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Theme of the Week – All Ball

Theme of the Week is a post where we ask readers like you to comment with ideas for a particular theme. What ideas and suggestions do you have? 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…

All Ball

Below are my five suggestions. Run with the ball. Leave your suggestions in the comments area below.

  1. Play all the traditional ball sports (basketball, football, lacrosse, volleyball, tennis, golf, etc.), but also play sports the campers may not have tried (bocce ball, cricket, broom ball, water polo, etc.)
  2. Lead a juggling workshop.
  3. Teach “ball”room dancing and on one of the evenings have a Masquerade Ball.
  4. Do you offer cooking as a camp activity? Make popcorn balls.
  5. Throwing softballs is fun. Throwing softballs at a dunk tank is better. Or use an Alternative Dunk Tank!

14 Comments

  • OK, how about swapping the ball from basketball and baseball…nerf is safer.
    How about ball(oon) volleyball(oo) or dribbling a golf ball or a jacks ball or ?????

    • You are giving me ideas, Peggy. How about putting tokens with pictures of different kinds of balls (basketball, baseball, golf ball, volleyball, dodgeball, etc.) into a bag. Then choose a sport to play. Let’s say baseball. Now have someone reach into the bag to choose a random token. Whatever ball is on the token that is the ball you play with for that sport. “Uh oh, looks like we are playing baseball with a kickball. Thank goodness we didn’t pick out the bowling ball”.

    • Chanelle, there are a ton of games books you can get at Amazon or your local library. Look for any game with a ball and you’re good to go. Or be a bit creative and take a game that you like and doesn’t involve a ball and then add a ball giving the game a twist. Take a game like tag. You can add a ball a couple of different ways; the chaser has to dribble a basketball while running or kick a soccer ball, the chaser has to tag someone by trhrowing a Koosh or Gator ball at someone, when someone gets tagged they freeze in one place until they juggle three balls for 5 seconds. That’s just a quick, off the top of my head, example.

  • You could even expand the All Ball to include arts and crafts only with balls. For example make animals with pom pom balls, styrofoam balls, plasticine balls, etc (can you make a duck, a pig, a cow, only from balls?) Using Pilates balls can also make traditional games and races funny. What about a marble hunt – like an Easter egg hunt but instead the kids have to see how many marbles each team can find. What about a dance contest where each team has to use minimum 2 balls each in the dance choreography? Or make a mural using different sized, painted balls and throwing the balls at very large piece of paper on the ground (just make sure the paint washes off clothes).

  • Obstacle courses with a ball having to accompany you every step of the way…either with partners, linking arms and carrying the ball between you back to back, on all fours moving the ball ahead of you with your head/nose, running with ball between your knees…..

  • Another idea that would work along this theme is something that we’ve done in our camp a couple of times. It’s a take on ‘marble painting,’ where you put a piece of paper in a tray, put some paint on it, and roll marbles through it. We super-size it! We put a large piece of paper in a sensory table and use tennis balls in place of marbles. The kids love it and they can use teamwork to move the table around and create a large masterpiece!

  • How about dodgeball or castles & wizards (dodgeball with a “wizard” hiding in/behind a castle and able to revive participants).

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