A tradition at many summer and sleep-away camps, Color War at Camp Harmony is almost 50 years old and a truly unique experience!

Color War is not really a war.  It is actually three days of ridiculous FUN!  The entire camp is split into teams, which follow a different theme every year.  In past year’s we’ve done pairings like Coke vs. Pepsi; Love vs. Money; Disney vs. Warner Brothers; Planes vs. Trains vs. Automobiles and many others.  If a program doesn’t pose safety risks (like pool safety or Archery), it’s going to be very silly and designed to make kids laugh...Color War is no exception!

Color War breakout has become an event in itself.  While the three days of Color War are, themselves, scheduled (so people can plan vacations accordingly), how Color War will break is anyone’s guess!  We’ve broken with planes, police cars, fire trucks, skydivers, limousines – and that’s just been in the past few years.

The two teams are led by staff members who are selected as Captains – their identities only known to a handful of people before their names, too, are broken to the whole Camp.  These staff members (1 Head Captain and 3 Captains) take on a great responsibility over these 3 Camp days and have the trust of the Head Staff to lead the teams in a fun, responsible competition.

Signs, posters, streamers, 3-D creations and so much more fill the Camp from top to bottom, inside and out.  Our Dining Room, blanketed in signs and streamers for those 3 days, becomes the center of this transformation!

In the end, even after 3 days of fun competition (swim races, obstacle courses, etc.) we remind our campers that the teams are not at War.  On that third and final day, both teams come together after Lunch to sing a joint song (usually a tearjerker about Camp coming to an end) and the Camp unites for the last 2 weeks of summer.

What will this summer’s theme be?  Who knows!  But here are a list of all the previous Color Wars in Camp Harmony history:

Summer
Color War Theme
1966
UCLA VS MIT
1967
UCLA VS RPI
1968
No Color War
1969
MIT VS RPI
1970
East VS West (countries)
1971
NYU VS UCLA
1972
Democrats VS Republicans
1973
UCLA VS RPI
1974
Greasy 50’S VS Roaring 20’S
1975
Planet Zazz VS Planet Fantastic
1976
East VS West (Olympics)
1977
ABC VS CBS (Battle of the Networks)
1978
Cowboys VS Indians
1979
Television VS Movies
1980
Carter VS Kennedy
1981
Caveman VS Spaceman
1982
Greasy 50’S VS Roaring 20’S
1983
Army VS Navy
1984
Television VS Movies
1985
Cops VS Robbers
1986
Rock Music VS Country Music
1987
Army VS Navy
1988
Caveman VS Spaceman 
1989
Batman VS Superman
Summer
Color War Theme
1990
Coke VS Pepsi
1991
Planet Pynclops VS Planet Wiz
1992
Europe VS Asia (Summer Olympics)
1993
Cowboys VS Indians
1994
Country Bumpkins VS City Slickers
1995
McDonald’s VS Burger King
1996
Warner Brothers VS Disney
1997
Coke VS Pepsi
1998
Army VS Navy
1999
Cats VS Dogs
2000
Television VS Movies
2001
Fruits VS Vegetables
2002
Air VS Water
2003
Muppets VS Dr. Seuss
2004
Love VS Money
2005
Marvel VS DC
2006
Mustard VS Ketchup
2007
Planes VS Trains VS Automobiles 
2008
Breakfast VS Lunch VS Dinner 
2009
Letters VS Numbers
2010
Police VS Fire 
2011
Plants VS Animals 
2012
Hot VS Cold 
2013
New York City VS Los Angeles