Kids Can Teach Us How to Play…and Make Us Better Humans


What if you said yes to some of the crazy ideas your campers came up with? What if you set aside time daily to let your campers set the agenda? Children learn and grow through free play: unstructured time and space where they make their own decisions and create their own universes with the support of a trusted adult. This kind of play is very important to children’s development, yet it is harder and harder to come by. We will experience free play, look at research that indicates the huge benefits of free play, and explore what it looks like at different ages. You will develop language and strategies to do this exciting, challenging, transformative work at your camp. Come ready to play outside!

  • Keywords: Camp-wide/Large Group Programs Cornerstone 2019 Group Dynamics Inclusion- Disabilities Leadership Development Leadership Skills Managing Challenging Behaviors Mental Health Nature Outdoor Adventure Science Shabbat Social Justice Sports & Games Tikkun Olam Visual Arts Wellness Young Children