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Week One, Day Five: Reflections

Posted by counselorcoley on 2007.06.16 at 11:40
Current Location: Camp Amachamee
Current Mood: excitedexcited
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After a week of playing, let's unwind with a relaxing Friday. After all, we all need plenty of rest for tomorrow's big trip!

Activity One: Favorites

Every Friday, I am going to ask you guys to answer a couple of simple questions about stuff we did this week, so I'll know what kind of activities to plan for the rest of camp. Put your answers in your journal, along with a couple of pictures from this week if you have any.

So here are the questions: What was your favorite thing we did at camp this week, and why? What was your least favorite thing, and why?
Here's an example of what you should write: "My favorite thing this week was making a welcome poster because I liked the site we used to make them. My least favorite thing was playing the Where's Shamu game, because it was too hard."

This will help me make activities in the future as much fun as possible!

Activity Two: Under the Sea

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Here are a couple more fishy activities to help us get ready for our SeaWorld trip.

Have you ever done a paint-by-numbers picture?
Today we are going to paint beautiful pictures of sea creatures - online! The links below will take you to your art studio. Have fun!
Tropical fish

Search the site for other pictures to paint if you want!

When you're done, take a look at a fish's life with a fun game. Click the link that says "fish food" on this page and work your way up the food chain.

Activity Three: Friends

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Next week's theme is Friends, Old and New. We will be talking about our friends, playing games and activities that have to do with friends, and even playing with some of our friends.
To get ready for this, ask yourself a question: who is your best friend? Draw a picture of yourself and your best friend. What would you like to be doing with your friend right now? Where would you like to be? Keep the picture, because we will discuss it next week!

Finally, I have a special assignment for you campers, but you have to let me know whether you're up to it. Do you want more games to play and activities to do while you're at SeaWorld tomorrow, or would you rather just spend the day there without worrying about that kind of stuff? Tell your mom to give Counselor Coley a call tonight and let her know! Whatever you decide, I hope you've had as much fun as I have this week, and I'll see you again soon!

Week One, Day Four: Field Trip Frenzy

Posted by counselorcoley on 2007.06.14 at 15:25
Current Location: Camp Amachamee
Current Mood: ecstaticecstatic
Now it's time for us to explore another important part of camp: field trips!

Are you looking forward to this Saturday's trip to SeaWorld? So am I! Today, we're going to learn a little more about SeaWorld, plus a few neat games we can play to pass the time on the car ride or in lines.

Activity One: Games Galore

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You already know a few games that are fun to play in the car or while waiting online. "I'm Going on a Picnic" (or "I'm Going Camping") is always fun. Here's a little more to help you beat boredom.

What's at SeaWorld?
You need: no supplies, just your brains.
Instructions: One person thinks of something at SeaWorld, and everyone else tries to guess what it is. You can only ask yes or no questions - for example, you might ask "Is it an animal?" but you can't ask "What animal is it?" Whoever guesses right gets to pick something at SeaWorld next.
For variety, instead of letting players ask questions, you can give the first letter of the object you're thinking of as a hint.

Highway Hunt
You need: a list of objects to search for, and something to write with.
Instructions: This is a game for two players. One player gets the view out the right window, the other player gets the left. Each player will search for the objects on the following list, and will check it off when they have found one. Whoever finds everything on the list first (or has the most found items after a certain amount of time) wins.

Sample list:
A yellow car
A big rig
A license plate from a non-Florida state that you have been to
A license plate from a state you have not been to
A car with kids in the backseat
A car with people eating inside
A car with people sleeping inside

Make up more as you go along!

Build a Better Car
You need: Paper and something to color with
Instructions: Players should take turns suggesting improvements to the car you're riding in. Stuck in traffic? Give the car a helicopter propeller to get it over the jam! Hungry? Add a pizza oven or ice cream machine! Once you run out of ideas, draw the improved car and see how it turns out.
You can improve long lines for rides, too! Why not add chairs, air conditioning, or an icy cold drink dispenser?

Try a game now if you want, but save some for the ride! Now that you have something to do in the car, you need something to help you pass the time until you get there.

Activity Two: SeaWorld!

