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SUMMER CAMP TRAINING Peg Reilly, ELF--Ibarra, Ecuador Amy Lingenfelter, SELF--Quito, Ecuador PEACE CORPS HEADQUARTERS, QUITO, ECUADOR JANUARY 23-24, 2014.

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1 SUMMER CAMP TRAINING Peg Reilly, ELF--Ibarra, Ecuador Amy Lingenfelter, SELF--Quito, Ecuador PEACE CORPS HEADQUARTERS, QUITO, ECUADOR JANUARY 23-24, 2014

2 SUMMER CAMP: BEST PRACTICES January 23 10:00-10:45 Roundtable discussion with previous camp counselors: 1. What worked well 1. Give students designated times to speak Spanish (and English)- dont burn students out!!!! 2. Make English fun and light, but dont stray from the goal 1. Scary stories!! (mostly in English, but minimal Spanish should be allowed) 2. As much competition as possible- keeps kids motivated 3. Plan for rainy day activities- make a list 1. Board Games 2. 3. Charades 4. Movies (Remember the Titans) 2. What didnt work well 3. How to encourage campers to use English 4. How pre-planning helps 5. Most important role of PCV during camp 6. Most/least important items to take 7. How having teams helped keep campers organized 8. Your best single piece of advice (each returning PCV)

3 CAMP THEMES: Jan 23, 10:45-11:30 Choose a camp theme and tie in activities that relate to theme (see Ryan Bruxs Tarapoto, Peru camp schedule: content/uploads/2014/01/English-Camp-Schedule-Tarapoto-Peru-2012- 2013-Model-Example.doc content/uploads/2014/01/English-Camp-Schedule-Tarapoto-Peru-2012- 2013-Model-Example.doc Or choose a theme to last a day or just part of a day. Here are some examples: Backwards Day Everything about this day is backwards! Wear your clothes backward, walk backwards, play games backwards (i.e., run to 3rd base first in Kick Ball), etc. Reverse the periods of the day. Eat dessert before lunch, do morning flagpole or assembly at the end of the day.

4 CAMP THEMES Camp Olympics Have different cabins dress up to represent different countries. Judge a "best country" by the cabin that is the most creative with the limited camp resources. Have an opening ceremony, walking through camp with a torch. Once this is complete, break up the countries to compete in different Olympic "camp style" events such as: canoe relay races, tug-of-war, 100-yard dash, longest Frisbee toss, soccer match, etc. Award gold, silver and bronze medals at the closing ceremonies. Campers Choice Awards Some of the many awards for campers include: Funniest Camper, Best Smile, Loudest Camper, Next Prime Minister, Future Camp Counselor, Loudest Burper, Best Singer, etc. A Comedy Awards Show Counselors dress up to look like celebrities, and if that celebrity happens to be a singer, lip-synchs their latest tune!

5 CAMP THEMES Impersonation Day: Description On this day everyone dresses up as a counselor or famous person. This is a great theme to have toward the end of camp. When the counselors get up to introduce themselves, people will be guessing by their dress, hair style, and body language who they are imitating. This theme receives the most laughs when the counselors do skits as the person they are imitating. (Please note that this should never get petty or mean. Do not imitate someone you dislike.) Superhero Day: Campers dress up as an existing or made-up superhero. Campers dress up their counselors as an invented (usually very amusing) superhero and present their powers and origins as a skit.

6 ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: CAMP ADVICE Jan 23 12:00-1:00 Co-create rules: on the first day, have campers in their groups brainstorm a list of rules; compare all groups rules and make one comprehensive list (posted at home base). Enforcing English: ideas from returning PCVs Evening activities: talent show, karaoke, camp fire songs, ghost stories, charades, jeopardy, bonfire, nightwalk. MORE? Organizing and monitoring student groups: 2 counselors (male/female) per 8 students. Choose a wrist band or bandana for campers in each group to wear; this distinguishes them from other groups and makes them easier to spot. You should always be able to account for all of your campers at all times. Campers should inform you if they need to use the bathroom, etc.

