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Sheltering-in-Place Activities

Posted on May 16, 2020

Here are some fun activities to try with your family members in your household, during this season of “sheltering in place”. This post is updated each week. If you have any suggestions for things to do at home, please email office@campdewolfe.org and we will share them too:

Yoga: Check out the Cosmic Kids Yoga channel on YouTube.  There are a whole bunch of kid friendly yoga sessions to try, as well as, guided meditation and mindfulness videos.  Yoga works to build strength and balance and Cosmic Kids Yoga incorporates some really fun themes. https://www.youtube.com/user/CosmicKidsYoga

Caterpillar Race: Contestants are wrapped tightly from shoulders to ankles in a bed sheet, with their arms tucked inside the sheet. Players race to the finish line by moving like a caterpillar. From: https://oureverydaylife.com/game-ideas-for-a-small-teen-church-group-12083279.html

Shut the Box: A game that can be played with just a pair of dice, pencil, and paper. See how to play here  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shut_the_Box

Quick Draw: Have two challengers face each other with their hands behind their back. On “Go!” they are to whip both hands out in front of them with a random amount of fingers sticking out. The first one to yell out the total number of fingers their opponent is sticking out, is the winner. Variations: The first person to call out the sum of both players fingers; The first person to call out “odd” or “even” for sum of both players fingers. From https://www.anglicanyouth.org.nz/resources/games/up-front-games/quick-draw

Clap: This game is a variation of the old faithful “Hot/Cold” game. One person is chosen to be “it” and asked to leave the room so they can’t hear or see what is going on in the room. Take about 1 minute and pick an action as a group for “it” to do when he/she returns. (A Jumping Jack, Pick Their Own Nose, etc). When “it” is given the signal to come back in the room he/she has to guess what he/she is supposed to do by walking around, touching things in the room or performing random actions. The group will clap louder and faster the closer “it” gets to completing the task. Remember there is no talking or other clues, but there will be a considerable amount of laughter, and you will be shocked at the detailed and complicated things you can get a person to do simply by clapping. From: https://thesource4ym.com/clap/

Caterpillar Race: Contestants are wrapped tightly from shoulders to ankles in a bed sheet, with their arms tucked inside the sheet. Players race to the finish line by moving like a caterpillar. From: https://oureverydaylife.com/game-ideas-for-a-small-teen-church-group-12083279.html

Straw Race: Items needed: One straw per person. To play each person puts one end of an ordinary drinking straw in their mouth. Their challenge is to try to get their mouth from one end of the straw to the other without using their hands… only mouth and tongues allowed. From: https://www.anglicanyouth.org.nz/resources/games/up-front-games/straw-race

Origami Boat Race: Items Needed: Blank paper, Straws (one per person), large tub of water, markers. Each person makes an origami boat – instructions can be found here: http://www.dltk-bible.com/crafts/mboat.htm After everyone has made their boat, they can name and decorate them. Players race their boats two at a time by using their straws to blow their boats from one side of the tub to the other. From https://www.greatgroupgames.com/origami-boat-race.htm

Rice Model Competition: Cook rice for about 40 minutes, until it’s really gluggy and sticky.  Then let it cool. Give each person a portion fo the rice to mold something.  You can have a free design (whatever they want) or give them a specific item (Eiffel tower or replica of a statue, etc.). Can be a solo challenge or team up family members. (challenge friends or extended family to do at their house and compare photos or over zoom. Adapted from https://youthgroupgames.com.au/games/rice-model-competition/

Household Hockey: This game is played just like floor hockey except using everyday household objects for equipment.  Divide into two teams.  Create two goals by using, large pots or just tape lines on the floor and have each team pick a goalie.  The goalie is equipped with a large spatula (their stick) and an oven mitt (their glove).  Each player is equipped with a wooden spoon.  The puck can be whatever you can find around the house/kitchen (balled up aluminum foil works great). From  https://thesource4ym.com/kitchen-hockey/

Picture This: Give everyone a paper plate and a marker or pen.  Have each person put their plate on their head.  Give them 60 seconds to write their name and draw one thing they are interested in or their favorite Bible story on the plate.  After 60 seconds, each player shares their picture, and everyone else tries to guess what the drawing is. From https://www.signupgenius.com/church/youth-group-games.cfm

Obstacle Course: Here is a game from Camp DeWolfe Friend Irene Ross (Thanks!): “Make your own obstacle course. Very often parents can find things in their own garage, such as tires or low benches to jump through and over. Things can be added like jump ropes or empty detergent bottles to use as weights, or you can add a relay race. If you want, you can make it a competition – whoever reaches the finish line first.” 

