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100 More Summer Camp Themes


A reader asked me for more camp themes. At first I thought, “Isn’t 100 enough? That should take a camp through many summers.” Later I decided that even though there are 100 themes, a lot of them might not appeal to some people.

Creating a list of 100 more summer camp themes was surprisingly difficult. While there are plenty of day or meal themes like backwards day or pajama breakfast, I wanted the list to have themes that can be used all week long.

So here it is.

  1. Pioneer Days
  2. Vehicles Adventures – Golf carts to construction equipment, kids love vehicles.
  3. Literature – A lot can be done with literature. Whether you take a current young adult book like Gone or a classic like The Count of Monte Cristo camps can create theme days and activities around ‘literature’.
  4. Dog Dayz
  5. Mysteries and Riddles
  6. Pixar Adventures
  7. Surprise!
  8. Fairyland
  9. Earth, Wind and Fire
  10. Shipwrecked
  11. Show Biz
  12. The Great Escape
  13. Aliens and Cowboys
  14. Forest Adventures
  15. Nature Gone Wild
  16. Rome – No fights to the death, please.
  17. Footloose
  18. Twilight – You may not be into this series, but a lot of your campers are.
  19. Percy Jackson and The Olympians – Who doesn’t love Greek mythology?
  20. Epic
  21. Pay It Forward
  22. Bullseye
  23. Masters – Who are the masters of your activities? This would be a great theme to have campers focus on one activity and master it.
  24. Quest
  25. Davinci – Creating, experimenting, painting, codes, etc. are all directions you can go with this theme.
  26. Top Shots – Archery, BB Guns, .22s, hatchets, blow darts, sling shots, etc. Who are the camps Top Shots?
  27. Color Crazy
  28. Medieval Times
  29. The Academy
  30. The Elements
  31. 3D
  32. Friends Forever
  33. Randomness – Make sure you add in some random dancing.
  34. Highlanders – A kid-friendly version of the Highland Games would be a great event to hold for this theme.
  35. Rigabamboo
  36. Mountain Mavericks
  37. Spirit Animals
  38. Regions (forest, desert, mountains and sea)
  39. iPhone Movie Makers – Have campers write scripts, shoot scenes on an iPhone and edit them on iMovie.
  40. Clash of the Titans
  41. Express Yourself
  42. Utopia
  43. Willy Wonka
  44. Recharge/Relax
  45. Clone Wars
  46. Down Under
  47. Rock Me Amadeus
  48. Fitness
  49. Tech
  50. Empowerment
  51. The Orient
  52. Sherwood Forest
  53. Jurassic Park
  54. The Heart of Africa
  55. Never Never Land
  56. Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventures – Bill and Ted can be replaced by two staff.
  57. Hunger Games – In this arena, campers merely tag each other.
  58. LOST – Bring in a polar bear for added effect.
  59. Gracelings – What abilities do your campers possess?
  60. Goonies – Go on an epic hunt for One-Eyed Willie’s Treasure.
  61. Van Helsing – Vampires and Werewolves and Monsters, oh my!
  62. Summer Camp Mash-Up – Mash-up two camp activities into one. Do this with all your activities. Have you ever shot a bow and arrow from a horse or kayak?
  63. Glee – Lots of singing (and blue slushies)
  64. Off the Wall
  65. Slumber Party – The dress code for today is ‘pajamas’.
  66. Cranium
  67. Camp Throwdown – Staff challenge campers at what they do best.
  68. Road Rules – Here’s a travel camp theme where campers compete in teams at various locations.
  69. Beyond Camp – Camp filled with off-site excursions.
  70. Spirit Week – Complete with spirit fingers
  71. Treasure Island
  72. Variety Pack
  73. Walk on the Wild Side
  74. Water World
  75. Girl Power
  76. Fairies and Gnomes – Like Fairyland but with mischievous Gnomes.
  77. Pathfinders
  78. Blockbuster
  79. Arabian Nights
  80. Care Bears
  81. Gilligan’s Island – Where’s my coconut radio?
  82. Beauty and the Beast
  83. Cloud 9 – Who doesn’t like being pampered?
  84. Fables
  85. Four Seasons (Fall Harvest, Winter Wonderland, Spring Rejuvenation, Endless Summer)
  86. Celebration
  87. Posh
  88. Wacky Sports
  89. Trading Spaces
  90. Dr. Suess
  91. The X Factor
  92. Myth Busters
  93. Project Funway – Either you’re in or you’re out.
  94. Wonder Emporium
  95. Happily Ever After
  96. Triple Threat – Acting, singing and dancing – or is it archery, climbing and horseback?
  97. Passport to Fun – Campers must get their passports stamped at each activity.
  98. Hunters and Gatherers – Full of treasure (hunter) and scavenger (gatherer) hunts.
  99. Whimsy
  100. Heart of a Champion

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31 Comments

  • Thanks for the additional theme ideas! I work with young adults with developmental disabilities and am always looking for age-appropriate activities. We’ve used several of your themes in past summers – thank you for making my job easier!

