Think Like a Storyteller – When Planning Your Next Week of Camp

Think like a story teller and you’ll plan a great week of camp. Everyone loves a good story. Good stories are told intuitively, seemingly without effort, yet they totally engage the listener. Imaginations are turned on, and mental cinema is happening. After it’s told, the listener leaves able to tell the gist of the story in their own words because they were caught up by it in a personal way. They got the message. It’s what you want them to take home. Right!? That’s the beauty of storytelling.

Your camp program should be scripted out like a good story so that campers become part of it and personally learn its message. Consider some of the key elements of a good story.

1.       The story teller, engaging their audience, adapts so that they are sure to keep attentive listeners.

2.       A good story teller is focused on the key message of the story.

3.       Great stories have compelling memorable plots and they are clear and easy to follow.

4.       Memorable stories also have memorable characters.

5.       A little humor always helps too.

6       They are told with conviction and enthusiasm.

Does your program flow effortlessly like participating in the listening to a great story? Participation should be unthinking and effortless because it’s planned with the audience in mind. It should stream so that everyone is plainly held captive by the occurring events. Your characters, the staff, should with passion be able to tell it in a gripping way. The message should be clear and uncomplicated. And since everyone likes a little mystery, each week the story should unfold differently as your campers become personally engaged and begin to identify with the story Jesus is writing in their hearts.

Think through the weekly program schedule like a story. It will put you into the mind of your kids. Then do it day by day. Read the story to your kids. Have them tell it back to you. Do they get it? If not, then its take two. Practice it until you’re ready to tell it with your program. I think you’ll like the results.

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About the Ordinary Hiker

A Christian camp director for many years, I enjoy ministry and being outdoors. I refer to God's creative wonder as the testimony of creation, a special place where God brings His word to life. Its where I like to be and where God speaks in His gentle voice in the awe of His creative work.
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