I was at the book store today and came across a magazine of easy to do crafts. Since we have a new arts and crafts counselor, who is trying to get a feel for what crafts she should offer this summer, I thought I would take a look at the mag. It had some great ideas that would work well for camp. I also new that I had some good craft ideas, thanks to our email round tables, and that I had been randomly collecting craft ideas from various websites. With the magazine I wasn’t sure if I should tear out the crafts that would work or just give her the magazine. Then it hit me, “Why not start an Arts and Crafts Binder?”

I can admit that I’m not the most organized person. I have loose sheets of paper with games, crafts, songs, skits, hunts, camp wide activities and more spread out all over my desk, in separate files and in different folders on my work and home computers. I have a couple of binders with games and songs, but not all of what I have are in there. Why not? Why have I not created a bunch of binders in specific categories for my staff to look through?

Now, I know that many of you are more organized than me and probably have exactly what I am talking about. If that’s the case then either move on to one of my other posts or leave a comment below with how you organize everything.

On the other hand, if you’re like me then consider creating binders for:

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Icebreakers
  • Cabin Games
  • Group Games
  • Skits
  • Songs
  • Camp Wide Games and Activities
  • Theme Specific Ideas
  • Pool Activities
  • Team-building
  • Ropes Course
  • Counselor Tips and Tricks
  • Archery
  • Horseback Riding
  • Waterfront Activities
  • Evening Vespers and Ceremonies

I’m sure you can think of some more.

So where do you get the info to put in these binders?

  • Magazines
  • Photocopies from books
  • Internet (see the next post)
  • Printables from Family Fun website
  • Have experienced staff write our their contributions. They’ll be immortalized in the binder.
  • Past activities typed out by YOU!

Make it your mission to create the best Program Binders you possibly can.