Camp is super-duper fun… but every summer camper (or camp counselor) knows that with the fun comes a dash of craziness!
The days are packed with activities, and among those activities are tons of quirky camp traditions.
One of the most special things about summer camp is how traditions are passed on through returning campers and counselors.
Here are a few of our favorite classic camp traditions!
No morning is complete without the traditional Camp Starlight flag ceremony! Like the traditional evening campfire, flag-raising is a time for everyone at camp to gather together and remember that we’re all in it together. (And of course, double-check that no one overslept!)
Like with everything at camp, there is always time to be a little goofy, and flag ceremonies are no exception. From spontaneous camp songs to call-and-response games, you never know what the counselor’s are going to pull out of their sleeves!
Ah, the sweet smell of soot and s’mores…
No camp would be complete without a campfire. Community campfires are a time for the entire group to come together for songs, dance, theater, and of course the infamous talent shows.
Usually the campfire starts with fast, silly songs and a few games to get everyone grounded and relaxed. As the night progresses, slower songs and fun stories are shared around the fire until it’s finally time to say goodnight and return to the cabins. (And brush our teeth! That means you!)
Mmm, lunchtime — everyone’s favorite activity of the day!
(Aside from breakfast and dinner, that is.)
Feeding dozens of campers at the same time would be chaotic if there were no traditions to make mealtime run smoothly. Everyone has to “sing for their supper,” so it’s no surprise that so many camp songs center around food. “Heeeey burrito!”
Camp songs may be one of the strangest traditions to those who have never been to camp — but these ridiculous jingles are something that campers everywhere have in common!
Traditions that keep on giving
Summer camp is an integral part of American life, and the rhythm of day-to-day life lets everyone play their part in the story.
From all-camp events like dances, talent shows, and barbecues, to specific hiking songs, camp life has something for everybody. Trust us, you’ll get into the swing of things before you know it.
…And before long, you’ll be ready to participate in the best camp tradition of all — making your own!