A Day in the Life of a… Activity Head

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A Day in the Life of a… Activity Head

All camp staff go through training together; you’ll learn how to work with kids, get trained on your activity, explore the Neck, and meet lots of new people. Camper arrival day comes quickly, but music is playing and the energy is high.

The Camp schedule has 3 different days; Chewonki Days, Excursion days, and Activity Days. You’ll have Activity days first.

As an Activity Head, you’ll wake up in your cabin and get prepared for the day. You may be coming back from Polar Bear, Farm Chores, or Birdwalk when the bell rings at 7am to get ready for breakfast.

  • Breakfast is always homemade – today we’re all eating farm eggs, or maybe homemade granola while listening to the Natural History Activity Head introduce the ‘Natural History Mystery!’ We have a morning meeting to talk about the day, and then it’s off to your activity area so that you can gather your materials for Period 1.
  • Period 1 is Puffins today! This is your first time with this cabin, so you introduce yourself, play a quick name game, and get started on the activity for the day. If you’re a Cabin Leader, you may have this time to prepare an activity for the Free Choice period, meet with your Cabin Coordinator, or have a chance to relax and recharge.
  • Period 2 is unscheduled today, so you may use this time to prepare an activity for the Free Choice period, meet with your Coordinator, or have a chance to relax and recharge.
  • Lunch is Farm Greens, farm Tomato Soup with grilled cheese and Cheese-Its (don’t knock it ‘till you try it!) are ready when your cabin gets to lunch. You sit back, eat, and listen to the Farm Activity Head talk about a Food Fact – did you know that tomatoes have an antioxidant in their skins called lycopene? The redder the tomato, the more lycopene is in it!
  • Rest Hour happens after lunch in which everyone reads a book, writes a letter, or takes a nap – staff and campers alike.
  • Period 3 is an Owl cabin. This isn’t your first time with this cabin, so you go straight into the activity.
  • Period 4/Free Choice activities were announced and campers signed up for the activities this morning. You offer to lead a tree identification activity. The campers who are interested grab their tree ID books and journals, and you head out as a group to explore one of the points on the Neck.
  • Dinner time is highly anticipated tonight – we heard a rumor that it’s blueberry cobbler for dessert (made with Maine blueberries, of course).
  • Evening Activities fall into 3 categories. Bunk nights are activities that cabin leaders plan for (or with) their campers. Tonight is a Group Night that Cabin Leaders & Cabin Coordinators plan. Tonight is an All Camp night in which ALL campers and camp staff participate. You helped to gather the materials and made the “microphone” for the event tonight; as the emcee you get the festivities started and we all have a blast!!
    The rest of the evening is centered around washing up, checking your email, calling a friend, or heading to bed.

The next day may be another activity day, an Excursion Day, a Chewonki Day, or your day off!

End of Camp events

The end of camp is packed with tons of fun, community building, and emotion.
Chewonki Games day is the second-to-last full day of camp. As an Activity Head, you’ll take part in creating, preparing, and leading different activities throughout the day. After tons of excitement, we’ll end this day with the final campfire of the session and watch campers perform skits about their time at camp.
The Final day at camp is a day that focuses on traditions. Activity Heads will prepare materials for a few of these activities, such as plaque making. The majority of your time on this day will be spent preparing for Banquet, our last dinner at camp. Decorations, table set up, place settings, music playlists are all things that the Activity Head team will prepare ahead of time for the celebration. Everyone dresses up in their best camp clothes, and we’ll end the evening with a picture montage and campers spending time with each other and the staff that made their summer so wonderful.
As the final days of Session 1 come and go, you’ll have some new experiences to talk about. You won a game of Gaga ball, got sucked into the mud on a mud rove, and laughed as some campers “accidentally” paint themselves head-to-toe in blue paint. It’s bittersweet to see the campers go, but it’s exciting to know that Session 2 is about to begin, and you’ll have so many new moments to look forward to.

Beginning of Session 2

We return from intersession to prepare for Session 2. By now, you know what to expect, and may have new ideas for your activity.
Session 2 starts, and it’s similar but different from last session. The energy is there, but it’s different. Campers are there, but they’re different. Fortunately, you have your friends, peers, and Coordinators to lean on through the transition. Before you know it, you’re in the rhythm of camp again and you’re more confident in your interactions with the campers.
As camp progresses, we get closer to the end. You’ve gotten close with this second group of campers, and now it’s time to prepare to say goodbye to them, and to Chewonki for now. We work together as a camp to clean, organize, and store our supplies. Activity heads pack away their materials and debrief with their Coordinators. Although campus starts to look empty, it feels alive with energy and memories that you’ll remember when you come back next year!
After camp, you’ll leave with new things; memories, experience, confidence, professional references, a stronger resume, and an understanding of how you can (and did) make an impact on the camper’s lives.

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