Camp & Recreation

Camp counselors and recreational program staff find our activity books are great additions to their library. Along with a range of titles offering team-building games and activities, we have a number of titles focused on effective group facilitation and leadership.



Books for Camp & Recreation

Portable Teambuilding Activities: Games, Initiatives, and Team Challenges for Any Space

Chris Cavert & Friends

This book is filled with a variety of teambuilding activities with a range of challenge levels.These activities can be used with middle and high school students, college students, and adult groups of all ages and backgrounds. Most of the challenges require easy-to-find props and equipment, others require some extra effort before you play. All the activities can be resources to add to powerful and positive pro-social development programs.

Springboard: Quick Creative Activities to Launch Learning

Mary Beth Campbell
Carolyn Hill
Micah Jacobson

Springboards contains 50 creative activities and demonstrations designed to address—in 15 minutes or less—topics like goal setting, focusing attentions, achieving the “impossible,” time management, and teamwork. Group leaders, therapists, experiential program facilitators, and educators of all kinds will appreciate these quick, emotive activities deliberately designed to draw participants’ attention and encourage deep thinking and learning.

Adventure, Play, Peace: Insights and Activities for Social-Emotional Learning and Community Building With Young Children

Nancy MacPhee Bower

Does your community become more caring simply because you are playing together? Quite possibly, yes. AND, we can certainly add education within the play setting, giving children “lessons” along the way. These lessons are the insights and wisdom about being a good person, making friends, being peacemakers and much more.

Connecting Children to Nature: Ideas and Activities for Parents and Educators

Michael L. Bentley, Michael P. Mueller & Bruce Martin

This is a practical, how-to book. The chapters in this book, written by professionals from backgrounds in both school and informal education, offer examples and activities utilizing many outdoor settings, from backyard and neighborhood to study abroad. You will find fresh ideas and useful resources for parenting infants to teens and college students, or teaching pK-16, or even teaching teachers, and it is all about the theory and practice of introducing children of all ages to the phenomena of nature and building upon their experiences to grow their naturalist intelligence and critical conscience.

Tips & Tools for the Art of Experiential Group Facilitation, Second Edition

Jennifer Stanchfield, MS

The second edition of Tips & Tools eclipses the first with insights gained from another decade of experience in group facilitation and new information coming from the emerging field of educational neuroscience. As a result the ideas and methods focused on active engagement, ownership in learning, and facilitating meaningful reflection have been greatly expanded. The layout of information is more effective—experiential theory and perspectives, hands-on activities, and teachable moments flow from one chapter to the next—making this edition an essential resource for practicing and teaching the art of experiential group facilitation.

Affordable Portables: A Working Book of Initiative Activities & Problem Solving Elements

Chris Cavert, EdD

A resource for counselors, educators, trainers, and others interested in beginning or boosting an experiential challenge program at minimal cost. Activity descriptions include instructions for course and activity construction, tips on group facilitating, and suggested discussion questions for processing. Games/demonstrations focus on enhancing inventiveness, resourcefulness, problem-solving techniques, and pro-social skills.

Global Games for Diversity Education: New Ways of Learning in the 21st Century

Rich Keegan

I believe that the best teaching is done when there is a sense of fun, joy and happiness. There is a place for work when learning and play occur; however, this work should be done in a caring, supportive, safe and trusting environment. Play, fun and happiness can be a great motivator. Teaching the 10 Diversity Life Skills should be an enjoyable experience for everyone and help make positive changes for the people you serve.

The Bookmaking Experience: An Educator’s Guide to Student Made Books

Paula Bickel, Carol Ruth Carlin, Mary Ann Germanson, Joanna Gonzalez, & Madeline Huston

Human development as embodied in learning is complex, multidimensional, and challenging. Everyone can be involved. Making books provides a fun, challenging, creative, and practical tool to guide that journey. We welcome you to join in the fun, laughter, excitement, appreciation, challenge and pride of accomplishment that draw us to lifelong learning.

The Chiji Guidebook: A Collection of Experiential Activities and Ideas for Using Chiji Cards

Chris Cavert
Steven Simpson

The Chiji Guidebook is the official companion to the popular facilitation tool, Chiji Cards. This book is an instructional guide describing some of the different ways Chiji Cards can be used to facilitate key moments during group experiences. This guidebook gives a simple, straightforward explanation of the processing theory that coincides with the original use of Chiji Cards, and it provides a rationale for when to use one processing technique over another.

