2002 Theme Ideas

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Survivor Winter Camp

Submitted by: Steve Harig on Friday, 13-Dec-02 09:06:59 EST
Basics of the theme:
We break up into tribes and compete in challenges. The challenges would of course be our activities. We could video tape the whole thing and send it to CBS and see what happens.
Why this would be fun:
Are you kidding? A Wintercamp reality show. Awesome
Activities we could hold:
Challenges. For immunity and rewards.
Meals we could try:
eating bugs and other wierd stuff
Other Information:
A variation could be a Reality TV Wintercamp with different days ressembling different shows. Some cool one's would be the Amazing Race which would involve lots of hikes. This was just a lack of sleep idea so if you want more on it, just ask I will construct.

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Back in the Day

Submitted by: Steve D. on Wednesday, 02-Jan-02 00:46:46 EST
Basics of the theme:
Hold activities that might have been held back in the day, ie recreate a range of things that the current old men did in their younger days.
Why this would be fun:
Apart from many of the Winter Camp classics having been created "back in the day" and therefore being eligible, we could listen to old music (70's) dress up in appropriate clothing), and generally do anything that might have been fun in the 70's. Pet Rock anyone? Plus we could even do some other things that weren't necessarily winter camp related, like The Last Ceremony, ceremonial training, dance, etc.
Activities we could hold:
Most of the Classic Winter Camp activities would qualify, plus we could throw in some of the more obscure ones.
Meals we could try:
Same thing with meals.
Other Information:

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City Week

Submitted by: Steve Clark on Wednesday, 16-Aug-00 00:00:54 EDT
Basics of the theme:
This would only work if we did different days again.....and would take quite a bit of research by the planning committee. One day could be Chicago day where we could play frozen tundra football, basketball and eat foods unique to the area. Another day could be New Orleans day where we have like a Mardi Gras thing goin on and we could listen to cool jazz music and eat gumbo. New York day, we could play murder clue, have a "rude" lunch, New York style pizza. LA day, we could have a movie, and we could play impromptu games in small groups. And then Dallas Day where we'd eat southern food and do "cowboy" sort of activities. Or Reno day, where we eat buffet style, gamble and we could play a "whodunit robbery thing" (probably wouldn't be wise to do with the New York thing, unless people come up with stuff).
Why this would be fun:
Not sure, but it could be.
Activities we could hold:
See above......I am emailing some of my friends from New York and from Louisiana to get some suggestions. It would need quite a bit of work and planning by the committee to be effective. Also, some of these days could be just by themselves.
Meals we could try:
Above
Other Information:
Needs "fine tuning"

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Disabilities Awareness Day

Submitted by: Jeff Rand on Monday, 14-Aug-00 16:41:35 EDT
Basics of the theme:
Everyone gets an assigned disablity for the day; otherwise the program continues.
Why this would be fun:
Its not a matter of being fun.
Activities we could hold:
Just about anything works.
Meals we could try:
Blind cook's broth, messy sandwich meal
Other Information:

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Pizza Day!

Submitted by: Steve on Wednesday, 09-Aug-00 23:43:07 EDT
Basics of the theme:
The entire day is given over to pizza and pizza related activities.
Why this would be fun:
Pizza and fun are synonymous
Activities we could hold:
Pizza obstacle course - have to complete while carrying a pizza (real or mock) in a box and not destroy the pizza in the process.
Pepperoni (or other ingredient) stacking
Dough flipping/spinning contests
Bop-A-Goon (all chuck-e-cheese's have bop-a-gopher, right?)
Pizza arcade.
Pizza relay start with crust, run to one end add sauce, run back for cheese, etc.
Box Oven Building/charcoal lighting/etc
Olive tossing (to catch in mouth)
Create a "Pizza Holiday"

Meals we could try:
Pizza Breakfast - use a biscuit recipe for crust, some gravy for sauce, sprinkle with cheese, back bacon, sausage patty bits, pre-cooked eggs bits, and some hash browns. Alternately, you could use french toast or pancakes with syrup, but I think the biscuit is the way to go.
Box Oven Pizza - basically standard ingredients for pizza with english muffins or hamburger buns for a crust. Cook in a foil-lined cardboard box.
Dutch Oven Pizza Lunch
Pizza Subs for Dinner
Bollmano's as a snack.
Pizza in a cup anyone?
Other Information:
Pizza = fun

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Robo Day

Submitted by: Steve D. on Wednesday, 09-Aug-00 08:42:25 EDT
Basics of the theme:
Basically, a day to explore robotic themes, games and inventions.
Why this would be fun:
Depending on how much preparation we did, there could be actual robots or kits for assembly. Robots are kind of an interesting thing and being able to build one would be very cool.
Activities we could hold:
Robotwars - create physical (or logical) robots and have them battle gladiator style.
Genius Night - either use better components to build a robot that could achieve a task or use standard components and imagination to dream of the robot.
Logic Games - players pretend to be robots and try to make 100% logical decisions
Robot film festival - lots of movies with robots as star or semi-star
Robot Obstacle Course
Robot Maze a
Meals we could try:
Automated Meal - served by robots
Robot Meal - eat foods a robot eats (try to make foods look like oil, etc?)
Other Information:
Construction kits, like Tinker Toys, K'nex, Erector, or Lego could make this even more fun.

