School camps are an ideal opportunity to teach both sportsmanship and compromise. It’s clear that not everyone is going to get along all of the time, but if these two mainstays can be taught, they can go far in helping kids to learn to get along and work together as a team.

The first lesson is about packing. It starts way before ever leaving home. Find out how many days the camp is going to be and then pack accordingly. Kids will need sturdy shoes, clothing for all sorts of weather, and at least 2 to 5 days of clean clothes depending on the length of the camp.

There’s no need to pack for an Apocolypse; kids tend to pack things that may not be required, so always get a packing list from the school and pack accordingly. No one wants to haul a substantial, heavy pack uphill to a campsite.

Upon arrival at camp, many things may happen. Often, kids are separated into groups and may be assigned a color. This color will become a team, and the kids will work together to be the winning team. It is ideal for teaching sportsmanship, compromise, and how to work together as a team.

Focus on fun activities such as crafts, sports, competitions, music or drama programs (skits are a lot of fun), easy camp cooking, and other activities that will get kids involved working together as a team. Different teams can be responsible for various activities such as “blue team does all the cooking,” “red team does all the clean up,” etc.

The main goal is for kids to have fun, get out of the usual routine, and get to know one another and work together for the common good of the group. School camps are an ideal learning tool that can be a lot of fun for kids and adults alike.