HOLD THE MOOD
The slow, quiet part of campfire gives you a great chance to head back to your cabin and get ready for bed in a quiet, efficient manner. Ask your students to walk back from campfire without using their voices, and stop your line if they become too loud.
Challenge your students to get ready for bed by flashlight. If you keep the overhead lights off you help maintain a mellow mood. Speak softly yourself. If students have to quiet down to hear you they will keep their volume low.
One of the most effective ways to let your students know you care about them and help them become comfortable at night is to speak to each one of them personally each night. Use a quiet voice.
- Use the student’s name when saying personal good nights.
- Tell them something you like about them, or something positive they contributed to the cabin group.
- Make the moment you spend with them count.
- Say something different to each student as the others are listening.
- Ask students to share one challenging part of their day and the best part of their day.