“This is a really good book,” said Lauri Flynn, a macramé artist that lives and sells her work in Pensacola FL. “There are a lot of good ideas in here.”
“When I was in charge of Cub Scout Day Camp, I thought the best part of the job was coming up with all the activities, games, crafts and songs needed for the program,” the author, Paula Hrbacek said. “Later, I worked for Campfire and the YMCA doing after school and summer programs. They used a theme for each week of camp, too. Even though they were different programs, they still used games, songs and skits.”
It was difficult for Hrbacek to find enough activities for a week of camp using a tropical theme. Instead, she wrote her own activities such as the deaf sign language hula dance. She rewrote the song “Tiny Bubbles (in the wine)” and turned it into “Mighty Cub Scouts in a line.” It meets the Cub Scout requirement for using sign language, but if the name of the organization is changed, it could also be used to meet Girl Scout requirements for dancing and singing as well.
Writing her own activities was the easiest way to come up with an original and fun program. Hrbacek majored in journalism and art at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She’s the author of three arts and crafts books and one novel. Currently, she writes about children’s arts and crafts for the Panama City edition of The Examiner, a free online newspaper. http://www.examiner.com/
In addition to her publishing credits in Highlights, Pack-o-Fun and other magazines, she has a degree in elementary education from Pensacola Junior College and experience teaching art in a Catholic school. She is also certified and has four years experience doing after school care.
A stay-at-home mother of four, Hrbacek has fifteen years experience leading Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts. She received the District Award of Merit from Boy Scouts for her work on the Cub Scout Summer Day Camp Program. She was also given the Girl Scout Outstanding Volunteer Award for her work with Juniors, Cadettes and Senior Scouts.
Day Camp in Hawaii has everything a summer program needs; games, sports, crafts, art projects, Hawaiian lore and trivia facts, geology, skits, songs, guest speaker suggestions, first aid, CPR, tourism, music and dance. It also includes money saving tips, time savers, and organization and management tips. Every activity has an introduction that is educational, and a closing thought that reinforces a basic value, such as honesty, hard work, and friendship. The activities are grouped into two age levels; grades K to 3 and grades 4 to 6.
Campers who participated in these activities when Hrbacek ran it as a camp program said it was “awesome” and “the best camp ever.” Leaders commented the program was “well organized” and “easy to do”.
Day Camp in Hawaii is available as a Kindle from Amazon, $7.95
or as a paperback book from Create Space, 132 pages, 8 ½ x 11, $9.95 https://www.createspace.com/