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Children’s Variety Show

Children’s Chapel

Fourth of July Festival

Marshmallow Hunt

Great People Hunt

Kids Social Hour Snacks at Movies

Kids Social Hour Movies

Kiddy Barn Social Hour Care

Kiddy Barn Social Hour Snacks

Lawn Games during Social Hour/pre-teens

Kitefest/Bubblefest

Children’s Last Night Celebration/Games

 

Children’s Variety Show

The Children’s Variety Show is usually held at 3:30 on Thursday afternoon. It is a show made up of skits, musical performances, dance and various other entertaining acts performed by the children in All-Star 1. The coordinator for this event should check-in with each of the Children’s groups leaders (Starlings through Jr. Teens) to see what their group’s act will be.  The coordinator should have an announcement made during lunch on Monday of the week to announce the show on Thursday, and that interested acts should come to the show coordinator to discuss their act and to sign up (to do this please speak with the Voice on Star person). The coordinator should plan the order of the performances and can either act as the emcee during the show on Thursday, or should obtain at least two Jr. Teens to announce the acts.  The show usually lasts for 60 to 75 minutes.

Previous Coordinators:

 Adrian Sicam

Pam Nightingale

Caroline and Caitlin Stewart

Penny Shanks

 

Children’s Chapel

Children’s Chapel is held each morning Monday through Friday before children’s program.

(There is no chapel for children on Sunday morning due to their Children’s Orientation meeting at that time).  The coordinator of this job is responsible for contacting and coordinating individuals to conduct the service on one of the mornings.  The service is usually held from 9:00 to 9:25 then the children report to the front steps of the porch before going to children’s program.  The coordinator should check in with the Minister-of-the-Week before contacting individuals.  The Minister may help with the services, may have an idea or theme for the services, or may direct you to some good participants.

Previous Coordinators:

Sally Easter Jr.

Jenny Easter Nelson

Fourth of July Festival

The Fourth of July Festival is held on a designated afternoon (usually the 4th!) instead of Children’s Program. This is an all-generation event (usually held on the baseball field) that is made up of games and activities, and ends with watermelon eating!  Past activities have included a water balloon toss, a three-legged race, a flipper race, a short obstacle course (safe for younger children too!), watermelon seed spitting contest (happens on the tennis courts) and also included for younger children… face painting tables (interested Jr. and Sr. Teens can man this area), a quick 4th of July craft table (interested Jr. and Sr. Teens could man this area) and a bubble-blowing area.  Coordinators of this event are responsible for planning and bringing the supplies for each of the races held, possibly bringing prizes for participants in the races, bringing the supplies for each of the table activities to the island, and ordering the watermelons through the island.  As the coordinators contact each other and decide on the events, a list of tables needed should be prepared, a diagram/map of placement of tables on the front lawn should be made, and a list of any other items needed from the island should be created.  The conference chairs give this information to the island conference coordinator ahead of time for planning purposes.  On island, a check-in with Conference Services should occur to ensure the event will be set-up appropriately, and Jr. and Sr. Teen volunteers (or parents) should be coordinated for table activities.  This event can have up to 100-150 participants and usually lasts for 90 minutes (1:25-3:00).

Previous Coordinators:

Randy Witwick and Juliana Czum

Jeff and Liz Hendrick

Chris Bernd

 

 

Marshmallow Roast

This is an all generation event that occurs early in the week (usually Saturday night) out on the rocks near the Summer House or down on the rocks in front of Founders (depending on the wind!)  After dinner on the designated night, young and old shoalers gather to roast marshmallows and sing together.  Coordinators of this event need to decide upon just having marshmallows at the roast or whether to have s’mores.  Coordinators must either bring bags of marshmallows, graham crackers, Hershey Bars and roasting sticks to the island or order these items through the island.  The conference chairs should be contacted if the island will be providing the marshmallows, s’more supplies and roasting sticks.  For the event’s music, before arrival on the island, the coordinator asks one or two guitar playing conferees to participate in the event.

Previous Coordinators:

The Colbys, Julie and Gene Garcia, Hope Thurlow

 

The Great People Hunt

This is an event for children that occurs on one of the evenings of the conference after dinner.  Children gather on the front steps, and are given directions by the activity coordinator.  The children hide their eyes, and then the Sr. Teens hide somewhere within the child safety boundaries.  Once the Sr. Teens have had their given five or so minutes to hide, the porch bell is rung, and all of the younger children go on a hunt to find and capture these great people!  Once a Sr. Teen is captured, the individual is “brought to jail” and needs to sit in the well-house until all other teens have been captured.  Once all Sr. Teens have been captured, their punishment is to all go down to the swimming area and to walk backwards into the frigid water!  The coordinator of this event is responsible for touching base with the Sr. Teen Leaders on island, letting the Voice-On-Star know which lunch the Sr. Teens will run through the dining room to announce the Great People Hunt,

and ringing the bell at the designated time intervals during the hunt.

