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How To Encourage Journaling For All Your Campers

Encouraging your campers to journal is a gift to self-esteem, and to their future. Journals become a “Blast from the Past” when found later in life and re-read.

STEP 1: Pick A Journal

There are lots of different journals to choose from. When selecting journals for your campers, consider how they will be used:

Art Journal - A larger journal with unlined thicker pages gives lots of room to draw and doodle.

Writing Journal - A mid-sized journal with lined pages is perfect for recording the day's memories.

Logbook Journal - A smaller journal that can be easily carried with your campers, will ensure that they will always have it handy to jot down notes, and make lists.

Scrapbook Journal - A larger journal with either lined or unlined pages will have enough room to write, draw, attach photos, and new friends' autographs.

Once a Journal is selected, encourage your campers to personalize them with stickers, doodles, etc.

STEP 2: Make Journaling Part Of Summer Camp

How do you incorporate journaling into your camp program?

Check out this article from Journal Buddies on How to Create a Regular Routine for Journaling

Your life is your story. Write well. Edit often.

STEP 3: Encourage Journaling With Fun Topics

Your campers have their journal, and you've incorporated journaling time into your program.

Now what should you have them journal about? Check out these links for lots of suggestions.

Science & Nature Journal

Beginning Art Journals

51 Summer Camp Writing Prompts

Summer Camp Daily Logbook

STEP 4: Create Your Own Journal

Keeping a journal yourself is a great way to encourage kids to journal as well.

Rockbrook Camp for Girls has a great list of Journal Topics for Leaders.

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