7 Access Camp 2013 2012-2013-Model-Example.doc 1.When possible, try to embed a language objective whether it is a grammatical feature or a set of related vocabulary into each activity. 2.A well-planned thematic camp is more memorable, as the concepts are continually be repeated throughout the 2-3 days. 1 month later, the kids are still talking about the things they learned! Themes: Key! Developing activities that support a theme/thematic planning (be sure to include some kind of journal/reflection piece) Focus on Language: Embedding language objectives into activities Giving Clear Directions (MODEL & DO COMPREHENSION CHECKS!) Developing Partnerships - i.e. Peace Corps, Access/College Horizons coordinators/teachers: ratio of 3-4 students to 1 adult. SAMPLE CAMP SCHEDULE

8 TimeMinActivityOn PointCommentsLanguage ObjectiveMaterials Saturday, June 8, 2012 10:00 – 2:00 TBD Visit to Takiwasi Laboratory/ Natural Reserve Tony/Ryan This will be a supplementary activity done a week before the camp to get students from the 2 different groups to begin interacting with one another. A supporting activity which will kick off camp events and increase enthusiasm for the program. Vocabulary in contextJournals (20); pens (20) 7:00 – 7:3030Meet at BNC TarapotoTony All permission forms MUST be submitted at this time. Students receive nametags and ribbon armband, which will identify their group. Official Access program student enrollment list; Nametags, colored ribbon for armbands 7:30 – 8:0030 Depart BNC Tarapoto to Pasion Ranchero Ryan/Tony Buses must be at BNC by 7:00 in order to pack items. Access students who arrive early will help pack the bus. Bus 8:00 – 8:3030BreakfastPasion Ranchera Staff Breakfast needs to be prepared by the time campers arrive. Breakfast (provided)

9 8:30 – 9:0030 Need a sound system (microphone/speakers) 5 Welcome & Introductions of Volunteers/Staff Camp Purpose Ryan After7 introducing leaders, students move into their assigned groups; colored armband ribbons are worn to designate the students group. Infinitives: to + verb -to learn English in a fun setting. -to learn about your surroundings -to meet new people -to experience different cultures Large poster-sized paper, markers 5 Camp Information and Schedule of Events Tony Poster prepared in advance – will be put in a central area for reference during the camp. Reading a schedule for information (dates/time) Large schedule for reference during camp 10Camp RulesMariza Students will come up with a list of rules in their groups; share Imperative form: Do vs. Dont Rules Sheet, enlarged 10Develop a team cheerGroup LeadersAfter breaking into groups, group leaders help students come up with a short chant or cheer; this cheer can be done sporadically throughout the camp as a way to promote team spirit

10 MATERIALS (Access at: training-resources/) training-resources/ Balloons Water Balloons Party Balloons Bell (for spelling bee) Bucket Colored Pencils Football Frisbee Glitter Glue Guitar Magazines (old, for collages) Pens Rope Thick Rope Thin Rope

11 MATERIALS (CONTINUED) Sacks (Large) Scissors Sponges Stakes String Tape Box Masking Volleyball Chocolate Milk

12 MATERIALS (CONTINUED) Cups (Plastic) Fruit Juice Water (boxed w/tap) Yogurt (individual sachets) Crackers (not eaten) Bags Trash Bags Small Bags with Handles Boxes Bug Spray Candles Computer Easel Firewood

13 CAMP INVENTORY Flash Light First Aid Kit Alcohol Bandages Gauze Gloves Saline Soap Markers Dry Erase Markers Paper Markers

14 CAMP INVENTORY Mats Music Name Tags Napkins Notebooks (small) Paper (8.3 x 11.7) Pencils Pencil Sharpener Poster Board Projector Ribbon (blue, green, red to denote teams) Sheet Paper (Large) Speakers Stapler Staples Stars (gold) Sun Block Tents (4 and 6 person) Whistle/Cookies/Dictionary

15 NECESSARY ITEMS TO PACK (for campers) A notebook and pen Clothes for three days (including pajamas, cool/casual clothes for during the day and warmer clothes for night) A bathing suit/swimming trunks (if there is a pool on-site) One sheet and blanket for sleeping (or sleeping bag) One pillow Athletic shoes and sandals Bathroom ítems (toothbrush and toothpaste, hairbrush, shampoo, soap) One towel Sun block and bug repellant Flashlight Please note that students should not bring anything of great value (for example, MP3 players or laptops). Staff members will collect cell phones at the beginning of the camp so that they will not be a distraction. The phones will be kept in a safe place. Students will have one opportunity each day to make calls to their families. In case of emergency, students will be allowed to contact their families and if you need to get in touch with the camp staff, please provide a contact name and number.


