Staff Supervision

Over 500 Camp Names for Staff

Do you use camp names? I love camp names, but after a while they begin to repeat. How many “Sunshines” can one camp have? My camp name is Moose. There’s another one that’s overused, but I like it. I have compiled a list of over 350 500 camp names. Why? Because I know it can be difficult for new staff to come up with a good one.

If your new staff can’t seem to come up with a good alias, let them look over the list. If your camp doesn’t do the whole “camp name thing” I suggest you consider it. My staff have always gotten into it and the campers love it (even the parents think it’s neat). After all, it’s easier to distinguish between 3 male counselors know as Jedi, Sport and Possum then it is to have three counselors known by their real names of Mike, Mike and Mike (not to mention that it’s a lot more fun).


I want to thank Smudge, cedar trees, Indigo, campkgurl and goof_oak on the ACA message boards for helping me with this list as well as all those who have left comments allowing me to add their names.

  1. Ace
  2. Airborne
  3. Ajax
  4. Aladdin
  5. Alpha
  6. Alpine
  7. Amethyst
  8. Angel
  9. Ape
  10. Apollo
  11. Artemis
  12. Aspen
  13. Astro
  14. Athena
  15. Atlantis
  16. Atlas
  17. Aussie
  18. Aurora
  19. Autumn
  20. Avalanche
  21. Bach
  22. Bacon
  23. Badger
  24. Baja
  25. Bam Bam
  26. Bambi
  27. Bandicoot
  28. Banjo
  29. Banzai
  30. Barnacle
  31. Bazooka
  32. Bean
  33. Bear
  34. Beetle
  35. Beta
  36. Bigfoot
  37. Bilbo
  38. Bingo
  39. Blackjack
  40. Blaze
  41. Blossom
  42. Blue
  43. Bobcat
  44. Bobo
  45. Bonbon
  46. Bonsai
  47. Boom Boom
  48. Boomer
  49. Braveheart
  50. Bravo
  51. Breeze
  52. Broadway
  53. Bronco
  54. Bubba
  55. Bubbles
  56. Buckeye
  57. Buckaroo
  58. Buddy
  59. Buffy
  60. Bullwinkle
  61. Bunny
  62. Burt (and Ernie)
  63. Buttercup
  64. Butterfly
  65. Butterscotch
  66. Buzz
  67. Cactus
  68. Cali
  69. Calico
  70. Calypso
  71. Cannonball
  72. Captain
  73. Casper
  74. Castaway
  75. Caveman
  76. Cedar
  77. Cheddar
  78. Cheetah
  79. Cheshire
  80. Chewy
  81. Chipmunk
  82. Choco
  83. Choo-Choo
  84. Chords
  85. Chowder
  86. Chuckwagon
  87. Chunk
  88. Cinder
  89. Cinnamon
  90. Cisco
  91. Clover
  92. Coach
  93. Cobra
  94. Coco
  95. Cocopuff
  96. Coda
  97. Colonel
  98. Conan
  99. Condor
  1. Cookie
  2. Cookie Monster
  3. Coral
  4. Cottonwood
  5. Cougar
  6. Cousteau
  7. Cowboy
  8. Coyote
  9. Crash
  10. Crazy Horse
  11. Cricket
  12. Critter
  13. Crumb
  14. Crush
  15. Cuckoo
  16. Cupcake
  17. Cyclone
  18. Da Vinci
  19. Daisy
  20. Dakota
  21. Dagwood
  22. Dandelion
  23. Dash
  24. Deja vu
  25. Deuce
  26. Dew
  27. Dexter
  28. Diamond
  29. Diamondback
  30. Digger
  31. Dingo
  32. Dino
  33. Ditto
  34. Dobby
  35. Doc
  36. Dogwood
  37. Domino
  38. Donut
  39. Doodle
  40. Dot
  41. Dove
  42. Dragonfly
  43. Dragon Rider
  44. Dreamer
  45. Dude
  46. Ducky
  47. Duke
  48. Dunk
  49. Dusty
  50. Echo
  51. Eclipse
  52. Eeyore
  53. Einstein
  54. Elf
  55. Ember
  56. Endo
  57. Ernie (and Burt)
  58. Everest
  59. Fable
  60. Fajita
  61. Falcon
  62. Fandango
  63. Fang
  64. Fauna
  65. Felix
  66. Ferret
  67. Fiesta
  68. Fire
  69. Firebug
  70. Firefly
  71. Fishbone
  72. Flash
  73. Flipper
  74. Flower
  75. Footloose
  76. Fox
  77. Fozzi
  78. Frankenstein
  79. Freckles
  80. Friday
  81. Frodo
  82. Frogger
  83. Froggy
  84. Fuzzy
  85. Gadget
  86. Gator
  87. Gecko
  88. Gemini
  89. Genesis
  90. Geronimo
  91. Giggles
  92. Gilligan
  93. Gizmo
  94. Glitter
  95. Goldilocks
  96. Goofy
  97. Gopher
  98. Gorilla
  99. Gremlin
  100. Greystoke
  1. Griffin
  2. Grizzly
  3. Gumby
  4. Gummy Bear
  5. Guppy
  6. Gus
  7. Gypsy
  8. Hammerhead
  9. Happy Feet
  10. Harmony
  11. Havoc
  12. Hawk
  13. Hawkeye
  14. Hercules
  15. Hermes
  16. Hermit
  17. Hero
  18. Hickory
  19. High Tide
  20. Hip Hop
  21. Hollywood
  22. Honey Bear
  23. Hook
  24. Hoots
  25. Houdini
  26. Hound
  27. Hubba Bubba
  28. Hurricane
  29. Ice
  30. Iceman
  31. Indie
  32. Indigo
  33. Iris
  34. Iroq
  35. Ivy
  36. Jackpot
  37. Jade
  38. Jasper
  39. Jazz
  40. Jedi
  41. Jelly Bean
  42. Jewel
  43. Jet
  44. Jib-Jab
  45. Jinx
  46. Journey
  47. Jubilee
  48. Juju
  49. Jupiter