  • does anyone have any suggestions for this camp theme:

    *christmas in july*
    here’s what i have come up with so far:
    1. hang up christmas decor
    2. sing fave christmas songs
    3. write a letter to Santa early

    • 1. Can you have Santa show up in board shorts and a Hawaiian shirt? Maybe he can bring some small gifts.
      2. Rent a mobile snow making machine.
      3. There are companies out there that will bring an industrial snow making machine and create a small hill where the kids can sled. We used to do this every December for a recreation department I used to work at in Southern California.
      4. Have campers bring Santa or elf hats.
      5. Have a couple of staff dress as elves and create a story about how they are on a road trip visiting camps since the North Pole is empty at the moment. All the elves and even santa are on vacation.
      6. Create some Huge Candy Canes and place them around camp.
      7. Find a company that will bring in a mobile ice skating ring. It’s not actually ice. It’s a surface that you can ice skate on, however.
      8. Have a winter wonderland dance.
      9. Have campers make paper snowflakes.
      10. Have camper groups create Christmas skits.

  • Make “christmas decorations” but decorate a tree outside for the birds. Nesting material, birdseed covered pinecones, etc. The birds don’t care that it’s not cold and it’s fun!

  • Here are the themes my camp is using this summer…
    1.) Musical Moments (have musicians come in, learn about music, have kids/staff share talents)
    2.) Games Galore (go to sporting event, ice/rollerskating, play all sorts of games, have high school or college athletes come play with the campers)
    3.) Adventures in Art
    4.) Time Travel (history related activities and dress)
    5.) Cool Critters (zoo, therapy dogs)
    6.) Tons of Talent (talent show)
    7.) Careers and the Community (touring a college, learning about careers, community service)
    8.) Farming Fun (tour local farms, plant a garden or flowers, have farmers come in and talk)
    9.) Crazy for Candy (candy related games, make candy, tour candy factory, survey of favorite candy)
    10.) Movie Magic (tour movie theater, watch movie, use paper and hand-paint to make “hollywood” square for each kid, movie trivia)
    11.)Navigating Nature (spend time outdoors, go for a hike, visit local park, scavenger hunt, nature education)
    12.) Fantastic Finale (camp-wrap up, revisit favorite camp moments, camp awards/completion certificates)
    *Each week the students will have coloring pages and word searches related to the theme. A great site to create word searches is http://tools.atozteacherstuff.com/word-search-maker/wordsearch.php

  • I’m new to this website and new to my lead-counselor position. Where can I find the original list of 100 themes? I put my 12 ideas from my earlier posts in a binder and would love to add a list off 200 more to mine. thanks

    • Jill, you can use the search bar or on the home page it is the first post on the Popular Posts section in the sidebar.

  • Here are some themes we’ve used. http://ashcraftafterschool.blogspot.com/
    • Animal Kingdoms
    • Animal, Vegetable, Mineral
    • Arctic
    • Art Attack
    • Balloons
    • Bananas
    • Bikes
    • Birds
    • Books
    • Bugs
    • Calendar Year or Seasons
    • California
    • Camping
    • Careers
    • Cartoons
    • Circus
    • Comics
    • Community
    • Consumer Smarts
    • Continents
    • Countries
    • Dance
    • Dinosaurs
    • Economics
    • Eggtasic Eggstravaganza (see samples below).
    • Emergencies
    • Environment
    • Explorers, Inventors and Heroes
    • Famous Cities
    • Fairy Tales
    • Farming and Agriculture
    • Favorites
    • Flying
    • Geography
    • Global Connections
    • Gold Rush
    • Growth
    • Habitats
    • Health
    • Heroes
    • History
    • Humor
    • Inventions/Inventors
    • Islands
    • Journeys
    • Kings & Queens
    • Land, Air and Sea
    • Leaders
    • Literature & Books
    • Magic
    • Mars, Moons and Meteors
    • Math
    • Media – movies, TV, radio, newspapers.
    • Medieval
    • Music
    • Mythology
    • Nature
    • Neighbors
    • Nutrition
    • Outdoors
    • Oceans
    • Olfactory
    • Olympics
    • Pirates
    • Quality
    • Questions
    • Recycling
    • Respect, Responsibility, etc.
    • Role Models
    • Safety
    • Science
    • Space
    • Speed
    • Sports
    • Storybook Characters
    • Talents
    • Taste
    • Teamwork
    • Time Travel
    • Tires
    • Travel
    • Up
    • USA
    • Volunteerism
    • Water
    • Watermelons
    • Weather
    • Weird Science
    • Wild West
    • Winter
    • Xtra everything
    • Xylophones, drums & cymbals
    • Year in a Week
    • You name it!
    • Zones & Zip Codes
    • Zoo Animals