Previous coordinators:  Tom and Deb Walton, Chris and Sue Bernd

 

Kids Movies

During the adult Social Hour (60 minutes) each evening, Saturday through Friday, movies/dvd’s are shown in Parker for the younger children.  Generally, it is the Puffins and Terns who attend the movies, but mature Starlings have also previously participated.  The expectation is that the coordinator and the children who attend these movies will stay at Parker for the length of the film.  The coordinators of this activity are responsible for bringing seven night’s worth of movies/cartoons out to the island, turning the movies on and off during movie time, then securing the movies for the next night.  (Usually the coordinators keep the films in their rooms.)  The movie time is sixty minutes each night.  The coordinators should check-in with Conference Services on Saturday (after arriving) to ensure that the movie player will be set-up in Parker for the first evening (the All-Star I Chairs should have done this at their Saturday meeting with Island Staff, but is always good to confirm with Conference Services that first day!)  If the coordinators choose to take turns each night to supervise the movies, then the other coordinators can attend Social Hour.  Sometimes the coordinators can even cajole other parents to supervise on a given evening so both couples have the night off!

Previous Coordinators:

Paul and Lexi Dowd, Travis Hunnicutt

 

Snacks for Movie Time

The coordinator for snacks is responsible for either bringing crackers, popcorn, pretzels, cheez-its type snacks out to the island with them (re-imbursement from the conference can occur if desired), or asking the conference chairs to include movie snacks on the Conference Services order.  (Generally, the snacks that are brought out to the island by the coordinator are a bunch yummier than what the island provides).  If the coordinator brings the snacks to the island, juice/drinks and cups can be pre-ordered through the island. The movie snacks should be considered as a light pre-dinner snack, and should not act as a meal for a child. There can be between 10-25 children each night.

Previous Coordinators:

 

Social Hour Kiddy Barn Childcare

The coordinator of the childcare that occurs during the adult social hour each evening is responsible for sending an e-mail out to the parents of Skimmers and Starlings (the Conference Registrar can provide you with this information) which asks them to sign up for one or two evenings (depending on the number of families with children of this age) for childcare duty at the Kiddy Barn during Social Hour.  In the e-mail, it is helpful to include a RSVP date for responses.  After the RSVP date, the coordinator may need to e-mail/call parents who have not signed up on the google docs, and let them know which days are left or which day they will be assigned to cover. The coordinator of this volunteer job sends the sign-up e-mail to parents (this could be a google docs sign-up) and lets them know in the e-mail that signing up for this childcare time is an expectation for parents of the younger children.  Coordinators also should remind parents on island of their designated evenings, and this info. should be given to the chairs to include on the blackboard schedule each day. Generally, 2-3 couples cover each evening, and are positioned by the play structure, by the sandbox area, and inside the Kiddy Barn.  Parents in the conference drop their child off at the barn and then go to Social Hour (child-free!)  The expectation is that the child will stay at the barn to play for this hour.  If a child is in need of their parent, or is having difficulty staying in the barn/play structure area, the parent is located/sought out at Social Hour to help their child.  Parents are told to pick-up their child by 6:25 each evening, and to check-out with one of the supervising parents before they go to dinner.

Previous coordinators: Ali Walton, Laura Robbins

 

Social Hour Snacks at the Kiddy Barn

The coordinator of the snacks at the Kiddy Barn is responsible for either bringing crackers, pretzels, cheez-its type snacks out to the island (re-imbursement from the conference will occur if desired), or to contact the chairs about including these snacks on the Conference Services order.  Snacks will be needed for each night of the conference (7 nights) and should be considered a light pre-dinner snack; not a meal for the children. If the coordinator brings the snacks to the island, juice/drinks and cups can be pre-ordered through the island. There can be 10-18 children each night.

