Category: Overnight Summer Camp

Keeping a Journal at Summer Camp

summer camp journalSummer camp journal is a must during the summer! Going to summer camp is a rite of passage that everyone should experience. Often, this is the first time you spend more than a night away from home. Also, there is all the new activities to try and, most importantly, all the new friends to make.

You probably want to keep your mementos and memories safe and tucked away so you can revisit them later and relive your summer camp experiences. For this, you probably want to get a summer camp journal. However, there are different kinds of journals and journal accessories to consider, and finding what you want may be difficult.

Summer Camp Journal

Blank versus Full of Activities

There are two types of summer camp journals to consider: the blank version and the version that is full of activities and accessories. The first is what it sounds like, a simple book with lined (or unlined) paper in which you can write, draw, and add photos or mementos.

These blank journals can come with a solid colored cover or printed with a graphic. One favorite is the Large Classic Moleskin Notebook. Made with traditional black moleskin, this journal does not distract from the purpose of the book.

summer camp journalFilled with acid-free lined paper, it will not tempt your campmates to look inside because of wording like “Journal” Or “Private. “Another favorite is the Summer Camp Journal from Mrs. Alice E. Tidwell, which has a beautiful scene of a lakeside campsite and shows some of the activities that can happen at summer camp, such as boating and sitting by the campfire. Entitled “Summer Camp: A Blank Journal to Fill with Adventure,” this lovely print will inspire your daily writings of your own camp experiences.

The journals that are full of activities and accessories are as varied as the rainbow. They may come with pockets, pens, postcards, activity sheets, and much more. You can still write and draw in these journals, but they often have special places for mementos and photos.

My favorite activity journal is the Peaceable Kingdom Summer Camp Journal. Write down your summer camp memories with help from questions and prompts and enjoy jokes, games, and much more when the day’s activities are over. Each page has its own design and is lined for easy writing. Punch out the included postcards to send to family or friends.

Summer Camp Journal Accessories

summer camp journalThere are many accessories you can buy to go with your journal. You can get pens, penlights, colored pencils, and waterproof envelopes, among other things. All these accessories can make using your journal more fun.

My favorite accessory is a zippered, waterproof plastic envelope from Izbuy that you can put your journal and accessories in to keep them safe. Offer the extras to your friends or keep them for another year’s camp.

Keeping a journal at summer camp is part of the fun of the season. You can fill it with writings, drawings, photographs, and mementos to look back at and recall how much you enjoyed the time spent there.

The journals suggested in this article will help you make that possible, but do not let me stop you there. There are other great journals available in online stores to choose from if you wish. The most important thing is that the one you pick helps you create something you will love and treasure.

How Important Is Summer Camp to Childhood?

summer campChildhood is full of experiences that shape a child’s personality as they mature into adulthood and summer camp just brings to mind infinite possibilities for enrichment. Trekking into the wilderness, diving into the lake and singing songs around the campfire are a few amazing experiences that just cannot be replicated in the classroom. In fact, summer camp is such an essential staple of childhood that parents often find their child comes back changed from the opportunities for learning that can only occur away from home.

 

Develop Independence

 

After years of being close to their parents, kids need to have a safe place to spread their wings. At summer camp, trained staff members are available to guide children through their first days of being away from home, while also making it a point to encourage independence. In every activity at camp, kids are encouraged to take on increasing responsibilities such as cleaning up the cabin, leading a hike or any number of activities that help teach them to be leaders.

 

Appreciation for Nature

 

Watching the sunset over the lake or enjoying the thrill of seeing the view at the end of a long hike are experiences that cannot be enjoyed in most cities. When a child goes to summer camp, they have the opportunity to commune with nature and form beautiful memories that they will never forget. Learning to love the outdoors also teaches kids to take care of their environment, especially when they see wildlife enjoying their natural habitat.

 

Learn to Manage Risks

 

After months of sitting in school, summer camp represents a time of freedom and exploration. Kids at summer camp also get to take safe risks that they may not experience anywhere else. From embarking on overnight backpacking adventures to perfecting a water ski jump, it is important for kids to step out of their comfort zone so that they can gain self-confidence.

 

Form Friendships That Last a Lifetime

 

Summer camp friendships often last far beyond that first summer. Between camp sessions, children often communicate with their camping buddies through email and traditional letters. In fact, many camp alumni return for special events or to become part of the staff.

 

Every summer, kids head out to summer camp full of anticipation for the adventures that lie ahead. Although playing sports and camping out with friends is a big part of summer camp, it is the changes that it sparks in a child’s development that makes going to camp such an important part of the childhood experience.