Have a picnic

Take the steps to plan and have an awesome group picnic

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The first thing you need to decide when planning your picnic should be the location

1) Together with your group decide what factors you should take in to consideration when choosing your location. Would you like to be near water? Would you like restrooms nearby? Would you prefer to be in a more rural or urban area? Would you like park benches and tables or blankets and folding chairs?

2) List a few pros and cons of each location to help you narrow it down.

3) Find a few locations that meet your criteria and take a vote.


The next thing you should consider is when you would like your picnic to happen.

4) Research the weather for your area. Do you have a rainy season? Do you have a time that it is too dangerously hot or cold to be out doors for long periods of time?

5) You will also need to take into consideration the schedules of the others in your group. Do they participate in extracurricular activities? Find a few dates that work for your group and take a vote.


The thing that everyone looks forward to is the picnic food.

6) Decide what types of foods you would like to have at your picnic. Would you like cold foods or hot foods? Finger foods or things requiring dishes and utensils to eat. Maybe a combination of both? When choosing foods, don’t forget to take into consideration any special allergy or dietary needs.

Don’t forget drinks!

7) Together with your group decide what types of drinks you would like to serve, how they will be served (cups, bottles, or reusable bottles)


We all know that ants, bees and flies love food and mosquitos love people. Here are a few tips to keep your food and yourself bug free.

Many bugs try to avoid the acidic smell of citrus. Spray your area with a harmless citrus essential oil for protection.

If you are near a house, keep the food indoors until it's time for that course. If you are out in a park, bring a cooler or two and keep food fresh until it's ready to be served. This is especially important for any fruits or desserts. Bugs are great at smelling sugar in any food, so keep these out of the open air until you are ready to eat.

Many flying bugs, like bees use colors to pinpoint where nectar or other food may be. It's a good idea to avoid bright colors and floral patterns. Colorful, bright clothing just makes it more likely that bugs will stop by to investigate.


8) It’s not a group picnic without a few games. Together with your group vote on a few of your favorite out door games to play or give these a try.

Red light, green light trivia

This fun game is a twist on the classic Red Light, Green Light. Prepare three to five trivia cards per participant prior to heading out for your picnic. One person plays the role of the traffic light, saying "red light" for stop and "green light" for go. The other participants stand facing the traffic light and move according to the traffic light's commands. The person playing the traffic light turns around when giving the "green light" command, and the other players attempt to tag the traffic light. Whoever tags the traffic light first must correctly answer a trivia card selected by the traffic light in order to take over the position. If not, they must move back three steps and the game continues.

Photo Scavenger Hunt

Divide your group in to pairs (with an adult or two if needed) Each team should have a way to take photos. Before the day of the picnic, prepare cards that have a list of items for the participants to find, such as two types of seeds, three different leaves, something that feels rough, two pieces of litter or something that feels smooth. Tailor the scavenger hunt to the location that you’re visiting. For example, if you’re going to have a picnic at the beach, add a shell to the scavenger hunt list.

Dance Off

To have a picnic dance off, all you need is a cell phone or tablet and a dance mix. Ask everyone to form a giant circle. As the music plays, everyone takes turns entering the center of the ring to show off their best dance moves

Invent a new picnic game

Together with your group, invent a new game to play at your picnic. Decide the rules of the game, how it will be played, and what supplies you’ll need. After your picnic pass your game on to another group to play.


9) Now that you’ve chosen your location, planned your menu, learned how to protect yourself from bugs and thought of a few fun games to play it’s time to make a list of everything you will need for your picnic.

10) After you’ve made your list, decide who will be responsible for bringing each item.


11) Remember, no matter where you have your picnic it is important to practice your leave no trace skills. Take back everything you brought with you to your location. Don’t leave trash or food of any kind. *Those who come after you should not know that you have been there*

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