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Wanna work with kids?
« on: June 02, 2008, 11:05:16 AM »
The week of August 11th, I'm going to be a counselor at "Camp Agape", a week long camp for children (ages 10-12) with incarcerated parents. This camp is run by the Episcopal diocese of Easton and will take place at Camp Mardela in Denton, MD.

The question is this: Would anyone like to run a 2-3 hour or 4-6 hour (morning and afternoon) session similar to Jump Westminster? I'm envisioning this session working on conditioning, balance, philosophy, etc. These kids have pretty rough lives, so I'd like to introduce them to parkour as a way to motivate them to grow as individuals and look at the obstacles in their lives as opportunities rather than problems.

I'd love to help with this session, but I don't want to run it because I don't feel confident enough in my own abilities related to parkour or physical education for kids this age.

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2008, 07:56:49 AM »
Let me check my schedule, but I'd be interested in helping in anyway I can.  Even if I can't get off work, I'd love to help you set it up, plan curriculum, etc.

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2008, 04:00:10 PM »
I should be able to get off work and i'd love to do it.
Denton's my home town and i know Mardela very well.

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2008, 07:15:47 PM »
I may be able to at least help with this, if not attend.
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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2008, 05:43:29 AM »
I'd absolutely be interested in this. I'm car-less so...

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2008, 05:46:16 AM »
Awesome! You guys rule! There is one caveat though in that anyone volunteering this week must attend a training session regarding sexual abuse, etc. for a few hours. This I believe is July 19th. Camp Mardela (location) has a website which is http://www.campmardela.org. Here is a link giving general information about the Camp Agape week: http://www.dioceseofeaston.org/Agape%20summer%2007.html I will have more specific information about facilities, exact dates, perhaps pictures, etc. shortly.

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #6 on: June 06, 2008, 08:49:46 AM »
Fail. I'm out then. I'll be in Denver, I think, that day.

:( Oh well, sorry.

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2008, 10:58:33 AM »
http://www.parkourgenerations.com/news.php#374

you should contact the pkgen people. They might be able to give you some tips.

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2008, 12:53:05 PM »
If it's just a one or two day thing on weekends, I'm in.
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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #9 on: July 14, 2008, 07:41:53 PM »
Ok. Sorry for the delay, I've been away (I suck. :(). This Saturday, the 19th is training for anyone who will be working with the kids directly. At the training there will be paperwork to fill out for background check and forms to sign acknowledging that you've done the training. If people need a ride to Camp Mardela, I can arrange that pretty easily.

We get a 2 hour block of time at some point during the week (Monday the 11th - Friday the 15th). This can be any of the five days in either the morning or afternoon. We get to choose.

Please respond to this post with:
-whether or not you are available on Saturday for the majority of the day
-if so, whether or not you need a ride
-which day you would prefer and whether morning or afternoon works better
-planning ideas
-questions

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2008, 04:02:04 AM »
Sorry Daed, I can't help you on this one.  Saturday is booked at work and I can't take off.  I hope somebody responds and you get some help.  Good luck.


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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2008, 04:01:47 PM »
don't know what i'll be able to do during the week but i'll come on saturday morning and see what's up.  What time should i show up. I'm an early riser so any time is good.

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #12 on: July 22, 2008, 02:46:41 PM »
Ok, Adam, Sam, Brian, Zac, etc. Planning time! Adam, you have an outline for our 2 hour session, yes? That'd be a good starting point.

Sam, we can still work out training if you're interested.

I'm checking with Brenda to see if the afternoon of Wednesday the 13th will work. Adam (and maybe Sam), does that day work for you?

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #13 on: July 23, 2008, 09:13:51 AM »
13 of August? I can do that... but I can't/didn't make the "training session." If I can still do it, I'm definitely in. Let me know.

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #14 on: July 25, 2008, 04:10:06 AM »
If that is the date, as long as I have ample time to notify work I should be able to get off.  I too did not go to the training, so what boat am I in in that regard?   Zac and myself as well as a few other APK Alliance members have been working on a sort of 2 or 3 hour seminar format that could be useful if Adam does't have what you are looking for.

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #15 on: July 25, 2008, 05:20:55 AM »
I'm still willing to lend my hand, as well, though, I - like Zac - missed the training thing due to being away at the time.  The classes I taught in Hamilton were two hours long, so it's actually a perfect amount of time.
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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #16 on: July 28, 2008, 04:15:47 PM »
Again, you guys rule. :) I've been trying to get up with Brenda for the last week about setting up another training. I talked to her kids tonight and she's been in Wichita at a conference. She's coming back tomorrow though, so I should be able to keep things moving shortly.

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #17 on: July 28, 2008, 04:25:38 PM »
So as for components of the session, I'm going to assume it would go something like: warm-up -->new stuff --> practice --> new stuff --> practice --> compile --> assess

By the end of the two hours we would want the kids to know/be able to:
1) Know what parkour is.
2) Look at obstacles (physical or otherwise) as opportunities.
3) Do exercises that will help body awareness.
4) Do exercises that will increase physical usefulness (surmounting obstacles, etc.)
5) Where and how to continue their learning.

Ok, somebody correct, edit, and/or add to the above por favor.

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #18 on: July 28, 2008, 06:09:43 PM »
Come up with a more specific outline of what you want to teach. "new stuff" could be a lot of things. :)

I would plan out a specific warm up, and then the specific vaults/movements you want to teach them. Overplanning is better than underplanning. You can always ditch or change your plan, but coming up with stuff on the fly is... hard. :p

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Re: Wanna work with kids?
« Reply #19 on: July 28, 2008, 06:18:43 PM »
Hmm, I think most kids already think obstacles as opportunities, but they don't think much about safety and their own limits.  If they see their friends do it, they would do it even when they are not quite sure they can.  So I think safety, knowing their own limits, not to be competitive, and knowing how to bail safely should be the primary focus. 

Also, remember to teach them to respect the environment and the people around them.  If they destroy the environment or piss someone off, they won't have a place to come back to practice.  If there are signs that say "don't jump on walls" or "keep off the grass", ask them to respect those wishes.

That's my two cents :-)
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