Theme of the Week – Symphony of the Five Senses

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…

Symphony of the Five Senses

As always I will kick off the theme with five suggestions. Then it’s your turn to leave your awesome suggestions and ideas in the comments area below.

  1. Sight – Have campers do a trust walk. This is where campers buddy up and one camper in each pair is blindfolded and the other camper leads them on a walk that the counselor takes them on. Once all the campers have had a turn being blindfolded the group discusses trust and the sense of sight. This, of course, can lead to some great discussions.
  2. Smell – Blindfold the campers and have them smell different items (flowers, grass, foods, etc.). Can they tell what it is? Make a challenge out of it and have one camper from each group come up and smell the item. The first one to correctly identify the smell gets the point.
  3. Touch – Have you ever been to a Halloween party where they pass around different items that you can’t see but are supposed to touch. They tell you that your touching eyeballs when it’s really peeled grapes, or that your putting your hands in a bowl of brains that is actually cooked spaghetti noodles. Do the same thing. Set up a few tables with boxes that the campers have to reach into and see if they can identify the objects, which can be just about anything (just stay away from cactus, okay?).
  4. Hearing – I love taking campers to an area and having them sit down or lay down and not say a word for a few minutes. It’s amazing all the sounds that can be heard that we normally just block out. What can you hear? Birds, traffic, a plane, the wind, laughter, a squirrel scurrying around are some examples of what campers will notice by just stopping and listening.
  5. Taste – When I was a kid I was at a county fair and Pepsi was doing it’s “Pepsi Challenge”. When I got to the front of the line I took a drink of soda from a Dixie cup. Then I ate a cracker and took a drink of soda from another Dixie cup. I was then asked which soda I liked more. I chose the second cup. It happened to be Coke. From that day on I was a Coca Cola fan. Have your own Pepsi Challenge. I know that soda is not the preferred drink these days so how about using different brands of juice, or better yet, water. Not all water tastes the same. Aquafina doesn’t taste like Arrowhead. Do your own taste test. You’ll see.


  • This is great. I don’t know why I’ve never thought about this. I think it would need some creative marketing to get the kids and parents interested in it, but brilliant. By the way, I love the site.

  • Once campers and parents understand what kinds of activities go on for this theme there is total buy in from many of them. Thanks for the kind remarks.

  • I took a class in college about team building. One of the things we did is get in groups of 3 and each of us had to take turns being mute, blind, and armless. One of each thing at a time. THEN we found out we had to DRIVE to the Pizza Hut, order food and eat while staying within the confines of our disability. It was not only a crazy experience, but very enlightening and a great team builder. We had to watch over each other and protect each other in so many different ways, even feeding each other! AND we drove my car, with manual transmission. THAT involved some serious communication and I was mute for the transportation decision and car ride!

  • WHOA! No! LOL. The mute person had to drive. I was armless for the drive down, so when they had trouble getting the car in gear, I had to use my foot! What a memorable experience.

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