Recommended Books

Games/Activities

The 175 Best Camp Games by Kathleen, Laura and Mary Fraser

 

New Games by New Games Foundation

 

More New Games by New Games Foundation

 

P.E. Games & Activities Kit for Grades 6-12 by Ken Lumsden

 

No Standing Around in My Gym by J.D. Hughes

 

Games from Long Ago and Far Away by Thomas Carr

 

Adapted Games and Activities: From Tag to Team Building by Patti Rouse

 

Great Group Games by Susan Ragdale

 

The Outrageous Outdoor Game Book by Bob Gregson

 

Physical Education Fireworks! By Jane B. Doss

 

Maximum Middle School Physical Education by Mary Hirt and Irene Ramos

 

Unbored Games – Serious Fun For Everyone by Joshua Glenn and Elizabeth Foy Larsen

 

101 Games and Gimmicks for Kid People by Steven Peck

 

Junkyard Sports by Bernie DeKoren

Crafts

Science Arts by MaryAnn Kohl

 

EcoArt by Laurie Carlson

 

Nature Crafts for Kids by Diehn and Krautwarst

 

Kid Style Nature Crafts by Diehn and Krautwarst

 

Disney’s Family Fun Crafts Family Fun Magazine

 

Art Fun!

Nature/Outdoor Education

151 Awesome Nature Activities The Roundtable Library

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The Stick Book by Fiona Danks

 

Coyote’s Guide to Connecting with Nature by Young, Haas and McGown

 

Last Child in the Woods by Richard Louv

 

The Nature Principle by Richard Louv

 

Ecological Literacy: Educating our Children for a Sustainable World by David Orr

 

Place Based Education: Connecting Classrooms and Community by David Sobel

 

Sharing Nature with Children by Joseph Cornell

 

Listening to Nature by Joseph Cornell

 

Smart by Nature by Michael Stone

 

Earth in Mind by David Orr

 

Ecoliterate by Daniel Goleman

 

The Nature Connection by Clare Walker Leslie

 

Fun with Nature by Mel Boring

 

More Fun with Nature by Mel Boring

 

The Education of Little Tree by Forest Carter

 

Crow and Weasel by Barry Lopez

 

My Side of the Mountain by Jean George

 

The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

 

Ellie’s Log: Exploring the Forest Where the Great Tree Fell by Judith L. Li

 

Growing Up Wild by Project Wild

 

Sharing the Joy of Nature by Joseph Cornell

 

The Kids Campfire Book: Official Book of Campfire Fun by Jane Drake

 

Wow! the Wonders of Wetlands: An Educator’s Guide by Alan S. Kesselheim

 

Hands-On Nature by Jenepher Lingelbach

 

Nature Smart by G. Diehn, T. Krautwurst, A. Anderson, J. Rhatihan and H. Smith

 

Kids Camp!: Activities for the Backyard or Wilderness by Laurie Carlson and Judith Dammel

Science
Science Smart: Cool Projects for Exploring the Marvels of the Planet Earth by G. Diehn, T. Krautwurst, A. Anderson, J. Rhatihan and H. Smith

Team Building

Team Challenges: 170+ Group Activities by Kris Bordessa

 

Raccoon Circles by Jim Cain

 

Teamwork and Teamplay by Jim Cain

 

Feeding the Zircon Gorilla by Sam Sikes

 

CIT Programming

Counselor-in-Training: Encouraging Youth Development at Camp by Marianne Bird, Connie Coutellier, John Borba, Trisha Dixon, Marcel Horowitz

 

Learning Leadership by Michael Brandwein

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Leadership/Supervision

Building Everyday Leadership in All Teens by Mariam G. MacGregor M.S.

 

Management Tips by Harvard Business Review

 

Super Staff Supervision by Michael Brandwein

Miscellaneous

Hello Mother, Hello Father: Celebrating Summer Camp by Daniella K. Garran Chronicles the history of the camp industry in addition to discussing the value of camp, etc. There are several hundred sources in the bibliography as well.

Making the Most of Summer: A Handbook of Effective Summer Programming and Thematic Learning by R. Fairchild, B. McLaughlin, J. Brady

Good to Great by Jim Collins For having a vision for your camp as a whole.

Camping Magazine ACA

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Kids Book of Questions by Gregory Stock

S’more Than Camp by Scott Arizala

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Keepers of the Earth: Native American Stories and Environmental Activities for Children by Michael J. Caduto