Theme of the Day – Teddy Bear Adventures

Theme-of-the-Day is a post where we ask readers to leave their summer camp ideas, using the day’s theme, in the comments section. What ideas and suggestions do you have  for the Theme of the Day? What game, craft, apparel choice, theme meal, evening activity, special event, song, skit, or anything else would you do at camp if your theme was… [Read more…]

Theme of the Day – Gettin’ Dirty

Theme-of-the-Day is a post where we ask readers to leave their summer camp ideas, using the day’s theme, in the comments section. What ideas and suggestions do you have for the Theme of the Day? What game, craft, apparel choice, theme meal, evening activity, special event, song, skit, or anything else would you do at camp if your theme was… [Read more…]

Theme of the Day – Inventor’s Workshop

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Theme of the Day – Fairy Tales

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Theme of the Day – Atlantis

Theme-of-the-Day is a post where we ask readers to leave their summer camp ideas, using the day’s theme, in the comments section. What ideas and suggestions do you have  for the Theme of the Day? What game, craft, apparel choice, theme meal, evening activity, special event, song, skit, or anything else would you do at camp if your theme was… [Read more…]

Theme of the Day – Animal Planet

Theme-of-the-Day is a post where we ask readers to leave their summer camp ideas, using the day’s theme, in the comments section. What ideas and suggestions do you have  for the Theme of the Day? What game, craft, apparel choice, theme meal, evening activity, special event, song, skit, or anything else would you do at camp if your theme was…

Animal Planet

Below are five ideas. Leave your suggestions in the comments area below.

  1. For a list of neat animal crafts visit the TLC site.
  2. Have an animal handler bring animals to camp. This can be someone from the local zoo or a professional animal entertainer.
  3. Each cabin or group can be named after an animal. As you call the cabins or groups into the dining hall refer to them by their animal name, “Okay, Jaguars you can go next”.
  4. Decorate the dining hall like a jungle, forest or the sea. I guess a desert would work, too.
  5. Hold a contest for the best impression of whatever animal is picked out of a hat.

Theme of the Day – Rainforest Adventure

Theme-of-the-Day is a post where we ask readers to leave their summer camp ideas, using the day’s theme, in the comments section. What ideas and suggestions do you have  for the Theme of the Day? What game, craft, apparel choice, theme meal, evening activity, special event, song, skit, or anything else would you do at camp if your theme was…

Rainforest Adventures

Below are five ideas. Leave your suggestions in the comments area below.

  1. Decorate the dining hall or other gathering area like a rainforest. Think Rainforest Cafe.
  2. Play forest sounds (crickets, frogs, birds, drums, etc.) around camp or in the dining hall.
  3. There is a ton of neat trivia that can be asked to campers during meals, announcements, cabin time, “Stump the Counselor” time, etc.
  4. Play games like Predetaor and Prey and discuss the relationship of animals in the rainforest. Any game that includes snakes, monkeys or other rainforest animals would be good.
  5. Hide animal skins in the woods and go for a hike. Ask the campers to try and spot the animals. Discuss the importance of camoflauge and adaptation of rainforest animals. Have an animal handler bring some reptiles or other rainforest animals to camp.

Email Round Tables

If you are a subscriber to my email/newsletter list you know that last month I began email round tables.

What are Round Table Sessions?
Round table sessions can be found at conferences and workshops. Basically a group of people get together and give their suggestions on a specific topic. The idea is that the more people there are, the more ideas will be generated.

I LOVE round table sessions. Since I cannot get all of you in one place to hold a round table session I started doing it via email. The first round table topic was the theme of Pirates. I received over 250 great ideas that I formatted and re-distributed to all of those that had participated. The next round table was the theme International, which could be part of an Amazing Race theme, Cruise Ship theme or an Around the World theme.

In these email round tables ONLY the people who participate receive the final list of ideas. If you have ever been to a round table session where your group has one or two people throwing out ideas while the rest of the group just sits there taking notes, you know how frustrating it can be for those two people who are sharing their ideas. Everyone should be sharing during a round table session.

What kind of ideas do we get?
Readers submit crafts, activities, recipes, other websites, book suggestions, decoration ideas and more.

So, if you want to get in on these email round table sessions make sure you subscribe to my newsletter. Also, feel free to leave a comment below suggesting future topics. Currently, there are a few suggestions on my Facebook fan page. You can leave your ideas there as well.

Please Note: Do not send me emails or leave comments asking for copies of past email round tables if you did not participate in them. I will not send them. It’s not fair to all of those that DID participate. I may share them as a post in the future, but that will not be until next year.

Cruise Ship Theme Ideas

This is a guest post by Jed Buck of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, www.meadowbrookdaycamp.com, in response to the comments left on the post Theme of the Day – Cruise Ship. You can reach Jed at jed@meadowbrookdaycamp.com.

 

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We did Cruise ship week a few years ago at Meadowbrook Day Camp.  Here’s how we did it…

Each day was a different port.

Monday was a Bon Voyage party. We purchased Martinelli Sparkling Cider for “Champagne Toasts” and some games to start the event.

During the rest of the week, we “visited” a different port each day that allowed us to do fun and unique activities for each. We also played music each day that tied in with the port for that day. Throughout the week, everyone on our Leadership Team wore name-tags with their new jobs (Captain, Activity Director, Cruise Director, etc.).

As the buses pulled into Camp each morning, there was a different themed sign each day welcoming them to the specific port. We also gave each bus a passport on Monday afternoon. As they pulled into Camp each day, we put a stamp on their passport for that day’s port.

We chose the following ports with the following activities:

Bahamas: We did resort games at the pool, Caribbean decorations, a Steel Drummer at the pool, and tropical tattoos.

Alaska: We did a series of contests for campers involving “snow and ice”. Frozen t-shirt relays, fake snow (various types), snow cones, giant ski relays, etc.

Hawaii: We gave out Leis the night before and everyone dressed tropical and wore them to Camp. We used John Fogerty (Java John) for his Talking Tiki Show. Very good show, and it fit perfectly into the theme.

On Friday, we returned to New York City (which for us was “home”). We had hot pretzels and did Sidewalk Graffiti with chalk all over Camp.

As always, not every age group did every activity, and we modified everything to be age appropriate.

Thanks, Jed. If you would like to submit a guest post contact me at curt@recreationpros.com.