There’s a countdown to
camp featured prominently on the Pali Adventures website for a reason – and
it’s because we positively love summer camp, and we can’t wait for it to start
again! Your kids, especially if they’ve been to camp before, are likely counting
the days until they come back. While recreating many summer activities for kids
at home can be a bit challenging, it is a great way to bring the many joys and
adventures of camp into the rest of the year.
“Campsickness” is indeed
a real thing. Unfortunately, we can’t do anything to make the calendar move any
faster, and neither can parents. But, we can offer a few easy ways to help make
the time seem to go by faster, and with a bit more camp fun. If the
missing-summer-camp blues strike your child in the months when they're away
from camp, try out these summer camp activities for kids at home to help cure
their "post-pali-syndrome" right away.
1. Mini Camp Out!
It would be
irresponsible not to mention this simple idea to beat back the
missing-summer-camp blues. If you have a yard or a living room, you can
recreate a few aspects of the summer camp experience right in your own home.
Start by building a tent
in your living room or backyard, and you’re halfway to creating a mini camp
out. You can even make homemade s'mores in the oven, sing songs and do a few
entertaining skits, or maybe even have a campfire in the backyard (or bring one
up on the television instead). With a little bit of creativity and effort,
summer camp won’t seem so far away after all.
2. Camp Scrapbook!
Gather up some of your
child’s camp memorabilia and print out photos of their camp friends,
activities, and favorite staff. Find some crazy scissors and construction paper
and put them to work making an art project, where they can put together a
scrapbook of camp memories to look through whenever the missing-summer-camp
3. Go Hiking!
One great way to
recreate summer camp activities for kids at home is to take them for a hike out
in nature. Rain or shine, the woods (or grassland, or desert) await! Take a
hike at a local park or on a local hiking trail, and let your child show off
the outdoor skills they learned at camp as they teach you everything they
learned about nature.
Create a back-to-camp countdown!
You can do it digitally if you have the computer skills, or you can get
creative with traditional art supplies and join together for a fun art project
that shows them camp isn't as far away as it may seem.
5. Stay in Touch!
Your child’s friends from
camp may seem like they are all far away, but thanks to the Internet and social
media, they are only as far away as your family or their personal computer,
tablet, or smartphone.
Your kids can keep in
touch with camp friends through social media channels, where they can compare
what they’re working on at school, and crafts they’re pursuing at home. They
can also stay connected with camp by checking out the Pali Adventures blog and
social media posts.
Summer Activities for
Kids at Home
Constantly coming up
with fun activities for kids at home can be challenging, and dealing with the
“post-pali-syndrome” or the missing-summer-camp blues can be even more
challenging. Creating fun summer activities for kids at home, and other
activities that celebrate the camp experience and strengthen the ties made
during the summer, can be great ways to fight those blues. It only seems
like it will be forever until the next summer camp – but it’s really just right
around the corner.