Theme of the Week – Inventor’s Workshop

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…

Inventor’s Workshop

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

  1. Childhood curiosity, experimentation, and imagination can develop one’s play instinct—an inner need according to Carl Jung. Set-up a room with stuff to tinker and play with. You can have everything from Legos to robotic kits, fun noodles to Erector-stlye sets.
  2. Hold small brainstorming sessions and give the campers a challenge that needs an inventive solution. It can be anything from how to build a better mouse trap to creating a new ropes course element.
  3. Give groups a box of random supplies and have them create any product they can. After they have created it, they must act out a 30 second commercial.
  4. Some camp activities, like the zipline, can become stale and boring after campers have done it for a couple of years. Take an activity like that and see of the campers can invent a way to make it fun again.
  5. Have groups invent carnival booth games. Then hold a carnival where everyone gets to play each other’s games.


  • Last year we taught campers about simple machines, and then gave them supplies to make a Rube Goldberg device. This was all done in a ‘pirate theme’ so we used examples of things pirates used, and they had to make their device raise a Pirate Flag.

  • This past summer we held a fashion show for the kids with the kids as models. The kids created their own masterpieces on other kids using newspaper. We had some very interesting outfits. To my surprise the boys loved this just as much as the girls.

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