Whether they attend an overnight camp for several weeks or attend a few days of local camp activities, kids look forward to the exciting atmosphere that can only be found during summer programs. Away from the routine of traditional school days and full of friends and new activities, summer camp is a special place where kids can engage in their favorite games each day. Summer programs offer opportunities for learning and laughter, as well as plenty of chances to meet new people and to work as a team.
In these 51 new journal prompts, kids can consider their favorite parts about camp and the challenges they’ve faced along the way. From reflective prompts on trying new things and meeting friends to fun prompts that focus on favorite memories, there are plenty of questions for kids of all ages to enjoy.
As kids journal about their experiences at camp, they’ll come to a deeper understanding of some of the most valuable lessons they’ve learned. They might be surprised to see just how much they’ve accomplished throughout the summer!
Get kids writing and reflecting with these fun new journal prompts on summer camps and programs. In no time at all, journaling will become a special part of the daily camp routine!
Summer Camp Writing Prompts & Ideas
1. What is the most challenging thing about trying something new?
2. What is the most exciting thing about trying something new?
3. Who have you connected with the most at camp?
4. How do your counselors help you learn new things?
5. What will you miss the most when camp is over?
6. What is the best way to prepare for summer camp?
7. What is your favorite camp activity?
8. What did you think on your first day at camp?
9. How do you feel at the end of each day of camp?
10. Do you prefer to do camp activities with old friends or to make new friends?
11. Write about three things that you didn’t know or didn’t think you could do before attending camp.
12. What types of memories from summer camp will you take back to school with you in the fall?
13. Has camp helped you learn how to work with other people?
14. Write about your favorite camp experience.
15. How is attending camp different from attending school?
16. What types of unique qualities can you share with your fellow campers?
17. What do you think the most important part of the day at camp is?
18. How can you help younger campers adjust to their new surroundings?
19. Make a list of three adjectives that describe you. Would other campers describe you this way?
20. Have you ever made a mistake and learned from it later? What happened?
21. Did you choose to attend summer camp, or did your parents choose a camp for you?
22. If you could run a summer camp for kids your age, what type of activities would you have?
23. If you could run a summer camp for adults, what type of activities would you have?
24. What is your greatest talent at camp?
25. Why is it important to reflect on your camp experiences through writing?
26. Do you ever learn things during the summer?
27. How have you changed since the beginning of the summer?
28. What do you like about meeting new people?
29. What is the best thing about summer?
30. Are there any camp rules that you’ve had trouble adjusting to? Why were they easy/hard for you?
31. Write a poem about your favorite part of camp.
32. Do you prefer to attend overnight camps or day camps?
33. How do you feel when you are recognized at camp for an achievement?
34. What would you tell a friend who wasn’t sure whether or not he or she should go to camp?
35. Write about a time when you and other campers worked together to solve a problem.
36. What is your favorite thing about summer camp?
37. What are the most important things we value at camp? Why are these qualities important?
38. Is there anything you dislike about summer camp?
39. How does it feel to participate in camp activities with new people?
40. Have you ever gotten into trouble at camp? How did you feel?
41. What part of camp are you the most excited for?
42. Write a letter to your best friend telling him or her about your experience at summer camp.
43. What is the most exciting thing you’ve ever done during the summer?
44. Do you have any responsibilities at camp? How do they make you feel?
45. What was the most surprising thing about summer camp?
46. What is the most important thing you’ve learned at camp?
47. Does journaling help you remember or understand things you learn at camp? Why or why not?
48. Write a story about a kid who attends camp for the first time and runs into a few surprises.
49. Write about a piece of summer camp that you would like to bring back to school with you.
50. Do you think you’ll return to the same camp next year? Will you try a different camp?
51. Write about a time when you came up with a creative solution during an activity at camp.
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Journaling is a Wonderful Summer Camp Activity
When you look at the many benefits that journaling offers, it’s not hard to see why it’s such a great summer activity for kids. Journaling improves self-esteem and boosts confidence, encourages creative thinking, and helps kids become more comfortable in expressing their ideas.
While many teachers have kids journal in their regular classrooms, journaling is also a great activity for summer camp kids. Journaling can be integrated easily into regular camp activities in order to boost the benefits kids receive from their camp experiences.
Summer Camp Journal Writing Tips
Create a Regular Routine
As you prepare to include journaling with other summer camp activities, it’s important to create a space in the routine. Regular journaling has many benefits for kids, as it gives them an expected, safe place to record their thoughts and to consider their experiences.
