1999 Theme Ideas

Seventies Day

Submitted by: Paul Kupser
Basics of the theme:
Wear seventies clothes and act in seventies style.
Why this would be fun:
Fun to watch some of the old men relive their "glory days", plus polyester.
Activities we could hold::
Disco, ?
Meals we could try:
"Baked" goods
Other Information:

Roman Day

Submitted by: Tim Hunt
Basics of the theme:
The day is based on the culture of the ancient Roman empire.
Why this would be fun:
Most people are at least slightly familiar with Roman culture, making this reasonably accessible to any Winter Camper.
Activities we could hold::
Gladiatorial games, Toga Party, Lions vs. Christians (Predator?), Do as the Romans do (follow the leader), Volcano experiments, fiddle playing, production of Julius Caeser.
Meals we could try:
Toga Party, Bacchanal Feast, Spaghetti
Other Information:
I have a toga.

Masquerade Day

Submitted by: Tom Ray
Basics of the theme:
The entire day is held masked, with everyone pretending not to realize who is inside the mask.
Why this would be fun:
Masks are terribly comfortable. Besides, it would give people a chance to show some creativity and it would also be fun from a role-playing aspect.
Activities we could hold::
Masquerade ball, blind hike (mask with no eye holes), role-playing of all kinds
Meals we could try:
Masquerade meal - food which looks like something it isn't or people eat while masked.
Other Information:

Youth Day

Submitted by: Steve Harig
Basics of the theme:
Basically the day is conceived, planned, and held entirely by the youth.
Why this would be fun:
Cuz we rule!
Activities we could hold::
Wrestling
Meals we could try:
Wrestling!
Other Information:
An alternate might be to have the youth be adults and the adults be youth for a day, kind of like one of those "Mayor for a day" things.

A day in the life of....a criminal

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Basics of the theme:
not sure....keep reading
Why this would be fun:
Caz I think it will bear with me
Activities we could hold::
Ok, we start off with the murder game, then we play murder clue to try and figure out who did it and then we go into a modk trial. I suppose that the meals would be two crappy ones....like the breakfast and lunch that you would expect in a jail and the dinner would be really awesome caz it will be the dying prisoner's last meal (you know caz he did it...so he would die)
Meals we could try:
see above...i jumped the gun...this day is gonna need an advisor that is familiar with the logistics of the murder clue and the murder game (Jeff Rand immediately comes to mind)....however, so long as an older scouter (one that played or set up these games in the past) helps with the planning it won't matter who the advisor is
Other Information:
nope

Career Day

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Basics of the theme:
Well we have a lot of career minded people at winter cammp so we could either have them talk about their various careers or better yet we could do some fun stuff from various careers (like fight a fire, or solve a mystery or something)
Why this would be fun:
Not sure, just sounds fun
Activities we could hold::
Murder mystery, short order cook or some diner situation for a meal, fire-fighting, rodeo, some sports game, pryo stuff (like at winter camp 22), and stuff like that
Meals we could try:
donuts (in honor of police memn ) the short order cook thing, umm err umm we can get more
Other Information:
no

Coin Toss Day

Submitted by: Big Bro
Basics of the theme:
All day we'd have two things for each slot and would pick which one to do as late as we could by the toss of a coin.
Why this would be fun:
I'm not sure it would, but it might be.
Activities we could hold::
Things which did not take too long to set up or which we don't "have" to do. The Blind Hike could not be held this day.
Meals we could try:
Same as with games, the less work it takes, the more fun this could be. No one would want to bake a cake and then not eat it when the coin came up heads.
Other Information:

Scouting around the world in 5 days

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Basics of the theme:
Each day we would focus on a different country's scouting customs and various activities and foods that the scouts in this country would partake in. Also we could possibly get uniforms and patches from these countries and explain them or stuff.
Why this would be fun:
It is fun to learn about other people's cultures and such.
Activities we could hold::
Suggestions for the five countries:
Canada, Germany, Russia, China, and Chile,
I can think of a few scouts in our chapter that would probably be able to help plan these days.
Unfortunately, I don't have a lot to suggest yet about this particular theme but if people could expand on this theme for me that would be great.
Meals we could try:

Other Information:
In order to do this theme effectively it would require quite a bit of research.