  • Lauren, I do not go into more ideas for these themes. Hopefully I’ll get the time to do that one day, but for now the list is all there is. 🙂

  • I am teaching a music summer camp, and I am looking for ideas. I will have grades k-2 and 3-5 . I will have the students for one week. I was thinking maybe doing a STOMP theme. Just not sure if I will have the activities for the little kiddos and enough stuff for the older kids. I would also like to transform my room for the camp, but I am very limited in the money department.

    Suggestions?

    Thanks,
    Mary

  • We have weekly themes & daily activities that support the theme throughout the week. I’m looking for a theme title for the first week of camp and 4th of July week. Any suggestions?

  • A few years ago some of the kids at my After School Program and I created “Hunger Games Dodgeball”. It is similar to fireball, no teams, but there are upright mats spread out around the gym. All “tributes” must start touching a wall. All of the balls are placed in the centre of the gym. If a “tribute” is hit they must sit out on a bench. When there are 3-4 “tributes” left, everyone who is out may re-enter the game by crawling and attempting to tag the remaining players. Last one wins!

  • hello! i was wondering if you could help suggest some themes you have that might go along with “edified”? im organising a school camp and that is one of my school’s motto unfortunately.. unsure if there is anything, but if there is, please let me know and thank you very much!!

    • Eleanor, the first thing that comes to mind are Star Wars Jedis. They are enlightened both morally and intellectually. Look online for the Jedi Code. You could do a theme around Greek philosophers/philosophy and even add in some Greek mythology. Or how about Harry Potter/Hogwarts. When wizards and witches attend Hogwarts their education and experiences are very edifying. You could have a theme of world cultures and how different races have their own ideas of edification. This could be used in a cruise ship theme, an Amazing Race theme, an Around the World in 5 days theme, etc. You could even do edification through history and have a time travel theme. In the movie Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Bill and Ted are the catalyst of enlightenment for the future. Also their adventures and their “school report” could be considered edifying for both Bill and Ted and the student body. Hope some of this helps.

  • these are all awesome ideas. Im currently the event/ theme day planner of my camp and i was wondering what “Pixar adventure” things i could give to my staff to do.
    i have a gym staff member, a ropes staff member, an art staff member, a nature staff member and some pool staff.
    i also have a cooking day and was wondering if anyone could give me some ideas on what to give my staff members, so far im giving my art member some aprons to make. im at a dead end with what foods to make with the children they’ll be from grades K-5. thank you guys so much in advance.

  • We run 4 Kids Camps a year during each school holiday that goes for a week long and we theme it and then decorate and run all our activities,games, ideas, music etc to that theme.

    Some of the themes I can remember of the top of my head are:
    * Mission Unstoppable (spy themed camp base on Mission Impossible)
    * Back to the Future (went to a Museum, decor themed around the movie)
    * Lost in Space
    * Midwinter Christmas
    * Where’s Wally?
    * Upside Down
    * Inside Out (not the movie)
    * A Whole New World (Disney themed camp)
    * Around the World in 80 Days
    * Crazy Summer Camp
    * Animal Kingdom
    * Wild, Wild West
    * Pirate Camp
    * Superhero Camp
    * Fear Factor
    * Survivor Camp
    * Boot Camp
    * Wipeout
    * The W Factor (similar to X Factor)

  • Hiya! I’m a Girl Guide and am looking for themes to run with for my 24 hour camp and a lot of these seem helpful, though I was wondering if you knew of any outdoorsy themes? The camp doesn’t run for long since we have to sleep and cook, so we only need a theme where we could use four or five activities, really. Thanks!

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