  50. K-9
  51. Kalamazoo
  52. Kaleidoscope
  53. Karma
  54. Katmandu
  55. Kazoo
  56. Kermit
  57. Kiki
  58. Kindle
  59. Kit
  60. Kit Kat
  61. Kiwi
  62. Koala
  63. Ladybug
  64. Lancelot
  65. Lego
  66. Lemonade
  67. Leo
  68. Lightning
  69. Lionheart
  70. Lion-o
  71. Lizard
  72. Loki
  73. Luna
  74. Lynx
  75. M&M
  76. Mac
  77. Mad Max
  78. Maestro
  79. Malibu
  80. Maui
  81. Maverick
  82. Meadow
  83. Meatloaf
  84. Melody
  85. Mercury
  86. Merlin
  87. Mermaid
  88. Metro
  89. Micky
  90. Midas
  91. Midnight
  92. Minnie
  93. Mist
  94. Mojo
  95. Money
  96. Mongoose
  97. Monkey
  98. Moon River
  99. Moon Shadow
  100. Moondance
  1. Moonstone
  2. Moose
  3. Morningstar
  4. Mouse
  5. Mozart
  6. Muse
  7. Mustang
  8. Mutt
  9. Myth
  10. Nacho
  11. Nala
  12. Nemo
  13. Neptune
  14. Nerf
  15. New York
  16. Newton
  17. Nikita
  18. Ninja
  19. Nitro
  20. Nomad
  21. Nugget
  22. Oak
  23. Odin
  24. Omega
  25. Oreo
  26. Orion
  27. Otter
  28. Oz
  29. Padfoot
  30. Panda
  31. Panther
  32. Papa Bear
  33. Papa Smurf
  34. Pathfinder
  35. Paws
  36. Pax
  37. Peaches
  38. Peanut
  39. Pebbles
  40. Pegasus
  41. Pelican
  42. Penguin
  43. Pepper
  44. Petra
  45. Phoenix
  46. Picasso
  47. Pickles
  48. Pigglet
  49. Pink
  50. Piper
  51. Pirate
  52. Piston
  53. Pixie
  54. Pixie Stix
  55. Pluto
  56. Pogo
  57. Polo
  58. Ponderosa
  59. Pong
  60. Popeye
  61. Poppy
  62. Pops
  63. Poseidon
  64. Possum
  65. Presto
  66. Pringles
  67. Professor
  68. Pumpkin
  69. Quicksilver
  70. Rabbit
  71. Radar
  72. Rain
  73. Rainbow
  74. Ranger
  75. Rascal
  76. Raven
  77. Rawhide
  78. Razzle
  79. Razzleberry
  80. Razzmatazz
  81. Rebel
  82. Red
  83. Redtail
  84. Redwood
  85. Reef
  86. Rhapsody
  87. Rhino
  88. Rider
  89. Riffraff
  90. River
  91. Rob Roy
  92. Robinhood
  93. Rocket
  94. Rock
  95. Rocky
  96. Rodeo
  97. Rogue
  98. Rolo
  99. Roo
  100. Rooster
  101. Ropes
  102. Royal
  103. Rubber Ducky
  104. Rudy
  105. Rugrat
  106. Saber
  107. Sahara
  108. Sailor
  109. Samson
  110. Sapphire
  111. Sasquatch
  112. Sassafras
  113. Scooby
  114. Scooter
  115. Scorch
  116. Scorpio
  117. Scout
  118. SCUBA
  119. Sea Dog
  120. Sea Breeze
  121. Seal
  122. Sequoia
  123. Shadow
  124. Shakespeare
  125. Shamrock
  126. Sharkey
  127. Sharkbait
  128. Shazam
  129. Shipwreck
  130. Short Stack
  131. Shrek
  132. Sierra
  133. Silver
  134. Sinbad
  135. Siren
  136. Skeeter
  137. Skipper
  138. Skippy
  139. Skittles
  140. Sky
  141. Sky Hawk
  142. Skywalker
  143. Snake
  144. Snickers
  145. Snoopy
  146. Snow
  147. Snowflake
  148. Snuggles
  149. Solo
  150. Solstice
  151. Sonic
  152. Southpaw
  153. Spam
  154. Spanky
  155. Sparkles
  156. Sparkplug
  157. Sparrow
  158. Special K
  159. Speedy
  160. Spice
  161. Spider
  162. Spike
  163. Spirit
  164. Splash
  165. Spork
  166. Sport
  167. Sprinkles
  168. Spite
  169. Spyro
  170. Squirrel
  171. Star
  172. Star Gazer
  173. Starburst
  174. Stardust
  175. Starfish
  176. Starlight
  177. Sting
  178. Stingray
  179. Storm
  180. Stripes
  181. Sugar
  182. Summit
  183. Sundance
  184. Sunflower
  185. Sunny
  186. Sunrise
  187. Sunshine
  188. Superstar
  189. Swan
  190. Sweet Pea
  191. Swizzle
  192. Sycamore
  193. Ta-Dah
  194. Tango
  195. Tank
  196. Tarzan
  197. Taz
  198. Tempest
  199. Thor
  200. Thorn
  201. Thumper
  202. Thunder
  203. Tick
  204. Tiger
  205. Tigerlily
  206. Tigger
  207. Timber
  208. Tinker
  209. Tinkerbell
  210. Titan
  211. Toad
  212. Tomahawk
  213. Tonks
  214. Tootsie
  215. Torch
  216. Tornado
  217. Trailblazer
  218. Tree
  219. Trixy
  220. Troll
  221. Tsunami
  222. Tulip
  223. Tumbleweed
  224. Tuna
  225. Turbo
  226. Turtle
  227. Tweety
  228. Twilight
  229. Twinkie
  230. Twix
  231. Typhoon
  232. Unicorn
  233. Venus
  234. Viper
  235. Wallaby
  236. Weasel
  237. Weeble
  238. Whisper
  239. Wild Bill
  240. Wildcat
  241. Wildebeest
  242. Wildwood
  243. Wiley
  244. Willow
  245. Wings
  246. Wizard
  247. Wolf
  248. Wolverine
  249. Woods
  250. Woody
  251. Wonka
  252. Xena
  253. Ya-Ya
  254. Yahoo
  255. Yeah-Yeah
  256. Yoda
  257. Yogi
  258. Yosemite
  259. Zen
  260. Zero
  261. ZigZag
  262. Zip
  263. Zombie
  264. Zoom
  265. Zeus




