Summer Camp For Teenagers
WILL TEENAGERS COME TO A CAMP THAT HAS YOUNGER CHILDREN AT THE SAME CAMP? ABSOLUTELY!
TIPS TO ATTRACT TEENAGERS TO CAMP
- Separate them into their own teenage group.
- When you go over rules, make sure they have a meeting with their own set of rules. Don’t make them listen to the rules for K-3rd grade.
- Let them have activities that are separate from the younger kids.
- Do the opposite of what I just said. Give them leadership roles to help and guide the younger campers. IMPORTANT to remember there needs to be a balance. Sometimes they need their own space.
MODIFY GAMES TO THEIR SKILL LEVEL
A FEW EXAMPLES
- Allow pegging in kick ball.
- 3 outs in softball/baseball.
- A real volleyball instead of a trainer or beach ball.
SILLY GAMES DAY
- Let them play games created for younger campers.
- Once they’ve seen how the camp is run,and know they won’t be treated like a “child” they’ll be more comfortable to let their guard down.
- They may try to be cool for their peers, but deep down they just want to be kids and have fun.
- Hiring young counselor will help relax the teens.
- It’s a huge motivator for young teens to watch my 17-23 yr old COUNSELORS getting silly and playing the kiddie games.
ANYONE CAN START A SUMMER CAMP
- If you’re a Physical Education Teacher, classroom Teacher, Coach, Camp Counselor, Recreation director, or just someone involved in community events, you have a head start and a opportunity to increase your revenue.
- If you’re none of the above choices I mentioned, don’t worry. With the correct advertising and effort you’ll be able to build you’re own camp, it just may take a little longer to get established.
- If you’re one of the people I just mentioned, you probably already formed many relationships with students, parents, businesses and community leaders in town. If you haven’t GET WORKING ON IT! Luckily for most of us, it happens naturally over time.
- Show interest when you see a student at the grocery store. Start a conversation. How was the baseball game last night? Did your team play well? Did you score? Was it fun?
- Most likely you’re involved in this line of work because you really do care. You’re passionate about your job and sincerely care about your students/campers.
- Kids know when you really care, so be true to yourself. If you’re genuine, you can’t go wrong.
Assign A Name To Your Camp Days
What I mean by this, is let the kids know what is coming.
- Silly games day.
- Leadership day.
- Teens & 1st graders switch roles.
- Off on your own. (This day all teenagers will only be in teenage activities) No younger campers.
- Social events, just for the teens.
- Boys vs Girls. (Don’t make a habit of this, but on occasion it’s a fun change.
- Softball for boys. Make the girls the coaches. Teams/Tournaments.
- Football for girls. Make the boys the coaches. Teams /Tournaments.
- DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT At the teenage level is usually more fun to let the girls play among themselves and let boys have their own tournament, but you can try both ways and see what works best for you.
I hope you found these tips helpful. Please feel free to leave a comment or question below.