Day Camp & Scout Programs


Reduce, reuse and recycle can be incorporated into any summer day camp, library or youth programs. Our Education Specialist can teach campers how to make crafts from items that would normally be thrown away. Depending upon camper’s age, reuse crafts can include kite making, papermaking and more.

If your program has a theme, the we can organize a complementary craft or program. Participants would collect the core trash materials for the craft and the District provides the rest. Larger groups may be accommodated by dividing campers into age groups for several sessions with the help of your staff. Classroom presentations can be requested too. 
Programs are free of charge for Cuyahoga County residents.

SUMMER CAMP AND YOUTH ACTIVITIES

To schedule our Education Specialist at a summer camp or youth activity, call 216.443.3731 or e-mail.


Litter Folk Art Quilt
Age: Kindergarten and up
Time: 45 minutes
Materials: Scrap paper and/or litter that was collected
Children will work as a group to create a quilt representing what people discard.


Rainsticks
Age: Kindergarten and up
Time: 60 minutes
Materials: Each child will need a cardboard tube from wrapping paper, used mail tubes or large printer paper.
If we are having a dry summer, the children’s rainsticks will call the rain.


Paper Mache Bowls
Age: Second grade and up
Time: 45 minutes
Materials: Lightweight paper bags and newspaper
Children will create look alike ancient pottery or from the art deco period. This activity can involve two sessions for creating the bowl allowing several days for it to dry and then decorating it.


Gargoyles
Age: Third grade and up
Time: 90 minutes
Materials: Carry out coffee trays, egg cartons, cardboard
Children will build a medieval stone like sky creature for your castle. This activity can involve two sessions for creating the gargoyle allowing several days for it to dry and then decorating it.


Treasure Boxes
Age: Third grade and up
Time: 60 minutes
Materials: Any type of small cardboard or plastic box and gift wrapping paper and decorations.
The boxes will be decorated and special items can be stored in them or be given away as a more permanent gift box.


Solar Cooking
Age: Fourth grade and up
Time: 60 minutes
Materials: Pizza boxes
Children will work together to build their own solar oven and cook on it. The children can cook s'mores, mini pizzas, hot dogs or cookies.


Card Printing
Age: Fourth grade and up
Time: 45 minutes
Materials: Construction paper and Styrofoam trays
A design will be drawn on the tray and ink applied to create several greeting/holiday cards.


Kite Making
Age: Fourth grade and up
Time: 90 minutes
Materials: Used dry cleaner bags and a stick or toilet paper roll
Kites can be designed by each child or a template can be used depending upon age group.


Mancala Game
Age: Fourth grade and up
Time: 60 minutes
Materials: Egg carton, 2 small containers and 48-60 playing pieces such as marbles, beads, stones or seeds for each child.
The cartons will be decorated and the children will learn how to play mancala.


Newspaper Baskets
Age: Fifth grade and up
Time: 90 minutes
Materials: Newspaper
Children will make a small basket to hold collectibles.


Poetry Magnets
Age: Kindergarten and up
Time: 35 minutes
Materials: Thin unwanted refrigerator magnets
Children will glue words and letters on magnets and cut them out to make a set of poetry magnets for their home. During the school year, the activity is good for students to learn new vocabulary.


Juggle Sticks
Age: Sixth grade and up
Time: 90 minutes
Materials: Teens will bring old material such as leather, jeans, fur or thick material and find an old broom stick or thick doweling rod.
The juggle sticks are spun in the air by using the two other sticks as controllers for a variety of tricks.


Colorful Coasters
Age: First grade and up
Time: 45 minutes
Materials: 2 lids from tub containers for each child and wallpaper, gift paper, magazines and/or old calendars with pictures.
Children will create a set of coasters to protect wood tables at home.


Picture Frames
Age: Fourth grade and up
Time: 45 minutes
Materials: Cardboard or box board, trinkets, buttons, fabric, broken jewelry or anything decorative that is scrap.
Picture frames can hold 5x7” picture or smaller. Children will trace and cut the frame they want and decorate it.


World Masks
Age: Second grade and up
Time: 35 minutes
Materials: Cardboard and decorative items.
Many cultures around the world use masks during ceremonies. Children build a mask from cardboard shapes and decorate.


Underwater Sea Creatures
Age: Kindergarten and up
Time: 45 minutes
Materials: Paper bags and cardboard tubes.
Children can make fish and other sea creatures out of used paper products.


 

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE PATCH PROGRAM

Scouts are invited to earn a Cuyahoga Recycles patch through our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Patch Program. Through simple activities the Patch Program will teach scouts and other children how to reduce, reuse and recycle. The program involves easy activities and projects that will encourage kids to take an active role as stewards for the earth. 

View our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Patch Program book and worksheets
.  For more information, please read the Patch Program Appendix.

Questions? Call our Education Specialist at 216.443.3731 or e-mail.

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