If there is anything summer camp should be, it is fun. But nothing kills a fun mood like being shouted at to be quiet, sit still, and pay attention. Yet that was exactly what we expected from our campers at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp — silent, still attention — for emergency situations, announcements, and concerts.
In order to direct the attention of a large group of people we developed a robust toolbox of positive attention getters. They are ways to mobilize young people without saying, “SHHHH!” or requiring the speaker to be louder than 175 campers at once.
I’ve listed my favorites below.