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Survival: Camp Z

The Project

Design and implement a week long, full day summer camp about survival and disaster preparedness geared toward 3rd through 5th graders at the Putnam Museum and Science Center.

The Result

Survival: Camp Z

I designed a camp about surviving a zombie apocalypse that included activities and information about emergency situations and disaster preparedness as well as wilderness survival.

Start the Day Off Right

Each day we started with a zombie-themed physical game that got the campers' bodies moving and blood pumping to their brain. Some favorites were Don't Feed the Zombie and Zombie Freeze.

Emergency Situations

A big goal of the camp was to make sure kids knew what to do in emergency situations and how to prepare for disasters. I drew on CDC approved programming and modified it to fit our needs. Some favorites were building emergency kits and role playing city councils in a zombie attack

Demonstrations

I pulled on community resources to enhance the camp by having demonstrations by area groups. These included a Poisonous and Edible Plant demo by Master Gardeners; Survival Training by a retired army colonel; a first aid demo by the Red Cross; and a self-defense demo by a martial artist.

Zombie Fun

I also interspersed the camp with fun zombie-themed activities. Some favorites were the obstacle course and dressing up like zombies for a parade through the museum.