A camp may have a craft center or workshop; there may be centers in units, junior or senior camp, or other subdivisions of the camp where there are craft corners; and the camper's pocket or knapsack may be the storage place for projects that can be worked upon wherever the camper may be.
The craft center may be a corner of a general activity center, a special building or shelter, or a special room in which arts and crafts activities are carried out. The center may be mainly a storeroom for supplies and equipment, the activity taking place under trees, on a porch, or in outdoor areas. Facilities and equipment should include: working spaces, such as tables, benches, stumps, that are sturdy and firm, with tops that may be used roughly vises, bench pins, and similar working devices benches, stools, or logs tool racks, with marked places for tools boxes, cupboards, and chests for supplies, materials; large shelves or drawers for paper, leather, and similar flat sheets shelves for books, and files for pictures and clippings shelves or cupboards for unfinished articles water supply, with sink for washing hands, etc.-running water, if possible bulletin boards and places for exhibits and display adequate lighting
Tools and equipment for the workshop will be governed by the types of craft projects that are proposed for the summer's program. In the following chapters, specific tools and equipment for each craft field are listed. In general, the materials and equipment needed for any craft area should be provided, rather than kits or packets of ready-cut or to-be-assembled projects which not only do not challenge the camper to originality, creativity, or exploration, but also are more expensive than material bought in bulk.
Tools and materials should be arranged so that there is easy access to them, so that the camper can know how and where to put them after using them. Care and respect for tools and equipment should be part of the learning process for beginners and advanced craftsmen.
Peg boards and hooks, or pine boards with wooden pegs or nails and marked areas for tools, help to keep the tools in place, ready for the next craftsman to use.
The craft library can be limited to a dozen or so books, or expanded to include many of the thousands of crafts books available today. A camp may be able to borrow a set of books from a public library for use during the camp season; this is a splendid way of supplementing the camp library. If it is possible to have only a few books in the craft library, here is a suggested basic list:
Arts and Crafts with Inexpensive Materials, Girl Scouts Exploring the Hand Arts, Corinne Murphy Use of Native Craft Materials, Margaret Shanklin Handicraft, Lester Griswold
Your Own Book of Campcraft, Catherine T. Hammett Nature Crafts, Ellsworth Jaeger
The Camp Program Book, Hammett and Musselman Sunset Craft Manual, Elise Mannel Camp Counseling, Mitchell and Crawford The Book of Arts and Crafts, Ickes and Esh Group Fun, Catharine C. Reiley
Films, filmstrips, and sets of slides may be valuable additions to a camp library, if projecting equipment is available. These are especially good to use on rainy or cold days. The photography enthusiasts may co-operate in making a set of slides that show step-by-step processes, or that show completed projects.
Equipment stocked in the craft workshop supply cabinets might well consist of the following items: paper-newsprint, rolls of white, unglazed shelf paper, mimeograph or typing paper, drawing and water-color paper, construction paper in many colors 12" x
18", and a roll of brown wrapping paper 30" or 36" wide paints, crayons-poster, water-color, and enamel paints, charcoal, wax and pastel crayons, brushes, lettering ink and pens, pencils rulers, T-squares, yardsticks paste, rubber and household cement, wood glue twine, cord, string shears, tin snips, scissors (all-purpose kitchen shears are good) clamps and vises sandpaper, emery cloth, steel wool, wax for polishing knives, sharpeners, machine oil hammers, pliers, saws (hand and coping), screwdriver, drill and bits, files can openers-rotary and punch types work gloves rags, newspapers, plastic for covers, etc. denim, unbleached muslin, cheesecloth plywood, and other wood shellac, varnish, turpentine, kerosene, alcohol, and brushes grommets, pin-backs thumbtacks, masking tape, Scotch tape stapler and staples assorted nails and screws.
Quantities of materials and the number of tools will vary with the number of campers expected to use the materials and tools, the emphases and types of projects offered, the length of the camping season, the length of time campers will be in camp. The availability of supplies and the ease of reordering will be factors in the stocking of the general supplies.
Handcraft supply houses in all parts of the country have such equipment and materials for sale. Many items can be purchased in hardware or department stores.