Summer camps offer fun and educational activities for kids of all ages. Day camps offer activities held only for a few hours each day. Overnight camps are sleepover events. Enrolling your children in a summer camp can put a dent in your wallet. Instead of paying others to host the summer camp, why not create your own?
A few summer camp ideas that you can run are:
- Flora and Fun – visiting a garden or nature park and identifying different plants followed by a tree planting activity; you can also have the kids plant fast growing flowering plants, vegetables and herbs
- Culinary Kids – learning how to cook and bake delicious meals and goodies
- Arts and Crafts – channel your inner Martha Stewart by teaching your kids useful and fun arts and crafts
- It’s a Small World After All - tackle one or two countries a day and discuss their heritage and culture. Sample the foods of the world in different restaurants or cook your own.
Are you psyched to plan your own summer camp? Here is how to do it.
- Select the kind of camp your children want. Find out what your children are interested in. If they all like cooking, create a cooking camp. In case they are interested in different things, list all of these down and make sure your tackle a different theme each day.
- Set the date and time for the camp. Clear your schedule and those of your kids for the duration of the summer camp. Based on the activities you will be doing, determine how long the camp will run both in the number of days and the hours spent on the camp during the day.
- Establish the goals for the camp. Write down what you and your kids want to accomplish at the end of the camp. Goals can be developing certain abilities, building confidence, fostering teamwork or learning different skills.
- Open the camp to other kids. To make the camp more fun, ask your kids to invite their friends or cousins. This is a great opportunity for them to socialize with other kids away from the school setting.
- Enlist the help of your friends. Ask parents of your kids’ friends if they want to join in the fun. It is a good way to share some of the work with other parents. Plus, there may be parents that are more knowledgeable than you about certain subjects or activities. Kids will definitely learn more from them.
- Plan the specific day-to-day activities. List all activities, supplies you will need, snacks and meals that have to be prepared for all the days of the camp. If you invited other kids, you can ask them to bring their own snacks and meals so you can concentrate more on running the activities and not planning and cooking the meals. Make sure each day has a back-up activity in case the one assigned for that day doesn’t pan out. For example, if a trip to the museum did not materialize, you should have a plan B.
Planning and executing your own summer camp is quite a challenge. Ask for help from other parents and friends to make it easier. This way you can also invite other kids to join. With a little know-how, some planning and lots of creativity, you can make your kids’ summer vacation fun and educational at the same time.