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Dan Weir has been working in youth development & summer camp for over 20 years. He is a host on the CampHacker Podcast, volunteers at with American Camp Association NY-NJ & the New York State Camp Directors Association, and works at the YMCA of Long Island. He tweets at @danlovescamp.

 

 

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Thursday
Mar202014

Evening Programs & Camp Fire Ideas for 8 to 800 - 2014 Tri-State

Our camp fire

  • Greeters - Jackson & Anna from Camp Mason
  • Welcoming - Dan from Frost Valley YMCA & Jeff from 3Adventures
  • The Motorcycle Skit - Jeff
  • Zombie Song by Lincoln McLain
  • Silly Skit by Jackson & Anna
  • Three Blind Jelly Fish - Dan, Jeff & Jackson
  • Quiet Down "Rain Activity" / Spirt Fingers- Dan & Jeff
  • Taking us home with the Camp Song
  • 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! 
Coming soon!

Wednesday
Apr032013

How Summer Camps Build Character

I had the honor of meeting Mawi Asgedom at the 2013 ACA National Camp Conference.  Mawi's keynote on character education was completely on point with what I've been working on with Frost Valley YMCA's Summer Camps.  

Recently I had the privilege of being interviewed by Mawi for his blog on "How Summer Camps Build Character".  

It was a blast! Check out the interview and follow Mawi on twitter

 

Thursday
Mar142013

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!
https://plus.google.com/photos/100771849494009332512/albums/5855299169753544689?authkey=COqhruXCpsHk3QE

The slideshow!
http://www.slideshare.net/DanWeir/evening-programs-camp-fire-ideas-for-8-to-800#

The Forest Song!

3 Blind Jellyfish!


Wednesday
Mar132013

Build a culture that will fill your resident camp

I led a great session today with Joanna Warren Smith titled "Build a Culture that Will Fill your Resident Camp."

Please click here for the handout.


Sunday
Jan292012

Whenever I get nervous I pretend that I'm just singing to trees.

A recent alum of my camp gave an interview on budding music career and where her inspiration came from.  For me, the highlight of the article was when she talked about how camp gave her the confidence she has today.

“That's actually the first place I sang when I was a really little kid. I was terrified and I really didn't want to go up on stage and sing but mom was good she said, 'Oh you have a really great voice. Go sing.' And so I did but I practiced by singing to the trees because it's like in the middle of nowhere in Upstate New York, so it's really quite beautiful there. So it's kinda become my motto because of that one performance because of singing to the trees. Whenever I get nervous I pretend that I'm just singing to trees.”