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A new book to guide fun summertime activities

Day Camp in Hawaii is the guide to plan fun summer activities
Suzanna Chavez

When school lets out for summer there will be a variety of programs for youth to keep them busy during the summer months. The directors of these programs will be interested in a new book, Day Camp in Hawaii. This book offers a summer camp program for elementary age students that can be used by any youth group, camp or summer school program.

“When I was in charge of Cub Scout Day Camp, I thought the best part of the job was coming up with all the activities, games, crafts and songs needed for the program,” the author, Paula Hrbacek said. “Later, I worked for Campfire and the YMCA doing after school and summer programs. They used a theme for each week of camp, too. Even though they were different programs, they still used games, songs and skits.”

Day Camp in Hawaii has everything a summer program needs; games, sports, crafts, art projects, Hawaiian lore and trivia facts, geology, skits, songs, guest speaker suggestions, first aid, CPR, tourism, music and dance. It also includes money saving tips, time savers, and organization and management tips. Every activity has an introduction that is educational, and a closing thought that reinforces a basic value, such as honesty, hard work, and friendship.

Writing her own activities was the easy way to come up with an original and fun program. Hrbacek majored in journalism and art at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She’s the author of three arts and crafts books and two novels. Currently, she writes about children’s arts and crafts and book reviews for the Panama City edition of The Examiner, a free online newspaper. In addition to her publishing credits in Highlights, Pack-o-Fun and other magazines, she has a degree in elementary education from Pensacola Junior College and experience teaching art in a Catholic school.

Campers who participated in these activities when Hrbacek ran it as a camp program said it was “awesome” and “the best camp ever.” Leaders commented the program was “well organized” and “easy to do”.

Day Camp in Hawaii has a five star review on Good Reads and is available from Amazon and Barnes & Nobel as a paperback at $9.95, or Nook at $5.95.

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