Are you stuck inside during another snow day this Winter? Why not turn it into a productive and fun “camp” day! Turn the technology off and keep your happy campers busy this snow day with some camp nostalgia!
- Make a tasty camp snack – try S’Mores Bark! S’Mores Bark is an amazing inside out s’more that you don’t even need a campfire for! It’s easy to make and pairs well with your campers’ favorite story from the summer.
3 ½ cups milk chocolate chips
½ cup white chocolate chips
1 cup marshmallow fluff
3 sheets of graham crackers
1. Melt 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips and spread the chocolate over a wax-lined pan. Be careful not to make it too thin. Place the first layer in the refrigerator for about a half hour.
2. Melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. Then pour in the marshmallow fluff and microwave for about 30 seconds. Quickly spread the marshmallow layer over the hardened first chocolate layer.
3. Crumble the graham crackers and press them into the marshmallow layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
4. Melt 2 cups of chocolate chips and very gently spread it over the graham cracker layer. Put the bark in the freezer for about two hours. Take it out and break it apart.
5. Keep refrigerated for good and more solid bark or leave it out for slightly more delicious, but slightly squishier bark.
- Campfire Games – with the whole family! Every camp has funny and silly skits and games they like to play. Campfire Games are always a huge hit and you can simplify them to play with a smaller group. Here are two ideas… but I’m sure your camper has his or her own favorites, too!
- Put words on individual small pieces of paper such as “sun” “sky” “love” “family” “hot” “camp” “forever” “friends” “tomorrow” & “fire” and put the papers into a hat or bowl. Split your family into two teams and pick one piece of paper out at a time. Each team sings a song that has the word in it and the teams go back and forth until one team can’t come up with a song that includes the word!
- A great memory and concentration game starts with random categories such as states or boys name. Let’s say the category is grocery items – the first player starts with the letter “A” and could say apple, the next has “B” and could say bacon and so on. If you can’t come up with an item you are eliminated until the next round! You could even make the category camp related such as counselor names or camp activities.
- Get Crafty – literally! Turn on some fun music and get out any arts & crafts supplies you might have around the house. Here are some fun camp crafts your campers might enjoy creating! If they are stuck on project ideas have them try to create a 3D campfire out of sticks, tissue paper and marshmallows.
Of course, there’s nothing better than getting your campers outside and active. They can build a snowman, play snow-football, go sledding or have a good old-fashioned snowball fight!
Happy Camping & enjoy the snow!
Director, Camp Chinqueka
About the Author
Amanda Ward is the Director of Camp Chinqueka, having spent many summers as a camper there in the 1990’s and started as a staff member in the 2005. She has fond memories of the activities she tried, the lessons she learned and the friends she met along the way. Amanda graduated from Kent School in Kent, Connecticut and and holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She has a background in Theater and Education and has taught Fifth Grade and Kindergarten in both Connecticut and Manhattan (NYC) private schools. Amanda’s love for working with children, training counselors and teaching camp traditions continues to grow every year. She develops close relationships with campers and camp families and prides herself on knowing every one of her campers by name!