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Summer Camp Tips For Beginners

If you have somehow ended up organizing a summer camp and have no clue on how to start or what to do then here are some tips.
First find a core group of people who would help you with the organizing. You can’t do everything alone especially if there are loads of kids involved. Find team players and those who have the time and commitment to engage fully in the preparations. It will be of great assistance if you select at least a few people who have previous experience in this sort of thing. This core group will be the chaperones, coaches, and everything else the situation calls for. So they have to be reliable, trust worthy and good with handling kids.
Do a brainstorm session with your core group and list down all the activities and events you want to squeeze in to your summer camp schedule. Write down all ideas (however crazy it sounds because it’s good to take in everyone’s ideas. Respect their view points. Be democratic as possible). Then do an elimination one by one using criteria like the safety, budget, space, location, time consumed etc. Each activity needs to carry some significance to the child’s life and must carry a lesson that can be learnt such as trust, self-esteem, rational thinking, decision making, team building etc. Plan both outdoor team building activities and indoor team building activities because there must be a variation in it as well as prior preparations for unpredicted weather. Then go through your budget and have a quick idea on what kind of things you can afford and wat you cannot. Chose an affordable location which is cheap because you willhave a lot to spend you budget on chose a spacious clearing that gives an outdoor feeling away from the busy streets. Space is critical since there are going to be a lot of outdoor activities. 
An important thing to remember is that you are catering to a lot of kids. It must be fun but also safe. You need lots and lots of first aid from little scrapes to burns etc. Have on camp someone who is actually educated on proper first aid because sometimes this can be a life saver (you can never predict what little ones are up to until they actually do it and get hurt). You must be aware of the participants’ food allergies, medical conditions and other needs (through the consent forms) prior to their arrival so that you can be ready for that, check this great Hong Kong team building activities.
Have a list of camp rules and send it out with the consent form. Emphasize on the things the participants should bring and should not bring. In the consent formask the participants to state the number of their emergency contact as well. 
Divide the children in to groups randomly and assign an adult supervisor for each team (this should be done considering the amount of participants and available resources). It is a fun activity to let them come up with a name for their team like a superhero’s name or a celebrity group etc. You must help them pick a team leader and assign tasksfor each day for the team to perform. Punctuality is really important and you must ensure that things happen on time. Emphasize on this all the time and enforce it.
Have an opening and closing ceremony (not a ceremony in the strictest sense but sort of a fun gathering) and some ice breakers to get them all involved on the first day. Remember that they are kids and some of them might not have ever stayed away from home over night. So be empathetic and ready for a lot of tears and ‘I want to go home’ phrases. Be as soothing and comforting as possible.Well that’s about it for the basics. And oh yeah, don’t forget the campfire and the marshmallows!