Theme of the Day – Party in the USA

Theme-of-the-Day is a daily 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…

Party in the USA

I’ll start it off  with five suggestions. Think you got better ideas? Leave them in the comments area below.

  1. Visit Texas and do some trick roping, have a BBQ and/or do some line dancing.
  2. Visit Hawaii and learn to hula and have a luau with some Hawaiian music in the background.
  3. Visit Alaska and do a polar swim in the freezing morning water, have a relay race where the campers have their legs tied so they have to waddle like penguins and have Alaskan salmon for dinner.
  4. Visit California and have a red carpet gala event, have a short film challenge and have a pool party.
  5. Visit New York during Fashion Week and have a runway model competition with counselors that have been dressed up by thier cabin groups.


  1. Jessica says

    I am planning a summer day camp’s activities for the first time & i cannot tell you how instrumental your site has been in helping me to choose themes, plan activities, & get tons of “outside-the-box” ideas on a budget. I am LOVING the idea of having state themed days. I can do some creative things with this. Thanks for helping me feel a little less panicked!!

  2. Deanna says

    These ideas are fabulous! Does anyone have any other state ideas in addition to the ones mentioned above?!?

  3. Curt "Moose" Jackson says

    Amelia, I’m not sure I understand your question. You mean additional ideas specific to a USA theme?

  4. Sharon says

    I think I am going to use this as my whole six weeks theme for our summer day camp. Each week will be a different city/state. I found a lot of things I can use for New York and Hawaii at oriential trade.

  5. Curt "Moose" Jackson says

    Ann, you are absolutely right. While there have been penguins found in Alaska the consensus by researchers is that they made it there most likely via fishing boats. They are not native to Alaska. Thank you for keeping me in check. :)

  6. Emily says

    I love the Party in the USA theme! I am going to use it for a theme for a 2 week session at our day camp! We will visit a new state each day. Do you have any suggestions on other states “to visit”? I was thinking Louisiana for Mardi Gras and Florida for Disney world but need just a few more!

  7. Curt "Moose" Jackson says

    New York is famous for pizza making. Texas has a history of cowboys and raches. Arizona is a good place for cowboys as well. California has surfing and Hollywood. Hawaii has surfing and luaus. Fort Knox is in Kentucky (do something with gold).

  8. Afra says

    This is honestly the BEST site I have ever visted! Everything is so relevant, fresh, and intriguing – kids will be absolutely thrilled to hear these themes. I cannot emphasize how appreciative I am for this website. Again, thank you SO MUCH!!!!!


  9. Pauline says

    Why not New Mexico or yeah Florida for huge water games with the all camp. (by the way, the ideas are really great !)

  10. Mary says

    Several summers ago our program theme was “Traveling Across the USA” – it was so much fun!! I used some food ideas from a book “Eat your way across the USA” Jane and Michael Stern and other activities and games from “Moving to Discover the USA” Mike Lee, Rhonda Clements.

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