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Dream camp

First suggested by Ollie Smith and Jack Barber
Work together to come up with the best – and worst – ideas for your dream camp.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Access to a computer
  • A ball
  • Art equipment (optional)

Activity summary

This activity contains several ideas that your group could use to decide what they’d like on their next camp. It’s up to you which of the ideas you choose to try. You can set some boundaries to guide people’s ideas – or let everyone’s imagination run wild! The important thing is that everyone has a chance to have their say.

Before you begin

  • It’s really important that everyone contributes – what can you do to the space and the environment to help everyone feel comfortable sharing their ideas?
  • Make sure you’ve risk assessed your meeting, and also have a COVID-19 safe risk assessment that’s been agreed by your line manager. You can check out more detailed guidance here.

Safety checklist

Use the Safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional coronavirus-related controls to think about may include:

  • Make sure that everyone knows the plan for dropping young people off (and picking them up again).
  • Set up a hand washing station that you can use throughout the session.
  • Stay socially distanced when moving around the space and when talking to other people.

Dream big

Part of doing something new together is learning what’s possible – if you dream big, you might end up going big. You could try a version of the activities below where you do a fantasy camp as well as a more realistic one  and see where your imagination could take you.

By the end you’ll need to have decided on the following things (and anything else you want to add):

  • Where you want your camp to be – a favourite place, or somewhere new?
  • What do you want to sleep in? Individual tents, one big tent, hammocks, or something else?
  • What activities do you want to do? Do you want to work towards a specific badge?
  • What do you want to eat?
  • When in the year do you want to go? What kind of weather are you hoping for?
  • How long do you want to go for – a night or two, a weekend, or a whole week?

Quarter ball 

You’ll need a ball, and a way to make lines on the floor.

The aim of this game is to share the worst possible idea – have some fun with some terrible camp suggestions!

  1. Split the space into four sections and split the group into four teams – each team should stand in a different section.
  2. Throw a ball into the middle of the space. Each team should try to keep the ball out of their quarter.
  3. The person running the activity should keep their back turned from the game.
  4. They should blow a whistle at random. When the whistle blows, everyone should freeze.
  5. The team that has the ball in their quarter should answer one of the questions above with their worst idea.
  6. The winning team is the one who has to answer the least!

If you’re meeting online, you can use everyone’s cameras. Everyone should turn their cameras off, the person leading the activity could count down, and then everyone should turn their cameras back on again. Whoever shows up last should give their worst idea.

Yes and...

You’ll need a ball. 

The aim of this activity is to come up with lots of good ideas by building on what other people have said. It’s a good memory test too! Make sure everyone makes a suggestion for every category. You can edit the list at the end if you want to.

  1. Everyone should stand in a circle and one person should hold the ball.
  2. The person with the ball should say what the group will try to decide first, for example, what are we going to eat on the camp? They should start a sentence with an idea (for example, ‘on the camp we’re going to eat pasta’), say someone else’s name, and throw the ball to them.
  3. The second person should catch the ball, repeat the sentence, and add an idea (that goes with the first person’s idea) to the end. Then they should say someone else’s name and throw the ball to them.
  1. Everyone should continue catching the ball, repeating the sentence, adding a food, and passing the ball on until everyone’s added to the list.
  2. Everyone should play again until they’ve come up with ideas for all of the things they need to decide on.

If you’re meeting online, you can say each other’s names instead of throwing the ball.

What’s the big idea?

Now everyone’s heard plenty of ideas, it’s time to work together to make some decisions. Everyone should think about how they’ll others about what they’ve decided. You could split into teams to share your best camp ideas in a creative way, for example:

  • A 90-second advert to encourage people to come
  • A poster with all the fun details the group has decided
  • A mime
  • A song
  • A presentation

Reflection

Everyone has different ideas and dreams for their camp, and it’s important that everyone is heard, even if some people disagree. What did people learn about each other through their ideas? How did they decide on something that everyone can get something out of? Where else could this happen in life?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.