Get a taste of Joy even when you can’t be with us
We’ve compiled a ton of fun online resources so that you and your campers can get creative, learn, and play from home!
Check back often as we’ll continue to add content throughout the summer.
Check out the links below to get creative at home!
Paint your own Joy Rock!
Cardboard Circle Weaving
Rainbow in a Jar
Sing along to all of your favorite camp songs with this playlist on our YouTube channel.
We believe that acknowledging and celebrating our differences helps create a more just and equitable world.
Below are links to resources that are designed to help you and your family frame discussions about diversity and race.
Books for Kids
EmbraceRace.org – “Experts recommend acknowledging and naming race and racism with children as early and as often as possible. Children’s books are one of the most effective and practical tools for initiating these critical conversations.”
Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners – “Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.”
Beyond the Golden Rule (PDF) – Whether you are the parent of a 3-year-old who is curious about why a friend’s skin is brown, the parent of a 9-year-old who has been called a slur because of his religion, or the parent of a 15-year-old who snubs those outside of her social clique at school, this book is designed to help you teach your children to honor the differences in themselves and in others — and to reject prejudice and intolerance.
Shout Mouse Press – “Shout Mouse coaches writers from marginalized backgrounds to tell their own stories in their own voices and, as published authors, to act as agents of change.”
Social Media Resources
The Conscious Kid – Parenting and Education through a Critical Race Lens. Diverse #OwnVoices Books. Black and Brown Owned
Excerpts from Rage Against the Minivan – ” I think we are swimming in a racist environment and kids pick up on it because it’s all around us. One thing I do know: antiracism has to be taught. We need to be intentional. And it needs to be an ongoing dialogue.”
Cherish 365 – Reflections on what it means to be “colorblind” when it comes to race.
How to Talk to Kids About Race – From the Atlantic: ““The worst conversation adults can have with kids about race is no conversation at all,” says author Jemar Tisby. “Talking to kids about race needs to happen early, often, and honestly.””
American Psychological Association – Talking to kids about discrimination.
Talking to Children About Race – University of Washington Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences
Activities For Kids
10 Social Justice Activities to for Students – “Teaching social justice in the classroom is crucial for preparing young people to become responsible global citizens in the 21st century…Here are 10 great activities that will get kids at different grade levels thinking about human rights and our responsibility to take care of each other.”
Teaching Students About Equality – Engaging young pupils in debates about injustice and equality with the help of chocolate treats.
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center coloring pages:
Leave No Trace provides research, education and initiatives so every person who ventures outside can protect and enjoy our world responsibly
Stay tuned for upcoming events!
Smash Boom Best – Listen to two contestants debate topics like sharks vs. skunks, aliens vs. robots, and unicorns vs. dragons. These are the important debates we should be paying attention to.
KidNuz – Keep up-to-date with what’s happening in the news. Kid-friendly and bite-sized, this is the kind of news we all need these days.
Noodle Loaf – Are you a music fan looking to learn more about music through games and fun? Look no further!
Wow in the World – What’s happening in the world of science? Find out here!
Check out this long list of simple-yet-tasty recipes you can make at home
Most of these experiments can be performed with materials you already have around the house. Always have adult supervision when exploring science!
Apple Oxidation Experiment
Cincinnati Zoo Home Safaris
Take a tour of the reptile house at the Cincinnati Zoo. Did you know that the reptile house is the oldest zoo building in America?!?
Step into a world where cats and dogs are best friends!
Check out a 360 degree view of every exhibit at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Learn what NASA’s learning at the Glenn Research Center in Sandusky, Ohio
Did you know that the United States Air Force has a national museum? Check it out virtually!
Visit Disney World this summer – virtually! Panoramic street views and virtual rides will have you feeling like you’re really there.
Universal Orlando Resort offers some of its best rides in a virtual format.
Out of This World
Ever been to Mars? No? That’s OK, no one has – except, of course, NASA’s Curiosity Rover which took pictures of the Red Planet’s rocky terrain. NASA and Google compiled the images for your viewing pleasure. Check it out!