Previous coordinators: Stephanie Sersich, Laura Osgood, Melissa Colby

 

Lawn Games during Social Hour

Lawn Games occur each evening (weather permitting) on the front lawn. These intergenerational games such as Soccer, Capture the Flag, Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball etc. are active opportunities for the older children (Gulls, Jr. Teens, Sr. Teens, Adults!) to participate in during the hour before dinner (and there can be Terns and Puffins who want to participate too!)  The coordinators of this activity should plan for 7 nights of games to occur on the front lawn, and may solicit different people/friends to run the planned game each evening so the coordinator can have a night off to attend Social Hour if desired.  Any supplies necessary for the games, should be brought to the island by the coordinator (the conference will reimburse expenses if desired).

Previous coordinators: Steve Parr, Tom Eichler, Graham Colby, Dutch Jacob

 

Kitefest/Bubblefest

Kitefest is a kite making and kite flying activity for children that usually occurs on Sunday afternoon when there is no Children’s Program scheduled. The coordinators of this activity are responsible for obtaining and bringing out small, easy to fly kites that children can spend time decorating/coloring on the front porch then flying on the front lawn.  Generally, one of the activity coordinators supervises the handing-out of the kites and the decorating part on the porch (using the tables down by the baseball field end), and one of the coordinators is down on the lawn helping children get their kites in the air.  The coordinators should bring out both the kites and the coloring supplies to the island.  In past years, at lease 50 kites have been needed.

Previous Coordinators: Cory and Josie Easter  

 

Bubblefest is another activity for children that occurs at the same time as the Kitefest.  The coordinators of the Bubblefest are responsible for purchasing and bringing out to the island bubble solution and different types of bubble blowing wands, for bringing out any  containers needed for the larger wands, and for supervising the bubble blowing down by the Well House on the front lawn. Bubble blowing can be quite popular some years, and not as popular others.  15-25 children have previously participated.  Leftover bubbles can be left in a tub on the front porch for children to use up during the week.

Previous coordinator:  Jenny Easter Nelson

 

Children’s Last Night Celebration Party/Games

On Friday night after the Banquet, the Grand March and ice cream on the porch,

a celebration with games or dancing is held for the Terns/Gulls/Jr. Teen aged children

in Brookfield.  This activity began so that there would be something for this age group to do while the end of the banquet for adults might be occurring in Elliott Hall.  The  party usually lasts about one hour.

Previous coordinator: Amy Slothower

Volunteer Jobs Children’s Activities

Children’s Variety Show

Children’s Chapel

Fourth of July Festival

Marshmallow Hunt

Great People Hunt

Kids Social Hour Snacks at Movies

Kids Social Hour Movies

Kiddy Barn Social Hour Care

Kiddy Barn Social Hour Snacks

Lawn Games during Social Hour/pre-teens

Kitefest/Bubblefest

Children’s Last Night Celebration/Games

 

Children’s Variety Show

The Children’s Variety Show is usually held at 3:30 on Thursday afternoon. It is a show made up of skits, musical performances, dance and various other entertaining acts performed by the children in All-Star 1. The coordinator for this event should check-in with each of the Children’s groups leaders (Starlings through Jr. Teens) to see what their group’s act will be.  The coordinator should have an announcement made during lunch on Monday of the week to announce the show on Thursday, and that interested acts should come to the show coordinator to discuss their act and to sign up (to do this please speak with the Voice on Star person). The coordinator should plan the order of the performances and can either act as the emcee during the show on Thursday, or should obtain at least two Jr. Teens to announce the acts.  The show usually lasts for 60 to 75 minutes.

Previous Coordinators:

 Adrian Sicam

Pam Nightingale

Caroline and Caitlin Stewart

Penny Shanks

 

Children’s Chapel

Children’s Chapel is held each morning Monday through Friday before children’s program.

(There is no chapel for children on Sunday morning due to their Children’s Orientation meeting at that time).  The coordinator of this job is responsible for contacting and coordinating individuals to conduct the service on one of the mornings.  The service is usually held from 9:00 to 9:25 then the children report to the front steps of the porch before going to children’s program.  The coordinator should check in with the Minister-of-the-Week before contacting individuals.  The Minister may help with the services, may have an idea or theme for the services, or may direct you to some good participants.

Previous Coordinators:

Sally Easter Jr.

