How to host your own science camp
By mommaowls on March 22, 2013
Looking for something fun to do with your kids this summer? Look no further than your very own backyard!
You can host a science camp for your kids, and we will tell you how. We, the “Momma Owls,” have been hosting camps together for six years, and we would love to help all of you mommas out there to make lasting memories with your children.
Here’s how to host your own science camp:
- Select another family to do the camp with you. We recommend choosing close friends or family and keeping the guest list small since you’ll be spending a lot of time together. Or, you can also do the camp with just your own kids. Our camps have also been done by grandparents!
- Choose one home to be the host home. In our experience, we have found that it is easier for the host to be in charge of purchasing the food, while the other moms can shop and prep for any crafts.
- Select a schedule. We have always done a 3-day schedule where we spend three days and two nights together. It’s a great big sleepover, and then we play all day long! But depending on your situation, there are other options as well, such as doing a 5-day morning camp or one all-day camp.
- Purchase our science camp curriculum at http://campmommawatchi.com/shop/experimental-fun-camp/ . After your purchase is complete, you will receive an e-mail with a link where you can download everything you need to host a camp, including a digital booklet with instructions. Your printed booklet will arrive in the mail within a week. We know you will love the activities in this book – lots of science experiments, some crafts, a field trip, and recipes for all of your meals.
- Download your supply list. (This supply list will be free with your camp purchase). First, see what supplies you already have in your house. Next, start shopping for the remainder of the list. We have found it best to split all of the costs equally between moms. For your budding scientists, try finding each of them their own safety goggles, white lab coat or t-shirt, magnifying glass and journal.
- Read the directions first. Before camp, be sure to read through all of the instructions for each activity. Some activities may require a little prep work or online ordering. Gather all of your supplies and put in one central location. For this particular camp, one activity (an egg drop) requires some recyclable materials, such as empty boxes, cardboard tubes, frosting cans, newspaper, bubble wrap, etc., so start saving for this now.
- Print, print, print! Print all of the downloadable signs and hang around the house in the appropriate locations. Also, hang up the printed schedule in a handy spot for all moms to see. It will keep you on track. Momma Owl Mail, which are special messages for the campers, should also be printed out.
- A word of advice – go with the flow. Sometimes kids can get cranky or you just don’t have time to finish all of the activities, and that is OK. At other times, your kids may fly through the activities and wondering what else is next. Don’t be afraid to schedule in some free play time for the kids while you prepare for the next activity or just need a mental time-out.
But rest assured – after camp is over, the kids will walk away with wonderful memories spent with their mommas and will be asking you, “Can we do this again next year?”
Amber Tincher and Amy Leckrone
Co-founders Camp Mommawatchi
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