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Wednesday Evening (Carnival)

As of 2016 Wednesday Evening has been Carnival Night. It's a night where kids are free to do a bunch of carnival style activities at their own pace.

Contents


Planning

Running this activity, leaders act much more as coordinators, making sure that people know what they're doing and that everything is organised.

At the time of writing this activity has only been run once.

The time slot available is from TIME.


Camper Safety

Headcounts

There are three headcounts. In study groups at the start of the activity. Once in the middle of the activity and once at the end before being let in to supper.

The middle headcount should be timed for half way through the activity. We did a fire twirling display as a natural incentive to come back to the hall. Count them fast and get them back out to play!

The rationale behind these headcounts is that the kids are free to wander at their own pace, so if some get lost we should be checking on them approximately every 40 minutes.


Monitoring

During the activity some leaders will need to be assigned to simply watching areas making sure kids are ok. This is a boring job so make sure it is impressed upon them how important it is that they don't wander off.

We had four points that we kept watched.
  • From the hall out across the oval.
  • At the back of the Amphitheater.
  • At the white staircase next to yellow and dark blue huts.
  • At the benches next to the back courts.


Caution Tape

Though we didn't use it in the first year, we had intended to tape off areas of the campsite so that kids don't go wandering into huts. This may be something that needs to happen each year.


Activities

There are many activities that we ran the first year, and the catalogue will only expand as the years go on.

Movies

We ran some movies in the hall. The idea was that kids would watch the movies that seemed interesting to them, but it didn't work this way in practice. It was good for kids who were worn out or injured and needed a rest so some equivalent might be a good idea.

The movie list we had was Wallace and Gromit for the first half, and an old Buster Keaton short for the second half. There were then pixar shorts to fill in the time between.


Rave/Disco

This ran in the big green shed. We blocked out all the windows to make it dark and put a whole bunch of glowsticks in there. There was a row of tables making the space smaller to keep all the kids dancing together. The playlist will need to be pre-arranged of course. It's important to get a few leaders who are really into it down there.
Change glow sticks to lanyards or LED/Pulse accessories.


Juggling

Set up circus equipment for the kids to play with and have a couple of leaders to teach them. This ran ok our first year, but we only had tennis balls. It needs more equipment to use.


Fairground Games

We had three activities running the first year.
  • JS Joust - A video game run by Nick Kitchingman
  • Frisbee Naughts and Crosses - Make a naughts and crosses board from tent pegs holding down caution tape and have 10 Frisbees marked as naughts and crosses. Kids challenge each other.
  • Shooting Gallery - Have cutours of leaders faces glued to toilet rolls and shoot them with nerf guns.

This list can be expanded with new games each year. The nerf guns, caution tape and frisbees should be in the somers shed.



Slushie Activity

This is a great opportunity to have the slushies run an activity and begin integrating into the leadership team. Ask the slushie leaders to get them to run a fairground game. We gave them the whole back basketball court which worked really well.



Facepainting

TBD: Monday.
Generic Chem safety sheets, allergy info and application info can be frond from manufacturers.
Legally suppliers should have this information on their wholesale pages.
Check your kits before camp, also see Camp Troll Re:allergies (especially latex, cosmetics and nut allergies).



Firetwirling

A Fire twirling display adds a nice little bit of spectacle to the whole night, and is a nice way of getting the kids back to the hall. It can be done on the oval; the kids are not allowed onto the oval while it’s happening. Have Camp Dad (Alex) keeping an eye as he is a fireman of some repute.



Round the World Game

Each child who wants to play is given a passport and a place they need to find. They get a stamp in their passport when they find it and get sent to a new location. We had them finishing in Brazil for the Rio Olympics (2016). This was a massive hit.



Craft

Craft had the kids make masks to wear at the festival. This worked well, ask craft if they'd like to integrate anything when planning, who knows what they'll come up with!



Other stuff

  • Have leaders dress up a bit to make it feel carnival like.
  • Make sure there's plenty of noise, have the speakers going etc.



Risk Assessment

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Wet Weather (If Applicable)

Activities that can be moved indoors are. Aside from that wear a coat, you don't need to be outside long.


History

Previous to Carnival night we did a three way split: Movies, Indoor Games, and a Night Walk. This was great for a few years, since it replaced the beach walk, but now we have the coolart walk it was proving to be outdated.

Before that we had an activity night in the hall, where study groups would have to make things out of cardboard and newspaper, there would be a song component, and often an egg drop.

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