Inspired Educator Inspired Learner: Experiential, Brain-Based Activities and Strategies to Engage, Motivate, Build Community, and Create Lasting Lessons

Jennifer Stanchfield

A successful and rewarding approach to teaching and learning can be created by connecting the dots between experiential education theory and methods, brain-based research, differentiation or personalized instruction, social-emotional learning, 21st century career readiness, and a strength-based attitude toward teaching.

If Anybody Asks Me…: 1001 Questions for Educators, Counselors, & Therapists

Larry Eckert

1,001 questions about health, family, relationships, growing up, school, social issues, and more. These creative questions encourage youth aged 11 to 18 to make decisions, self-evaluate, and form and vocalize opinions about issues crucial to growing up and living in our world. They also make great topics for writing exercises, values education in recovery groups, life questions for youth groups… think of all the possibilities!

Lessons of the Way: Using Adventure Activities to Explore the Way of Jesus

Greg Robinson, Ph.D.
Mark Rose

Lessons of the Way is a unique and comprehensive approach to spiritual formation and discipleship to Jesus that is grounded in the knowledge and use of experiential education. Stories, scriptures, activities and questions create the basis for action, reflection, change and growth. Here is an in-depth, practical resource for facilitators and leaders who want to embrace and share the foundational truths of spiritual formation found in its forerunner, Adventure and the Way of Jesus.

The Leader Who Is Hardly Known: Self-less Teaching From the Chinese Tradition

Steven Simpson, PhD

Taoist philosophy can have deep meaning for experiential educators because of the focus on natural spontaneity and unself-conscious learning and teaching. This series of essays emphasizes personality traits that affect leadership, commonalities to experiential education programs, then the necessity of connection to the natural world. They are intentionally short and can stand alone for reference and guidance. The conclusion summarizes how the principles form a foundational philosophy for experiential education.

Games (& other stuff) for Group, Book 1: Activities to Initiate Group Discussion

Chris Cavert, EdD
& friends

Making your group a fun place to be will surely encourage participation. This practical guide to experience and activity-based counseling includes 37 different 10- to 20-minute activities, focusing on topics that crucially affect experiences throughout life, including understanding gender issues, rumors and their effects, creativity, communication, and expression of emotions and frustrations. For ages 12 to adult, and adaptable for younger audiences as well.

Games (& other stuff) for Group, Book 2: More Activities to Initiate Group Discussion

Chris Cavert, EdD
& friends

This second book provides fun and creative initiatives for therapeutic or educational groups. Here are 25 more engaging activities that require minimal and affordable props and adapt easily to different situations and age groups. Some of the topics include expressing emotions, learning names, learning about each other, decision making, working with others, following directions, creative thinking, frustration, and communication.

Games for Change: Group Activities with Creative Spiritual Concepts on the Side

Tim Dodds, BS
Lisa Prosser-Dodds, MSEd, LPC, NCC
& friends

Adventure or experiential education is a powerful way to reach young people. Games are a great way to share some of life’s most important lessons in a way that is open and fun. All the necessary components are incorporated—activity objectives, essential props, specifications of group and space sizes required, clear directions, and suggested processing questions. Each activity also includes an optional “spiritual insight” from some of the world’s many religions.

Are You More Like…?/What Would It Be Like…?: A Back-to-Back Book of Anytime Questions for Anysize Answers

Chris Cavert, EdD
Susana Acosta Cavert, MA
& friends

Open-ended questions designed to encourage youth to think beyond daily occurrences and stretch the imagination to the possibilities of life. Thinking deeply and responding to these questions creates a more honest and profound understanding of self, others, and life. Have fun with them!

Leading Together: Foundations of Collaborative Leadership for the Classroom

Laurie Frank
Carol Carlin
Jack Christ, PhD

Leading Together provides a thorough and straightforward foundation for teaching the roles and responsibilities of collaborative leadership in the classroom, grades 8 – 12. Students learn how the strengths of relationships—the power of people working together—can make change, achieve goals, and help them meet the challenges they face. The exercises, readings, and activities encourage students to reflect on their own experiences in order to develop leadership skills and values.

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