Sample Program Plan: Youth Sports Camp
General Information
Program Theme: Youth Sports Camp
Age Group: 10-12 years of age
Participants: 60-80 children
Leaders: Ratio of about 1 leader: 8 children
Program goals: 1. To increase the level of knowledge and awareness of good sportsmanship.
- No score will be kept to promote non-competitive play and sportsmanship.
- Children will shake hands following each game.
- Children will congratulate those who receive awards.
2. To help children learn teamwork.
- Each team must pass at least 3 times before shooting basketball.
- Each team must pass at least 2 times before shooting soccer ball.
- Each child is required to encourage teammates throughout the whole obstacle
course to promote positive self-esteem and team unity.
Activity Schedule
9:00am-9:30am: Introduction/Orientation
- Attendance
- Separate children into 6 teams by last name
- Explain rules
9:30am-10:00am: Basketball (Teams)
1 vs. 2
3 vs. 4
5 vs. 6
10:00am-10:15am: Break
1015:am-10:45am: Soccer
1 vs. 4
2 vs. 5
3 vs. 6
10:45am-11:00am: Break
11:00am-11:30am: Obstacle Course
1/2/3 vs. 4/5/6
11:30am-Noon: Awards/Snacks
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Activity Analysis
Activity Name: Basketball
Goal/Objective: -No score is kept to promote non-competitive play and sportsmanship..
-Children will shake hands following each game.
-Each team must pass at least 3 times before shooting basketball.
Activity Level: High
Equipment: -3 adult size basketballs
-1 air pump with needle
-boundary markers (i.e. cones) if not playing on a basketball court
Procedures/
Rules: 1. Teams must pass the ball 3 times before shooting.
2. Teams will play 5-on-5.
3. Substitutions are made freely.
4. Ball check at the top of the key as a result of a foul – No free throws.
5. Explain basic rules of basketball.
Scoring: None
Risk Management: -Keep playing area free from hazards.
-Make sure that children do not pass ball too hard or roughhouse.
Activity Name: Soccer
Goal/Objective: -Each team must pass at least 2 times before shooting soccer ball.
- No score will be kept to promote non-competitive play and sportsmanship.
- Children will shake hands following each game.
Activity Level: High
Equipment: -boundary markers such as cones
-goal markers, can be more cones
-stopwatch
-whistle for each official
-2 adult sized soccer balls
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Procedures/
Rules: 1. Teams must pass the ball 2 times before shooting.
2. Teams will play 10-on-10.
3. Substitutions are made freely.
4. Play the game in halves with a short water break in between.
5. Explain basic soccer rules.
Scoring: None
Risk Management: -Keep playing area free from hazards.
-Make sure that children do not blatantly kick other children when trying to
get the ball.
-Watch for kids getting too tired or overheated. Have plenty of water
available.
Activity Name: Obstacle Course
Goal/Objective: -Each child is required to encourage teammates throughout the whole
obstacle course to promote positive self-esteem and team unity.
-Children will shake hands following each game.
Activity Level: High
Equipment: -16 tires
-2 hula-hoops
-10 cones
-6 hurdles
-start and finish line markers such as cones
Procedures/
Rules: 1. One person at a time on the course for each team.
2. Finish the course as quickly as possible.
3. Do not skip any part of the course
4. Do not knock over any equipment.
5. All children will cheer positively for teammates as they run the obstacle course.
Scoring: None
Risk Management: -Set-up obstacle course in an open grassy area free of obstructions and holes.
-Make sure tires are large enough to step in.
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-Make hurdles short enough to get over safely.
-Clearly mark boundaries that spectating children cannot cross.
-Leave plenty of space between the two courses so children will not interfere
with each other.
Activity Name: Awards Ceremony
Goal/Objective: – Children will congratulate those who receive awards.
Activity Level: Low
Equipment: -1 certificate for every child
- separate awards for teamwork and sportsmanship
Procedures/
Rules: 1. Have camp leaders decide which groups of children best demonstrated teamwork and
sportsmanship.
2. Have a certificate of participation or individual awards for each child
3. Campers must sit quietly during the awards ceremony and clap for each child that gets an
award.
Scoring: None
Risk Management: – Make sure you have staff watching kids during the ceremony to keep them
from getting rowdy.
- Be sure not to leave any child out of the ceremony. Each participant should
receive at least one award.