Designate a daily or weekly time for kids to journal, such as each morning before the day begins or at lunchtime before starting the afternoon’s activities.
Whether you encourage kids to reflect on their experiences from camp or if they write about other topics, they will benefit from the opportunity to explore their thoughts, emotions, and ideas on the journal page.
Once you’ve decided to include journaling in the camp activity schedule, be sure to present this activity enthusiastically to your camp kids. This will have a positive influence on their overall experience with their journal writing time. While kids can gain some understanding from a single journaling experience, they’ll develop more insight from regular exposure to writing and reflection, especially if they enjoy it!
Share Thoughts with a Friend
In many cases, journaling is a private activity, as it allows the journal keeper to explore their ideas without fear of judgment or embarrassment. However, kids can also benefit substantially from discussing their journal entries with friends and partners in camp activities.
Before asking kids to share their journals, give them the choice as to whether or not they want to discuss their entries—or tell them that they will be sharing before they begin writing. Each child’s ideas should be treated with respect, and no camper should feel pressured to discuss anything that he or she would prefer to keep private.
Try pairing kids up into partners or create a small sharing circle where campers can discuss their individual ideas on a shared journaling topic. Encourage kids to be respectful of others’ opinions and to discuss their thoughts in a constructive, understanding manner. The sharing of ideas is a healthy way to promote diversity and new perspectives while also giving kids the opportunity to express themselves.
Reflect on Camp Activities
While there are plenty of prompts and topics to choose from, journaling about camp activities is a great way for kids to reflect on their summer experiences. Ask kids to write about a favorite camp memory or difficult new activity.
Writing about their experience can help them to remember the event and also allows them the opportunity to see it from a new perspective.
As they reflect on the experiences they have at camp, kids will process the lessons they’ve learned in a more memorable, lasting way. At the same time, reflecting on a familiar activity will help them become more comfortable with the process of journaling—a practice that can serve them well throughout their lives.
Summer Programs Ideas for Kids
Kids Summer Programs Ideas and Resources for Parents & Teachers—
Summer is a time for rest and relaxation, but there’s no reason that kids can’t also learn while doing their favorite activities. When you encourage kids to journal about their summer activities, they have the opportunity to reflect on their experiences. Reflection allows for greater understanding and a deeper level of learning that is hard to obtain without analysis.
As kids journal, they also develop higher self-esteem and greater confidence in their opinions. Journaling also promotes creativity and free expression, giving kids the chance to develop their individuality.
To maximize the benefits of journaling about summer activities, it’s important to help kids find experiences that share some of the same core traits. Options like art projects, volunteer work, and team-building exercises promote many of the same values that kids gain through journaling.
Consider the following ways to get kids active this summer—as well as a few tips for creative reflection in their journals.
Summer Programs Ideas and Resources
1. Art Projects
From individual drawings to community murals, art projects are one of the best ways to foster creativity and expression in kids. When kids engage their artistic sides, they become more comfortable expressing themselves and sharing their ideas. Art’s subjectivity opens doors for new ideas and fresh ways of seeing the world in a way that is similar to the benefits of journaling.
Getting kids involved with art is a great way to begin promoting some of the core values that journaling offers. Then, as kids reflect on their artwork and feelings through their writing, they will develop a deeper understanding of art’s power. Encourage kids to think about issues like the meaning and methods in their artwork. Offer writing prompts that help them consider the reasons people are drawn to art and the choices involved in the artistic process.
2. Volunteer Work
Similarly, volunteer work is a great way for kids to see the world in a new way and to develop a deeper understanding of important issues in our society. Whether kids spend time helping the less fortunate or raising funds for a worthy cause, volunteering and service can broaden their perspectives and help them to see the world around them in a new way.
Reflection after volunteer work is an important way for children to process their experiences and to understand the value of service and charity. Ask kids to think about how they felt while volunteering and how they imagine it would feel to be in need of donations. As they reflect on what it means to help others and to give service, kids will develop a more complex way of understanding their world.
3. Team-Building Exercises
Activities and events that require team cooperation are also a great way for kids to develop confidence, understanding, and self-esteem. When kids have a common goal that they must solve together, they learn about respecting the opinions of others—and about compromise.
Many camp activities and summer programs are already filled with team-building exercises. To help kids get the maximum benefit from these exercises, it’s important for them to reflect on the experiences in their journals.
Encourage kids to write about the ways in which their own ideas contributed to the group’s experience. By seeing their thoughts as a part of the whole experience, kids will develop more confidence in their ideas as well as a greater sense of respect for others’ opinions.