Make this a summer your campers won't forget by incorporating some of the great activities featured in The Dangerous Book for Boys, into our camp program. Below are a few suggested ideas.
Suggested tips and activities for creating a successful Dangerous Book Day Event
· Create fliers advertising the event a week or two in advance. (Be sure to include the date, time, and location.)
· Discuss what supplies the campers will need to bring, if necessary.
· Create a fun filled day of games and events based on the activities in the book.
Below is a list of some great starting off points.
· Juggling and Knots tying activity.
A great way to kick off your Dangerous Book Day event is with a group activity and demonstration. Click here
to download the activity sheets and make a copy for each of your campers. Have counselors demonstrate the techniques for juggling and knot tying and encourage campers to participate. Then have a contest to see which camper can tie the fastest knot or juggle the longest without letting the balls fall.
· Paper Boat contest. Click here
to download the activity sheet explaining how to create your very own paper boat, hat and water bomb; make a copy for each of your campers. Encourage campers to be creative and design their own paper boats and/or hats. Have counselors establish criteria on which they will be judged, for example, creativity, enthusiasm, team work etc. Then allow campers to have relay races with their boats while wearing their new paper hats.
· Go Cart Race.
Separate campers into teams. Each team should have a name, a theme, and a team captain—who will be responsible for collecting materials for campers to use in decorating their carts. Allow campers to be as creative as possible using paints, markers, glitter, leaves and other available materials. Once the carts are assembled, set up a relay race for all of the teams. Have counselors establish criteria on which campers will be judged, for example, creativity, enthusiasm, team work etc.
· Dangerous Knowledge Bowl.
Use the information provided in The Dangerous Book for Boys
as a primary source for developing questions. Have campers create a list of trivia questions/answers on index cards and then break into teams. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
· Sampling Shakespeare.
Have campers read the chapter entitled "Sampling Shakespeare" to familiarize themselves with the poets various works. Encourage campers to put together their own productions of Shakespearian plays based on a scene from one his plays. For best results, Counselors should look over the plays ahead of time and select a few scenes in which the campers can choose from. Encourage campers to use props and create their own costumes using materials around camp.
Remember the ideas for activities in this book are limitless. Have fun and let your campers dig in and use their imaginations!