Hi Chloe - I've been thinking about this over the past couple of weeks and then yesterday I drove by a local school where we did a different type of project a few years ago because we couldn't build traditional climbing structures and only had a day to work... and you popped into my head. We have a number of designs for things that can be made from everyday objects... and while much of it can be found with a determined search on pinterest, we have had a lot of trial and error. I would be interested in working together on ideas for your playground in a box... especially depending on how large the box could be, and if it would need to be exactly the same for every project or if you could modify it a bit depending on the location. I have a lot of ideas zinging around and would be happy to brainstorm together soon (or later this summer... I know things can get hectic!). But in the short term, let me know if you have any parameters for the box you would like to be able to send to a camp (i.e. size, weight, price-point... also if it needs to be the exact same every time... and if it needs to include everything for the playground or if it could include some local resources depending on what is available). Based on these I will send you some thoughts I have brewing! All my best, Genevieve
Hi - I'm not sure if you are still working on your application (since there is only one answer posted so far) - but I would encourage you to consider expanding this idea to include construction projects. About 10 years ago I collected glass bottles from bars in the community where I was living in Mexico, we easily collected around 10-20 per day, and then we built property walls with them to help keep pets in... but construction in general is really easy and really beautiful (plus strong and inexpensive). I'd be happy to share my experiences if you decide to go in that direction at any point in the future. Best of luck! Genevieve
Hi Gina - thanks for reaching out - I love the collaborative work that you are focused on as well... I think we should definitely look for ways to work together - whether it be sending you designs and implementation plans, or heading over to hold a training workshop, or anything in between! I would love to see more of your designs as well, we're always looking for ways to improve the work we're doing, especially ideas for reuse into useful items that complement the actual playground equipment. This is my first time here on this site, I assume that the messageboard continues to be accessible after the deadline and we can find each other - but just in case, we can move the brainstorming to email at some point if needed: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck with everything - I look forward to looking for areas of overlap and collaboration! Genevieve