This engaged activity is a way of looking at how you view camp in a creative way. Instead of simply talking about the daily life at camp, students have the opportunity to work on their own (or with a partner or family member) to showcase what this might look like. You can use a large poster board, construction paper, blank canvas for this project. Brainstorm and create a piece of art in a 20-30 minute period.
You will need one of the following: markers, paints, crayons or colored pencils. You will also need a poster board, canvas, or piece of paper. Start with the question, “What does camp mean to you? What does it look like? Feel like? If we were to describe it using words, images, or something else, what would that look like? From this question, the creator can brainstorm ways to express themselves in visual form.
How it works:
- If doing this individually, begin by writing down all the things that camp means to you. List the activities, friends, favorite places, the way it makes you feel, or anything else that comes to mind.
- After several minutes of brainstorming, begin to pencil in some kind of initial drawing. (Feel free to use a scrap piece of paper.)
- Once you have a sketch, begin the process of creating your work of art.
- Once you have the drawing/painting, write a paragraph on what it means to you.
- Record yourself reading the paragraph while showcasing the drawing/painting. If you are interested in sharing, please email it to your camp director or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Debrief questions for parents/adults to discuss with children:
- Talk to me about the different things camp means to you?
- What can we do to bring our thoughts about camp to our everyday life?
- How do you think our camp self is different than our home self? How might we merge the two?
- What is one thing that we want to try out to bring our camp self to the next week?