Salmon Run | Ecological Game

The salmon run is a game that teaches students the basics of salmon migration, as well as introduces basic ideas of conservation. The set up of the game is a bit confusing the first time, but once you understand how it functions, it becomes very easy to replicate and lead. Set-up: Salmon Run Diagram Put […]

Sheet Drop | Name Game

Sheet drop is a name game icebreaker that is great for learning names. All you need for this game is a sheet and at least 8-10 people (though it works for much larger groups). Split the group in half. Have these two groups separate a little bit and take a seat either on chairs or […]

Capture the Flag Variations

Capture the Flag is one of the games most identified as belonging at camp.  Many campers look forward to playing some variation as the high point of their time at camp. Camps are also one of the few places capture the flag can actually be played on the kind of large scale it was intended […]

Camping Cooking Gear: 8 Essential Kitchen Supplies

Cooking over a fire is a different type of process than cooking in the comfort of your kitchen.  Not only is it more challenging to do, you always want to take as few kitchen supplies with you camping as possible, which means you have limited tools.  This list of absolute essential kitchen supplies will help […]

Gear You Need for Winter Camping

Camping anytime other than the middle of the summer can be a challenge, and one of the main difficulties is the potential temperature drops.  Even a late spring camping trip can be ruined because of cold weather.  To prevent this problem, several products have been developed to keep you warm while enjoying the great outdoors […]

Networking | Just Do It!

The word “networking” has taken on multiple meanings over the years, some of them negative.  In this case, the word is meant to include the process of connecting with similar organizations to yours, or organizations that can help you in your mission.  It is about connecting with them, getting to know them, understanding how they […]

Telling Your Story | sharing your mission

As many of you know, I have changed my career track a bit in the past year.  I have gone from full-time work in Christian camp ministry to full-time work in a creative online endeavor…which is how this site has become so intricately connected to NellieBellie and Savvy Sites.  At times, this huge life transition […]

Five Tips to Increase Camp Signups – Without Spending Any Money

By Peggy Chang of Activity Hero Science classes and art lessons and soccer camps, oh my! Activity providers across the country are essential for providing enriching programs for the over 11 million Americans that attend camps and the 8.4 million children enrolled in afterschool programs. However, many wonder how they can reach more families and […]

Faithfulness is enough for Today

As camp leaders, we are in the constant process of improving our capabilities and growing our skills.  We read magazines like this one and scour online articles hunting for more information that might help us to better organize our campsites and manage staff, volunteers, and donors.  We desire to constantly improve ourselves and better serve […]

Defending our Time

Good, clear, healthy boundaries are absolutely essential for the mental health of everyone working and living in ministry. One of the most important boundaries to set up, and the hardest to keep in place, is the boundary around our time. This isn’t a new conversation; plenty of lectures, articles, books, and even face-to-face conversations have […]