  • Hey! These are great! My camp nickname was Anakin, from Star Wars. It was fun to pretend that I was actually Anakin, and the fact that I’m a female just made it all the more fun!

    • Hi Annika (I mean Anakin), Thanks for the nice comment. I love using camp names and require my staff to use them during the summer. The kids really get a kick out of it too, of course.

    • Mine is ducky, I’m still a C.I.T. but I was stuck with the name even before then. They call me ducky from C.I.S. because i’m great at telling stories, and sometimes exaggerate the details. So my sister calls me ducky, the other C.I.T.S. caught on to it, and then the counselors, next thing I knew, everyone called me ducky!

    • My camp name is ducky. And Its all because my sister had called me this all my life. ( Her camp name is Zuko, because she likes fire and avatar ) But the camp C.I.T.’s caught on to it, and then the counselors, soon enough everyone caught on to it and called me Ducky. Then when I became a counselor, that was my name! I have had this name for 12 years and I still hear giggles when the campers call me that. I currently work in the camp stable as lead horse trainer. You can say these things pay off!

  • thanks for the great ideas im gonna be a leader at a summer camp and i need to pick a camp name but it has to be something to do with nature and this list has given me some good ideas thanks…now i just need to pick one lol

    • Congratulations on your summer job. You’re going to love it. I’m glad I can be a part of your preparation. Let us know what name you end up picking.

  • When choosing your camp name, keep in mind that it will probably follow you around for years and years. I’ve been Cactus for over 10 years now and I am often approached in public by teens (previous camp kids) who still only know me as Cactus… so choose your camp name wisely.

