It’s summer. SUMMER! The season for extended play and fun. Kids do not need to go to computer camp, foreign language camp, or the “academic enrichment” camp du’jour. They have been living at a break-neck pace all school year and are ready for a break. It is, after all, why they call it summer break.
That said, if your children are old enough and finances allow, good old fashioned summer camp ROCKS. Hiking, fishing, and crafts akimbo. Nights by the campfire — telling stories and roasting marshmallows. Falling in and out of “love” with the cutie in Cabin 7. Bug bites and independence. Sharing secrets and making friends. Starting to figure out who they are outside the home, which is a crucial lesson.
Ahhhh, I can almost smell the cabin now. A mix of suntan lotion, dirty socks, cookies from home, and laughter. Priceless memories. I went to camp as a child, and later, went on to become a camp counselor. It was there that I met my career path. Yes, at summer camp.
So give camp some thought. If not this summer, maybe next. And don’t just take my word for it. Think back on your own memories or, listen to these words from some other former-campers you might recognize!
Now if you will excuse me, there is a s’more with my name on it.
See ya outside! – The Grass Stain Guru