17 YES/NO/I DONT KNOW 1. Arrange students into groups of three. 2. Give each team a set of cards. a) One card says TRUE. b) One card says FALSE. c) The 3 rd card has a big question mark (?), indicating the team doesnt know. 3. Show a statement. 4. Give teams 1-2 minutes to discuss their answer (English only!) 5. Give correct answer and allow for a short discussion.

18 LETS PLAY! Esmeraldas is the main port of Ecuador. False: Guayaquil Loja was moved from its original location because of an earthquake. True Peru lies to the south and east of Ecuador. True The islands of the Galapagos are mainly the tops of volcanoes. True Papallacta is famous for its sheep farms. False: Natural hot springs Quito has the largest population. False: Guayaquil

19 YES/NO/I DONT KNOW (continued) Ecuador is about the same size as the US state of Colorado (excluding the Galapagos). True The Galapagos are about 1,000 miles from the mainland. False: 600 miles Spanish is the 2 nd most spoken language in the US. True Los Angeles is the capital city of California. False: Sacramento

20 TABOO 1. Put students in pairs or small groups. 2. Each group gets a stack of vocabulary cards. 3. One person in the group is the describer for a set amount of time (2-3 minutes). 4. The describer cannot say the word on the card, but must explain it, until the partner or a team member guesses the word. (If a word is too hard, the describer can skip it and move on to the next card.) 5. The pair/group tries to go through as many words as possible in the time limit. 6. The pair/group that completes the most words wins.


22 APPLES TO APPLES 1. Make vocabulary cards (75% nouns, 25% adjectives). 2. Put students into groups of 4. One student is the judge. 3. The other Ss are players and each receives 3 noun cards. 4. The judge chooses an adjective card and shows it to the group. 5. Each player must choose just one (of their 3) noun cards and argue why it matches the adjective. 6. Each contestant gives a short speech to persuade the judge why his/her noun/adjective pair is the best. 7. After hearing all 3 speeches, the judge chooses the winner and his/her reason for choosing the winning pair. 8. The winner becomes the judge in the next round.

23 SAMPLE APPLES TO APPLES ROUND Example: a student has these 3 noun cards: Funerals Bus Drivers Earthquake The adjective is: Awesome A winning answer might be, Bus drivers are awesome because they drive fast so Im never late for class.

24 APPLES TO APPLES You can buy the game, but there are many cultural differences that make it difficult to playeasier to make your own set!


26 DIRECTIONS FOR THE HUMAN KNOT 1. Have Ss make groups of 10. 2. Ss stand in a circle, shoulder-to-shoulder. 3. Ask the Ss to lift their left hand and to reach across to grab the hand of someone across from them (not to their immediate right or left). 4. Now, ask them to lift their right hand and do the same thing. 5. (Make sure no one is holding the hand of someone next to him/her.) 6. The group then has to communicate how to untangle the knot so they are in their original circle, facing inward. 7. If any person lets go of a hand, the team has to start over. (If anyone speaks in Spanish, they must start over!) 8. The first team to untangle themselves wins!

27 I LOVE MY NEIGHBOR WHO… 1. Make a circle with chairs; there should be one less chair than there are students. 2. Everyone sits in their chair (except the first player, who stands in the center of the circle) and says, I love my neighbors who are wearing blue jeans. 3. Everyone wearing blue jeans must jump up to try to find an open seat. 4. They cannot sit in the chair to their immediate right or left. 5. The person who does not find a chair must go to the middle of the circle and continue the game. 6. The more common the item/feature, the more chaotic the game becomes, so this is a good game to use when students are tired.


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