    Cheers, Cactus

  • My favorite camp name was at a Girl Scout camp I worked at one year. One of the other counselors couldn’t decide on a camp name so she went with “Pending.” It was awesome!

  • My camp name orginated when it was nearing the end of the day of one of my first trainings for the Girl Scout day camp I work at, I was staring at a list I’d compiled (wish I’d had this list!) and had to pick one because they needed to make my name button. Now I totally love it, and it’s managed to really fit my personality as well as my roles at my 2nd camp, a week-long overnight, Harry Potter themed camp.

    Also, this website in general is awesome!

  • Any ideas for camp names that go together for two sisters? For instance, I knew sisters named Hakuna and Matata and brothers named Orion and Sirius. My sister and I both need a unique camp name and it would be fun if they went together!

    • Fire and Ice
      Katniss and Prim
      Peaches and Cream
      Salt and Pepper
      Yin and Yang
      Chip and Dale
      Athena and Artemis
      Sapphire and Xena
      Blossom and Buttercup (or Bubbles)
      Earth and Heaven
      Fish and Chips
      Rock and Roll
      Sugar and Spice
      Sun and Moon

    • how about rosie and remi! Like the football players! Plus we have female and male horse with those names at my house. I think that would be cool.

  • I worked for the first time at a summer camp this summer at the ripe ole age of 28. It was quite an experience considering I’d never really done camp, and this was a girl scout camp in minnesota.
    The camp name I went with though was one that I’ve had since I was ten and got AOL for the first time, and I never bothered to change it, but it worked well as a camp name.
    The name was Blossom.

    We had some interesting characters at camp, though. Including was a Disappearing Turtle (DT), Nutella, Salty Roll, Sakura and a Looper.

  • My camp name is Rubber Ducky. I’m kind of a big guy, somewhat intimidating to new campers. It really helps put them at ease and makes them feel more comfortable in the camp when I tell them my camp name. I’ve had the name for about 13 years now.

  • I love having a camp name!! Mine is Logurt! Hahah It started my first year of camp as a camper. I have always been a helper, and my counseler was awesome. Her name was Ringo, and I brought her in “Logurt” Which is whipped topping, and yogurt mixed together, and put into a pie crust. So she always called me that, and the name stuck!

  • Mushu…I was dubbed as such because I’m small and red (I’m very fair and I blush/burn a lot), and Mulan is one of my favourite movies! I’ve had it for 5 years…and counting!

  • at the YMCA camp that I worked for four years we “earned” our names – they were give to us and all had stories behind them. I was YogiBear (mostly called Yogi) and a few of my kids called me Yogurt one year after they noticed that I brough yogurt with me a lot. Now I have to come up with my own for a new camp that I am working at.

    • I like the name YogiBear. Can’t you just use that at the new camp?
      I like the idea of “earning” a camp name, but unless that is done during staff training, staff will go into the summer with just their regular names and campers will know them as Joe or Jennifer or whatever. Then mid-summer a counselor does something stupid and are branded/named as “Ropey” because they got caught up in a bunch of ropes before tripping and falling down. Now they have a camp name they neither picked nor wanted. That is why we have our staff come up with their own camp names then tell the rest of the staff why they chose the name. It has to have some meaning. Just because someone likes to wear sandals they can’t name themselves Flip-Flop. Once they share the name and story behind it the rest of the staff vote to accept the name or reject it. If rejected they have to come up with something else.

    • We print out the names or send a link to our new staff each summer so they can either pick one or be inspired by one. It helps them to wrap their head around camp names.

  • I got dubbed my camp name when a few of my closest friends told me that my brain was a little more scrambled than everyone else’s.. It definitely suits me thats for sure! All the kids think that my favourite breakfast is the scrambled eggs so thursdays (when scrambled eggs are served) are always a little exciting in my cabin.
    As for some other awesome camp names, we had sisters named Sasquatch and Nessie.. Camello, Redneck, Bean, Okemo, Boss, Tiny, Gus Gus, Mac, Bob, Double Lolly, and Otter are all super cool ones I think
    Camp names are one of my favourite things at camp, but I’m awful at not calling the counsellors by their real names

  • I am currently in the process of deciding what I want my name to be. I have compiled a short list of names that I want to use next year. I know that it sounds a little early to be brainstorming names, but I want one where I know I won’t change my mind. Here’s the list that I have come up with so far:
    Feel free to add any of these that you like onto your list. Also, I think that the name Bubbles, which was on your list, is overused. Every time I’ve seen camp names used, that has been one of them.

