YMCA Camp Chase
A BRANCH OF THE YMCA OF GREATER HARTFORD

Electives

Imagine an opportunity to design your summer experience. Kids today are so scheduled that they hardly have time to be kids. Our Electives program gives kids just that, time to be kids. Play is self-chosen and self-directed. Play is motivated by means more than ends. Play is guided by mental rules. Play is imaginative. Play is conducted in an alert, active but non-stressed frame of mind.

Peter Gray, a professor at Boston College, spoke about the decrease of play in kids’ lives. He talks in great detail about the role play has in children’s intellectual, social, moral and emotional development. We realized that parents and kids noticed this decrease in these areas too.

To give you a small look at what we are looking to do moving toward, we want you to think back to the days of recess when you were a kid: the open area to find friends, and pick and choose rules and how we interact; the ability to go and play a sport, or to hang out with friends. Open choice is the key and allowing children to set boundaries of their own, while still being supervised but not directed by staff. We are choosing to define play as “Open choice of activities within ridged boundaries.”

Weekly Elective opportunities will be posted below.  Please hand in your elective sheets on Monday or even better let your child choose when they get to camp.

Jump to Week:  1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10

Week 1

Elective

JR A

  • Salamander Safari
  • Pet Rocks
  • Kick Ball
  • Camp Song Sing Along
  • Rock wall

JR B

  • Artifact Excavation
  • Fairy House Construction
  • Razor Scooters
  • Bracelets, Gimp & More

SR A

  • Street Hockey
  • Survival Skills
  • Lawn Games
  • Bouldering

SR B

  • Stream Stomp
  • An Archers Life
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Beads, Gimp & More

Week 2

Elective

JR A

  • Soccer
  • Stream Exploration
  • Songs and Skits
  • Obstacle Races
  • Sand Castle Creation
  • Nature Art
  • Gaga
  • Playground Games
  • Finger Paint
  • Tag Games Galore

JR B

  • Splash Pad
  • Archery (Rascal’s & Up)
  • Tennis
  • Lego Build Off
  • Rock wall
  • Tree House Adventure
  • Bracelet Making
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Parachute Games
  • Games on a Hike

SR A

  • Fire Building
  • Wiffle Ball
  • Team Building Initiatives
  • Bucket Symphony
  • Skit Making
  • A Turtles Life
  • Soccer Tennis

SR B

  • Mountain Boarding
  • Archery
  • Tennis
  • Balsa Wood Air Planes
  • Rock wall & Bouldering
  • Sand Volleyball
  • Table Top Games

Week 3

Elective

*Due to the 4th of July we will only be running Wednesday electives for our junior campers.  For JR elective A the campers will participate in a large half camp activity.

JR B (Wednesday)

  • Salamander Safari
  • Animal Tracking
  • Paper Air Planes
  • Relay Races
  • Capture the Flag
  • Rock wall
  • Archery (Rascal up)

Pioneers this week will be participating in team building and large group games during elective time.  The Rangers and the IT’s will have the opportunity to participate in our first ever fishing program!

Week 4

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Week 10

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**All Electives Listed are Subject to Change**

 

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