This guideline is designed to give the basic fundamentals for hosting successful CYT summer camps for children ages 5 to 12. Although the theme of camp changes each summer, the procedures and activities often stay much the same from week to week, and year to year.
At the completion of the camp week, campers will have:
- Learned theatrical skills needed to participate in a group stage production.
- Made simple theatrical items such as props, costumes, and set pieces.
- Participated in skills-based workshops focusing on learning theater basics, as well as teamwork and cooperation.
- Performed in musical production numbers as part of a show.
- Participated in group games designed to develop team work and cooperation.
CYT Summer Camp runs for a 5-day period, 9am to 3pm. An optional half-day session for ages 5-6 may be included. The day is designed to engage campers in high interest and high energy activities. Each day begins with a game that is played as the children arrive. There is a Team Time in the morning where each group completes a task, such as creating a team cheer together, or participates in an “all camp” activity, such as the “crazy hat” parade. This is followed by a 45 minute workshop, a 10 minute break, another workshop, and then 30+ minutes of rehearsal before lunch. The afternoons normally include games, inside and out, swimming or water play, and rehearsal. Ideally, the number of campers in a CYT Summer Camp session does not exceed 100. One Camp Counselor must be provided for every 15 campers.
Sample Day camp Schedule:
- 9:00 am - 9:30 am Opening Game; Morning Rehearsal
- 9:30 am - 10:10 am Workshop #1
- 10:15 am - 10:30 am Snack Break
- 10:30 am - 1:15 am Workshop #2
- 11:15 am - 12:00 pm Workshop #3
- 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Lunch
- 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm Outdoor Games related to Camp Theme
- 1:30 pm - 1:45 pm Inside Wind Down Games
- 1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Afternoon Rehearsal
- 2:45 pm - 3:00 pm Announcements; End of the day Activity
- 3:00 pm Campers pick-upThe Daily Breakdown:http://www.youtube.com/v/M87_hEh3K5Y
- To get acquainted with other campers.
- To learn basic camp structure and expectations.
- To learn music & choreography to Showcase.
- To audition for speaking & singing roles & to cast the Showcase.
- To continue to build friendships.
- To review learned Showcase materials.
- To learn theater skills in selected Workshops.
- To begin running scenes and dialogue.
- To begin to specialty workshops in costumes, set, and/or props.
- To continue to build camaraderie with all teams and campers.
- To review all Showcase songs and dances taught to date.
- To continue running scenes and dialog.
- To continue creating costumes, sets and/or props.
- To enjoy Water Day Fun!
- To learn finish unlearned music and/or choreography.
- To continue nurturing relationships.
- To learn about stage directions and placement.
- To review & practice all musical numbers.
- To learn proper use of microphones and stage presence.
- To run the Showcase and continue rehearsing.
- To run through the Showcase in the morning, perfecting transitions.
- To enjoy a pizza lunch together.
- To have campers be show ready and energized for performance.
- To perform the camp Showcase for family and friends.
- To allow parents & campers to give feedback related to camp.
- Include every camper in the Showcase. Typically, there are at least two full company numbers, and one or two additional songs per team.
- Avoid giving whole songs to an individual. Rather, let the character who sings it, do the 1st verse, then other individuals, duos, trios, or teams do the remainder of the song.
- Although characters need to have certain lines, give as many lines away as you can to other campers, so that each camper has his/her little moment to shine during Showcase.
- Be alert to campers who have other special talents, such as dance or gymnastics, and try to work them into the Showcase.
- Educate and practice using microphones correctly. Make sure each line and solo’s are clearly heard for the audience.
- Teach all music and choreography by Wednesday, if possible. Send scripts home on Monday with all campers. Have them off script by Wednesday, or Thursday at the very latest. Begin working with characters on their scenes on Tuesday. Have first run-through on Thursday morning.
CYT Camp Rules & Guidelines:
- CYT is a privilege and only good behavior is allowed. Respecting counselors, staff and parents is expected.
- Honoring language will be used. No name-calling or profanity is allowed.
- CYT expects students’ conduct to be respectful to facility and other peoples personal property.
- CYT students are expected to dress appropriately and modestly.
- CYT wants all students to strive to do their very best.
Note to Parents of Campers:
Download: Welcome Letter to Parents for Day Camps
- Please bring your own Sack Lunch and an extra drink and snack if desired.
- FRIDAY - Pizza Party provided.
- Camp T-shirts will be given out at camp.
- Camp Staff on site from 8:45 am - 3:15 pm ONLY.
- CYT is NOT responsible for students left before 8:45 am or after 3:15 pm.
- A Showcase performance, for family and friends, will be held on Friday, the last day of camp at 2:00 pm
First Class Day:
- There will be a brief Parent Orientation meeting at 9:15 am after camper has been checked-in.
- Must turn in a signed MEDICAL/BEHAVOIR CODE RELESE from in order for camper to participate in camp.
- Please meet at the designated camp location on the first day of camp at 9:00 am sharp. You will find out who your counselors are and what team you are on.
- Please be sure to bring a sack lunch, snack and an extra drink.
- Pick up is promptly at 3:00 pm! CYT is not responsible for camper after this time. Also, please do not drop your camper off prior to 8:45 am.
- Refunds will be given up to the second day of camp. Please contact Camp Administrator no later than the second day of camp. There will be NO refunds given after this time. There is a $25 processing fee on all refunds as well as pro-rating for each day of camp your child attends.