Kind World Explorers
What is Camp Kindness Counts?
Camp Kindness Counts is a grassroots nonprofit focusing on character development, community service, and social emotional well-being for kids and families alike. The Kind World Explorers™ is one our resources which support parents and teachers in fostering compassionate, courageous character in children. Our other programs include monthly Family Service Events, Camps, and a character resource portal.
Is the Kind World Explorers™ guidebook used in an after-school club?
This is not an after-school club, but it can be! If enough parents are interested and your school administration/PTA has the resources and bandwidth, parents are welcome to use the Kind World Explorers resources and make it a free after-school activity at the school which is led by parents. If you decide to use these resources and charge families, please contact us first for approval at firstname.lastname@example.org
Is the Kind World Explorers™ free?
At this time, we are providing some of the Kind World Explorers™ guidebooks and Kind World Passport™ for child participants for free, as a gift. Donations are always needed and accepted. Click here if you would like to make a donation.
How old should kids be to participate in a Kind World Explorers "club"?
The Kind World Explorers guidebooks were designed primarily for kids ages 4-12 years. However, groups have successfully adapted the activities to include both younger and older kids than the target age range.
How often would a Kind World Explorers "club" meet and what is the timeline for progressing through the curriculum?
The Kind World Explorers guidebooks are set up to be entirely flexible to the needs and schedules of the classes or families who are coming together. Groups have shared they typically meet once per week, twice a month or once per month. You also have the option of creating a schedule to complete some activities as a group while completing others with just your family, during times you don't meet as a group! The decision is yours, we are simply providing the resource!
The progression through the guidebook is up to the individual group (groups may choose to do one activity from the guidebook at each meeting, or complete all three activities for a specific character strength at each meeting). Each activity takes between 10-40 minutes depending on the size of the group and how much time you want to take for conversation and reflection.
If your group finishes one guidebook and wants to explore more character strengths, there are additional guidebooks to explore! There are four Kind World Explorers guidebooks in total, each containing activities that relate to three different character strengths.
Who runs the Kind World Explorers™ "clubs"?
Kind World Explorers is simply a resource for families to use and form a club if they'd like, for those wanting to build community and engage with other kids and parents. If a club is formed it would be a parent-led club, similar to other scouting models (such as Girl and Boy Scouts). All activities are focused only on Character Development. Parents can make a plan and organize for their Kind World Explorers™ "club" to meet a time and location convenient to them. Your Kind World Explorers™ "club" can be just your family or it can consist of a group of families. You can meet in your homes, at parks, churches, at school if there is available space-- any place convenient to you or your group!
Can you describe what the "club" looks like?
Parents interested in using the Kind World Explorers™ guidebooks can form a club of their own with other interested parents. Kind World Explorers™ guidebooks can be used to form parent led clubs and can be held anywhere convenient to your family or your group of families. Some parents and kids are meeting before or after school at school, at community centers, homes, houses of worship, and libraries! This is not a class or program run by Camp Kindness Counts.
How many families are typically in a Kind World Explorers™ "club"?
We have found that groups of 1-10 families work best for Kind World Explorers™ "clubs". But the decision is really up to you! We are simply providing a resource to you!
How will club leaders be supported and is anything required of parents?
Parents leading the activities in the Kind World Explorers™ guidebooks are welcome to reach out with questions for the Camp Kindness Counts staff at any time.
We ask that a parent from each Kind World Explorers™ "club" complete two short online surveys – an initial survey after the club has completed at least one activity from the curriculum guidebook, and a mid-point survey after the club has completed 4-5 activities. Parent feedback helps us support you better and support in fostering a kinder world!