Harry Potter Camp Ideas…an Update


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A few years ago I had decided to stop running our annual Harry Potter Day Camp. I figured since all the books had been published and all the movies were on DVD the popularity of it all would just go away. After speaking with some of the parents of campers who attended that particular summer, I decided to continue. What started as a one week day camp for 12-15 kids 7 or 8 years ago, is now a three week day camp with 40 kids each week and a waitlist. Due to staff and facility limitations 40 is the max. As kids get older and parents read the books to them, Pottermania continues – for a new generation. [Read more…]

Theme of the Day – Teddy Bear Adventures


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Theme of the Day – Gettin’ Dirty


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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


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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 DLTK 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.