  • Thanks for the list. I’m a new camp director and want to start doing this next summer, I’ve noticed over the past 10 years working at camps that the staff with nicknames get remembered more often than the ones without. It’s also really cool if you run into a camper in the off season and you suddenly hear your camp name shouted across a restaurant.

  • I have been a summer camper since I was 9 years old and this summer I’m going to (finally!) be old enough to be a counselor at the Girl Scout camp where I practically grew up at. I know it’s waaaay early to think of camp names, but I just love this list. Some names that I’d like to add that were counselors that I loved are

    Newton (sometimes went by Figgy)

  • I’m thinking of a camp name and came up with Arwen, from The Lord of the rings trilogy! I think it’s pretty cool πŸ˜€

    • I like Arwen. Sure beats Gollum. You know, Arwen was also referred to as Evenstar, and that’s a cool camp name, too.

  • All the camp names I ever had: Bigfoot, Yoshi, SpongeBob, Rainbow Dash, Panda, Penguin, and now I’m sticking with Bacon for good!

  • My camp name is Ranger (multi-fold meaning <Texas Ranger fan, I’m usually the “camp security” , I’m the “outdoor skills” person “forest ranger” and I’m friends with a lot of Army Rangers).

    Does anyone recall what happens if a camper ever found out your real name? I seem to recall trying desperately hard to find out my counselors real name when I was a girl at camp…. but can’t remember WHY… although I do know SOMETHING was supposed to happen….

    • Hey Ranger (love the name), I don’t know what other camps do when a camper finds out a counselor’s real name. I actually didn’t know that do something was a thing. We tell the campers our real names at the end of the week. Oddly enough, 99% of the time return campers will forget our real names. They prefer our camp names. Personally, I let all the kids (and parents) know my real name at the beginning of the week and then tell the campers that I prefer they use my camp name, but I’ll respond to both. They always use my camp name, even though they have a choice.

  • Hey this is cool! I work at a Girl Scout camp in Massachusetts over the summer! We have to use camp names and the campers are not allowed to find out our real names. My camp name is Cupcake and one of my best friends is named Batman. We also have Tulip, Luna, Gummy Bear, Squirrel, Donut, and Dragonfly! (We have a lot more but that’s all I could think of)

    • Caitlyn (er…Cupcake), thanks for the comment. Those are some fun camp names. I’ll add them to the list. Isn’t camp great!?

  • This is a great list! I’m a counselor-in-training at a Girl Scout camp, and my camp name is, well, Phoenix. Some other awesome ones that I’ve noticed are Valkyrie, Vortex, and Rex.

    • Haha…nice. Was that because you were so bright and cheerful and your friend was a dark and brooding?

    • Liz, were you okay having a camp name that people gave you based on something that would embarrass most people? Would you have liked to have been able to pick your own camp name (like Firefly)?

  • I’m going to be a counselor at a mystery themed camp for middle schoolers, and I realy need a mystery themed name! Any suggestions?

    • Alice, what do you mean by mystery themed camp? Like the kids don’t know what they’ll be doing each day?

      • We still do the normal camp things, like canoeing and archery. But the overall theme is Mystery, so each counseler has a name that fits that. And we do meals where you dress to the theme, and other activities like that throughout the week.

  • Okay, Alice, here you go…
    Nessy (Loch Ness)
    Terces (secret backwards)
    Casper (the friendly ghost)
    Miss Terie (mystery)
    Nancy Drew
    Scully (X-Files)
    Thelma or Daphne (Scooby Doo)
    Sher (lock)
    River Song (Dr. Who – lots of mystery surrounds her)
    Quinn (There is a character named Alice Quinn who is a cool magician in the book The Magicians)

  • Ooo, I like Whisper…if that fits you. It should be a name that fits. If you are on the quiet side, Whisper is great. If you feel that you kind of go unnoticed then Shadow works well. Check out the book I mentioned to get an idea of who Alice Quinn is.

  • There is so many names here to choose from…

    This is gonna be my first summer camp this year and I really want to have a cool name.
    Any suggestions for an extrovert / funny / always talking out lound and smiling kind of guy ?
    Yn just so the name suits m personality.

    • Wilson, I don’t really have any suggestions, but I think it’s funny that Wilson is the name of the volleyball in the movie Castaway and it, of course, did not talk. You are apparently the opposite. Go through the names and see what works for you. Let me know what you end up choosing, and good luck with camp.

  • I’m Snap because I take a lot of pictures. One of our girls is FX because she makes so many sounds. One girl is Book Mark. She reads a lot so has to mark her book to join the adventures. We have also used Crayola, Blueberry, and Dash. Love your list.

  • Our camp names were assigned by the other staff members based on pre-camp. I was Cypher due to my ability to comprehend nervous parents and strange registration forms.