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If you don't think playing with a huge killer whale sounds like fun, you're in for a BIG surprise! Shamu Fun Guide is an online activity book full of games, puzzles, and facts starring - who else - Shamu himself! My favorites are the maze, Where's Shamu, and All About Shamu. Try at least two of these activities, then go to the main Fun Guides page to explore fun guides for other SeaWorld and Busch Gardens attractions. From learning to read Egyptian hieroglyphs to mapping out a trail across the arctic, there's plenty to do here!

Activity Three: From SeaWorld to Your World

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Click here to go to an interactive version of the map above, where you can click on an attraction to see its name, get more information, and add it to your own "Must See" list. Although we may not be able to get everything in on Saturday, make a list of things you'd like to see, and read a little about them.

Now that you know what kind of attractions an amusement park has, get out paper and something to color with. You guessed it - we're making our own amusement parks!

There's only one rule: it has to be ocean-themed. Other than that, it's up to you! Go back and look at the map again if you need ideas, or try looking at these sites:
Ocean Park, Hong Kong
The Georgia Aquarium (biggest aquarium in the world!)

That's it for today, campers, but come back tomorrow for a few more activities before our fun Saturday field trip!

Week One, Day Three: Share Day

Posted by counselorcoley on 2007.06.13 at 11:17
Current Location: Camp Amachamee
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
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We have had a very busy week! Not only have we started off camp with an activity-packed day, but we have also become counselors-in-training for a day and used our creativity to come up with ideas of our own!

Today, like almost every Wednesday, is Share Day. We will be using our journals to share what we've done this week with each other.

Did you remember to make a new journal, or find an old one? If you didn't, then now's the time! If you did, that's great. You will need to take turns using the computer for this activity, but that's okay, because Share Day is all about sharing!

Open your journal and get ready to post. Today, we will be making two entries.

Important! If you don't know how to do something, e-mail or call Counselor Coley to ask!

Entry One: Showing Off

In this entry, you will post one or two pictures you took yesterday, each with a sentence saying what the picture is. For example, you might post a picture of yourself eating the snack we made yesterday and write "This is me eating yummy Ten Second Trail Mix".

If you're taking turns, let the other camper post entry one before you go on to the second entry.

Entry Two: Your Day at Camp

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First, make sure you have everything you picked yesterday to be part of the day you made: your welcome poster, your introduction game, one other game, and your snack recipe.

But before we post any of that, we need to introduce ourselves as counselors-in-training! Put the camper you made on Monday in your journal. Under the picture, write "I am a counselor-in-training at Camp Amachamee, and this is my day at camp."

Next, put in your welcome poster if you have it saved as a picture. If you don't have a picture, write a sentence about it. For example, "My welcome poster has a picture of a campfire and some tents."

Now add a link to your introduction game, with another sentence telling us what your game is. Add a link to your second game too if you have one, and describe it too.

Finally, write down what snack you chose for your campers. You can write the whole recipe if you want, or just say something like "Our snack today is Ants on a Log."

If you have any pictures of these things, put them in too!

Now post your entry, and go explore your fellow campers' journals, even mine, which you can find here. Play their games if you want, admire their posters and recipes, and leave a comment to let them know what you liked about their two entries.

Week One, Day Two: You Decide!

Posted by counselorcoley on 2007.06.12 at 14:26
Current Location: Camp Amachamee
Current Mood: energeticenergetic
Yesterday, you did all kinds of different activities that introduced you to Camp Amachamee. But today, you get to be the counselor!

Think about it: what would you do to welcome kids to your camp, get them to know each other, and make sure they have fun all at the same time?
Here's a great first step on your way to becoming the best counselor-in-training ever: make a welcome poster!

Activity 1: Welcome Poster

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Make your poster on paper, or click here to make a poster online. (If you make your poster online, you can save it by holding the buttons "ctrl" and "print screen". Then, click "Start", "Accessories", and "Paint" to open a program. Hold down the "ctrl" and letter "V" buttons to paste your picture.

Use bright, happy looking colors so people get excited when they see your poster! Write "Welcome to Camp Amachamee" and draw anything about camp that you think is important on the poster. The camp colors are yellow and green, so be sure to use those in your poster.

Now you have a bright way to welcome your campers. But what do you have planned for them once they get to camp?

Activity 2: Introductions

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Snowmen at camp? Well, Gino's camper was a snowman! It's all about creativity!

Camp Amachamee is an online camp just for you, so for now, there aren't a lot of campers. But most camps have dozens and dozens of kids who don't know each other? How do you get to know them? How do they start making friends?