Waiting

Posted on May 15, 2020

During this time in quarantine, I do a lot of waiting.  Most of the waiting involving hoping the quarantine is over, so that way I can go back to my “normal” life.  Most of us have been stuck inside with the social distancing rules for two months now and are going stir crazy!  What if instead of focusing on the “what if” or “I can’t wait to…”, we use this as an opportunity to grow our relationship with God?

We are not the first person to ever be stuck in a place, with their family (or by themselves), waiting for something to end.  

Moses after fleeing from Egypt, spent about 40 years in the desert with his family, until one day he came across a burning bush giving instructions to lead the Israelites to the promised land (Exodus 2:15 – 4:20).  Once he got back out into society, choices were made and he and the Israelites then spent 40 years wandering the desert and Moses was not even allowed into the promised land.  Moses waited a literal lifespan for God to work and God did marvelous things!

Elijah waited for three and a half years for rain.  He spent the first part by himself next to a river where God provided food.  Once that dried up, he stayed with a widow and her son.  There, God did two miracles, first giving them food and later bringing the boy back from the dead  (1 Kings 17 – 18).

Hannah waited many years for a child but was not given a child.  During that time, she was mocked and even called a drunk, though she was dedicated to God.  After years went by, God gave her a son, that son went on to anoint Saul and David as kings of Israel  (1 Samuel 1: 1 – 20).

In each case, God provided for each person in their time of waiting and into the future!  Instead being frustrated in our waiting, lets focus on our relationship with God and know that he will provide what we need.

By Andrew, Program Coordinator

 

Sheltering-In-Place Online Resources

Posted on May 13, 2020

Check out these fun family-friendly activities while sheltering-in-place this season:

Free Digital Cooking Classes For Kids

Every Week Day, 1:00 PM

Delish’s editorial director Joanna Saltz and her kids will be going live on Instagram every week day at 1:00 PM to share cook-along videos for you and your little ones.

Virtual Programs Presented by The South Fork Natural History Museum

Exciting virtual programs. Register for the Zoom classes by sending an email to info@sofo.org  

Heckscher At Home Kids, Ages 5 – 10 Years

Every Tuesday, 3:00 PM

Heckscher at Home weekly kid-friendly activities highlight an art project related to a work of art in the Museum’s collection. Tune in live to the Museum’s Facebook page every Tuesday afternoon at 3:00 PM as the Museum Educators create exciting art activities designed for ages 5 through 10! Click below to tune in:

Storytime with The Met, Ages 18 Months – 6 Years

Thursdays, 12:00 PM

Enjoy Storytime from home! Join in every Thursday to look, listen, sing, and have fun with picture books. Recommended for families with children ages 18 months to 6 years.

New York Transit Museum Tots from Home on Tuesdays and Thursdays

This is a family program that posts new songs and stories each Tuesday & Thursday, 10:15 AM – These posts are available anytime at nytransitmuseum.org/TransitTots for Free!

  • Kids can kick-start their morning with Transit Tots on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10:15 AM! Join Museum educators for songs and stories for our youngest transit fans. Recommended for ages 2-5

Lullabies From Brady’s House

Live Stream 30 minutes of sweet, soft songs to help your little ones (and yourselves!) drift right off into dreamland.

Children’s Museum of the East End: Baby & Me at Home

Tuesdays, 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

During the weekly Zoom meeting, parents and caregivers of newborns will meet for a virtual “play date,” hear the latest news about early childhood parenting, discuss developmental milestones, and sing to their babies and offer support to one another (while remaining safe and sound at home).

Quogue Wildlife Refuge

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 1:00 PM

During this time of social distancing, the Quogue Wildlife Refuge will bring the programs to you. Over the next few weeks, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at one o’clock they will be live on facebook with their animals and staff to bring you a short segment of fun and education. See previous episodes on FB or on YouTube at the link below!

 

Music & Art at Home

Join the Staller Center’s Instrument Petting Zoo from the comfort of your own home. Learn about new instruments and download worksheets to work on Music Basics on your own.

