The Journey of Camp Magic all started 18 years ago. And so began the assorted story journeys and adventures! Founder Katherine McLeod was then working at a vast number of International Schools throughout Singapore and Asia - performing, teacher training, and creating opportunities for children to travel deeper into their imaginations through storytelling and drama. Her book for parents and educators "Journeys to the Rainbow and Beyond" features many of the techniques that are still used at Camp Magic to this day.
Our June/July program - Journeys - is essentially about travelling into the expansive mindscape to access our creative impulses - inviting a broadened, enriched understanding of oneself in the world. In addition, the stories ignite a profound intellectual interplay that extends the tale itself to support overall learning and participation at camp and beyond. Read on to discover how we carry the storytelling each week into this diverse, exciting model of holiday fun known as Camp Magic!
PERFORMANCE The Friday performance provides the camp community with a common goal - creating a supportive, lively experience for the children. We invite the parents to attend each Friday afternoon show so that they too can enjoy all that has been explored! The children are also given an opportunity to experience performance throughout the week by working artists and professionals. This gives the children lots of encouragement and models techniques presented in the program.

ART AND CRAFT Working with our hands provides a wonderful contrast to the multiple gross motor activities the children partake in at Camp Magic.Art and Craft furnishes children with an inner place to reflect and ponder. The program activities mirror the story of the week - awarding the children with continued freedom to amplify their connection to the story and Friday's performance.
STORYTELLING Story, as you've probably guessed, is at the very core of what we do. Each week a story adventure is introduced on Monday. Throughout the week, the story is woven throughout the camp in all the main activities. Folktales, myths, stories - new and old - open a child's world to boundless opportunities, imagination, culture, and the inner workings of our minds eye. Children love story there is no doubt about that. The form of storytelling we work with at Camp Magic is interactive. This gives the children a platform to have voice throughout a story presentation, and gives them a place to further develop their own confidence for public speaking.

BAKING We introduced baking and food prep at Camp Magic 10 years ago. It was something we would do at Friday Carnivale giving the children a tasty treat at the end of the week.However this year baking is being moved into our daily program with Baking Magic for the older groups.Tuesday to Friday will feature Camp Magic baked morning snack made by the children. Madeleines, cupcakes, muffins, and tasty French gateau. Scumptious!!
DRUMMING AND RHYTHM We have an incredible variety of drums and percussion instruments available to the children. While only one group will perform with drums and rhythm each week, all children have access to percussion instruments and drums at different times in the week. Our upcoming program will also be integrating performance rhythms created with wood, hammers, sandpaper, bowls and spoons! See our Additional Skills program to learn more on what is on offer for our 7 12 yr olds this summer.
MUSIC Music is everywhere at Camp Magic. We play it in group rooms each morning, throughout story performances, and at end of week shows. There is no escaping music at Camp Magic!One group each week also has the opportunity to play the Uke in our Friday performance. We have used the Ukulele regularly for the past 8 years. It is a perfect entrance level instrument. Simple and easy to play a few basic notes and songs. Also the size makes it easy for children to hold and play!
CIRCUS Circus takes what seems impossible and makes it possible. It boosts confidence, utilizes movement, develops unique skills, increases hand/eye coordination to name only a few. We introduced circus to our program 11 years ago, and haven't looked back. It has continuously provided children of all ages with so much joy and enthusiasm for learning. For our upcoming Journeys we are once again fortunate to have Shaheen and Shouniez back with us to help train the children with hoops, poi, spinning cloths and acro balance. Spinning plates, juggling, stilt walking, unicycling, and diabolo are also regular features in our playground circus area.
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