Recreation Handbook for Camp, Conference and Community, 2d ed.

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About the Book

Designed to provide youth leaders with fun and wholesome recreation activities for children between the ages of 8 and 18, this handbook includes chapters on games, rainy day activities, dramatics, storytelling, songs, campfire programs, worship and devotions, and inspiration for leaders. Sheet music and lyrics to songs featured in the book are also included. This second edition includes a new chapter on nature games and activities, along with several expanded and updated chapters from the original work. It is intended for use by anyone who works with youth in a recreation setting, from camp counselors and scoutmasters to parents and club advisors.

About the Author(s)

Roger E. Barrows has taught humanities at Valencia College in Orlando, Florida, for over two decades and has worked extensively with young people at Northeast Music Camp and the Chautauqua Institution in upstate New York.

Bibliographic Details

Roger E. Barrows
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 329
Bibliographic Info: musical notation and lyrics, bibliographies, index
Copyright Date: 2010
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4280-5
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5579-9
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

CHAPTER 1. ICEBREAKERS AND TEAMBUILDERS      3

Icebreakers and Mixers      3

Trust Activities      9

Teambuilding Activities: Initiative or Challenge Games      12

Further Resources      15

CHAPTER 2. GAMES AND ACTIVITIES      16

Indoor, Rainy Day, and Campfire Games      16

Active Outdoor Games      33

Balloon Games      40

Bean Bag Games      41

Tag Games      42

Relay Races      45

Cooperative Games      50

Sports      56

Frisbee Games      57

Further Resources      57

CHAPTER 3. NATURE ACTIVITIES AND GAMES      58

Nature Hikes: Hiking Tips and Hiking Trips      59

Activities and Games      63

Further Resources      74

CHAPTER 4. THEME DAYS      76

All-Day Olympics      76

Pirate Day      77

Paul Bunyan Day      77

American Indian Day      78

Hawaiian Day      79

America Day      79

Indiana Jones Day      80

Field Day      80

Holiday Day      81

Backwards Day      81

Disney Day      82

International Day      82

Earth Day      84

Gold Rush      85

Further Resources      86

CHAPTER 5. RAINY DAY ACTIVITIES      87

CHAPTER 6. DRAMATICS, SKITS AND STUNTS      93

Impromptus      94

Miming      95

Miming a Story or Poem      95

Talent/Variety Show      98

The Rent      98

Shadow Show      99

Miss or Mr. Ugly Pageant      99

Radio Play      100

The Widow’s Grief      101

Is It Time Yet?      101

Tommy Hilfiger      101

The Lost Ring      102

Dead Body      102

Soup Bowl      103

Lunchtime      103

The Cardboard Box      103

St. Peter      104

Doctor’s Office      104

The Briefcase      105

Bus Stop      105

Firing Squad      106

Spitfire      106

News Reporter      106

Emergency Ward      107

Pickpockets      107

The Pie-in-the-Face Routine      108

Nature Hike      108

Brush Your Teeth      109

The Viper Is Coming!      109

Gum to Candy      110

Brains for Sale      110

Echo      110

Heated Controversy      111

Shake the Dime      111

The Black Eye      111

Order of the Blanket      112

Watermelon-Eating Contest      112

Fortune Teller      112

Penny in the Funnel      113

Marshmallow Race      113

Water Cup Race      113

Dress-Up Race      114

Water Balloon Toss      114

Blow Your Nose      114

Cheekie-Cheekie      114

Pudding Feed      115

The Hand Is Faster Than the Eye      115

Bucket Line      115

Psychic      116

The Lawnmower      116

Candy Store      117

Indian Burial      117

Springtime      117

Enlightenment      118

There’s a Bear      118

The Ugliest Creature in the World      119

The Obstacle Course      119

Spoofs      119

CHAPTER 7. STORYTELLING      123

Reading Stories      123

Telling Stories      124

Stories I’ve Been Told      127

Classic Stories and Story-Poems for Reading Aloud      144

More Suggested Readings for Campfires, Rainy Days,

Bedtime, and Other Occasions      192

Books on Storytelling      194

CHAPTER 8. SONGS      195

Music and Lyrics      196

Hiking Songs      251

Echo Songs      254

Motion Songs      256

“To the Tune of …”      259

Further Songs for Group Singing      269

CHAPTER 9. CAMPFIRES      271

Campfire Themes      273

Easy Campfire Recipes      277

CHAPTER 10. WORSHIP AND DEVOTION      282

Devotions on Being Thankful      283

Devotions for the Outdoors      290

Devotions on Friendship and Love      293

CHAPTER 11. INSPIRATION FOR LEADERS      298

What Makes a Good Leader?      298

Secrets of Leadership      299

“If ” (by Rudyard Kipling)      300

Quotations for Leaders      301

Index      315