Yesterday, we played Camp Countdown as an introduction game. Today, you get to check out a couple more games to pick one for YOUR camp.
Introduction Games
Scavenger Hunt
Check out these links. Remember, you're looking for games that are fun and that help people to get to know each other. Try out the Silent Interviews game from the first link - grab a partner and tell him three things about yourself without speaking or making noise! Ask an adult before trying any other activities. Write down the activity you pick so you won't forget it.

Now that your campers know each other, what are they going to do for fun?

Activity 3: It's Game Time!

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Online games, video games, board games, or sports games - everyone plays some kind of games at camp! Pick a game for your campers to play. It can be any kind of game you already know of, from Monopoly to basketball. But if you want to check out some online games you might enjoy, try this link. Look for the top 20 games list, and make sure to pick "play Web game," not "Download"!

Aren't you hungry after all those games? Your campers will be too!

Activity 4: Make a Snack

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Sometimes, making a fun, delicious snack can be hard when there's not much around. Here's a simple recipe that you can make right now!

Ten Second Trail Mix

1 small handful of pretzels
1 small handful of nuts
1 small handful each of 2 different kinds of cereal
Anything else you think will be tasty, but ask permission first!

Put all the ingredients into a baggie and shake it up until it's all mixed together. Now you have a snack you can take anywhere - just what busy campers need!

To help you choose a recipe for your campers, take a look at all the tasty recipes on this site for some great ideas.

One last assignment for the day: ask an adult to take a picture of you with something you've done at camp so far. Maybe a picture of you and your partner playing Silent Interviews? Maybe you holding up a drawing you've done? Tomorrow, we will put these pictures on our journals for share day!

Day One, Week One: Welcome to Camp Amachamee!

Posted by counselorcoley on 2007.06.03 at 16:19
Current Location: Camp Amachamee
Current Mood: chipperchipper

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Are you ready for your first day at Camp Amachamee?

We're all excited, so we're going to start out with a few simple activities to help campers get used to being here. First, get a piece of paper and something to write with. If there is more than one camper in your house, you should do this activity at the same time. Ask others to play too - the more the merrier!

Activity 1: Camp Countdown

This countdown will help you get to know your fellow campers, your counselor, and maybe you'll even learn something new about yourself! On your piece of paper, do the following, but make sure no one else sees your paper:

5. List 5 things you think a good summer camp should have.
4. List 4 things you want to do this summer.
3. List 3 things you like about yourself.
2. List your 2 favorite things to do.
1. List 1 word that describes yourself.

When you're done, take turns trying to guess how your fellow campers answered the questions. Do you know them as well as you thought you did? Try to guess how Counselor Coley might have answered the questions. You can find her answers here.

Activity 2: Make a Camper


Since this is an online camp, we can't dress up in our favorite adventuring outfit and hiking boots - or can we?
Your second activity will be to make an online camper who will represent you. You can pick your camper's clothes and accessories (don't forget underwear!). Above, you can see Counselor Coley's camper in two outfits, one ready for arts and crafts with a paintbrush and sketchbook, the other heading to the soccer field with sunglasses and a water bottle! You can make more than one if you want. Click here and be creative!

Make sure to take turns and be polite. When you're done, click the "save" button, then copy everything in the box labeled "image code" and paste it into an e-mail to counselorcoley@gmail.com!

Activity Three: Put Your Camper In His Place!

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What are you going to do with your camper now? Why not combine activities one and two and see what happens when your camper decides to do something you listed in activity one? Get a piece of paper and something to draw and color with. You only HAVE to draw one picture, but you can draw as many as you want. Make them good, so you can show everyone at home what you did at camp today!

But what are you supposed to do when drawing gets boring?
While you're drawing, you can start activity four!

Activity Four: I'm Going to Camp...

Have you ever played the game "I'm going on a picnic"? This game is very similar.
You need at least two people to play. One person starts by saying "I'm going to camp, and I'm going to bring apples," or anything else starting with the letter A. The next person says "I'm going to camp, and I'm going to bring apples and a blanket," or anything else starting with the letter B. Keep going until you get to Z, and see if you remember everything you're going to bring!

There's only one more rule: you have to bring something that makes sense. You can eat apples for snacks, and you can sleep under a blanket. Think about what you would need at camp.

Well, campers, that's all for our first day together at Camp Amachamee. I hope you enjoyed yourself, and I hope to see you again tomorrow!

