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Dan Weir is the Director of Camping Services at Frost Valley YMCA, a host on the CampHacker Podcast, sports a beard, online way too much. He writes about summer camp and youth development.  He tweets (look below!) at @danlovescamp.

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Evening Programs & Camp Fire Ideas for 8 to 800 - 2013 Tri-State

Our camp fire

  • Greeters - Jack & Laura from Camping Coast to Coast
  • Welcoming - Dan from Frost Valley YMCA & Jeff from 3Adventures
  • "Silly Skit" - Jack & Laura
  • The Motorcycle Skit - Jeff
  • Three Blind Jelly Fish - Dan, Jeff & Lincoln
  • Quiet Down "Rain Activity" / Spirt Fingers- Dan & Jeff
  • The Forest Song - Rebecca from Camp Cairn
  • Zombie Song - Lincoln
  • Taking us home - Dan from Campminder
  • Wrap up - Jeff

The basics of a camp fire

  • Welcoming in
  • It’s all about the setting (circle vs amphitheater)
  • The essentials camp skit
  • How to sing if you if you can’t sing
  • How to quiet them down from mid camp fire
  • Find the resources (guitar playing person)
  • Wrap up ceremony - we give out patches (why we gave out dixie cups chips)

Evening program essentials

  • The mood of the evening program (active vs inactive)
  • Know your audience
  • Know the size of your group
  • Try not go longer than 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Be close to bathrooms
  • Don’t over do it
  • Have your staff rotate creating new evening programs

Brainstorming Ideas!

The slideshow!

The Forest Song!

3 Blind Jellyfish!

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