Making Summer Camp Fires Up With Your Child

Sleepaway summer camp is packed with long, sunny days perfect for lively outdoor activities from swimming and boating to hiking, tennis and horseback riding. It’s also a great place for kids to let their creative spirits soar, whether it’s writing a script for a camp skit, daring to sing a solo at campfire time, creating a cool nature collage or whipping up a dazzling picture frame in wood shop. Kids at camp play instruments, sing, paint, experiment with the potter’s wheel and learn the basics of wood working. Whether your little camper is trying a new skill or perfecting an old one, summer camp provides a fun, supportive atmosphere for all sorts of creative endeavors.

Theater

Theatrical experiences are a huge hit with summer campers. From funny little campfire skits to exciting musical extravaganzas complete with singing and dancing, kids at camp have lots of opportunities to dabble in the performing arts. Whether acting the lead in a skit, figuring out choreography for a little dance number, writing a script or learning how to build and light the set, summer camp is a great place to try out new endeavors both on stage and behind the scenes. Many camps have a lively end-of-camp performance for family and friends where campers get to showcase their talents.

Arts and Crafts

Kids just love arts and crafts at summer camp. Hanging out in the shade or the art studio surrounded by enthusiastic pals and instructors, campers can whip up colorful collages, braid intricate friendship bracelets or construct unique wind chimes that can summon summer camp memories from decks and porches at home for years to come. Depending on the camp, arts and crafts may be anything from a casual hour or so in the afternoon spent with paints, spangles and papers to full-fledged painting classes in a professionally equipped art studio.

Pottery

Many sleepaway camps feature a fully equipped pottery studio with potters’ wheels and kilns where campers can learn all the steps of creating a ceramic masterpiece, from shaping to baking and glazing. Campers come home with all sorts of beautiful creations from graceful vases to funky ceramic fish and brightly hued jewelry.

Music

Music makes camp fun. Every camp has its own favorite songs, whether traditional tunes or songs that are specific to each camp. Learning and singing these songs is not only a blast but evokes a special camaraderie among campers. Campers with a special interest in music can often join acapella groups, take musical instrument lessons or participate in a camp band. Kids who come to camp wishing to keep playing their favorite instrument can often continue lessons, offer their services for camp skits or just hang out and jam with friends in their cabin.

Wood Shop

Woodworking shop is both fun and practical. Campers learn to use all sorts of tools from the basics of measuring to wielding a hammer and cutting with a table saw. Lessons learned in woodworking shops can come in handy for a lifetime and kids have a blast designing and building cool items from mini ping-pong tables to chess sets and stools.

Summer camp can keep the arts alive for your kids all summer long!