Wednesday was my daughter's last day of 5th grade and her class celebrated with a Camping themed party. At the begining of the school year, a mom said she would be the room parent if I would organize the 2 parties we are allowed each year. I said yes, of course!
I asked the parents to donate items for the Make-your-own-trail-mix buffet and I made the s'more pops (marshmallows on a stick dipped in chocolate and then rolled in crushed graham crackers).
The burlap banner was white to begin with and then I used my Cricut to cut out letters to spell "Camp Henley" (the teacher's last name). I pinned the letters to the burlap and then set the triangles out in the sun. If I had thought about this brilliant idea a few days before, the burlap would have gotten darker and you could see the letters better.
All of the adorable camping printables are from RV Parties on Etsy. I made signs for the trail mix items, a Happy Camper banner, water bottle and gable box labels and camping buttons.
I cut branches off my own Pepper tree in my front yard and hung them by twine and paperclips from the ceiling tiles. I added battery operated votives to Mason jars and hung them from the branches. I cut bandannas into quarters and tied them together for a rustic banner. The tables had red tablecloths, burlap and craft paper runners. Inside the gable boxes are bug catching kits.
Each student received a bandanna and I went over the MANY uses for this handy dandy piece of material. They each got a button with a different camping symbol and this is how I divided them into teams for the relay race. I got the water bottle holders from Oriental Trading as well as the wallet lacing kits.
The kids liked the hula hoop game...
as well as the sack relay!
The party favors were s'more kits, the bandannas, bug catching kit, camping button, wallet and trail mix.
I got theses crates unfinished at Michael's and painted them brown, distressed them with a hammer and then put on a coat of watered down burnt umber and then wiped it off so it would settle in the crevices. I finished it with 1 coat of Poly.
When the kids finished the craft, I passed out scripts for camping skits. The kids had so much fun with this, we even had a Act II! After the activities, I made popcorn and served it in folded brown lunch bags, passed out the s'more pops and lemonade while they watched the "Yogi Bear" movie.