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Special Events

Fantastic Friday Fun… Extraordinary!

At Banner, every Friday is a thrilling celebration! Each week brings a new special event with its own exciting theme, colorful costumes and amazing activities.

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The Best Day of the Week
With rides and attractions, DJ’s, special guest performers and a delicious cookout, Banner Fridays are truly extraordinary. As the Banner buses pull into camp, campers eagerly exit knowing incredible surprises are in store. Friday Special Events change each summer as Banner combines old and new favorites to keep things fresh.
Themed Costumes
Campers and staff get completely immersed in the fun. Everyone joins in the spirit and traditions of camp. Leadership Team members and staff arrive in costume to add to the excitement. Campers may also wear their favorite costumes to match the theme of the day.
Carnival Day
Carnival Day is a big top sized celebration filled with carnival games, prizes and special performances by jugglers, stilt walkers and more.
Olympic Day
On Olympic Day, Banner hosts full-scale Olympic events including opening ceremonies, a flag parade, relays, obstacle courses and awesome international themed games.
Swim-A-Rama is all about fun at the Banner pools. Enjoy giant pool party filled with water games and relays.
Wild West Day
Wild West Day brings western style costumes, pony rides, western themed games and a petting zoo to the Banner grounds.
Older girl camper petting a baby cow

A sampling of Special Events past and present include:

  • Wild West Day
  • Carnival Day
  • Balloon Lift-Off
  • Picture Day
  • Staff Follies
  • Olympics
  • Swim-A-Rama
  • Bannerversary
  • July Fourth Picnic
  • Disney Day
  • Winter Wonderland
  • Windy City Sports
  • TV Day
  • Dancing Through the Decades
  • Space Day
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