Jenny Easter Nelson

Fourth of July Festival

The Fourth of July Festival is held on a designated afternoon (usually the 4th!) instead of Children’s Program. This is an all-generation event (usually held on the baseball field) that is made up of games and activities, and ends with watermelon eating!  Past activities have included a water balloon toss, a three-legged race, a flipper race, a short obstacle course (safe for younger children too!), watermelon seed spitting contest (happens on the tennis courts) and also included for younger children… face painting tables (interested Jr. and Sr. Teens can man this area), a quick 4th of July craft table (interested Jr. and Sr. Teens could man this area) and a bubble-blowing area.  Coordinators of this event are responsible for planning and bringing the supplies for each of the races held, possibly bringing prizes for participants in the races, bringing the supplies for each of the table activities to the island, and ordering the watermelons through the island.  As the coordinators contact each other and decide on the events, a list of tables needed should be prepared, a diagram/map of placement of tables on the front lawn should be made, and a list of any other items needed from the island should be created.  The conference chairs give this information to the island conference coordinator ahead of time for planning purposes.  On island, a check-in with Conference Services should occur to ensure the event will be set-up appropriately, and Jr. and Sr. Teen volunteers (or parents) should be coordinated for table activities.  This event can have up to 100-150 participants and usually lasts for 90 minutes (1:25-3:00).

Previous Coordinators:

Randy Witwick and Juliana Czum

Jeff and Liz Hendrick

Chris Bernd

 

 

Marshmallow Roast

This is an all generation event that occurs early in the week (usually Saturday night) out on the rocks near the Summer House or down on the rocks in front of Founders (depending on the wind!)  After dinner on the designated night, young and old shoalers gather to roast marshmallows and sing together.  Coordinators of this event need to decide upon just having marshmallows at the roast or whether to have s’mores.  Coordinators must either bring bags of marshmallows, graham crackers, Hershey Bars and roasting sticks to the island or order these items through the island.  The conference chairs should be contacted if the island will be providing the marshmallows, s’more supplies and roasting sticks.  For the event’s music, before arrival on the island, the coordinator asks one or two guitar playing conferees to participate in the event.

Previous Coordinators:

The Colbys, Julie and Gene Garcia, Hope Thurlow

 

The Great People Hunt

This is an event for children that occurs on one of the evenings of the conference after dinner.  Children gather on the front steps, and are given directions by the activity coordinator.  The children hide their eyes, and then the Sr. Teens hide somewhere within the child safety boundaries.  Once the Sr. Teens have had their given five or so minutes to hide, the porch bell is rung, and all of the younger children go on a hunt to find and capture these great people!  Once a Sr. Teen is captured, the individual is “brought to jail” and needs to sit in the well-house until all other teens have been captured.  Once all Sr. Teens have been captured, their punishment is to all go down to the swimming area and to walk backwards into the frigid water!  The coordinator of this event is responsible for touching base with the Sr. Teen Leaders on island, letting the Voice-On-Star know which lunch the Sr. Teens will run through the dining room to announce the Great People Hunt,

and ringing the bell at the designated time intervals during the hunt.

Previous coordinators:  Tom and Deb Walton, Chris and Sue Bernd

 

Kids Movies

During the adult Social Hour (60 minutes) each evening, Saturday through Friday, movies/dvd’s are shown in Parker for the younger children.  Generally, it is the Puffins and Terns who attend the movies, but mature Starlings have also previously participated.  The expectation is that the coordinator and the children who attend these movies will stay at Parker for the length of the film.  The coordinators of this activity are responsible for bringing seven night’s worth of movies/cartoons out to the island, turning the movies on and off during movie time, then securing the movies for the next night.  (Usually the coordinators keep the films in their rooms.)  The movie time is sixty minutes each night.  The coordinators should check-in with Conference Services on Saturday (after arriving) to ensure that the movie player will be set-up in Parker for the first evening (the All-Star I Chairs should have done this at their Saturday meeting with Island Staff, but is always good to confirm with Conference Services that first day!)  If the coordinators choose to take turns each night to supervise the movies, then the other coordinators can attend Social Hour.  Sometimes the coordinators can even cajole other parents to supervise on a given evening so both couples have the night off!

Previous Coordinators:

Paul and Lexi Dowd, Travis Hunnicutt

 

Snacks for Movie Time

The coordinator for snacks is responsible for either bringing crackers, popcorn, pretzels, cheez-its type snacks out to the island with them (re-imbursement from the conference can occur if desired), or asking the conference chairs to include movie snacks on the Conference Services order.  (Generally, the snacks that are brought out to the island by the coordinator are a bunch yummier than what the island provides).  If the coordinator brings the snacks to the island, juice/drinks and cups can be pre-ordered through the island. The movie snacks should be considered as a light pre-dinner snack, and should not act as a meal for a child. There can be between 10-25 children each night.

