Re: CS Day Camp Themes
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Mon, 24 Jun 1996 23:48:35 -0400
Baden Powell turned to then popular children's tales from Kipling about
India, which was then pretty exotic. Today it may be appropriate to do
the same thing and turn to popular themes in children's media. Most of
the Cubs I've run into are facinated with just about anything electronic,
things with lots of action, puzzles, space and humor movies, etc. Now
I'm thinking out loud so bear with me. Hmmm.
Okay, how about "Space Explorer's Academy" for a starter? Develop a
legend for your opening ceremonies explaining that the Scouts have been
selected to start a colony on a desert planet and that during the week
they will be doing a lot of fun activities to prepare them for their
journey and life in a hostile environment.
>From there you have a natural lead-in to activities that could be related
to the theme:
Communications by computer link - exploring the net
Fun activities to beat the boredome of a long trip - live interactive
"virtual games" for small groups
Celestial Navigation - Stars, etc.
Keeping fit in weightlessness - exercising and maybe a moon pad
Making food on a space ship - learn about stuff you can make without cooking
Landing and Exploration - learning about the new environment (hands on
stuff learning about natural environment)
Emergency - a team member is injured or succombs to heat - what to do?
You need to set up a Government to run the colony - ask 'em to figure out
how to do it, what should it do for them and who should do what -
this one is for when its too hot to do anything else, say after a noon
Anyway, you get the idea. They can learn a lot in a fun setting with
plenty of games and interactive stuff. And of course some of the
activities can lead to completed achievements or activity pins.
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Scout '67, Serving as Deputy District Commissioner for Training,
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