Here are 5 ways to use current trends among youth and pop culture to enhance your summer program (and some solutions to problems that might arise from these trends). Click on the images to be taken to the details page.

1. Fidget Spinners

Everyone is talking about these little toys that have taken schools by storm.

One way to deal with them is to have campers make their own as part of an A&C or science activity, or you can address the intention behind the toy and help campers deepen concentration and feel less improve mental health with the original solution – nature!

Check out this resource for some nature activity ideas.

2. Escape Rooms

Escape Rooms are still going strong in the popularity contest that is our collective attention.

Everyone wants to run one. Everyone wants to play. Everyone wants to win.

Check out this helpful guide on running an escape room at your camp.

3. Instagram Stories

Everyone is loving Instagram stories these days!

Make use of this trend to promote your program during pre-season, or even during camp!

And encourage your campers movie making aspirations by getting them to help! A great way to do this is to shoot some of the skits and ‘game intros’ during a theme day. Check out this helpful resource on creating a creativity camp theme.

4. 13 Reasons Why

The Netflix show 13 Reasons Why has been a hot topic for conversation and debate these past few weeks, and chances are the topics it covers will still be top of mind by the time camp starts.

Check out these resources to help you prevent bullying in your camp as well as mitigate any concerns that parents might have about their child within your program.

5. Social Issues

A lot of young people are very aware and concerned about topics that have traditionally been “adult conversations” such as politics, social justice, and environmentalism.

Use these two tools to teach staff which topics are appropriate to discuss with campers, and how to manage problems when them encounter them.


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