Category: Blog

  • Another Snow Day? Make it a Camp Day!!

    Posted March 7, 2018

    Are you stuck inside during another snow day this Winter? Why not turn it into a productive and fun “camp” day! Turn the technology off and keep your happy campers busy this snow day with some camp nostalgia!

    • Make a tasty camp snack – try S’Mores Bark! S’Mores Bark is an amazing inside out s’more that you don’t even need a campfire for! It’s easy to make and pairs well with your campers’ favorite story from the summer.
      • Ingredients:
        3 ½ cups milk chocolate chips
        ½ cup white chocolate chips
        1 cup marshmallow fluff
        3 sheets of graham crackers
      • Instructions:
        1. Melt 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and spread the chocolate over a wax-lined pan. Be careful not to make it too thin. Place the first layer in the refrigerator for about a half hour.
        2. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. Then pour in the marshmallow fluff and microwave for about 30 seconds. Quickly spread the marshmallow layer over the hardened first chocolate layer.
        3. Crumble the graham crackers and press them into the marshmallow layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
        4. Melt 2 cups of chocolate chips and very gently spread it over the graham cracker layer. Put the bark in the freezer for about two hours. Take it out and break it apart.
        5. Keep refrigerated for good and more solid bark or leave it out for slightly more delicious, but slightly squishier bark.
    • Campfire Games – with the whole family! Every camp has funny and silly skits and games they like to play. Campfire Games are always a huge hit and you can simplify them to play with a smaller group. Here are two ideas… but I’m sure your camper has his or her own favorites, too!
      1. Put words on individual small pieces of paper such as “sun” “sky” “love” “family” “hot” “camp” “forever” “friends” “tomorrow” & “fire” and put the papers into a hat or bowl. Split your family into two teams and pick one piece of paper out at a time. Each team sings a song that has the word in it and the teams go back and forth until one team can’t come up with a song that includes the word!
      2. A great memory and concentration game starts with random categories such as states or boys name. Let’s say the category is grocery items – the first player starts with the letter “A” and could say apple, the next has “B” and could say bacon and so on. If you can’t come up with an item you are eliminated until the next round! You could even make the category camp related such as counselor names or camp activities.
    • Get Crafty – literally! Turn on some fun music and get out any arts & crafts supplies you might have around the house. Here are some fun camp crafts your campers might enjoy creating! If they are stuck on project ideas have them try to create a 3D campfire out of sticks, tissue paper and marshmallows.

    Of course, there’s nothing better than getting your campers outside and active. They can build a snowman, play snow-football, go sledding or have a good old-fashioned snowball fight!

    Happy Camping & enjoy the snow!

    Amanda Ward

    Director, Camp Chinqueka

    About the Author

    Amanda Ward is the Director of Camp Chinqueka, having spent many summers as a camper there in the 1990’s and started as a staff member in the 2005. She has fond memories of the activities she tried, the lessons she learned and the friends she met along the way. Amanda graduated from Kent School in Kent, Connecticut and and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She has a background in Theater and Education and has taught Fifth Grade and Kindergarten in both Connecticut and Manhattan (NYC) private schools. Amanda’s love for working with children, training counselors and teaching camp traditions continues to grow every year. She develops close relationships with campers and camp families and prides herself on knowing every one of her campers by name!

  • Campers Today, International Leaders Tomorrow

    Posted February 2, 2018

    Sending your kids to summer camp can be a long and exhausting process, especially for first-time parents. However, a significant benefit that is often overlooked is the ‘international community’ at some camps.

    There are a few ways your child can experience different cultural backgrounds and even languages. International family trips are a blast, and while most schools are restricted to a geographical region, some boast an amazing cultural experience with a wide variety of students. Did you know that summer camps can do this too?

    Camp can bring people together from all over the globe. Many camps, especially residential camps, have a wealth of campers from around the world from the far reaches of Russia and China, to campers from the Europe and the Southern Hemisphere. Can you imagine your camper having an amazing camp experience surrounded by other campers all over the world?

    International campers not only come to camp to develop their English, but also to learn about the American people, their culture, their beliefs, and way of life. It is amazing to see how much international campers grow in their summer camp, but it is just as incredible to see how this is a two-way street; campers from the United States can learn just as much from their international counterparts.

    Sending your son/daughter to a camp with such an international community will help them develop a superior understanding of other beliefs, customs, and backgrounds compared to their peers. Campers are always eager to learn more about other cultures and languages. With knowledge also comes acceptance, allowing your child to broaden their cultural horizons. And how cool is it that your child will come home knowing campers from around the world? A vacation to Europe will have to include extra stops along the way to see your camper’s new friends.

    Many camps also employ a very diverse staff consisting of counsellors from all over the world who are fluent in many languages and bring their own unique experiences and culture to summer camp.

    Camp is a melting pot of communities and there is no better place to prepare your child for the future in this forever growing globalized world.

    Alex Rawlinson

    Assistant Director, Camp Awosting

    About the Author

    Alex Rawlinson is the Assistant Director or Camp Awosting. Alex has a Bachelors degree in International Business, graduating with honors from Leeds Business School in England. He has shown his passion for camp through his work at international staff recruitment partner Camp America in London and Sydney before joining Camp Awosting full time Alex is a camp staff recruiting specialist with a focus on camper safety. Alex prides himself on developing lasting connections with parents, staff and campers.