-Recommendations from the North Shore Public Library as of May 2020

Meet the Summer Staff 2019 – Part 21

Posted on Jun 11, 2019

1. Name?
Bernat

2. From?
Barcelona, Spain

3. School attending?
Euncet Business School

4. Position on staff?
Camp Counselor 

5. Most excited about for this summer?
Meet new people from all parts of the world. 

6. Favorite Camp DeWolfe Core Value and Why?
Live in community because you can learn a lot. 

7. Favorite camp activity and why?
Water activities because I love being in the water.

8. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Playing camp games.

Meet the Summer Staff 2019 – Part 20

Posted on Jun 10, 2019

1. Name?
Peter

2. From?
Hungary

3. School attending?
BGSZC

4. Position on staff?
Camp Counselor 

5. Most excited about for this summer?
Learning English!

6. Favorite camp activity and why?
Mountain Biking

7. Favorite verse?
1 Corinthians 8:2 – “And if anyone think that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.”

8. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Biking around a lake and tasting from the best local restaurants offered there!

 

Meet the Summer Staff 2019 – Part 19

Posted on May 23, 2019

1. Name?
Kemor

2. From?
Jamaica

3. School attending?
Knox Community College

4. Position on staff?
Camp Counselor 

5. Most excited about for this summer?
Having fun while interacting with the campers!

6. Favorite Camp DeWolfe Core Value and Why?
Morals and values – it is important to develop a good understanding of your values, your values determine and motivate your behavior.

7. Favorite camp activity and why?
Painting/Arts and Crafts – Art gives one the ability to express their creativeness and also be spontaneous.

8. Favorite parable?
The Good Samaritan

9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Reading over school notes or watching TV and interacting with my family.

Meet the Summer Staff 2019 – Part 18

Posted on May 23, 2019

1. Name?
Ellen

2. From?
Oxford, UK

3. School attending?
University of Bristol

4. Position on staff?
Camp Counselor 

5. Most excited about for this summer?
Meeting new people, learning together, having fun!

6. Favorite Camp DeWolfe Core Value and Why?
Purposeful community – it is important for me to work together for the benefit of each other.

7. Favorite camp activity and why?
I’ve never been to summer camp before, so I don’t know, but I’m excited to try everything!

8. Favorite parable?
The Parable of the two debtors.

9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Relaxing outside with family and friends.

Meet the Summer Staff 2019 – Part 16

Posted on May 15, 2019

1. Name?
Yasmin

2. From?
Mastic Beach, NY

3. School attending?
Stony Brook University

4. Position on staff?
Emergency Medical Technician

5. Most excited about for this summer?
Checking books off of my summer reading list.

6. Favorite Camp DeWolfe Core Value and Why?
My favorite core value is the empowerment of leadership, because these young people and the leaders of tomorrow.

7. Favorite camp activity and why?
My favorite activity is kayaking because I used to be a lifeguard and a swimmer, so I love the water.

8. Favorite parable?
The story of Cain and Abel.

9. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Eating Sunday dinner with my family.

Meet the Summer Staff 2019 – Part 15

Posted on May 7, 2019

1. Name?
Ozair

2. From?
Scotland

3. Position on staff?
Counselor

4. Most excited about for this summer?
I am most excited to attend a camp in a completely different country and experience new things.

5. Favorite Camp DeWolfe Core Value and Why?
Natural Setting, because that’s where all the cool things hang out.

6. Favorite parable?
The parable of the Good Samaritan has always stood out to me.

7. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Playing games, watching videos and relaxing.

Meet the Summer Staff 2019 – Part 14

Posted on Apr 28, 2019

1. Name?
Elliott

2. From?
Maine

3. Position on staff?
Kitchen Staff

4. Most excited about for this summer?
Working hard.

5. Favorite Camp DeWolfe Core Value and Why?
Natural Setting – campers who come from families that don’t go to church might be withdrawn from the idea of learning about Christ; although going to summer camp something that seems more familiar to them because of the natural camp setting that Jearning about Jesus feels comfortable.

6. Favorite camp activity?
If I were a camper, I would have to go with kayaking because it’s both calming and a good source of exercise.

7. Favorite parable?
The parting of the Red Sea because it shows how powerful God is. The art of parting is unfathomable, much like our understanding of the joy we’ll feel in heaven.

8. Best way to spend a Sunday afternoon?
Spending time with friends and family.