herding cats - summer camp edition!
January 1, 2014 5:29 PM Subscribe
I have three hours to move groups of campers (group size will vary, approx 100 kids total, many with assistive needs) and adult counselors around a sizable camp property to two morning free choice activities. Campers get to choose each activity they'd like to attend and adults might lead an early activity, but not the latter, so there are lots of moving parts. Can you help me make coverage and transpo not a disaster or time drain?
posted by ovenmitt to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total)
Last year I had the great joy of running programs for a weeklong camp in Michigan. We had about 100 campers and 40 full-time staff and a lead team of 6. I loved it - until I found out I needed to run two mornings of free choice activities. I was not prepared and DID IT EVER SHOW.
The schedule looks like this:
8:45 - travel to first activity
9:00 - activity one
10:00 - travel to second activity
10:15 - activity two
11:15 - travel to lunch
on paper it seems pretty straightforward, but everything fell apart onsite. We used our first travel slot separating kids from their cabins into their activity groups. Because we didn't have enough coverage (this is a camp for kids with medical needs, so the camper to counselor ratio is 1:3, much smaller than regular ACA camps) to move kids straight from one activity to another, we used the travel time and first portion of the second activity slot to bring kids back to the main area and separate them again for their next activity group.
not all of our counselors ran an activity, but we didn't have enough extra coverage to allow an activity leader to stay in her/his location to clean up or set up and let other counselors escort kids to their new activity area. we had some counselors who had to leave the first activity to setup the activity they were leading in the second slot.
It seems like there's definitely an existing solution out there that I'm not seeing. Are you a camp counselor or programs director with experience you could share? This is my biggest source of anxiety for this summer (with rainouts right behind it) and I'd love to have a plan going in.
Mefites, you always come through, so thank you.