills football soccer Olympics water balloons teambuilding Queensball relay races Recreation: “ These really aren’t my area!” says the Rec Director.
  28. 29. Essential Experiences Identify those experiences which are essential for all campers, regardless of age or gender. Step Three tag games kickball cooperative dodgeball manhunt parachute games Frisbee golf tennis basketball softball archery volleyball newcomb football soccer Queensball relay races
  29. 30. Essential Experiences Identify those experiences which are essential for all campers, regardless of age or gender. Step Three “ Soccer is great over-all exercise, it requires total-body coordination, it emphasizes teamwork as well as individual effort, and its basic play structure transfers to the learning of hockey, lacrosse, and even basketball.” soccer
  30. 31. Essential Experiences Place universal essential experiences into the weekly schedule. Step Four “ By utilizing our large number of international counselors as well as our own college students who play soccer, we will alternate soccer into the daily schedule as an additional rec area. The activity period will involve both instructional and recreational play. Colin will teach one counselor from each section a series of drills which can be used at each age level.”
  31. 32. Essential Experiences Step Four “ These lead counselors will be encouraged, in turn, to teach these drills to the other counselors in their section. We’ll also encourage counselors to reach out to support staffers who will be free during these afternoon periods. ”
  32. 33. Essential Experiences Identify those experiences which are essential, but for one single age group and/or gender. Step Five tag games kickball cooperative dodgeball manhunt parachute games Frisbee golf tennis basketball softball archery volleyball newcomb football soccer Queensball relay races “ I believe these experiences are essential for the youngest camper group.”
  33. 34. Essential Experiences Determine when those could take place in the weekly schedule. It may at the cost of an activity deemed nonessential. Step Six “ We will incorporate parachute games into our weekly evening program of Station Games. They will serve as a station for the four youngest cabin groups.”
  34. 35. Essential Experiences Consider variables which may improve the quality of each group’s essential experiences. Step Seven location time staffing equipment weather ownership number of participants complexity of activity expectations tradition scheduling perceived risk novelty challenge high interest food expression choice Some variables to consider:
  35. 36. Essential Experiences location time staffing equipment weather ownership novelty challenge high interest food expression choice
  36. 37. Essential Experiences location time staffing equipment weather ownership novelty challenge high interest food expression choice Canoeing trip; destination: Moore’s Island Three miles each way! Surprise picnic!
  37. 38. Essential Experiences location time staffing equipment weather ownership number of participants complexity of activity expectations tradition scheduling perceived risk novelty challenge high interest food expression choice
  38. 39. Essential Experiences location time staffing equipment weather ownership number of participants complexity of activity expectations tradition scheduling perceived risk novelty challenge high interest food expression choice On the beach! We invited our waitress! So not boring! S,mores!! Yummy! Right at sunset!
  39. 40. Essential Experiences What did you do on your nature walk? We walked. Did you see any nature? No. There were too many trees in the way.
  40. 41. Essential Experiences <ul><li>novelty </li></ul><ul><li>challenge </li></ul><ul><li>high interest </li></ul><ul><li>expectations </li></ul><ul><li>purpose </li></ul><ul><li>fun </li></ul>
  41. 42. Essential Experiences Decentralizing your camp to allow for more essential experiences… increases the efficiency and effectiveness of your program.
  42. 43. Essential Experiences Staff orientation and programming are two important areas in which to implement essential experiences. Give your staff memories that they want to relive, and they will be back next summer.
  43. 44. Keith Schoch [email_address]

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