by Marty Nemko
There are camps for sports, arts, science, and religion. Why not a camp that focuses on improving thinking skills, a Camp Think?
It could contain such activities as:
- a camp-wide effort to develop a plan to solve a societal problem, for example, substance abuse. The resulting White Paper could be submitted to an appropriate local, state, and federal official.
- A debate on such issues as: Should taxes be raised? Soda banned? Marijuana legalized?
- Contests: Which team (and/or individual) can make the robot that wins a 20-year dash? A rocket that flies highest with parts that cost under $50? Develop the best idea for a reinvented elementary school? Win a logic-problem quiz show? Create the best skit? Museum exhibit? Develop the best improvement for next year’s camp?
- Because life isn’t just about thinking, there would be time for songfests, sports, talent shows, storytelling, and yes, even traditional camp arts and crafts--I still fondly remember learning how to make a lanyard using the diamond and box stitches.
None of these require fancy facilities. You could have a small day camp in your home, a spare room in a church, or in your apartment complex’s community room.
If you’re looking for something to do this summer, you could do far worse than run a one- or two-week summer day camp for at least a small number of kids.