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Create a Buzz Indoors with Employee Appreciation Summer Camp Fun


No Bug Spray Required: Create a Buzz Indoors with Summer Camp Fun
Sweet Treats

Don't have the budget to host a summer picnic for your employees? You don't have to! You can boost employee morale and engagement with low cost activities right in your office.

At Baudville, our favorite employee appreciation celebrations include an activity every day of the week, like during Customer Service Week. You can put on a week-long celebration for your team – just because! – with a summer camp theme. We've come up with all the activities for you, so the hard work is already done!

Day One – Welcome employees to "camp" with a Sweet Treat on their desk and materials to decorate their camp name badges using paper ID badge stock. Display the new name tags in badge holders and lanyards. Encourage campers to wear their new IDs by giving on-the-spot prizes to campers sporting their badges.

Day Two – What camp is complete without arts and crafts!? Plan a craft like building photo frames out of popsicle sticks or making friendship bracelets. Set up an arts and crafts station in a central location, and encourage campers to visit it all week to work on their creations. Then, display your crafts in the office! The reminder will help the employee appreciation last.

Day Three – Test your campers' aim with your own archery field. Draw a target on a white board in a meeting room and mark the shooting line with a piece of masking tape. You can arm your campers with either a toy bow and arrow or rubber bands. Present certificates to the campers with the highest score.

Day Four – Host a camp potluck lunch. Ask your team to bring their favorite picnic dish to share and a copy of the recipe. Create a cookbook out of the recipes and give it to every camper at the end of the week. The book will long remain a reminder of the employee appreciation event.

Day Five – Divide your campers into two teams, and begin a game of capture the flag in your office! The objective of capture the flag is to discover the opposing team's flag and return it safely to your home territory. For a work-friendly version, hide several flags around the office. The team to find the most flags by the end of the day wins!

Day Six – End the week with a campfire. Gather your team in a meeting room or outside gathering area to share a treat together. If you've taken pictures of the different activities throughout the week, show them in a slide show set to camp songs. Present each camper a certificate of completion to celebrate their successful week at "camp!"


Does your team need a quick morale boost this month? Try one of these affordable and easy employee appreciation ideas!

• Celebrate National Ice Cream Month by bringing in ice cream sandwiches for the entire team.

• Fill a Twist Top Tumbler with your employees' favorite candy and leave it on their desks.

• Host a "beach day" and let employees wear Hawaiian shirts, shorts, and flip-flops.

• Challenge your team to send an ePraise every day!

• Rally your team around a cause and fundraise for a local charity.

• Let your team out early to enjoy the summer weather by filling in our Freedom Passes.

• Help employees stay cool with a new water bottle.


Using a theme makes your employee appreciation event more memorable for your team. One Baudville customer declared her event a huge success when she used the Imagine Believe Achieve theme.

When Sherry Owens of the Colorado State Foster Parent Association coordinated a conference for over 200 foster parents, she wanted to make an impression! Using the coordinated theme gifts from the Imagine Believe Achieve theme, she was able to encourage and motivate attendees. "People just loved the theme and their gifts," says Owens. "It was one of those years that just clicked."

Want to learn more? Read all about Sherry's event and what made it a huge success in our Recognition Resource Center.


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