The curtains close on the CWC Circus

The CWC Circus camp in Yongin, Korea, has wrapped up! This was a fun week—and a challenging one too. We had nearly thirty students to manage between myself and my teaching partner, Kallie George. Thankfully, we had the help of some fantastic counsellors who helped wrangle the kids for us.

Here are a few shots from some of the fun aspects of the camp . . .

This first shot is of two of our counsellors, Shina and Dona. They took their roles at circus camp seriously, as evidenced by their colourful hair!


We gave each of the students a grab-bag of goodies upon their arrival at circus camp. We decided to use vintage-style popcorn bags and filled them with such things as miniature tops, miniature playing cards, plastic circus animals, glow sticks, circus animals, and a bit of candy.


I used some of the miniature cards to tell my kids “fortunes”—just like my grandfather used to do to me when I was young. Of course, the cards also came in handy during the kids’ free time. Here they are, having a rousing gambling game (I think the poker chips were candy).


What’s a circus without some body paint? The counsellors painted many wrists, arms, shoulders, and even a few cheeks throughout the week of the camp.


One of the most fun moments of the camp was when we held the Circus Tournament. Here the students were put into teams and engaged in such activities as designing the creepiest clown face, ring toss, water balloon juggling, and—my favourite—”eat the circus treat.” This involved trying to eat as much of a scorpion lollipop in five minutes. A few brave souls managed to even do it . . .


. . . though no many. Here’s the left-overs. As you can see, some of them were barely touched. (Not that I blame them!)



The secret circus

One of the final activities we did at the CWC Circus camp in Yongin, Korea, involved the creation of a secret circus. This is similar to the “Hidden Worlds” workshop I’ve delivered, but this time the students imagine the setting as a circus that is performed by miniature beings such as bugs, mice, or little people.

The artwork component of this activity includes a template for a ticket to the circus and an abandoned ringmaster’s hat, which serves as the tent for the circus.

Here’s some photos of the kids’ creations . . .