Decade Days

Submitted by: Jeff
Basics of the theme:
Each day would depict a decade or two of the 20th century.
Why this would be fun:
Allows for many different activities and behaviors.
Activities we could hold::

Meals we could try:

Other Information:


Submitted by: Neile Gauthier
Basics of the theme:

Why this would be fun:

Activities we could hold::

Meals we could try:

Other Information:

Adventures in Physical Science

Submitted by: Steve Donohue
Basics of the theme:
A whole day devoted to science, both serious and weird
Why this would be fun:
We'd spend the day making things and learning about scientific principles.
Activities we could hold::
Genius Night -- a bag of stuff to make something with
Construction Toy Challenge -- use Legos/Erector/Meccano/Toobers/whatever to build a device to do something
Kitchen Chemistry -- use relatively common ingredients to achieve amazing results
McGyver Quest
Logic Problems Live!
Rube Goldberg contraption building.
Model Rockets
Meals we could try:
Automated Breakfast (hey, it had to be here)
Mad Scientist Meal -- combine the ingredients using beakers, eat wrong color foods, etc.; more of an ambience thing
Man-Powered Meal -- have to generate electricity to cook/light/etc
Frankenstein Meal -- hot dogs (franks) and root beer (in steins).
Other Information:
We could do some ancient science stuff too, like building siege weapons, working from DaVinci drawings, etc. Woods' long-standing dream of a hyrdo-electric dam at the Clearwater brook could become reality

Order of the Arrow World Tour

Submitted by: Steve Donohue
Basics of the theme:
Discussion and training on the various committees, events and offices of our Order
Why this would be fun:
Learning is cool. We also have a unique resource in the form of several former Lodge & Chapter officers who could help with the training. Not many chapter chiefs get shown the ropes by two former lodge chiefs and a chief exec.
Activities we could hold::
A few ideas leap to mind. Like the earlier one, they revolve around training. We could have overviews on some of the basics of running a chapter or lodge, organzing a committee and having a good time. With luck, we'd wind up with an action plan to help the chapter do better in the coming year. Worst case, we have better trained youth leaders than anyone else in our lodge (of course, we may have that now).
Meals we could try:
Meals wouldn't be that important, although if we could find themes that reinforced what we'd learned that would rule. We could try the "Robert's Rules of Order" meal, which would be like the synchronized meals we've had except that every decision on eating would be voted on in accordance with Robert's Rules. A few parliamentarians could be on hand to penalize offenders.
We could have a "Pop Quiz" snack too -- once we'd done a few sessions, we could have a meal where you had to get served and could only get served if you answered a pop quiz on what we'd talked about. Penalties could range from no food to end of line service. I'm sure there are others.
Other Information:
We really do have a unique opportunity to talk with and exploit the talents of some truly gifted leaders. It's a waste not to utilize those talents to help improve our chapter.

Ceremonies Day

Submitted by: Steve Donohue
Basics of the theme:
Devote a day to things ceremonial -- training, talking and even building things needed to put on a good ceremony.
Why this would be fun:
Some of the fun would be immediate, as we would likely get to set some things on fire and watch a few balloons explode. Some would come later, when we had polished ceremony teams with cool outfits and a slick ceremony site set up by the youth members.
Activities we could hold::
Almost all the activities will be training related. We could hold training on outfits, speaking parts, non-speaking parts, physical arrangements (props, the arrow, etc), special effects, planning, and history. We could also do workshops where we actually created things that would be used in a ceremony the night of this day and/or again at our Ordeal in the spring. We might, depending on where the lodge is, put on a brotherhood at Winter Camp.
Some of the activities could be ceremony-related, like the tepee pole tote or something. Others could be related to Indian Lore, electricity, showmanship and similar stuff.
Meals we could try:
  • Ceremonial Dinner -- eaten very, very fast
  • Oakes Lunch -- actually first served to the O-A at a ceremonial training seminar
  • $6.04 Meal -- after a long-ago McDonald's bill
  • Turkey Roost Dinner -- after that famed restaurant where ceremonialists ate
  • The Vault Meal -- held in the place where the brain was kept
  • Jumbo Market Dinner -- just put here for Jeff to get a laugh
  • Whole Pizza Dinner -- the ancient ceremonial standard
  • Candidate Lunch -- Just to remind us
I'm sure there are more. Oooh! The Reed Shannon Birthday Bonanza Snack -- 5 people split a frosted chocolate cake. Also, the one-minute meal, where all the dishes and the tables have to be done one minute from when you start (stolen from the ski thing, but that was mostly ceremonial too.
Other Information:
Once upon a time (hey, I'm old, I can say that) there was a Ceremonial Committee in the South Parks Chapter of the Order of the Arrow. In 1976, they became a committee in the Downriver Chapter. In 1977, the leaders of that committee decided to hold a little campout the week between Christmas and New Year's.
What better way to repay the Ceremonial Committee for creating Winter Camp than to have Winter Camp re-create the Ceremonial Committee.

