DIY 4 Weeks Of Summer Camp Themes At Home

Did you ever go to summer camp as a kid?  One of my fondest childhood memories.  As a stay at home mom, my kids are home for the summer.  I can’t wait to have them here playing and laughing all summer.  Summer shenanigans are the BEST!  Okay, okay…, I know that every mom looks forward to summer fun and kids being out of school, but let’s not pretend we are all aware, it gets old fast.  They are sick of playing together, tired of riding bikes; they are sick to death to jump one more time on the trampoline……..


Let me help you fight the mundane activities of summer with this super fun; your kids are sure to love, four weeks of summer camp themes, right in your backyard.  Here is my go-to list of activities of how we stay supercharged and having a blast, all summer long……. right up until the day I ship them off to school… Yea ah!!!


Also, if I may, mama feels pretty good after a fun filled summer……….

So let’s get started so you can start planning your fabulous summer camp right at home!  I would also like to mention; summer camp does not need to cost an arm and a leg. The dollar tree has about everything I need. Most everything else is kicking around the house.

DIY 4 Weeks Of Summer Camp At Home Stop boredom in its tracks! Make summer memories with your kids that will last a lifetime. Week 2 looks AWESOME!


  1. Hawaiian Luau

Right now, the dollar tree carries a ton of fun Hawaiian stuff.  Cups, decorations, leis, grass (plastic) skirts, you name it they usually have it!

So first things first, games!


Beach ball relays where the kids put a beach ball between their legs and race.

Pool noodle limbo, using a pool noodle and fun Hawaiian music, dance away seeing who can go the lowest!

Hula hooping contest, practice traditional Hawaiian dancing, while not dropping the hula hoop.

Human ring toss with large pool float rings.

Coconut bowling, try to knock down pineapples with a coconut.


The food is the best part!

Ham and Pineapple Pizzas

Fruit Kabobs

Hawaiian Punch, Pineapple Juice, and Sprite slushies

Kings Hawaiian Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

Hawaiian Popcorn (Popcorn, peanuts, dried pineapple, and shredded coconut)

Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Kabobs

Sand Pudding (vanilla pudding with crushed graham cracker).




Create surfboards out of old cardboard.  Check with local stores as they are always willing to get rid of cardboard.

Using more cardboard, create a colorful Hawaiian photo booth and capture this fun week to hold onto for a lifetime.

Make homemade leis using dyed penne and yarn.

Create seashell bracelets (dollar tree)


Big Day Outing!

Take a trip to the beach and submerge your toes in the sand and sunbathe while the kids frolic in the waves and enjoy the surf.  Always supervise and swim where a lifeguard is on duty.



  1. The Ultimate Woodsman (Camping Week)

One of my favorites, camping all week!  Give the feeling of being away by letting the kids set up a tent and create a safe fire pit to sing camp songs around and tell scary stories.


So first things first, games!


Glow stick hide and seek. (Kids wear glow stick necklaces and seek each other out)

Glow stick ring toss (Toss glow stick necklace onto ring (any household item)

Glow stick Hopscotch (Arrange glow sticks in hopscotch order)

Glow stick bowling (Place glow sticks in water bottles and bowl away)

Tic Tac Toe with rocks (Paint X’s and O’s on rocks and see who can be the most strategic)

Nature Scavenger Hunt

Camping Bingo

Campfire Songs

Campfire Skits


The food is the best part!


Cook hearty campers breakfast over a fire (Eggs, bacon, toast)

Traditional hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill

The infamous S’mores


Popcorn tin foil bags over the fire

Trail mix

Skillet Pizza




Toilet Paper Roll Binoculars (Glue rolls together and attach string to tie around neck)

Beaded Wind Chime (Bead together a string of beads and attach to a stick and hang)

Ice Cream in a Bag

(½ cup of heavy whipping cream, 1 tsp of vanilla, 2 ½ tsp of sugar, and place in a sealed sandwich bag. In a larger sized (gallon) sealed bag, add ice and 7 tablespoons of coarse kosher salt and add sealed bag of ingredients to the larger bag.  Start shaking! 10 Minutes the ice cream should begin to form or be formed. Enjoy!


Big Day Outing!

 Older school-aged kids can slumber under the stars in their very own tent.  Supervise and make certain environment is safe.  With little ones, camp out with them on the lawn. Enjoy s’mores and campfire songs. Take the kids hiking on age appropriate trails.


  1. Splish, Splish, Splash!

Let’s get wet!  The kids all-time, favorite week!  The kids will be wrinkled up prunes for a year after this week full of splishing and splashing!


So first things first, games!


Drip, Drip, Drop (Take a wet sponge from a bucket of water and play duck, duck GOOSE!)

Water Balloon Toss (Water Balloon tossing, get creative with forts and hideouts.)

Squirt Guns

Sprinkler Fun

Sponge Ball (Football with a wet sponge)

Water Balloon Baseball

Pass The Water (Fill solo cups and have the kids stand in a line pouring their water over their head into the other person’s cup.  Whoever has the most water at the end wins)

Water Balloon Towel Toss (Kids partner up and try to toss water balloons the another set of partners without breaking the balloons)

Sponge Bombs (Cut sponges into strips.  You will need six strips per bomb.  Stack three on top of three.  Tie in the middle.  Place sponges into a bucket of water. Bombs away!



Food is the best part!


Watermelon pops (Slices of watermelon with popsicle sticks)

English muffin pizzas

Hydration Station (Cooler full of cold water)

Cucumber Slices

Cold Subs

Take a dip (Veggies and Dip) (Chips and Dip) (Fruit and Dip)



 Lemonade Stand (Using cardboard, and a table the kids create a lemonade stand)


Big Day Outing!

 Many communities have water parks that are super affordable.  We have two here that are $4.00 per child.  These are just small parks with a water slide and pool.  The kids love it!  Or there are the higher priced parks that are fun too.  Have a good time getting wet!



  1. All American Pride

This week I like to do during the fourth.  We celebrate our country by traditional games and sports.


So first things first, games!






Relay Races

Mini Golf

Water Balloon Fight

Watermelon Eating Contest

Pie Eating Contest


The Food is the best part!



All things summer food

BBQ Chicken

Hot dogs


Pasta Salads

Fruit Salads


Corn on the cob


Fruit Kabobs




Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches (Bake Chocolate Chip Cookies and put vanilla)

Painting Fireworks (Paper towel rolls, slice one end several times 2-3 inch fringes.  Place in the red, white or blue paint and place on paper. Boom, fireworks!

Handprint Flag (Paint your child’s hand blue and place in the left-hand corner of the paper.  Now paint red and white stripes to make the American Flag.

Paint a patriotic walking stick (Stick and paint)


Big Day Outing!

 Take the kids to your local parade.


I hope this list helps with an intentional living summer.  The memories made during the summer weeks home from school will be some of your children’s fondest.  I only do four weeks of summer themed camp at home as I also want them to enjoy the simple life of just riding their bikes or reading a good book.

Enjoy and have so much fun with your babies!  I would love to hear your ideas for summer as well!


For more tips on surviving summer vacation check this article out, click here!


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