Therefore if anyone has any ideas as to some more interesting aspects of the theory of photography, or other hands on activities even, I would be very grateful.
I think you will have problems on your hands if you are going to teach an activity called "photography" in sessions over a two week period, and not have the children able to take lots of photos. I think that trying to teach 'interesting theory' would be the quickest way to turn them off photography.
As an ex-school teacher, I can say with confidence that children that age generally do not want to look at other peoples photos of macro shots, or other peoples landscape photos, nor do they want 'interesting theory'...especially on summer camp - which is supposed to be 'non-school'.... they want to experiment and explore themselves.
What about photograms - using that light sensitive paper which doesn't require solutions for developing.??I'm sorry but at the moment I can't recall the name of it.
What about bringing their own digital cameras, and do a bit of peer tutoring - pairing those who have some idea of how to work their camera, with those without one. You could then give them tasks using their own cameras.
Are there any computers at camp??? The children could be in pairs or threes and download their images and make a small selection to print for discussion and display. Then...is there any way of perhaps getting a parent with a small photographic printer and to perhaps donate some time to print out their chosen photos after their activity sessions?
I would personally scrap the idea if 10 year olds couldn't take photographs in an activity called 'photography.'