Youth Preparedness Events Toolkit

3.2 Agenda Options

  • In Section 1 we talked about location needs and the option of having a day camp versus an overnight camp. Included in this tool kit are agendas for both a Day Camp and an Overnight Camp.
  • There are benefits and challenges with both options.
    Day Camp Agenda
    Overnight Camp Agenda

A day camp is less costly as it eliminates the need for lodging and evening meals; however, it also limits your time with the participants, so you will need to plan for a five-day event instead of four.

An overnight camp allows you to run more exercises and activities (including night search and rescue) but requires more supervision of the students in the evening and night time hours.

A day camp requires less commitment from the adult sponsors as they can work their normal 8:00-5:00 hours but opens up the options as far as facilities that can be used (i.e. civic centers, fire training facilities, etc.)

An overnight camp allows more team building and bonding time for the participants, but also requires more planning by the organizers to ensure that students do not get bored and mischievous.

In the end, which option you choose will come down to what resources are available to you in the form of staff, adult sponsors, and location options.


  • The master schedule in the link below is used for background planning and is only distributed to on-site staff to know who needs to be where for which session.
    Day Camp Master Schedule
  • The master schedule in the link below correlates to the sample Overnight Camp Agenda to provide background details for on-site staff assignments.
    Overnight Camp Master Schedule