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Ensure you have one person at registration dedicated and trained to work with kids and their guardians, and ensure there is signage telling KidsCamp attendees who to check in with. During check-in is when you will provide and collect waivers and any other documents your region requires. Make sure to keep these documents in a safe place and upload them to the WordCampWordCampWordCamps are casual, locally-organized conferences covering everything related to WordPress. They're one of the places where the WordPress community comes together to teach one another what they’ve learned throughout the year and share the joy. Learn more. site upon completion of the event.
Some kids attending KidsCamp will be coming through the doors with preconceived ideas and experiences of what it means to ‘publish online’. They most likely have a favorite YouTube star or Internet Celebrity they already follow on multiple platforms. It will be important right from the start to approach their experiences with candor for the wealth of hard work that these folks put in. Definitely discuss who they like and why and what topics these people focus on. This is a great way to start a conversation that you can pivot into how’d they can lay the ground work for something of their own.
Questions you can ask:
Who do you follow?
What platforms do they publish on?
What topics do they cover?
Do you think they have to work hard to make these posts for you?
Ask Last: What makes this person unique/special/stand out?
This is a great moment to segway into inviting them to create a ‘picture’ of who they are. If they were to make a website or blog that they could be unique or special on, what would that be?
Blogs and Vlogs and other shares are really STORIES at their coreCoreCore is the set of software required to run WordPress. The Core Development Team builds WordPress.!
The children will be invited to take part in discovering their own story to tell. Some may have an idea right away, and that’s fantastic. Completing the exercise is important for everyone before they get started on their blog, even if they think they know what they want to share stories about. Going through the brainstorm will help them be even more creative about how they share their story.
Each child should be given something to write with and on (supplies can vary, options listed below). The main goal is to ensure they have enough space and a few options to create their ‘story’ board.
Have the children put their name on the paper. Their name can go anywhere and be drawn or written in any manner, color, or direction they choose. Once this is complete have the kids draw, write, color, or somehow present on paper identifying characteristics about themselves. Some prompts to keep the mind moving in various directions:
What is your favorite hobby?
What do you enjoy learning about?
What do you do in your spare time?
If you were asked to teach someone how to do something what would it be?
What about your family?
What is your favorite color/food/dinosaur?
How would your best friend describe you?
If you had to tell people ONLY 3 things about you, what would they be?
Have you traveled?
What is your funniest/happiest memory?
This session can continue for about 30 minutes with large groups. You may want to decrease the time allotted if you have a small group and they progress more quickly through the prompts.
There is some unique Swag for kids events. When making your request for the main camp let them know you are having a kids event and how many kids you are expecting and you may receive additional KidsCamp themed Swag.