Bringing the Theme to Camp
Bringing the theme of camp (see this website’s home page for the theme) is as simple as imagining what would be cool to kids and running with it. You can pull a wagon all week, OR you could pull a space ship. Your Den area could be a place to sit and eat lunch, OR it could be a barn yard. Waiting could be boring, OR it could be an opportunity to show off your themed cheers OR to build something quickly using those sticks over there. It’s up to the Den Leader to decide how fun they want to make the position. Decorate you Den Area, create fun from otherwise normal activities. This is your opportunity to be, “the coolest Den Leader at Tomahawk!”
Imagine the excitement of a 9 year old arriving at the archery range only to discover that they need 5 minutes more prep-time for your session. Having some gathering activities, like what your home-den uses at the beginning of a meeting when you’re waiting on stragglers, is a great way to pass the time. You don’t have to carry a bunch of supplies with you, but having 3-5 on-the-spot games ready can’t hurt (the alphabet game using sticks from the ground; who can create A-Z fastest?) Little ideas like this go a long way to eliminating boredom.
Arrival & Departure
As a Den Leader, you are a THE leader for the week. Camp won’t be successful if you are not there to lead. Please be early for camp and do not plan on leaving when the whistle blows at the end of the day. Parents are entrusting you with their most cherished people, so please treat them like you would want your children treated. Arrive early so there aren’t any Scouts wandering unattended. At the end of the day, all Scouts must be signed out, so please plan to be there until the last Scout heads home for the day. Parents are very respectful of your time so it will only be a short wait.
Beads & Coups
I’m sure you know what a bead is, but do you know what a coups (pronounced “coos”) is? Camp Tomahawk runs on immediate recognition of achievements in the form of beads and coups. Scouts earn beads for all sorts of things… listening, showing Scout spirit, drinking water to stay hydrated, helping without being asked, being kind, etc. Each Den Leader is provided a “bead box” where they can hold onto the beads until such a time where they want the kids adding them to a set of curly laces on their hats. You don’t want the kids holding them in their pockets or their hands because they get lost very easily. Coups are special awards for achievements that require learning about Scouting, showing off that awesome Den cheer to the Cubmasters, going above and beyond being an awesome Scout, etc. Coups are generally something that has been created out of beads, craft items, camp-theme items, etc. They are larger than a single bead and are used to make the campers feel extra special for just being great kids.