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Camping party

Nothing quite beats being in the great outdoors. Whether it's in a Bulgarian Forrest, the Canadian Rockies or the Aussie outback it' a place of adventure, campfire food and stories. What a great birthday theme idea!

Invitations

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The set includes invitations, envelopes, cake toppers, straw decorations, cup-cake wrappers, food labels, camping signs, thank you and banner.

All at the touch of a few buttons you can print it off and assemble right away.

Decorations

A tent is a must. If you don't have a tent and can't borrow one, a make shift one made from old sheets or a tarpaulin is just as effective.

If your party guests are safe enough around fire (and assuming the party isn't in your living room - the exception being a fireplace) then a campfire is essential. Failing real fire, crushed and torn cellophane make perfect fake flames with cardboard tube logs. Real or pretend, throw on a few beaten-up pots and pans as a final touch.

Sleeping bags, camping chairs and table, picnic rugs and if you're up for it a toilet roll on a shovel always gets a laugh!

Make sure you include plenty of signs like:

  • "(birthday person's) campsite"
  • Warnings for snakes, bears or whatever takes your fancy!
  • Direction signs for walks

Games

Breakfast egg toss (Ages 4+)

Players team up in pairs. Each pair is given a raw egg. Standing close to each other the player with the egg must toss it to the other player. If successful each player takes a small step away from the other player and toss the egg between them again.  This process is repeated until the egg is either dropped on the ground and smashed or the out limit of the game has been reached.

Teams that drop their egg before reaching a predetermined out limit are eliminated. Those teams successful in reaching the outer limit go one to play another round against other teams that reached the outer limit. This process is repeated until there is a winning team.

It is up to the players to decided if they will let those that drop their egg without breaking it to continue playing. This must be decided and communicated before the game starts.

Tips: encourage players to wear an full sized aprons or old clothing.

Definitely an outdoor game.

Sleeping bag race (Ages 4+)

The players get into sleeping bags and holding the sides, the players have to jump, wriggle and giggle from the starter line all the way across to the finish line.  The fist person to cross the finish line wins.

Fishing challenge (Ages 3+)

Catch a fish using a long rod.  Each fish caught has a challenge on it for the fisher to do.

Out of cardboard, cut and decorate as many fish as you need.  Place a paper clip on the mouth of each fish like a hook.  On the back of each fish, write a challenge for the person that catches the fish to do or the word 'Prize'.  Make sure you have enough fish with the word prize on it for each player mixed in with with all the challenges. For example: if you had 10 players, have 10 fish with 'Prize' on them and 10 fish with challenges on them.  This gives a 50/50 chance of getting either a challenge or a prize. 

Next, make a fishing rod.  Take a long piece of wood with a string (fishing line) tied to one end and attach a magnet at the end of the line (a hook). Depending on the size and shape of your magnet, you can either glue it or tie to your line.

Each player takes a turn to 'fish'.  Those that pick up the word prize, can select a prize from a pre-organised prize pool then sit out of the game.  Those that sellect the challenge, must complete it in order to get another turn.  The process is repeated until until each player has a won a prize.

Challenge examples include: Sing Twinkle Twinkle little star; hop on one leg; pretend to be an animal and we'll guess what it is; say the names of everyone in your family; sing happy birthday to the birthday child; count backwards from 10; make a funny face; tell us the name of your favourite book; balance a spoon on the end of your nose.

Tips: ensure the challenges are age appropriate. If playing with young children, you may prefer to provide Little prizes instead of challenges.

Camp fire story/tales (Ages 4+)

This is like a ‘round robbin story.’  Sit in a circle and start with a few  sentences like “Jack went camping and found a ....” then the next person picks up the story and add a sentance for example “shovel which he used for...” then the next person has a turn.  This continues and typically the story becomes more and more outrageous as the participants  keep playing.

Tip: you have have a bundle of camping pictures or objects as prompts in the middle of the circle. Examples include shovel, toilet roll, marshmallows, stuffed animals (to represent real animals) and so on.

Tug of war (also known as Tug o' War) (ages 4yrs +)

Two teams, as equally matched as possible in strength and ability, are pitted against each other at different ends of a long rope.  A centre line is marked in the middle of the rope.   The game starts with the two teams lined up at equal distance on either side of the rope with the centre line over a middle marker.

When the game starts, the object of the game is to pull the other team over the centre line or alternatively topple them other side.  Depending on the age and ability of your plays and how strict you want to be, you can introduce the following rules.  Players are not allowed to:

  • sit down or drop to their knees to get extra pull
  • elbow other players

Tip: A double length skipping rope can be used as a rope if need be. Alternatively, longer thinner ropes can be doubled over or platted to make one thicker rope.

Bush walk & or campimg tips (Age is dependant on the walk or tips provided)

If you know of have time to learn a little about the area, the flora or fauna, take your charges on a walk and tell them about things.  Get them to spot bugs and birds; identify animal tracks; look for butterflies and birds nests or teach them a few camping tricks. It's alwasy fun to learn new skills and facts in the outdoors.

Food and drink

The campfire lends itself perfectly to some wonderful food and drink opportunities.

Campfire cooking (Must have adult supervision)

Toasting marshmallows; sizzling saussages; making billy tea or hot chocolate; making and cooking your own damper then drizzling it with golden syrup or honey before devouring it are wonderful treats when camping. 

Using a watermellon, cut out the shape of an echinda (porchipine, hedge hog) and place the pieces on the spines.

Tip: use a frozen zip-lock bag in the bottom to keep the fruit cool.

Cake

Party bag treats

  • Magnifying glass (for finding bugs)
  • Drink bottle
  • Toy binoculars
  • Mini packets of marshmallows
  • Gummy bears
  • Snakes
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