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Rockin' Camporee

Updated on January 27, 2012

A 1950's Rockin' Camporee

Camporees are a great way for scouts to get together and learn some new skills and share some ideas and fun with other scout troops. A 1950's Rockin' theme would be a lot of fun for Scouts to explore. There are a lot of ideas they could explore to put their own creative stamp on the camporee.

The camporee could focus on a 1950's greasy spoon diner. Or it could be a Sock Hop! Complete with crepe paper and a juke box! I hope you find some ideas to make your camporee a success!

Camporee Patch

Patches come in all shapes and sizes. Some things that you could put on a Rockin' Camporee theme patch include: records (45's), jukebox, malts, poodle skirts or diners. You include one or all of them.

Scout Camping Items

Camporee Decorations

With a theme of the '50's you could choose from a lot of different decorations. For a Rockin' theme you could decorate the main dining hall as a gym would be decorated in the 1950's for a prom or sock hop - think crepe paper streamers! This also fits into most scouts budget - cheap!

If you take the 1950's theme to the diner - you could turn your dining hall into a 1950's greasy spoon diner, complete with the table top juke boxes for table decorations. If anyone has a Johnny Rockets near them, this is a perfect rendition of a 1950's diner.

Camporee SWAP's

Girl Scouts like to create "things" to give each other that focus on the theme of the event. I am told that Boy Scouts like to trade patches.

SWAP's are "Special Whatcamacallit's Affectionally Pinned Somewhere". With the 1950's Rockin' as a theme there are a lot of different things that could be created: malts, records, poodle skirts, etc. The ideas are endless with this theme!

Camporee Food

If your camporee focuses on the 1950's greasy spoon diner for their theme, the food could reflect that as well. You could serve hamburgers and hot dogs - typical diner food. You could finish your meals with malts or make your own Root Beer floats. If you just want to stay in the 1950's, you could serve Salisbury Steak or Meatloaf.

Camporee Activities

Some of your activities for your camporee could be focused on your theme. You could show movies that showcase the time period: Grease or Dirty Dancing. You could also have a costume contest. If you have karaoke have them pick songs from time period. There are so many great simple songs they can sing!

Camporee Cermonies

Grace is a great area to keep the theme going. Here is a grace that could be used:

God is Great

(tune: Rock Around the Clock)

by Max C. Freedman & Jimmy DeKnight, 1953

God is Great, God is Good

Now we're gonna thank him for our food

We're gonna thank him morning, noon and night

We're gonna thank him cause he's out of sign

Amen (chi chi chi, chi chi chi, chi chi chi)


What do you think of a Rockin' Camporee?

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    • Addy Bell profile image

      Addy Bell 

      7 years ago

      Great idea for a Camporee. It would be great if the girls could see uniforms or scouting photos from that era.

      When my girls organized Junior Camporee one year (they were Cadettes and Seniors), they decided on a theme they called "back in the day". They taught all sorts of low-tech crafts and food preparation. One of the lessons was about churning butter, and each participant got to make butter in a baby food jar by shaking it REALLY hard for a REALLY long time. The girls learned to appreciate the supermarket dairy aisle after that experience!

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      7 years ago

      What a great article. Brought back memories of my many camping trips. Lensrolled to my camping quiz.

    • Dianne Loomos profile image

      Dianne Loomos 

      9 years ago

      Looks like a fun idea!

    • strayspay profile image


      9 years ago

      Love this lens! Great graphics. Five Stars!


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