For tomorrow, I'd like you all to have a journal ready online. It can be a journal you've used before, or it can be a new one just for camp. We'll be writing in it tomorrow, so be prepared!

Camp Amachamee Sign-Ups

Posted by counselorcoley on 2007.05.20 at 00:00
Current Mood: excitedexcited

CAMP AMACHAMEE SIGN-UPS FOR SESSION 1 ARE NOW CLOSED! If you want to sign up for session two, July 9 - August 10, you may still do so.

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Camp Amachamee will officially open this June, and remain open until August, but you can sign up now.

Ready to sign up? There are a few things you should do first.
This is important! Before you do any of this, please get an adult's permission to join Camp Amachamee. Show them around the site and encourage them to e-mail counselorcoley@gmail.com for more information!

A. Visit the Profile Page and read the sections titles "The Basics" and "The Rules". Make sure you understand everything. You can read the rest of the page if you want, but you don't have to.

B. Open up an e-mail. In the subject line, type "Camp Amachamee Sign-ups".

C. Copy this short survey and paste it into the e-mail.

1. What is your first name?
2. How old are you?
3. What grade will you be in this fall?
4. What is your favorite subject in school?
5. What is your least favorite subject?
6. Name four or five things you enjoy (example: cars, computers, animals).
7. Name four or five things you like to do (example: watch movies, play football).
8. What are the websites you go to most often (example: aol.com, clubpenguin.com)?
9. What do you think would be fun to do this summer?
10. Was signing up for Camp Amachamee boring? Please be honest. Was there too much writing and reading?

D. Type your answers to the survey in the e-mail.

E. Send the e-mail to counselorcoley@gmail.com and check back over the next few days for a reply! Also, be sure to let your friends know about Camp Amachamee so they can enjoy a fun summer with you.

Feel free to look around this page and the profile page. A simple guide to using this site can be found below, if you're interested.

A simple guide to the Camp Amachamee site

Posted by counselorcoley on 2007.05.15 at 22:22
Current Location: Camp Amachamee
Current Mood: happyhappy

A little confused about the Camp Amachamee Web page? Don't worry, this guide should help.

The Main Page

You're viewing the main page right now. From here, you can navigate to any other part of the site. Let's break down everything you see in front of you.

1. The calendar strip.
At the top of the page, you will see a bar that says the name of the month and lists the days. Saturdays and Sundays are surrounded by gray boxes, and days where a post was made on the Camp Amachamee site are yellow links. If you click on the link, you will be brought to a page that shows the post made on that day. This is helpful if you are looking for a certain post but cannot find it on the main page.

2. The navigation bar.
At the top left of the page is the navigation bar. It lists several links. Recent Entries is a link to the page you are viewing. Archive is a page that works the same way as the calendar strip, except it shows every month, not just the current month. Friends will not be used for this site, so don't worry about it. User Info links to another important part of the site, the profile page. Finally, Memories shows a list of all posts that Camp Amachamee employees think are important or memorable. We aren't using this feature right now, but may in the future.

3. The entries.
You are looking at an entry right now. At the top, you can see a bold black title, and below that, you see the journal used to make this post (mine, counselorcoley ) and the time and date of posting. "Current location" and "current mood" show you where I was and how I was feeling when I posted, and then there's the text of the post. You don't have to worry about the links separated by green tent icons at the bottom unless you have a LiveJournal.

The Profile Page

To view the profile page, click here or click on User Info in the navigation bar.

1. The top of the page.
Again, unless you have a LiveJournal, you don't need to worry about anything above the line that says "User: camp_amachamee". Click on the name of the camp to return to the main page, or continue on to the information below this line.

2. "About".
This area contains a description of the site. You'll also find the camp's rules here.

3. Interests.
The interests listed are, of course, things our camp is interested in! Click on an interest to see a list of other LiveJournal sites that have the same interest.

4. Everything else.
"Maintainers" and "Moderators" will contain lists of Camp Amachamee employees - just me, for now. "Members" lists employees and campers who have LiveJournals. You don't need to worry about "account type," and clicking on "more details" will get you information like the date the site was created, and the date of the last post.

That's about all the stuff you really need to know to explore Camp Amachamee. Feel free to ask questions about other parts of the LiveJournal site if you're curious - just e-mail counselorcoley@gmail.com!