Sports Day

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Basics of the theme:
but why, it's just so obvious
Why this would be fun:
wintercampers love sprots (don't they?)
Activities we could hold::
1. Football
2. Soccer
3. Volleyball
4. Croquet (I think it'd be weird in the snow)
5. Hockey (???-probably only if someone could get access to a lot of hockey sticks and pads for the goalie)
6. Ultimate Frisbee
7. Free time (we'd need to have this probably after each game so that people could "recharge" for the next event
8. Dodge Ball
Meals we could try:
This I am not sure about...maybe for one meal we could watch a sports bloopers tape (caz that is kind of funny), for another we could eat food that you do when you watch sports (nachos, pizza, chips, pretzels, hot wings, pop, whatever) and for the third we could be thrown our food and have to catch it with our plate (sort of like the burger time meal only it'll be thrown not dropped from the sky)
Other Information:
I don't know what else you need to know about it

Whole entire week of Western

Submitted by: Mr. @$$
Basics of the theme:
I personally think that we could make a whole week of Western. I have a good idea too. We could choose up fair teams and keep them all week. We could tally up points and at the end of the week, the winning team gets a free pop and cany bar from the trading post for every person on it. The catch, oh yeah, you knew there was a catch. The prizes are not redeemable until next year. An insentive to return if you ask me. If this is used, a back up plan may be needed in case competition gets out of control. Then, we do away with the competition and carry on as usual. Maybe, instead of having the people in charge of different days, they could be team captions. There should be a team captain and advisor on every team. There should be a GWO+DHTX(we are down to three members. This is final. We know that we will stay together. This way everyone one is in our troop too and we can make a DHTX patrol. Sorry.)team. Wait, we have to think of fairness. Nevermind. Teams would still be cool though. We could probably pick out tea ms. Benefits of teams-competition makes people actually put more effort into events. Ooh, idea for an event. A drop off blind hike. Different drop points and one common destination. Only one man can be unblindfolded to lead the team. Back to benefits-we can learn what special things people can do. Lets say for instance that I a picking people and I get "stuck" with some dorky kid that no one thinks has a ny talent. Then, we are doing something that no one on my team can do because I picked all strong guys thinking soley of Snow Soccer. Then, he tells me he knows how to do it and we all win pops and bars. He would feel really good about himself. Also, I think it should be all newbies that are the team captans. It will give them a feeling of acceptance and may spark a new leadership skill that they never realized they had. They will be able to handle it, because the adults always help out the new guys. One thing that we would have to make sure not to do is seperate everything. We need to make bonds throught eve ryone. This might be achieved by adding more free time so that everyone can get to know each other better. I hope I am not alone in my thoughts. I think teams would be a good idea. Oh yeah, a good example of competition working. That cake. It wasn't an unfriendly kind of competition though. Man, I wrote a lot. Oh yeah, we would have to have certain point system set up. For events where less teams are needed, they could combine. Points split up evenly.
Why this would be fun:
All the reasons I wrote in the main thing
Activities we could hold::
The lassoe(although it was done this year.)
Ten gallon Hat relay-on ideas board.
Cowboys and Indians(snow soccer, discs of tron)
Who killed Billy The Kidd(murder clue)
Ramsack the village(multi-team caprure the objective)

Meals we could try:
Savage indian dinner(caveman dinner)

Other Information:
This would be cool.

Holiday Day

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Basics of the theme:
The day would be filled with activities from various holidays.
Why this would be fun:
Holidays are fun. Just that.
Activities we could hold::
Easter Egg hunt. Secret Santa thing (you make someone a present by the end of the day). Trick-or-treating (complete with costumes you can either make at camp or bring from home). Tree decorating. St. Patty's day (everyone must wear something green).
Meals we could try:
A big thanksgiving dinner. St. Patty's day lunch (everything is dyed green or is green). Big Easter breakfast (colored Eggs, french toast, ham, etc...)
Other Information:

Spaceballs Day

Submitted by: Steve Clark
Basics of the theme:
The entire day would be in honor of the Star Wars spoof, Spaceballs.
Why this would be fun:
It would be fun for two reasons. One, at winter camp, a lot of people said it was a good idea. Two, the movie is funny.
Activities we could hold::
1) A movie viewing of it
2) A yogurt festival (some games that involve the use of yogurt)
3) a spaceballs scavanger hunt (find items from the movie in Lapeer or in camp and bring them back to camp)

Meals we could try:
A yogurt meal? (Not sure yet I, or Greg Olk, need to do more brain storming on this.
Other Information:
Greg Olk said he would be willing to be in charge of this day and Mark Hunt said he'd be willing to be its advisor.

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