Good Movies To Show On The Bus Ride To Camp

June 6, 2014

We leave for camp in a week and have a 64-hour round trip bus ride. Yep. You read that correctly! 

We’re doing club on the bus and making lots of fun stops along the way, but at some point, it’s just nice to stick in a DVD. It’s tough to find movies that are appropriate, not overplayed, and fun to watch. Typically my favorite route to go is older movies that kids probably have never seen. 

Thanks to many of you in the Twitterverse for chiming in with your ideas, which are posted below. I haven’t seen all these movies and am going on the recommendation of others, so I would check if you have any questions. 

If you have other ideas, please comment below or email me here and I’ll add them to the list.  Also, if you’ve seen a movie below you think should be removed from this list, please email me as well. Some folks suggested movies like Forrest Gump and Titanic, but both of those have nudity, which in my opinion automatically disqualifies a movie from being shown on the bus. I know there are differing opinions in what is ok to show, so a good rule of thumb is simply this: ‘When in doubt, don’t.’ Talk to your area director and use to help you choose wisely. 

One year we bought an entire season of ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ and showed it on the bus. The kids loved it and sang the theme song all week at camp. 

We ask kids and friends to borrow DVDs, hit up the $5 rack at Wal-mart, and also rent Redbox movies we can return anywhere in the country. 

Movies To Show On The Bus To Camp



Back To The Future


Lord of the Rings

Captain America

The Princess Bride

The Hunger Games

The Avengers

The Amazing Spiderman


Pirates of the Caribbean

National Treasure


Superman Returns

Star Wars


Dolphin Tale


Simon Birch


The Mighty

Remember the Titans

The Way Way Back

Napoleon Dynamite

We Bought A Zoo

Saving Mr. Banks

Blue Like Jazz

The Help

The Truman Show


High School Musical

Mean Girls

Soul Surfer

The Blind Side

Friday Night Lights




Dumb & Dumber

Cool Runnings*

Nacho Libre


Despicable Me 2

Toy Story 3


How To Train Your Dragon





Here’s a link to brand new movies opening in theaters this summer. 

*Denotes the greatest movie ever made. 

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