We called our Moana themed girl’s camp Camp Kakamora after the name of the crazy coconuts on the movie. The theme of the camp was “Come what may, I know they way.” I share more about the theme in our Moana pillow treats post. I enjoyed planning this girls camp and have been planning on writing up a bunch of different posts on different parts of the camp, but I can’t find the photos to share. I have so much good stuff and all of the files we used so I’m going to do my best to describe and share what I can for this camp.
My brother-in-law is a fabulous lyricist and I begged him to change the words of Maui’s You’re Welcome song to a girl’s camp version. We used the song as part of camp kickoff and then at camp. It took the leaders a lot of practice to perfect the song but it was great!
To get the girls excited about camp we made up little welcome envelopes. I’m a big believer that the invite sets the tone for a party and wanted the girls to have something to interact with before camp kickoff. Inside the envelope we had:
- Introduction to camp announcing the theme and our camp dates.
- Questions for them to answer out so we, as camp leaders, could get to know them better.
- A mad-lib take on the ancestor song. Just to give them a chance to reflect on who they are.
- The supplies and instructions to make a paper lei. It’s just string, straws and paper flowers that I cut with my Cricut.
Moana Themed T-Shirts
The camp leaders wore a different Moana themed shirt every day of camp. I picked the shirts up at Wal-Mart and used iron on vinyl for the designs. You can download the design png’s below.
To save some money we eliminated the traditional camp shirt and replaced it with a camp hat. The hats are from Wal-Mart and we cut glitter iron-on vinyl on the Cricut and ironed them onto the hats. The girls loved these! You can download all of these files before.
One of my favorite parts of camp was the Moana sails. We made them by cutting a 3×5′ drop cloth in half diagonally making 2 sails per drop cloth. We serged the cut sides and folded the other sides over to make tubes for PVC pipe to slide through to hold the sails shape.
Before camp I cut the heart of te fiti shape out of freezer paper and ironed it to the middle of each sail. On the first day of camp each tent got to paint and decorate their sail. Freezer paper works great as a stencil because the wax side of the paper adheres to the fabric and you can paint over it and then easily peel it off the fabric. Each tent painted a different colored heart of te fiti and and decorate their sail however they wanted to. We drove rebar stakes into the ground outside of each tent that the long PVC pipe slid over to hold it up.
From past years our girls had said they don’t like taking home big camp crafts so we did 3 small camp crafts. Two were from Oriental Trading that are no longer available on their site. One was a shell necklace and the other was a bracelet. Our third craft was to carve bars of soap into the heart of te fiti. We used pocket knives, and bobbie pins to get the swirl just right. The girls spent quite a while working on these and shared tips, like use water to smooth the soap edges, with each other.
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