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Self-Portraits like Picasso

by Chris

Sunday, July 5th 2020 at 2:33pm

Self-Portraits like Picasso

This video will guide you through how to create your own self-portraits in the style of Picasso, a famous Spanish painter from the beginning of the 20th century. He is famous for co-founding the Cubist movement, inventing the constructed (3D) sculpture, and being a co-inventor of the collage. In this project you will use cardboard and other recycled materials to layer and collage an image of yourself.


  • Scissors
  • Cardboard and other recycling bin materials
  • Tape and/or glue
  • A pencil for sketching shapes to cut out


by Chris

Sunday, July 5th 2020 at 2:17pm


You may be able to play soccer at nearby parks, so grab some friends and play out the games listed below with them. You could even pretend to be your favorite counselor and teach your friends some skills!



Enthusiasm/Effort – 1 point
Rules: Handballs, boundaries, goal areas, throw ins – 2 points
Teamwork: Communication – 1 point
Ball Control: Inside and outside foot – 1 point
Dribbling: Use of both feet – 1 point
Passing: Accuracy – 1 point
Shooting: Accuracy – 1 point
Headers: Technique – 1 point
Defense: Basic tacking / Safety in tackling – 1 point
Enthusiasm/Effort – 1 point
Rules: kick offs, off sides, fouls, positions – 1 point
Teamwork: Advanced Communication and Dictating – 1 point
Ball Control – Knees and Chest – 1 point
Dribbling: Head up using peripheral – 2 points
Passing: Different Techniques - 1 point
Shooting: power, top of foot, curl left/right, chipping – 2 points
Throw ins: distance, tactics – 1 point
Headers: Turning / Technique/ Placement – 2 points
Defense: Use of body weight and slide tackling – 1 point
Team Set Up/ Tactics and Understanding – 1 point


Lap of the Oval
Equipment: None

Have the players do a lap of the field performing different warm-ups such jogging, side-step, knees up, heels to butt, grape vine, running backwards, hoping (both legs), running with ball at feet.

Rob the Nest
Equipment: Four hula hoops, soccer balls

Have four different teams, each team has a hula hoop filled with 8-10 soccer balls. Players will attempt to steal a ball from another teams hoola hoop and dribble it back to their own. A player is only allowed to take one ball at a time, and they must dribble (not pass) it back to their own hula hoop and stop the ball in their hula hoop. Players cannot guard or defend their own hula hoop and the team with the most balls in their hula hoop at the end of the game will be victorious.

Equipment: None

Circle up, go around and get everyone to pick a stretch. 30-40 seconds per person. Try to incorporate all parts of the body, perhaps suggest starting with the head and making your way down to the feet.

Equipment: Soccer ball

Put the campers in pairs and task them with trying to keep the ball in the air for as long as possible. An alternative is to put them in a big circle. To make the game easier, you can allow one bounce.

1, 2, 3
Equipment: None

Have the players run around the field in a group. When the coach calls ‘1’, they high kick with the right leg. ‘2’ for the left and ‘3’ they pretend to jump in the air and head a ball.

Drills / Games

World Cup
Equipment: Soccer ball

Using one goal, have the players play individually or in teams of two. They will pick a country and the aim is score as in the goal as soon as possible. They must call their country’s name before shooting. Once a player/ team scores they go through to the next round, the last player/ team remaining is knocked out. Can add multiple balls to add variety/ speeds the round up.

Dribbling/ Shooting
Equipment: Soccer ball, cones

Players in two groups, lined up near the halfway line. Have four or five cones on both sides of the goal. Players will dribble between them, lay it off to the coach and shoot. Once they’ve done that they’ll join the other line.

Traffic Lights
Equipment: Soccer ball, cones

Set up a reasonably sized square out of cones and have the players dribble in this square. The coach will then shout certain instructions which the player will have to follow. If they’re too slow, or their ball goes out of the square, then they’re out. ‘Red’ = stop and do toe touches, ‘Orange’ = stop and do roll over touches, ‘Green’ = dribble normally, ‘Up a gear’ = faster, ‘Down a gear’ = slower, ‘Hit the deck’ = all players dribble like a crab. Last player with a ball in the square wins.

Headers and Volleys
Equipment: Soccer ball

Using one goal, the aim of the game is avoid conceding goals whilst you are the goalkeeper. There can only be one keeper at a time. The players who are not in goal must work together to score either a header or a volley. For a player to become the goalkeeper, they must miss the goal completely with a shot or the current goalkeeper catches the ball. If a player scores a goal which is not a header or a volley, then they go in goal. The players have three lives, with the game ending when the first player loses all their lives.

