Summer Camp

In North America, the school year usually finishes up around the end of June.  For a lot of children, or young adults, the end of June marks the beginning of a 2-month vacation.  But, for others, it’s the beginning of an exciting adventure.

Summer Camp is great for both children and young adults.  The children get to stay in a cabin by a lake for a few days or a couple of weeks.  There are many activities for them to enjoy.

Activities:

Canoeing, swimming, barbecuing, roasting marshmallows, survival games, horseback riding, archery, fishing, arts and crafts etc.

These activities teach children how to be more independent and resourceful, which is a great learning experience.  They also make new friends and become more responsible individuals.

When I was in elementary school, I attended summer camp for a week up in Northern Ontario.  The first few days were difficult for many students because we were expected to wake up quite early to assemble our own breakfasts.  Aside from the below par cuisine at the summer camp, every other experience was very rewarding and unforgettable.

We spent every day performing one activity after another.  Even though I was only 10 years old at the time, I still remember everything vividly.  We were taught that river fishing required a lot of patience and a bit of luck.  My parents bought me a pair of pink rain boots specifically for that activity.  We also had the opportunity to groom cows, make candles, and play survival games.

For the survival game, every student was given a card with the picture of an animal.  The students with animals lower on the food chain - like mice and ants - had to escape those that were higher on the food chain - like wolves and bears.  This game was probably meant to keep students active because it involved a lot of running and hiding in the woods.  Whenever a superior animal caught an inferior one, that student had to give up their card and leave the game.  At the end of the game, the student with the most animal cards was declared the winner.
Summer Camp Jobs: In high school, one of my friends decided to work in a camp for the summer.  This is a great opportunity to escape the watchful eye of your parents and get a free vacation in the process.  Not only did the camp pay my friend an hourly wage, but the food and lodgings were free too!  Of course, you need to be a responsible adult who enjoys leading children in outdoor activities in order to qualify.  Couch potatoes need not apply!