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Bringing Camp Home

Posted by on January 13, 2016

When summer camp ends, it is heartbreaking. No more s’mores. No more camp games. No more funny skits. No more silly songs to sing with friends. Wouldn’t it be great if you could take a piece of camp home with you? Well, I have some suggestions on how to bring the joys of camp into your home!

One activity that campers of all ages love to do is a scavenger hunt. You can plan inside and/or outside scavenger hunts, depending on the weather. For younger kids, a good indoor scavenger hunt list might consist of the following:

  • Find Something: red, soft, sticky, green, blue, hard, crunchy, smaller than a mouse, tasty, special, etc.
  • Specific Items: sock, left shoe, ball, red toy, marker, cup, pencil, quarter, etc.

For older kids, a good indoor scavenger hunt list might consist of the following:

  • Find Something: smooth, that moves, stinky, fluffy, with wheels, shiny, purple, you love, with hair, etc.
  • Specific Items: candy wrapper, toothbrush, $1 bill, button, orange marker, funny movie, box of macaroni, roll of tape, etc.

*To make it more interesting for older kids, give them a time limit. For example, “You have 10 minutes to find the following items.” Another way to make it more interesting is to have them take a picture with the item rather than collect everything. What kid doesn’t enjoy a good selfie?

For younger kids, a good outdoor scavenger hunt list may consist of the following:

  • Find Something: colorful, yellow, rough, bumpy, you think is a treasure, fuzzy, etc.
  • Specific Items: 2 kinds of leaves, stick, litter, flower, flat rock, pine cone, acorn, chewed leaf, etc.

For older kids, a good outdoor scavenger hunt list may consist of the following:

  • Find Something: made of wood, old, shiny, smaller than your thumb, that makes noise, that makes you happy, square-shaped, etc.
  • Specific Items: chewed leaf, wheel/tire, spider web, insect, hiding place, sign, litter, flag, plant, swing, etc.

*Again, to make it more interesting for older kids, give them a time limit and/or have them take a picture with the item.

Another fun (and tasty!) activity is making s’mores in the oven. It is very easy and safe! You will need the following items:

  • Graham crackers, marshmallows, chocolate bars, and a baking sheet

Instructions:

1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.

2.Break the graham crackers in half and place them a few inches apart. Place a marshmallow on the top of each graham cracker and bake for 5 minutes or until golden brown.

3. Remove from oven and take a piece of chocolate about the size of the graham cracker (or smaller) and place on top of the marshmallow. Be careful because it will be hot.

4. Top with another piece of graham cracker and let sit for 1 – 2 minutes.

5. Enjoy!

One more activity that campers enjoy is arts and crafts. An easy craft to do at home is making a simple bird feeder. There are all kinds of different bird feeders that you can make. An easy one that I suggest is the toilet paper roll bird feeder.

Materials:

  • Bird seed, toilet paper roll, peanut butter, plate (paper, for less clean up), and butter knife or spoon

Instructions:

1. Take butter knife or spoon and spread the peanut butter over the entire outside of the toilet paper roll. It doesn’t have to be very thick, but enough to make the seed stick.

2. Pour bird seed onto the plate. Roll the peanut butter covered roll across the bird seed. Hold the inside of the roll in order avoid messy hands! Once the roll is covered you can roll it with your hands to try to fill the empty spaces.

3. Slip the bird feeder over a tree branch and enjoy watching the birds use it! 

TESTIMONIAL

“Thank you to all Pine Ridge Day camp staff for helping my son S. grow in skills and confidence this summer. He’s a great swimmer now and approaches new experiences with enthusiasm. Many Thanks!”


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