Soccer Positions

Soccer Fun Facts

  1. Football was invented in China in 476 B.C.
  2. Football is the most watched and most played sport on earth.
  3. Only Canadians and Americans call football Soccer.
  4. During every game, Football players run an average of 9.65 km (6 miles)
  5. The first ever game of Basketball was played with a soccer ball.
  6. Brazilian Pele was the first to call football “the beautiful game”.
  7. The total length of the football field is 100 yards.
  8. The North Korean Rungrado May Day Stadium is the largest football stadium in the world.
  9. The fastest goal ever was in 2.8 seconds made by Ricardo Olivera in December 1998.
  10. Until 1913, Goalies did not wear different colored shirts from their teammates.
  11. The World’s First Football Club was the English Sheffield Football Club founded in 1857.
  12. In professional football the ball used has persisted just the same shape and size and for 120 years – 28 inches in circumference.
  13. Neil Armstrong wanted to take a football to the moon, but NASA refused it.
  14. In 1937, the first live coverage of a football match was shown on television.
  15. Bryce Brite, a 20-month-old baby, is the world youngest professional football player.
  16. Greenland cannot join the FIFA because not enough grass grows for a football field.
  17. Cristiano Ronaldo is the first player who has scored a goal in every single minute of the game.

Yoga Adventure Period

by Chris

Sunday, July 5th 2020 at 2:08pm

Yoga Adventure Period

Whether you are new to yoga or if you can hold Crow pose for over a minute, yoga can help you relax your body and your mind. YogaWithAdriene on youtube is run by a body-positive, empowering female yoga instructor. She encourages you to practice self-compassion and non-judgement as you take care of your health.

If you would like an introduction to yoga and how to match your breathing to your poses, Adriene explains this well here. This video is the beginning of a 30-day playlist called “Home” to get started with your yoga practice.

Here is a great yoga flow where you will strengthen your entire body, while you strengthen your self-love.

If you would like to be guided through a meditative practice with limited movement, here is a video of a breathing exercise.

And finally, here is a video from her on Stress Management; this is a weird time for humanity and it’s normal to be feeling a bit lost or frustrated or flustered. Check out her playlists to find the right type of video for you!

2020 Trips Quests

by Chris

Sunday, July 5th 2020 at 2:02pm

2020 Trips Quests

At Adirondack Camp we have some awesome and unique Trips Quests over land and water in the Adirondack Park for our campers to accomplish over their years as campers. Are you working towards completing your Lake George 5 or becoming a 46er? This summer we have created some new Quests for you to work towards on local outdoors adventures.

Day Tripper

  • Plan your route and prepare all of your essential safety and comfort gear
  • Walk, run, or hike at least 5 miles
  • Pose for a picture in front of something that made you wonder, made you curious, or inspired you to ask a question

Trippin Out Front

  • Take the time to be the expert of your own environment. City, suburb, or country, be the one who knows! Learn the names of all the plants, insects, flowers, people, places and secret nooks in your home and neighborhood.
  • Go outside every morning and listen to the sounds of the world
  • Pay attention to the changes throughout the day, give them your own special names, make a map that makes sense to only those who “know”
  • Take photos, draw pictures, create stories for the things you see. Give them a life that may exist only in your imagination.
  • Find out how they are affected by what is happening in the world. Be an advocate for their safety. Tell everyone what makes them special
  • Introduce your parents & siblings to the special places in your environment
  • Trippin isn’t limited to hiking mountains, climbing cliffs or paddling rivers.

Garden Quest aka working on Growth:

  • Plant seeds, chart and nurture their growth
  • Lay on the grass and watch the clouds – for a loooong time… if it moves you, learn about the types of clouds and what changes they signal for our weather

Herbie’s Commute

  • Swim the Big Triangle, 1.6 miles
  • You can add up shorter lengths

Happy Camper

  • Sleep outside for one night, with proper preparation

Call of the Wild

  • Identify at least 3 local bird species, and at least 3 other local critters


  • Climb 10 different trees


  • Hike, walk, or run for 1 hour; bike for 2 hours, and swim for 20 minutes

Expand your horizons:

  • Face a fear, learn about it, find a way to manage it’s impact on your life
  • Read! Read! Read! Especially work by authors that come from backgrounds different from yours
  • Write a letter to a family member far away (not an email, a letter!)
  • Take a rest hour every day – use that time to write, think, create, slow down, and, for Pete’s sake, Daydream
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