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Sunday... Sunday... Sunday...

Submitted by: Steve Donohue on Tuesday, 01-Aug-00 17:51:08 EDT
Basics of the theme:
A Day at the Races. Every activity is related to racing (mostly auto racing, but other kinds of racing could, of course, be included, as could other auto-related events).
Why this would be fun:
Everyone knows something about racing and it shouldn't be too hard for anyone to come up with some kind of racing persona if they want.
Activities we could hold:
Road Rally style compass course
Pinewood Derby (possibly with "unlimited class" or "cheaters" version)
Film Festival of Car Racing movies
Genius Night Racing - build a vehicle which will outrun all comers
Pit Crew contest - change a tire for speed
Slot Car racing
Hot Wheels Racing
Human Demo Derby - make and crash your own cardboard car suit
Car Wars the Cardgame tournament
Formula De!
VW Racing
Video Racing Games
Racing! Racing! Racing!
Meals we could try:
LeMans Lunch - racers start at a line and when the shot sounds lunge for the finish line, leap into their chairs and begin eating. Could be done with stations where you have to finish your whole item, then go to the next one
Driver's Lunch - have to eat with one hand while steering with the other
Drive-in/Drive-thru Meal
Formula One Dinner - liquid meal, all mixed together "One Formula"
Other Information:
Racing! Racing! Racing!

Horror!

Submitted by: Steve D.
Basics of the theme:
We create (or modify) some activities based on the themes of classic and/or modern horror movies and comics.
Why this would be fun:
Horror movies are fun to watch - most people like them and are familiar with the ideas and themes.
Activities we could hold::
Murder Game - except that the murderers are actually vampires (or other monsters) among us.
  • Murder-Clue with a "supernatural" killer
  • Make a Movie - you know you want to see more of the gore from the original WC: The Movie - it could even be "Steve's Revenge" or "When Wild Men Attck" or something.
  • Predator - Hapless humans try to protect themselves from...
  • Movie Marathon
  • Campfire with ghost stories
  • Special Ceremony ala Te Last Ceremony but with a supernatural element
  • Seance? Tarot? (okay, those are just kind of occult, but close enough!)
  • Haunted Casino of Doom!
I'm sure there are many more, maybe a Horror Decathlon where you have to compete for the title of Freddy Krueger or Jason Vorhees or whatever by winning in horror-style events (dismembered head lobbing, machete chopping, etc).
Meals we could try:
  • Gruesome Snack is completely obvious

  • Popcorn would work too if we did the movie thing.
  • Dinner could be like monkey brains (Indiana Jones) or some other faux food. Maybe we could even get some bugs and stuff (probably better hope Jeff doesn't read this now <G>)
  • Lunch could be some sort of stalking thing, like sleeping indian or whatever.

Other Information:
Not offhand.

Murder Mystery Camp

Submitted by:
Basics of the theme:
Have some parent Volunteers come to camp and start to disappear through out the weekend. Have the scouters hike in and suddenly 2 parents start an argument, have all the parents and scout leaders join in the fight making a circle so that they are out of view from the scouts. At that point someone will disapear from the camp. Make it realistic having the remaining adults and leaders have some blood on them. ect Play the weekend with the youth recieving clues and having to solve the mystery.
Why this would be fun:
The fear and mystery relates well with youth this age group.
You can change it as you see fit and make it appropriate for your group. You could add ideas like finding clues in their dinner. Having them make a rope bridge to pass the dead zone. Anything goes.
Activities we could hold::
1: Breaking the trail clue codes(rocks)
2: Making a rope bridge to clear the dead mans path
3: Wheres the next clue ( compass quest)
4:
Meals we could try:
Have youth find clues in their meal.

Other Information:

High Society Day

Submitted by: John Howey
Basics of the theme:
A high falutin' good time to be had by all. Campers would dress their best and engage in activities traditionally associated with the rich.
Why this would be fun:
Lots of good activity ideas.
Activities we could hold::
Skeet shooting (in suits), croquet, cricket, polo, manners contest, Raleigh relay, subtleties (a verbal jabfest), political intrigue, murder-clue, golf.
Meals we could try:
emily post, continental breakfast (or brunch), cocktail party.
Other Information:

Scots Day

Submitted by: John Howey
Basics of the theme:
We wear kilts and generally engage in activities one would expect a bunch of Scotsmen to engage in. Sort of like Highlander, Brave Heart or Rob Roy.
Why this would be fun:
Everybody loves to fake a Scots accent, plus there are a lot of good activities.
Activities we could hold::
Sheep rustling (predator variant?), Kaber Toss, Bowling, Golf, Hammer Throw, bagpipes/chanters
Meals we could try:
Haggis!, Scotch Eggs, tuppenny struggles, etc.
Other Information:
I happen to know that there are some Winter Campers who have good Scots recipes and even more who have kilts.

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