10 Days of Heat: STORY 2: Camp Life (Day 7)
I wonder if I missed out on something when I was a kid.
Maybe not as I don’t remember many of my friends doing it, either. But summer camps seem to be a big thing for kids, especially these days.
Schools host camps. There are sports camps. And 4H camps. And all sorts of other camps for kids to go to each summer.
Alas, I never went – and honestly, I’m not sure I missed much. I liked what I did in the summer. Baseball, sports, playing near the creek, exploring the woods, riding bikes, swimming – things kids did in the days before there was so much worry in the world.
This all might have been because I grew up in a rural area … so traveling to do what we could do for free honestly made no sense.
Now that I think about it – maybe my childhood summers were filled with camp days, just without the schedules and organization. I have to admit, too, I like it that way.
The structure of camps can be good. Other times, not so much. One of the school districts I work for has several weeks of summer camps and it’s truly a good thing. They do a lot and learn, all while having fun and being with friends. Camps include science things, cooking, field trips, and sports, among other things.
It’s hard to beat that, especially in the current state of technology and such. This allows kids to get out and do something, rather than just be on a computer or in front of a TV.
But as a kid growing up when I did, I’m not sure how much I would have enjoyed it.
How about you? Did you all go to summer camps? Did it help you as a kid?
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