2018
Sports Camp
Theme Nights

What adventures await your camper this year? Check out our list of themes below. And don’t forget to view the Parent-to-Parent guide at the end!

Monday

County Fair

Did someone say corndogs?! Come enjoy some blue ribbon challenges and loads of fun at Sports Camp’s first County Fair in 8 years!
What to wear: Boots, cowboy hats, bandanas, plaid shirt, lots of denim, and maybe some bubba teeth, if you’re feelin’ it!

Tuesday

The Game of CAMP

These games look familiar, but you’ve never played them like this before. It’s a life-size board game extravaganza, and you’re right in the middle of it all! Who will be the first team to PASS GO and make it to the Candy Castle??

What to wear: Top hat and monocle, gumdrop princess, all one bright color (like a game piece) … how about a character from Clue?! Come dressed as your favorite game piece or character.

Wednesday

Pool Party

We all know summer gets toasty, so chill out this Wednesday afternoon in the pool!
What to wear: Your swimsuit of course!

Thursday

Mission Impossible

The CMF Team (Camp Mission Force) race against the clock after a mission gone awry. They need your help!

What to wear: Something stealthy like dark colors, camouflage, a headlamp, and shoes for on the run.

Friday

Alpha Omega Challenge

As is tradition at T Bar M, it all comes down to Friday and the epic battle between the RED Alphas and the BLUE Omegas. Who will come out on top?
What to wear: Alphas wear Red. Omegas wear Blue. It’s just how it is!

A Parent to Parent Guide

Alright parents … let’s talk realistically about theme night costumes … parent-to-parent. As a former Coach and Theme Night Coordinator and now scatterbrained mom of campers, I can talk to you from a few vantage points.
First… let’s recognize that we all fall into one of three categories:

1. The “Oh YEAH” Mom!

The mom that cannot wait for the theme day reveals. You are born to create costumes and it actually breaths life into you. We LOVE YOU. We are grateful that you exist.  You inspire us. You most likely won’t need to read the below “helpful tips”. In fact, if you have more tips to share … email me ([email protected]) … we will add them!

2. The “Oh… Kay” Mom.

These moms fall somewhere between, “hmmm, I wonder where to start” to completely paralyzed. You want to think about it. You just need a little guidance. We’ve got ya covered. Check out the helpful tips below. And hey, send us what you discover, we know you can teach us a lot too!

3. The “OHHKay” Mom!

You have realized that camp is tomorrow and you probably ought to pack. First, congratulations, you found the theme night list… now lets’ get rolling.  (psst… don’t worry, you are in good company. we promise.)  With a little trip to WalMart, Hobby Lobby or the grocery store… you SO have this!

Now… be proud of who you are and soak in these:

 

Top Ten Helps for Theme Night Packing

10. You have invested GREATLY in your kiddo by sending them to camp.  You have invested your time, your thoughtfulness and your finances.  Don’t let theme night gear put you over the edge in any of those areas.

9.  The variety is HUGE! There are absolutely ZERO expectations in your camper and their theme night costumes from your camp family. Some will come all decked out and some will wear the clothes they have had on all day.  We love most that your camper is at camp… no matter what they have on! Your camper will have a blast at theme night and waste no fun as they step into these evening adventures.  Go with what your camper and your pocket book are comfortable with.

8.  Simple is good. Remember, they will have these on for about an hour. And it will be a hot hour. Keep it simple.

7.  Ask your kiddo. Once upon a time, when I only had two campers, I packed really really great costumes for them. Upon opening one camper’s trunk, I discovered all costumes still in the nicely labeled bag… unused. She didn’t want to wear a costume. Hmmm. I now ask my kiddos what they would like to wear for theme nights.

6.  Go to Pinterest. I think a camp counselor turned mom created this site. Search for DIY Disney Costumes or DIY Circus costumes. The variety is great and allows you to choose what you wish to attempt.

5.  Amazon. Oh, sweet Amazon. Simply put in the theme night name and wala! A variety of prices, shapes and sizes appear. Be wary of typing in “adult theme costumes” … they are not camp approved.  Phew.

4.  Hobby Lobby or your local market party aisle. Seriously simple. Get the latest throw away mask, hat or prop. Just a small item that can allow your camper to have a little something to have for the picture or to feel festive.

3.  T-shirts. I believe a T-shirt for ANYTHING can be found these days. For the camper that doesn’t want to dress up silly, but wants to show some spirit, grab a preprinted T-shirt from Wal-Mart, Target and so many other places… Ya know, like Amazon.

2. Camp Care Packages. There will be Mission Impossible and Alpha/Omega Care Packages offered. You can purchase on line or opening day and they will be delivered to your camper’s coach and cabin.

1.  Don’t Waste Fun. It’s our number one rule. The foof and poof of costumes isn’t what makes camp fun… it is the relationships. The time they will spend with their cabin mates and coaches will make theme nights and every other part of camp like one big party!

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