Theme of the Week – Animal Planet

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 for an Animal Planet theme? 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…

Animal Planet

Below are five ideas. Leave your suggestions in the comments area below.

  1. For a list of neat animal crafts visit the DLTK site.
  2. Have an animal handler bring animals to camp. This can be someone from the local zoo or a professional animal entertainer.
  3. Each cabin or group can be named after an animal. As you call the cabins or groups into the dining hall refer to them by their animal name, “Okay, Jaguars you can go next”.
  4. Decorate the dining hall like a jungle, forest or the sea. I guess a desert would work, too.
  5. Hold a contest for the best impression of whatever animal is picked out of a hat.


  • What about a safari hike. Get ‘stuffed’ wild animals or pictures of wild animals to plant along the hike. Include large and small animals, maybe use binoculars and put some of the animals further into the woods so you can only see them well with the binoculars. Have kids keep a field journal where they document their observations, including when/where they were sighted, drawings, identifiying marks, or observed behavior.

    • We do a scavenger hunt where we place stuffed animals off the trails. I like your idea. It takes what we are already doing steps futher. Thanks, Opi.

  • We do a stuffed petting zoo. Our LIT’s and CIT’s are each given a stuffed animal.. they have a week to do research on the animal, make a poster, and know some unusual facts. We give them pith hats and they are zoo keepers for the day. We set up 4 stations… 1. craft room where they design a picture from, 2. Picture with a snake ( we put a fake boa around their necks) 3. trail mix station ( they can fill a brown lunch bag with healthy snacks)4. the zoo! Its a hit each year, by making older children take charge it keeps them interested. The regular staff mans the stations and act as tour guides!

    • Fun idea Miss Q. What a great way to run an animal camp. Thanks for sharing. My stuffed Moose would love to participate. 🙂

  • trying to do an animal theme in summer for kids in two separate bunks..2 yrs olds are in one bunk and 3 and 4 yr olds in the other…any idea for a cute name for an animal theme and ideas of what to do will be great!!!

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