if it's a large group, you should do a 'break-out' activity so there are teams during the day. Teenagers are very competitive so the activities should have some speed, race, time element to them. You can also do fun stuff, like assign teams to create a large flag for their team and a cheerleader routine - that is good for an hour and would be a good first activity for team bonding. Just a thought for you ...
Personally I think it's shocking that you admit having 'no idea' what to do. If at least you had come with a few bones attempts could have been made to put some meat on them.
I've heard about 'cap in hand' but it appears to me, you don't even have a cap.
But the main advice I would give you, since others have brought you the dotted i's and crossed t's, is in relation to 'delivery'
This type of activity needs total teacher buy in, and I'm not saying you won't, I saying you may not be able to. Just make sure you can pull it off. Dry runs will be essential.
For the Treasure Hunt:
Put the students into teams, tell them where to start and give them the first clue. The first clue would be something like "look under the table in front of the red building" - where they will find the second clue, etc.. If their level of English is higher, they can get more difficult clues. Let them know the general area of the treasure hunt and that they have to stay together and not just run around looking for clues.
This can be organized in a couple of different ways: Lay out two treasure hunt routes of equal length and difficulty and have two teams try to compete as to which can finish first, or have groups of students come one by one to do the treasure hunt.
If you have too many students to do this at once, have this run at the same time as another activity, like team spelling bee, and have the winning teams come to do the treasure hunt as they finish.
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And I thought that it was just a car!
So if one does indeed have the students best interests at heart, shouldn't the best course of action be acknowledging ones limitations and opting out?...Oh I'm so sorry, I don't think I'd do the students or the school a service by tackling this type of activity...I'd love to help out if I can but surely as a novice I'd be more suited to some minor role in order to gain some experience first...
To which the reply would most likely be...don't be silly it's not that important anyway...so just make the kids laugh and have fun...there's nothing to it...
So if it's not really that important(and it isn't) why not just tell them you can't do it because you've made other plans for that time...
It's got to be more constructive all round than agreeing to do it and then coming on a forum begging people to help you out of the mess you've created for yourself...
"You really want to save the planet?...the next time you see a hybrid car with a childseat... smash the window, remove the childseat and replace it with a box of condoms..." Doug Stanhope
Food ordering - pre-teach dialogues used for ordering food (can I have...? would you like...? etc)
Get some cheap aprons, empty macdonald cartons, etc...
Print out a list of food items (I did it only with macdonalds food) for the kids to order, including sizes, sauces and alternative choices if sold out.
Set the group into teams, and then each team into 3 sections. 1 section will be the customers... 1 section will be the order takers... 1 section will be the chefs.
The customers run to place their orders, then the order takers run to get the "food" from the chefs. If the chefs don't have that food then they must run back, appologize and take an alternative order.
1 hour teaching the vocabulary - 1 hour playing the game/role play - 1 hour as a blind folded taste/touch/smell test (is it an apple? Urgh, I don't like apples)??
Hey everyone, thanks for your input and help! Just a quick update... The camp went really well and the students had a lot of fun. The activity that worked the best for me was a Digital Scavenger Hunt. I divided the group into 4 teams and gave the each a scavenger hunt list. I explained that they to take a picture of the things listed and then write the name of it on the paper (make sure at least one student in each group has a camera or phone with a camera on it). Then we went over the clues on the list for vocabulary and new language. The clues ranged from "find something that is wet, but not water" to "find something that the entire team can fit inside other than a room". This worked great. I spent about 20 minutes introducing the game, 25 minutes letting them run around finding things, and closed out with going down the list and sharing the pictures each team took for each clue. Highly recommend this one!