Help with planning a youth summer camp
January 18, 2011 11:48 AM Subscribe
I'm planning a week-long summer camp for kids (aged 10-14 or around there) with a focus on natural movement/fitness in Ontario. I've never planned a summer camp before, and I'm worried I'm missing some big considerations. Does anyone have experience putting together these kinds of outdoor adventure/orienteering camps? Please, drown me in the questions I should be asking myself.
posted by lizifer to Health & Fitness (10 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Things I've been considering:
- Sleeping arrangements. There are various venues near Toronto that have cabins/lodges. Alternatively, we could use tents.
- Food. The venues I've looked at seem to have food prep areas, some with full kitchens. The Paleo Diet is a pretty big component of our camp idea, so being able to prep our own food would be ideal. Am I being unrealistic in thinking we (myself and two partners) can handle this workload?
- Legal liability. This makes me break out in hives, and I'm lost. How do youth camps cover their butts? We'll be doing some pretty physical stuff (climbing trees, jumping around in fields, balancing) and occasionally injuries happen. How scared should I be? What measures can I take to protect the kids/myself?
- Activity time v. downtime. Because of the physical nature of the work, I don't realistically expect kids to be able to handle full days of training. The adult version of this workshop factors in a few hours of downtime each day. What's a realistic schedule to expect kids to be able to handle? I want to walk the line between exhausted and bored.
- At this point in the list, I start getting overwhelmed and am unsure what a next step should be. Halp?