The Friday before camp, we cleaned out all of the desks and moved them outside the classroom. We replaced them with “arts & crafts tables”. This was great motivation to get the room clean. No more last minute frantic clean up!
On Day 1 we only completed cabin organization, names, and art pieces. My favorites are the Fluffy Lightning Soccer Cats and the Dancing Ninja Potatoes.
We organized everything (schedule, cabin groups, instructions for projects and jobs) with a simple PowerPoint. Since those last days of school are so weird with assemblies, activities, etc. it was nice to have an agenda up there all day (but easily changeable) for the kids (and for me!).
They also enjoyed building our campfire which, as you can see, turned into a plastic tub of construction paper scrappies, but I gave up the “we must make a pretty campfire” battle. They loved it, even though it looks kindof like a big box of colored trash. 🙂
Even with all the activities and food I think my kids’ favorite Camp Coyote activity was hanging out in their “cabins” (a.k.a. their sleeping bags/blankets on the floor), and of course, eating the yummy Simple Smores and other assorted camping treats.
This was a great way to end the school year. All of my students loved the novelty of it and it will be a third grade tradition for years to come. Hooray for Camp Coyote (and, of course, for summer)!