Tips and Ideas for a Camouflage Party
Camouflage or army parties are increasingly popular with boys. Don’t be alarmed about boys shouting bang bang bang for 2 hours and giving you a headache. We’ve got some fool proof party ideas to make the special day enjoyable for all.
Boys will be boys, so structuring your camouflage party can be pretty important. Here are some great activities to keep the youngsters entertained and happy for the whole party.
Nerf Gun Activities
Nerf guns are ever popular, invite friends to bring their own Nerf guns and stock up with ammunition. (Be aware that different weapons can have different ammunition.)
In order that no-one gets hurt lay down a few ground rules. If their going to shoot each other make it clear that there are no head shots.
If you have woods nearby this is a great place to have a Nerf war as there is plenty of cover and hiding places.
Give the kids a safe zone where they can leave the action and chill out for a while.
Give the kids an incentive like one sweet per Nerf bullet at clean up time. Its a great way to find them all although you may still lose a few.
If you don’t like the sound of a Nerf war, targets set up with things to knock over are great fun. Use decorated kitchen roll tubes and other reasonably light items.
Camouflage Hide and Seek
Use camouflage face paint on your troops, then get them to play hide and seek. Again woods are great for this as they can get really hidden in the undergrowth, but you can also play in the garden.
Get the party guests to build a den in the garden. A trip to the woods beforehand to collect some fallen branches and leaf cover is a good idea. String or rope cut into lengths is essential to get the structure to stay together. There’s some great tips from the Woodland Trust to give you some den building ideas here.
Create your own obstacle course for the troupes to get some extra training. Use tyres or hoops to step in and out of, sheets or camouflage netting pegged into the ground for them to crawl under and string tied at different angles for them to get through without touching it. You can also tie bells to the strings so they tinkle when they are touched for added fun.
Once they have had a practice, how about timing the guests as they go round with prizes given to the fastest participants.
If the weather looks good taking the party on a geocaching expedition can be great fun.
Geocaching involves finding a site nearby where there is a hidden box, here you will take a small treat left by another geocacher and in return you leave something for the next person who visits.
It’s great for kids who like technology and exploring as you use an app to find the hiding place. These can be in tree trunks or holes in walls that you may have walked past many times before but never realized there is anything hidden at all!
If you visit the geocaching website you can enter your postcode and find caches in your area.
Camouflage face painting is simple and kids love it. I like letting the kids do it themselves with prizes for the best result.
Capture the Flag
In this game each team has a base with a flag in it. In between the bases is a ‘jail’.
Players must capture the apposing teams’ flag and get it back to their own base to win.
If a player on team A tags someone on team B (or vice versa) that player must go to ‘jail’ and stay there until tagged by a member of their own team.
If a player is tagged whilst holding the flag they must drop the flag where it is and then go to jail.
Prizes are given to the winning team.
Finger flyer rockets are foam rockets with elastic. These can be pinged across the room or garden. Set up a competition to see who can make the finger flyer go the furthest.
Decorate your party venue with camouflage banners, black and green streamers and balloons to create a great camouflage atmosphere at the party. Streamers look great hanging down from doorways or the ceiling and can also be added to open windows where they will move in the breeze.
Themed party favours make the party bag more memorable. Plastic army hats, badges and dog tags are great and you can find a whole load more on our camouflage favours page.
To make your party even easier why not order a BoxedUpParty for a complete camouflage party including tableware, decorations and party favours for a specific number of children.
Whatever you do at your party we hope you have fun!