Previous Coordinators:

 

Social Hour Kiddy Barn Childcare

The coordinator of the childcare that occurs during the adult social hour each evening is responsible for sending an e-mail out to the parents of Skimmers and Starlings (the Conference Registrar can provide you with this information) which asks them to sign up for one or two evenings (depending on the number of families with children of this age) for childcare duty at the Kiddy Barn during Social Hour.  In the e-mail, it is helpful to include a RSVP date for responses.  After the RSVP date, the coordinator may need to e-mail/call parents who have not signed up on the google docs, and let them know which days are left or which day they will be assigned to cover. The coordinator of this volunteer job sends the sign-up e-mail to parents (this could be a google docs sign-up) and lets them know in the e-mail that signing up for this childcare time is an expectation for parents of the younger children.  Coordinators also should remind parents on island of their designated evenings, and this info. should be given to the chairs to include on the blackboard schedule each day. Generally, 2-3 couples cover each evening, and are positioned by the play structure, by the sandbox area, and inside the Kiddy Barn.  Parents in the conference drop their child off at the barn and then go to Social Hour (child-free!)  The expectation is that the child will stay at the barn to play for this hour.  If a child is in need of their parent, or is having difficulty staying in the barn/play structure area, the parent is located/sought out at Social Hour to help their child.  Parents are told to pick-up their child by 6:25 each evening, and to check-out with one of the supervising parents before they go to dinner.

Previous coordinators: Ali Walton, Laura Robbins

 

Social Hour Snacks at the Kiddy Barn

The coordinator of the snacks at the Kiddy Barn is responsible for either bringing crackers, pretzels, cheez-its type snacks out to the island (re-imbursement from the conference will occur if desired), or to contact the chairs about including these snacks on the Conference Services order.  Snacks will be needed for each night of the conference (7 nights) and should be considered a light pre-dinner snack; not a meal for the children. If the coordinator brings the snacks to the island, juice/drinks and cups can be pre-ordered through the island. There can be 10-18 children each night.

Previous coordinators: Stephanie Sersich, Laura Osgood, Melissa Colby

 

Lawn Games during Social Hour

Lawn Games occur each evening (weather permitting) on the front lawn. These intergenerational games such as Soccer, Capture the Flag, Ultimate Frisbee, Kickball etc. are active opportunities for the older children (Gulls, Jr. Teens, Sr. Teens, Adults!) to participate in during the hour before dinner (and there can be Terns and Puffins who want to participate too!)  The coordinators of this activity should plan for 7 nights of games to occur on the front lawn, and may solicit different people/friends to run the planned game each evening so the coordinator can have a night off to attend Social Hour if desired.  Any supplies necessary for the games, should be brought to the island by the coordinator (the conference will reimburse expenses if desired).

Previous coordinators: Steve Parr, Tom Eichler, Graham Colby, Dutch Jacob

 

Kitefest/Bubblefest

Kitefest is a kite making and kite flying activity for children that usually occurs on Sunday afternoon when there is no Children’s Program scheduled. The coordinators of this activity are responsible for obtaining and bringing out small, easy to fly kites that children can spend time decorating/coloring on the front porch then flying on the front lawn.  Generally, one of the activity coordinators supervises the handing-out of the kites and the decorating part on the porch (using the tables down by the baseball field end), and one of the coordinators is down on the lawn helping children get their kites in the air.  The coordinators should bring out both the kites and the coloring supplies to the island.  In past years, at lease 50 kites have been needed.

Previous Coordinators: Cory and Josie Easter  

 

Bubblefest is another activity for children that occurs at the same time as the Kitefest.  The coordinators of the Bubblefest are responsible for purchasing and bringing out to the island bubble solution and different types of bubble blowing wands, for bringing out any  containers needed for the larger wands, and for supervising the bubble blowing down by the Well House on the front lawn. Bubble blowing can be quite popular some years, and not as popular others.  15-25 children have previously participated.  Leftover bubbles can be left in a tub on the front porch for children to use up during the week.

Previous coordinator:  Jenny Easter Nelson

 

Children’s Last Night Celebration Party/Games

On Friday night after the Banquet, the Grand March and ice cream on the porch,

a celebration with games or dancing is held for the Terns/Gulls/Jr. Teen aged children

in Brookfield.  This activity began so that there would be something for this age group to do while the end of the banquet for adults might be occurring in Elliott Hall.  The  party usually lasts about one hour.  

Previous coordinator: Amy Slothower

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