Welcome to Camp in a Box!

Hi and welcome to the home of Camp-in-a-Box.  Here we will post information for the creation of this manual and how you can get involved.  Please check our About page for a more in depth look at our goals and expectations for this project.

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Thank You!!

The Camp-in-a-Box trainings came to an end last week. We would like to thank everyone who participated, and we hope that what we shared was useful to you and your organizations. We would also like to remind you that if you have any activities that you would like to share with others, please visit our activities submission page and submit them. And if you have used Camp-in-a-Box tools or activities, please tell us how it went! Below are a few pics from the training.

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Training seminars for Camp-in-a-Box!

The Camp-in-a-Box team has been working with another Peace Corps program called Teacher’s Toolbox to provide two day seminars for Bulgarian teachers and youth workers.  These seminars are designed to give the participants new ideas for use in the classroom or wherever they may work with children. The training also provides a detailed explanation and application of how the Camp-in-a-Box website and its resources can be used in all youth centered environments.  The most recent of these seminars was in conjunction with Media Educational Center (Mediaedu.bg) in Sofia where we held two seminars for Sofia teachers and Media staff.  Below are a few pictures of the participants from these successful trainings.

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Activities in Action: Dream-catchers with Katie Leu

Today we highlight an activity submitted by Katie Leu.  Here is what she had to say:

In the US November is Native American Heritage month.  As a fun learning activity for kids in the village we made dream-catchers.  The Ojibwe (Chippewa) were the first tribe to make dream-catchers before they became popular as a Native American craft.  Now, many tribes in the US make them. They were originally made out of willow branches with left over leather materials, beads and feathers; whatever scraps were laying around.  After completion, the dream-catcher is hung above a bed and is supposed to “catch” all of the bad dreams, leaving you with only good ones. According to Konrad J. Kaweczynski, “Only good dreams would be allowed to filter through… Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day.”

The kids loved going outside to find twigs and other items to make something they had never heard of before. In the end, they all had wonderful crafts to bring home to ward off bad dreams.

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New Additions!!

So, we’ve updated the website a little for a more manageable surfing experience.  Under the new “Manual” tab you have links to the How to Use, Camp Planning, and Activities pages.  We’ve added some documents there so check them out!  Hopefully this will clarify some of the questions you may have about Camp in a Box.  

Also, for this to reach its potential we need activity submissions from you!!  Please check out the template tab to download the excel file.  Contact us with any questions.

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New Input Template

For those interested in submitting activities for Camp in a Box please note that we have a new template for you to work on.  If you have activities currently in progress, feel free to continue using the old template.  For any feature activity submissions, please use the one listed here.

Camp in a Box – input template

 

Feel free to contact us with any questions

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Spam Box Problem

If you did not receive an e-mail from Deb about Camp-in-a-Box and how you can help, please check your SPAM mail.  This has happened a few times and we want to make sure that it doesn’t happen again.  The post below contains the files that you will need to fill out your activity(s).  Thanks and let Deb know if you haven’t received an e-mail from her.

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THE FINAL ACTIVITY TEMPLATE

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The Final Template can be downloaded here for all of those who are interested. The 03 version is for those who have Microsoft Excel 1997 or 2003. The other link is for those with Microsoft Excel 2007. Again, if you have any questions please contact Deborah Bloom, Grant Jamieson, or Matt Sierra.

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