Super Summer Camps
The sun has been shining, the solstice has been and gone, Wimbledon has started . . . it can only mean one thing: the school summer holidays are almost upon us and you’re preparing for your holiday sports camp!
We’re assuming by now that you have done all your advertising and parents have started to sign their children up, you’ve planned the days that you want to run your sessions and have the skeleton of the day sorted in your head. But now it’s time to get down to the ‘nitty gritty’ and plan exactly what you’re going to do each day. For some of us it’s as simple as ‘lets wing it’ but for others it’s a grueling task that takes time and effort to complete to get right so that the day flows well.
Plan, Plan, Plan.
It can feel daunting to be faced with six or so hours which you have to fill with exciting and enjoyable activities, so the team at Attend have put together a simple plan to help you get started to organise the events of your day.
This can be used as loosely as you like and feel free to change times etc. to be flexible, or ‘stick to the script’ to give you the confidence that you know what you’re doing at any moment of the day.
|Arrival & Registration||9:00-9:10|
|Session 1||9:10 – 10:20|
|Break / Snack||10:20 – 10:40|
|Session 2||10:40 – 11:45|
|Lunch||11:45 – 12:45|
|Warm up / Team Activity||12:45 – 1:15|
|Session 3||1:15 – 2:30|
|Team Competition||2:30 – 3:15|
Use the ideas column to fill in the ideas and activities that you are planning to do, and you can use the equipment column to list any material or equipment you need to prepare. Put in as much detail as you think you need or just add brief notes – whatever works for you!
You can download an A4 .pdf version here, print it out and use a plastic wallet to keep your day plan, paperwork or other materials that the children might need for each activity all together.
Early Drop Off / Late Pick Up
We understand that many of you will have different timings for your day, and you could also be offering early drop-off or late pick-up sessions as extras in addition to the main day’s camp.
These extra times can sometimes be much tougher than the main camp itself as there are normally not as many attendees due to the extra cost involved.
But, creating the right atmosphere from the start of the early session can really set you and the children up for the day.
The early attendees can help with setting up,: kids love the responsibility of setting up the day and the activities. They often really enjoy having insider knowledge about what’s going to happen when the others arrive and letting them in on the secret can make a reluctant attender feel engaged with the day. You could also set them a little challenge: completing something they can take home to show or tell their parents about gives them a great sense of achievement, and if they let all their friends know what they’re been up to it can encourage them to want to join the early session too which increases your daily income.
Late stayers can be kept busy with helping to tidy up; organizing the kit/equipment back into bags is something they love! (But they won’t tell their parents they helped in case that means tidying their bedrooms!) You can also repeat their favourite activity of the day and give them a say in what they do. Letting them choose will give them a sense of empowerment and make them keen to come back next time.
Summer camps are not something to be taken lightly: they can be long days, tough hours and put a lot of strain on your body and mind but having good planning and preparation can lead to huge success and help you deliver a great day’s activity which kids want to come back to again and again.
In out next blog we’ll be thinking about what to do when the British summer lives up to its reputation and give you some tips for being well prepared on rainy days.