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Camping Themed Appreciation Event ideas

Thinking about putting on a camping themed teacher appreciation or volunteer appreciation event?

Look no further for the best round up of ideas for decorations, food, favors and daily activities to make your life as Staff Appreciation Chair a breeze for this event!

There are so many fantastic ideas in this post, so let’s get right to them!


Set the stage for the most incredible week by adding in theme-specific decorations.

This camping tent scene background banner and balloon kit are a quick way to add both color and fun to your event space.

How cute are these camping and nature signs?

They’re a quick and easy way to add another later of the theme wherever you can set up!

Carry the camping decor up to the ceiling to complete the look with these swirly hanging decorations!

Hang up all of the decorations without worrying about damaging the wall with these 3M Command clips. They’re designed to give a strong, but temporary hold.

Tablescape Ideas

Decorating the tables in your space with this fun checked tablecloth evokes the feeling of a blanket or picnic table, no?

This Happy Camper decor kit makes it easy to add some height and visual interest to your event space and table!

How fun would clusters of the cutouts looks spread out on the table and around the room too?

Daily Ideas


Start the week off on the right foot with a bountiful breakfast spread for the staff.

A few ideas for food:

  • Bear Claw pastries are not only delicious, but also fit in perfectly with the Camping theme.
  • A granola and yogurt bar is also a flexible and easy option of feeding a crowd without much hassle.
  • Grab and go granola cars like Clif bar Trail Mix


Writing a personalized note for each staff member is a super thoughtful to make them feel really appreciated!

Here’s two different options that fit right on into the week of camping fun:

This lovely tree themed set of note cards ever comes with seals that can be used to close the envelope or reused elsewhere during the week (maybe on a treat bag?)

The rich colors of this earth tone notecard set are so gorgeous!

Dress up the blank note cards with a stamp, self inking of course, for less fuss and muss.

The stars can fit in with a bunch of different themes, like All Stars or Movie Star, making it a smart investment for your PTO!


Set up a delectable Trail Mix Snack Cart to help power your staff through the week with a mid-week treat delivered right to them!

As for what to offer on the cart, here are some delicious options:

Orchard Valley has super tasty offerings, and this Chocolate Raisin Nut Mix is a good base.

You really can never go wrong with Oreos!

Don’t be afraid to go big with t number of options for the snack cart! The teachers will really love having a wide variety of treats to choose from.

This particular trail mix and nut box set offers a bunch of different options to fit lots of dietary needs.

A chewy option is a nice addition to the snack cart and these Fruit and Nut bars fit the bill.

These Kashi Trail Mix bars are especially yummy, if you’ve not yet tried them (you totally should, by the way).

They’re a good peanut free option too.


Set up the most fabulous S’mores Bar!

Of course lighting an actual camp fire is a no-no for the teacher’s lounge, so how about setting up this almost real one instead?

Skip the generic plates and napkins and get this fun camp set instead.

Get everything you need for s’mores in this perfectly portioned and super handy kit.

Don’t forget the skewers for roasting the marshmallows.

For an indoor safe alternative to make the gooey deliciousness, consider this s’mores maker kit!


End the week with a fabulous luncheon for the staff.

These paper bowls look a bit rustic and certainly set the stage for a casual meal with hot dogs and burgers.

Or go in a different direction and offer a chili bar instead, with options for vegetarians too.

In either case, you’ll need some cutlery sets and how fabulous is this set that look like mini campfires? So cute!

Labeling foods on the table is a thoughtful way to alert guests to possible allergens.

Aren’t these little log labels the cutest?

Don’t forget about everyone’s favorite part of any meal: dessert!

Fit more on any table by going vertical with the dessert spread, using this awesome cupcake stand.

How about dressing up mini cakes with these wood grain cupcake liners?

These cupcakes toppers paired with the wood grain cupcake stand and liners is such a cute look, without much effort at all.

Offer some Muddy Buddies for a lighter take and on the go tiny dessert option.

Over to You!

Hope you love all of these ideas for putting together the most fun and complete Camping Themed Teacher Appreciation Week.

If you need ideas for other themes, be sure to check out this Ultimate List of Appreciation Themes for loads of inspiration!

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