  • I just became a counselor at a Girl Scout camp in IL (Greene Wood) this summer and I chose Nemo for my name! It’s so much easier to remember camp names than real names because you only know one person with each name so they’re all so much more memorable. I feel like parents who send a camper to camp for the first time get very confused when their kids come home like “Today I met cookie dough, thunderation, and pancake!”

    • Nemo’s a good name. I find that parents like the idea of camp names. If you get a chance to meet the parents I suggest you give them your real name first and then follow that up with, “but at camp I’m known as Nemo.” The parents won’t be confused. They’ll get a kick out of it.

  • Still have yet to see my name anywhere πŸ™‚ My camp name has been Nala for the past four years (from the Lion King) and I have yet to meet another Nala

    Great name choices! I’ll have to show my new staff this last before the summer starts

  • I’ve volunteered all through high school to be a counselor for elementary kids and they were obsessed with my nickname Catlion because it is so close to my real name yet so original it stuck.

  • My camp name is Glitch. I got it for my uncanny ability to accidentally break electronics, and my friends are named Pixel and Digit. We’re the technology trio.

  • I’m going to be a counselor at an outdoor school camp. My friend decided his name is going to be “Pepper Jack”, and I’ve gotten inspiration from this list. I’m going with “Pop n’ Lock” since my favourite movie is The Way, Way Back. Thanks!

    -Pop n’ Lock

    • YES!!! I love both of those names. I also dig that movie. Good luck with camp. I started out as a counselor at an outdoor school camp program. You’re going to love it.

    • Okay Aurora, what’s with the question marks. πŸ™‚ Are you sure that’s your name or are you just trying it out? I have a friend who’s actual name is Aurora and she’s rad. So, I like it.

  • Hey i love this list but is there any way you can give me some ideas for a name for a spa related camp theme and also you should put sprinkles to the list

    • Hi Sprinkles, I will certainly add your name to the list. As for spa related theme names, I am coming up blank.

  • Mine is Leto. Like the titaness, not the actor. I thought she was the titan of light but she’s still cool. My friend’s is Spoodz, but she kept calling me To-lee so I had to call her Spudz.

  • I am trying to come up with a name that has to do with being adventurous or being a daredevil. I was wondering if you could give me some suggestions.

    • I am at a loss for a name that is associated with crafts. The only things that come to mine are Pinterest and Etsy. Or maybe Arty for artist. I guess Crafty could work, too.

    • why not doodle? We have a horse by that name, she’s sweet and called that because she likes to draw in the sand with her hooves

  • Hey! I’m a councilor at a Camp and I just thought I’d share this years names. Sharkbait, Powderhound, Periwinkle, Stormer, Starburst, Bunny, Cookie, Mosquito, Banana, Strawberry, Calico, Alley Oop, Flutter Shy, Smurfette, Unicorn, Skittles, Tigerlily, Catnip, M&M, Swizzle, Razzleberry, Tootsie, K-9, Kitty Cat, Pixie Stix.

    • These are some great names. I may have to add some of them to the list. Thanks Pixie Stix.

  • Thanks for adding these camp names, Moose! Today at camp went great and the girls got a real kick out of my camp name.

  • Also, Alley Oop is actually my other nickname between the other councilors and I ’cause I rock at basketball.

  • I recently became a leader at my camp, so I can’t wait to see the reactions to my name, signature(we all sign each other’s shirts at camp), and SWAPS(Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere)!!

  • Amazing website! This was meant for directors and leaders, but I’m desperate ^o^ !
    I shall hereby be known as Nugget πŸ˜€

  • These saved me, at camp, if you don’t pick a name soon, your camp name will be just brick or cinder block. Thanks a lot man!

  • I’m currently writing a book for middle grade readers, and this list was quite helpful as I named the camp counselors. Thank you, Moose!

    • I love that, Laurie. Glad the list came in handy for you. Good luck with your book. Let me know when you publish it.

  • My camp name is Spider Monkey, because I have really long arms and legs I’m a pretty decent height I think but I’m also super fast climber on the ropes course… The way we work camp names here is we typically get to learn more about each other… And we name each other we give 3-5 possible names mine were (Spider Monkey, Zaboomafoo, Chipmunk because when I think I make a little clicking noise, Shadow, and Neff) and we have a naming ceremony where we have all the names requested and we get to pick from those set of names… Once we pick we cannot go back because that name we chose is our real God given name. So when the kids ask for our real names we tell them our real name is (insert camp name here).. A few other camp names here is..

