Due to COVID-19, our prevention specialists couldn’t visit summer camps in 2020. So we created a new challenge for children to do at home! Dubbed the COCA Creative Activities for Meaningful Prevention (CAMP) Challenge, we provided weekly booklets chock-full of information and activities that children could do at home.
Over the course of five weeks, from June 29 to July 31, our prevention specialists handed out an estimated 5,000 booklets to libraries, summer camps, and other summer programs! The booklets were then distributed to children (recommended ages were children in grades K-6) throughout Berks County. Participants received a new booklet each week (we gave out about 1,000 per week), on a different prevention topic. Children were encouraged to complete “challenges,” and, for each challenge completed, they were asked to color in a tile on an included game board.
At the end of each week, families could post a photo of their finished game board on Facebook, or email us a photo. The library or summer program with the most posts won a pizza party! Congratulations to CAMP Challenge winner, 3rd & Spruce Recreation Center in Reading! We delivered gift cards for pizza so they can hold a pizza party for their campers when they are able to meet again.
In addition to the booklets, we created a series of 10-minute parent Prevention in Pajamas videos–one video per week–to help guide prevention efforts at home. The videos have been posted on our website, along with resources and activities for each week. CLICK HERE for weekly topics, activities, resources and Prevention in Pajamas videos.