When camp is over, send the kids back to camp!

“Mom, we’re bored,” they say with whining voices. The moment you have dreaded all summer long has finally come. Summer camp is over, school has not yet begun, and your kids have nothing to do. Of course, as a parent you just want to see your kids happy, and so you scramble to find small activities to keep them busy. Perhaps a day trip to the zoo, or spending some time at the local community pool. But, you have a full two weeks before school starts, and there is just no way you can take them out EVERY day.

Well, I have good news for you! Did you know that there are camps for after camp? There are a variety of camps that you can enroll your child in when most camps have already ended. For example, this year Terrapin Adventures will be running two sessions of their Ultimate Adventure Camp. When camp is over, send the kids back to camp.

Campers at Terrapin Adventures

Campers at Terrapin Adventures

Each camp session is one week of adventure, exploration and discovery. Here kids will learn about outdoor leadership skills and test their strength and courage while having a blast conquering Terrapin Adventures challenge course and exploring nature along the Little Patuxent River while biking, geo-caching, river tubing and more.  The sessions are in the beginning of August- those dreadful weeks when you must find activities to entertain day after day.

Of course, I would still encourage you to spend time with your children, because often it is those fun family trips to the pool that will create memories that will last a lifetime. (I still think back to the summer days I spent with my mom and siblings at the local community center pool – laying on towels while drying off from our swim, laughing, and eating Bugels. No trip to the pool was complete with out Bugels to put on the tips of our fingers!) But, that is why I think this idea of a one-week camp after camp is such a great idea. This gives you the best of both worlds. You can spend time with your children, but also enable them to have new experiences and fun while attending a one-week camp that is packed with adventure.

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