Theme of the Week – Disney

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…


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

  1. Choose a movie and do a craft based on it. Make a fish craft for Finding Nemo. Make a monster out of pom pons for Monsters Inc. You get the idea.
  2. Create Gak for a Flubber theme.
  3. Have campers create their own theme park. What would it look like? What rides would it have? Would their be a them or different lands? What would it be called. Have a showcase where each group can present their ideas.
  4. Have a karaoke night with Disney songs. Hakuna Matata
  5. Have theme meals. For Lady and the Tramp you can serve spaghetti and meatballs. For Mulan you can serve Chinese food.

Keep in mind there are a lot of themes you can go with from superheroes (The Incredibles) to pirates (Pirates of the Caribbean) and beyond.


  • Our campers enjoy building cars out of cardboard boxes and other creative things, then “driving” them to a drive-in movie. We watched Cars (Disney/Pixar) under the stars a couple of years ago. Point a projector at a screen on the side of a building and move your sound system outdoors. Don’t have a huge screen? We made one by stitching 4 queen sized white bed sheets together and hung it on the side of our pavilion. The image was huge. Great fun all around. Pop some popcorn and away you go.

  • What are the legal problems with running a Disney themed camp week? You can’t show the movies unless your campers are coming for FREE. Can you use the word “Disney” in the title of your week?

    • That’s a good question, Danielle. I’m pretty sure you cannot legally use the Disney name since it is trademarked. However, would Disney sue a camp for using the Disney name? Probably not. I don’t think that’s the kind of publicity they are looking for. They would probably send an official cease and desist letter telling you to stop, and that would be that. Of course, I’m no lawyer so don’t take my advice on this. I’m just talking about how I see it personally.

      I have seen a number of after school programs named after popular Disney movies. I have also seen Amazing Race camps, Survivor camps, Nickelodeon camps, etc. and they have never had a problem. I run a Harry Potter camp and I call it – Harry Potter Camp. Can Warner Brothers insist I stop? Of course they can, and I would. But hopefully they aren’t going to worry about my little camp. Even if they do I would probably get some great publicity and exposure for the camp because of it. Yes, the cup is half full.

      On the flip side, I do know of a camp that was put on by a martial arts studio called Jedi Camp. Lucasfilm did contact them and made it clear that they did not give the martial arts studio permission to use the trademarked word Jedi, and that they should stop using the trademarked word immediately. So the camp was renamed.

      If you are at all worried about any repercussions of using the word Disney then don’t use it.

      To top things off I have seen camps, recreation departments, YMCAs and Boys and Girls Clubs all show Disney movies to kids in their programs – kids who paid to be at the camp, child care program, etc. I have not heard of one story of the FBI or Disney fining or suing them. Could they? You bet. So, it’s up to you.

      Personally, I will continue showing movies at my teen center and using trademarked names for my programs. I guess I just like to live on the edge. 🙂

  • I agree. As a 15+ year veteran of running summer camps both privately and for non profits like Girls inc, YMCA and boys/girls clubs…all show Disney movies quite frequently and at my last place, actually charged money for a “block” party which included food, dancing and then a Disney movie being projected on the side of the building. Of course the “fee” was called a “donation” and it was only for the food/dance portion…but $ = ticket, ticket = food. No tickey, no food! but ya, most of us use show movies quite often and the families pay a fee somehow, someway. But I also like to live on the edge!

  • Last summer, we had a wide age range of campers (4-12). We split them in to fairly equal teams and had a scavenger hunt set up around the camp. We used Disney themes clues like “you can find Ariel here” and the students would know they would have to go to the waterfront. We also had to CITs be Tweeds’s Dee and Tweeds’s Dumb. They ran around with a rope and encircled groups and asked them Disney trivia questions. They won freezepops and had a lot of fun!

    • Savannah, I love the idea of a Disney themed hunt. This could go a lot of ways. You could hide objects from Disney movies around camp, have staff dress as Disney characters to give clues, have campers act out scenes, sing songs or answer trivia based on Disney movies and even theme park rides, etc. I really like the TweedleDee and Dum addition. Thanks for sharing.

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