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Eric Teitelbaum

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04-15-2012 10:15 PM

Topic tags/keywords: camp project ideas tip trick

So this summer I am going to be the Woodcraft Director at a summer camp in Medford, NJ. It’s the first year the program is running and I’m looking for project idea. Right now I have benches, picnic tables, carpet-ball tables, birdhouses, the typical camp stuff. Any suggestions at all would be great, especially since we want to make this program different each year.

As far as tools go, we’ve got a delta shopmaster table saw, compound miter saw, router, jigsaw, and hopefully a circular saw. Suggestions of which tools would be helpful to invest in would be great too! Campers aren’t generally allowed to use power tools, but the counselors can which makes the projects go faster sometimes since we are often pressed for time during a session.

Thanks so much!

-- Eric


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#1 posted 04-15-2012 10:45 PM

Eric, Welcome to LumberJocks. Congrats on the position of counselor.
As to project ideas, have you picked up any books on kids projects? I have a good number of them and would be happy to share a few titles with you if not a couple of the projects. Also a good number of plans online that I am sure could be prepped in advance one such could be table hockey. I know you mentioned benches, but if the camp is in need of some seating look up the Aldo Leopold bench. I have had scouts make a number of these for my park and they are an easy project and could if given the time be cut with handsaws.

Hope some of this helps and that some of the boys take away a great hobby.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 04-15-2012 11:17 PM

Hey Chris, thanks a lot for the suggestions. Book titles would be great, especially if you have any that have plans or full materials lists for projects. Also, just googled Aldo Leopold Bench. We have these at camp, but I didn’t know what they were called. They are fantastic. I’m sure we will be making plenty this summer. Thanks for the tip!

-- Eric

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 01:05 AM

Eric, Here are 3 books that I have in my library that have some fun projects in them. You would have to go through depending on the average age of your group.

101 Quality Wooden Toys You can Make
by Hugh M Ryan & Judith Ryan
(just the number of projects in this book makes it decent)

The Kids Building Workshop (ISBN 1-58017-488-4)
by J. Craig & Barbara Robertson
(This book looks a little young but the basics are all there and has some fun projects to learn those basic skills)

Slocum and Botermans
New Book of Puzzles
(ISBN 0-7167-2356-5)
(One of my new favorites as I love to build puzzles)

Do you have some type of drill the boys could use, either hand or drill press? A bit and brace or egg beater style would also work if they can not use power tools. If they are able to drill holes with something let me know and I will send you one of my templates for a peg game.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 02:21 AM

These look great. I appreciate it.

Yeah, we’ve got some of the eggbeater style drills, as well as a bit and brace. Budget permitting, we will get a tabletop drill press as well which the older campers will be able to use.

Just ordered the puzzle book. It looks incredible. The others are on the wishlist!

-- Eric

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