    Chocolate Thunder and Vanilla Lightning
    Big Kahuna
    Macho Nacho
    Beast and Belle
    Tiger Lily
    Banjo and Kazooie
    Chubby Bunny
    Buddy the elf
    He Who Watches Like A Red Hawk
    Spectrum (Specs)
    Captain America
    Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy
    Chip and Dale
    Crush and Squirt
    Charmander and Squirtle
    Posh Spice
    Sheriff Woody
    Mr. Incredible

    • Spider Monkey, thanks for leaving the comment. Those are some fun names. Though, I wouldn’t say they are God given as staff give each other suggestions and each chooses their own name. They are staff recommended and chosen by you, the recipient. The question then is, how many staff are using their new names now that summer is over?

    • Adventure can mean so many things. Being an adventurist covers a lot of territory. It could mean a traveler of exotic locales, someone who partakes in high-adrenaline sports, or someone who likes to simply backpack long distances. When thinking of a name I like to do a couple of things. The first is to think of a few animals that represent the characteristics I want to be known for. What are some animals that shout “adventure”? Would they make good camp names? I also like to think of characters of books and movies that encompass certain characteristics. What fictional (or historical) characters are considered adventurists? The third thing I do is check an online thesaurus for synonyms. There are plenty of names in this post that represent adventure. Good luck with your search.

  • Absolutely love this list!! I’m the Program coordinator this year and next summer! Hiring throughout the year means naming staff year round and this list is great! My camp name is Mermaid, which amazed me that it wasn’t on this list!

    A list of others I’ve worked with from the past include Couch, Sweet T, Minnie, Shiloh, Torch, Stryker, Flanker, Bentley, Hoots, Chirps, Dreamer, Ninja, Papa Smurf, Captain, Prancer, Dr. Justice, Snowflake, Bee, Candy, Dreads, Magnolia, Petrie, Little Foot, Yzma, Hero, Quad, Tails, Frodo, Chongo, Story, Danja, P-nut Butta, Tawanda, Pilot, Red, Halo, Rain, Mushu and I could go on and on with staff who have come through!

    • I like some of these names, Mermaid. I’ll have to add them to the list, including yours. πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing.

    • Gigi, I think these are all good, but without knowing your personality, I wouldn’t be able to recommend one for you.

      • Mine Is Pegasus but here are some others That I thought of or from other councilors
        Cheshire (or Ches)

  • My Camp name has been Spot since 2009. More people call me that, than my real name. It even carried over to my new job (It helps that they knew me as Spot to begin with and there is now two Brandon’s on our staff of 5 people) I am not even sure how many of people on the Board or the volunteers actually know my real name.

  • I am currently 20 years old, and have been going to girl scout summer camp since I was in 3rd grade. I have been a camp councilor since I was in 9th grade, and I have heard a lot of camp names. My current name (that I have had since I was 11) is Twix, and I see that you have that on this list, but here are some other names that I have seen around camp:

    Artsy, Wombat, Emu, Tink, Mystery, Popcorn, Moon Cheese, Almond, Dump Truck, Squidward, Bus Driver (One of the male councilors was a bus driver for an elementary school), chrysanthemum, Netflix, Llama, Alpaca, Sargent
    Wish, Shades, Frenzy, Brown Bear, Pippi, Boots, Bear paw, Chip, Lone wolf, Noodle, Buttons, Flamingo, Swiper, Caramel, Jolly Rancher, Cotton Candy, Dumbledore, Bumble Bee, Wasp, Starbucks, Caribou, Milk Toast, Maple, Pizza, Click, Pretzel, Sassy, Freeze Baby, Flamingo, Jiffy Pop, S’more, Queen Bee, Shrimpster, Flip-Flop, Junebug, Stormy, Fawn, Marshmallow, Hashtag, Doge, Bullseye

    Sorry if some of these are already on the list!

  • Imm back again
    I finally chose Donatello like in the ninja turtles as my camp name & the kids loved it. Even the younger ones even had a little trouble saying it right but it was in all fun πŸ˜‰

    Remember this summer (2016) when that Pokemon GO fad poped out of nowhere , well some other consellors i know used somme pokemon names as camp names . Im not gonna name all the 100000 pokemon , but some common ones like Pika/Charmander/Alakazam/Eevee and many more might do the trick πŸ™‚
    Dont know if anybody mentionned them already but hey its a ggod one.


  • I go to a Girl Guides camp in Canada and it is my favourite place in the world. All the staff at camp have nicknames and their real names are secret, though through some sleuthing over the years I’ve found most of them out. Mine is Glitch, which came about by my complete ineptitude with all forms of technology (I touched a radio once and broke it). A lot of staff have pretty standard camp-y names like Bee and Star, but we’ve got some really out there ones, including stuff like:
    Rufflet (My best friend, I gave her that name)
    Pixl (My other best friend, I gave her that one too)

    We’ve got a very diverse range of equally bizarre personalities with bizarre names to match. I think they’d all prefer that their names would stay off of the list, along with myself, because we’re so unique and stuff :). I think I speak for all of us when I say that camp is the best place on earth.

