We do a lot of intentional things to help children and teens make friends at camp…We start the intentional friend making as soon as campers arrive by getting them involved in games and activities on check-in day. Our returning campers are great about welcoming new campers, and we make an effort to bring them into the process. They all can remember what it feels like to be the new kid on the block at camp. Each day we also have “free time” for about a half hour before dinner, and all our counselors pay close attention to how the campers are interacting while we’re all outside together in a designated area. If any of them seem to be struggling to find a game to get involved in or campers to hang out with, a counselor might join in the game and gently coax the reluctant camper along. Meals are a prime time for campers to get to know each other, and we spend time in staff training coming up with conversation starters to use at meals to help this process go smoothly. Often we ask counselors to share some of those specific conversation starters with campers who seem to struggle with talking to people.
Cooking at Camp
In my last posting, I wrote about all the visual arts we offer at Maine Arts Camp. With more than 60 activities, we have many other types of activities as well. We provide high quality instruction in everything we offer, all in a non-competitive environment. And […]
With camp approaching soon, our campers are busy deciding which activities they’d like to take at camp. Ours is a completely elective schedule, and campers get 10 activities during each 2 week session. All of our 2012 activity choices are listed on the activity signup sheet, but I’ll start […]
I know it’s the holidays, and you might not be thinking about camp yet; but maybe you should be! If you start nice and early, you can take your time and shop around to find the right camp for your child. Read more for 10 questions to ask to get you started.
This past weekend I had the opportunity to learn what a caring community I live in. For families who struggle to put enough food on their tables, the holidays can be especially difficult. The Caring Kitchen in Delray Beach organizes a tremendous project, supported by churches and synagogues and other organizations in the community, to provide Thanksgiving meals to the needy.
Tonight a new tradition was born at Maine Arts Camp. We now have a lobster and a moose character who will be bringing us tidbits of information on a regular basis. It all happened when our senior art director, Marilyn Barry happened upon some adorable character hats on a day off […]
Session 1 is drawing to a close at Maine Arts Camp, and so many wonderful things have been transpiring: new friendships, courage to try new things, beautiful artwork, talented and fun performances, and so much more. Please join me as I give you a glimpse of what’s been happening here and what your children have been up to!
Summer is quickly approaching, and we are busy with so many preparations for camp. From staff training plans to processing camper forms, ordering supplies, confirming trip day plans, helping families with travel arrangements and more, it’s all consuming. Please join me to get a glimpse at our world in the busy pre-camp stages.
Campers are starting to sign up for activities at Maine Arts Camp! With a completely elective schedule, it’s so much fun to choose from over 60 activities ranging from painting to dance and musical theatre and on to cooking, photography, robotics and so much more! Read the descriptions of many of our activities and tell us what you might like to take if you came to our camp!
Summer is just around the corner, and we’re busy finalizing our activity choices so campers can sign up for what they’ll be taking at camp. So many fantastic choices, and lots of new ones, too! With over 60 activities including visual art, theatre, dance, technology, cooking, photography, kayaking and more, it’s hard to decide. Read what’s in store for summer 2011 at Maine Arts Camp!
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