Having a camper rewards program will help with camper behavior issues by recognizing your campers for good behavior and giving them an incentive to follow the rules. You would need to purchase things like small toys, trinkets or candy for a prize bin or treasure chest in order to implement your reward system.
Campers will then start collecting those items when rewarded for doing something good. Have a board, pouch, cup or like items set up in an area for each camper to place and collect what they earned throughout the week. At the end of the week allow them to cash in for prizes, similar to what you would see at an arcade when the kids win tickets. To save on your budget for setting up your prize bin, you can also let them cash in for experiences at the end of the week.
With large camps it’s hard to create an experience for every camper so as an added incentive, only allow those with the most to get the best prizes or experiences, and allow lower ticket amounts to get general prizes from your prize bin. Regardless, all kids should leave with something at the end of the week. You can also award “Camper of the Week” to the best campers each week as another incentive for you campers to display good behavior.
Whichever type of system you come up with you want to make sure you have something in place to reward campers for good behavior like being nice to others, participating in all activities, cleaning up after themselves, displaying good sportsmanship, and going above and beyond.
A great camper rewards program will keep your campers engaged and on track for a fun, incident-free camp.
For more resources on camper rewards programs, visit The Summer Camp Source website.