Theme of the Week – Safari

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 of my ideas. Leave yours in the comments area below.

  1. Have staff dress as animals and space them out around camp. Then take the campers on a walking safari or use a camp bus.
  2. Get a bunch of small plastic animals and/or stuffed animals and place them along a trail. Then have two groups go on an animal hunt.
  3. Host a game show where the topics are all about animals you might see on a safari. The campers will have fun and learn some animal facts.
  4. Take a field trip to the zoo.
  5. Check out the safari activities here.

Okay, your turn. What are you great ideas?

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  • Animal Tag
    The goal is to turn everyone into the same animal as your group. Assign children to 4-6 different animal groups. Once the game begins all children should be making animals noises and trying to safely tag each other. Once a child is tagged, s/he becomes the animal of the person that tagged her/him. The game continues until all children are the same animal
    Monkey Says Monkey Do
    This game is a variation of Simon Says. Pick one child as the monkey. Have the other children stand in a circle. The children must fulfill the commands of the child designated as the monkey only if it begins with monkey. If you say “Monkey says, clap your hands!” children must clap their hands. But, if you just say “Clap your hands!” children must not follow the command; if they do, they will be disqualified from the game. The last child standing is the winner of the game.

  • Your first idea sparked one of my own! Each summer, we play a game of counselor hide and seek, where some of our counselors will hide somewhere around campus, and then groups of campers, led by a counselor, will walk around to try and find them. In this game, each counselor hiding is given colored strips of paper (each counselor has their own unique color), and as each group discovers their hiding spot, they must give up one of the strips. The group with the most colored strips at the end of a designated time wins. Combined with your idea of counselors dressing up though, you could do the same thing and call it a counselor safari hunt! That would be so much fun, especially if you could get the strips of paper in safari prints (I’m sure you could in the scrapbooking section). I think we’ll add that to our agenda for next summer!

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