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Topic: Help with craft camp ideas (there are teen boys coming)!!!  (Read 2234 times)
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« Reply #20 on: July 06, 2007 04:59:03 PM »

I did batik earlier this summer with 5 kids- ranging from my younger daughter who is 3 to the oldest 2 boys at 8 & 10. we used a mini crock pot to melt the wax. A Crock Pot brand "Little Dipper" to be exact- it worked great. Took a while to melt but kept it melted low enough to not be a serious burn hazard. A manicurist wax melter would do the same.

The dying part was a blast but it takes more than an hour. If you only have one hour a day for Arts & Crafts use 2 days for tye dying, first day tie & dye- leave to set overnight- then next day do the rinsing & hanging up to dry. If your class is early enough they can take them home at the end of the day.

Old school traditional Native American crafts (drums, necklaces, headwear, beading) have plenty of appeal with older boys when presented right. I have seen boys learn all the dances because they were proud to learn & perform things only 'men' were traditionally allowed to do. They sorta forgot they were dancing, and wearing a lot less clothes than normal too ; )
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« Reply #21 on: July 06, 2007 09:00:34 PM »

Don't forget the Sunday paper always has Michael's coupons! (I think this is nation wide  Huh )

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« Reply #22 on: July 06, 2007 09:05:43 PM »

Thanks everyone!  I think I have the line up any critiquing would be appreciated:  Hacky Sack (socks), Duct Tape wallets, Marble magnets (bigger), Shrinky Dink buttons, terra cotta pencil holders.  Lame? 

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« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2007 11:54:01 AM »

You have papier mache bowls, how about magazine bowls? There's a tutorial in the Home board somewhere. Great for using up all those magazines too.

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« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2007 11:58:15 AM »

I have two words for you: Hemp Macrame.  I had the same problem a few years ago. 45 teenage boys and 2 days to plan a weeks worth of activities.  The hemp went over extremely well.  They wanted to do extra  later on in the camp.  I did the same thing with younger boys a few weeks earlier and they were able to do it no problem.  If you don't know how PM me and i'll send you soem info.
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« Reply #25 on: July 08, 2007 04:29:00 PM »

I was a camp counselor for 5 summers... don't let those boys rock your boat. Yes, there may be resistance but it isn't anything you can't get through.
You have some awesome stuff lined up, you have put a lot of thought and effort into planning all the projects. Just remember to have fun with your job and the campers will to. Smiley

And don't be too afraid of those teen boys... talk to them and show a little interest in what they are doing, I think a lot of times they act that way because they worry that they won't be good at crafts or whatever. But I think you have done a really great job choosing things that they could easily do things that suit their own tastes.
If you make examples of your projects maybe make some in colors or themes they may be interested in.

Don't worry too much they are really not too terrible, sometimes the ones I thought were going to be a pain in my butt were really awesome kids Grin
Good luck I am sure you will do great Wink

p.s. if you have leftover time... do the origami, they will love it. extra bonus points for you if you let the older boys (girls too) choose the ones they want to do and look out of your book or photocopies
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