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50 Summer Camp Attention Getters

It’s good to have some fun attention getters ready. Whether campers are gathering for morning announcements, waiting to get in the dining hall, or playing a group game, these attention getters are not only fun, they are an effective way to quiet down a large group.

Because these are mostly interactive attention getters (as opposed to just sounding an air horn), you’ll need to teach the campers the proper response. Some of the call and responses will be obvious, though. You won’t have to prep the campers for those. 

For example:
Leader: “Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?”
Campers: “Sponge-Bob-Square-Pants”

Call and Response

Call: “Match in the Gas Tank”
Response: “Boom Boom”

Call: “Skunk in the Barnyard”
Response: “P-You”

Call: “Macaroni and Cheese”
Response: “Everybody Freeze”

Call: “Zippity Doo Dah”
Response: “Zippity Aye”

Call: “Are you ready kids?”
Response: “Aye Aye, Captain” (SpongeBob)

Call: “Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?”
Response: “Sponge-Bob-Square-Pants”

Call: “1, 2, 3, eyes on me”
Response: “1,2, eyes on you”

Call: “Hear ye, Here ye”
Response: “All hail the Queen (or King)”

Call: “Marco”
Response: “Polo”

Call: “Shark Bait”
Response: “Ooh Ha Ha” (Finding Nemo)

Call: “When the hand goes up”
Response: “The mouth goes shut”

Call: “Hakuna”
Response: “Matata”

Call: “I touched the rains”
Response: “Down in Africa” (Africa song by ToTo)

Call: “Let’s get ready to”
Response: “Rumble” (in a Michael Buffer voice)

Call: “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie”
Response: “Oi, Oi, Oi”

Call: “To Infinity”
Response: “and Beyond”

Call: “Red Robin”
Response: “Yummm”

Call: “Pika, Pika, Pika”
Response: “Chu, Chu, Chu”

Call: “Avengers”
Response: “Assemble”

Call: “And a HUSH fell over the crowd”
Response: “Hushhhhhhhhhh”

Call: “Lions and tigers and bears”
Response: “Oh my”

Call: “R-E-S-P-E-C-T”
Response: “Find out what it means to me”

Call: “Tarzan”
Response: “Swinging on a Rubber Band”

Call: “Choo Choo”
Response: “rumble, rumble, rumble, rumble”

Call: “Ready to rock”
Response: “Ready to roll”

Call: “We will, We will”
Response: “Rock You”

Call: “Knock Knock”
Response: “Who’s there” (finish with your favorite joke)

Call: “Winner, Winner”
Response: “Chicken Dinner”

Call: “Monkey See”
Response: “Monkey Do”

Call: “Alright, Alright, Alright”
Response: “Okay, Okay, Okay”

Call: “Everybody in the house”
Response: “Is as quiet as a mouse”

Call: “Hocus Pocus”
Response: “Everybody Focus”

Call: “Scooby Dooby Doo”
Response: “Where are you?”

Call: “Snap, Crackle”
Response: “Pop”

Call: “Silly Rabbit”
Response: “Trix are for kids”

Call: “Hey Kool-Aid”
Response: “Oh, yeah”

Call: “Microphone Check”
Response: “1,2 – 1,2”

Call: “Alligator, Alligator”
Response: “chomp, chomp, chomp”

Call: “Oompa Loompa Doompety Doo”
Response: “I’ve gotta another announcement for you”

Call: “Super-California-Expert”
Response: “Surfer-On-The-Ocean” 



“If you hear my voice clap once.” Campers clap once. “If you hear my voice clap twice.” Continue until everyone is clapping.

“Zip it. Lock it. Put it in your pocket.”

Clap in a certain pattern/rhythm. A few campers will try to clap the same pattern. Before you know it, everyone will be.

Start singing a camp song.

Shout “Jazz Hands!” and everyone will show you their jazz hands.

If indoors, flicker the lights on and off.

Use a sound other than a typical whistle…like a Kazoo, slide whistle or train whistle. 

Shout out “Animals Calls!” then state an animal and have the campers make the sound.

Talk in a low voice. Campers will stop talking to hear you.

Shout, “Andy’s Coming!” All the campers freeze. Then you can unfreeze them by saying, “False Alarm”. (Toy Story)

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