BSA National Themes

Previous SHAC Rotating Themes

The BSA Day Camp Administration Guide recommends that councils develop a theme cycle. In 2013, the council day camp program committee developed a five-year theme cycle (i.e., Texas/western, jungle, beach, space and hometown heroes). The themes were chosen based on the following:

• generic and do not exclude (e.g., sports, science, bugs)
• easy to decorate (i.e., supplies readily available at local party stores)
• ideal for coordinating a Blue and Gold banquet (e.g., easy to decorate, program ideas available, good for creating a promotional placemat)
• appeals to Scouts in our area (e.g., Texas, space)
• age-appropriate
• supplemental materials (e.g., skits, songs, tot lot activities) are readily available (e.g., Baloo's Bugle)
• copyright free graphics are available or easy to make

2013 - Beach Resources
2014 - Space
♦ 2015 - Hometown Heroes
♦ 2016 - Texas / Western Resources 
♦ 2017 - Jungle Resources

Magic Theme (2018 BSA theme for February)
Pinewood Derby Theme
Christmas Theme