    Long live Camp Woolsey!!!!

    P.S. It would be great to know which other camps in Canada or the U.S. or other places that use camp names too. Great to see that the noble tradition of the camp name is carried out not only at our camp πŸ™‚

    • Thanks for the comment, Glitch. Love the story behind the name. Those other names are pretty great, too.

  • All excellent ideas for camp names. Our school will have a universal camp theme this school year. I am looking for a theme that will capture the excitement of learning. Do you have any Ideas? I am a 3rd grade math and science teacher.

    • Hi Janice, I have three posts each with 100 summer camp themes. You may find something within those posts, but I don’t have any lists or suggestions when it comes to educational themes. Sorry.

  • Back in 2015 when frog memes were popular, Me and a friend were leaders at this theater camp. She was Pepe and I was Dat Boi. πŸ™‚

  • I’m planning on being a C.I.T at the YMCA next summer im currently 13 i have to be 14 so this helped me choose my camp name im conversing between autumn,buttercup or atlantis

    • Some people have Autumn as their normal name. Buttercup is a popular camp name, so if you happen to get a job in this industry chances are you will run into others with the same camp name. Atlantis is my pick if you are someone who spends a lot of time in the water, or are a lifeguard.

    • If your camp is requiring a ‘nature’ name, I’m guessing Pegasus probably wouldn’t qualify. It’s a cool name, though.

    • Hi, Emmy. What I’d consider cool and fun to say would probably be very different than what you would consider cool and fun to say. More importantly, I suggest you choose a name that has some meaning for you. There are over 500 names in this list. Take some time and go through it. you may find the perfect camp name for you.

  • Reading this list brought back a lot of camp memories! It was interesting to find some of my colleague’s camp names up here. My camp name has no real meaning behind it, besides the fact that it had a nice ring to it, I’m short, and enjoy pancakes, but the campers had a big kick out of it! Thanks for posting this Moose πŸ™‚

  • hey moose! before i went to CIT camp this summer (where we officially earn our camp names) i made sure to look over some and saw so many names that i recognize from other counselors and CITs. I was bestowed the camp name Antique!! I’m an old soul and i love thrifting, so it was a perfect match!

    • Hey, Antique. That is a very unusual name. I am glad you’re happy with it. Makes sense for someone who is an old soul and enjoys thrifting. I am not usually on board for having others come up with a person’s camp name, but it seems to have worked out for you. That’s terrific. Were any of the CITs not happy with the name they received?

  • I love the names listed but I am looking for name that cool like Calidascope or Calypso. (doesn’t need to start with C)

  • My camp name last year was tiny because I was small for my age but now I wanted a new name cause I’m not tiny for my age anymore and I was leaning towards coconut.

  • I’m a older girlscout working on getting my gold award (with an obvious setback at the moment but that is besides the point.) I really want to be a councilor when I’m a bit older and my leader has been trying to get us to pick out our nicknames for a while now. I’m torn. At the camp I last went to I noticed many of them had names from their favorite shows and movies. I knew a Gilmore, Maverick, etc. I love the show Sherlock and I feel that either the name Sherlock or Mycroft (Sherlock’s older brother) would suit me very well. However, I have a rather intense fondness for Halloween and would not mind at all to drop my clever, fancy, and all around stiff demeanor for the name Pumpkin. Any advice?

    • I like Pumpkin, but it may get weird for you if an older person is calling you Pumpkin like they are your grandparent. What about Spirit…it could be related to ghosts but also camp spirit.

  • Hey, just wanted to let you know that “gypsy” is a slur, probably best to not encourage it as a camp name

  • I few more you can add that my camp had: sparks, pearl, Nemo, patches, goose, bell, tiger, snoopy, kitty, willow, and I forget the rest. You might already have some of these too, I just didn’t see them in your list.

  • Hellooo Kass again. I’m now closer than ever to being a counselor, but tragedy has struck. I had finally chosen to go with Pumpkin, only to find it has just been declared by another girl in our sector. I have to try again. I know more than ever that I want something Haloween/spooky-themed. I’m very pale and something ghosty would be fantastic, but I don’t like spirit too much. Any more suggestions?

  • Any suggestions for new & experienced leader training about camp traditions. How about girls & camp names? I’ve been a leaded since the early β€˜90’s & it seems they don’t seem to stick until late HS, and it’s impossible to keep track of my girls using them. I’ve been tomato since my first troop Campout sunburn (lol) & I love tomatoes. I was a friend duo as a CIT, I was Gumby, my unfortunate friend was Pokey. Thanks!

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