Summer is here and it’s camping time! Many families send their children to camp for a few weeks to have fun, socialize with other children and learn something new. All kinds of camps for kids are available, from astronaut camp to adventure camping, but did you know there are special summer camps adults can attend? Here are a few of the more unusual:
Wine Making: Weekend courses in wine making called “Crush Camp” are available in California at a number of wineries. Adults are exposed to every stage of wine making. Most courses include a gourmet dinner. You’ll usually find other activities of local interest like hot air balloon rides, etc.
Space Camp: In Huntsville, Alabama, adults can attend a 3 to 8 day Space Camp to experience living and working as an astronaut, including going on a virtual shuttle mission wearing genuine astronaut gear and using NASA training equipment.
Ghost Hunting: At the Bourbon Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana, adults can learn the basics of ghost hunting, how to use their equipment (cameras, scanners, etc) and brush up on their technique over this 3-day course.
Greeting Card Universe thinks summer camp is great fun for children and adults! We offer Thinking of You/Summer Camp cards for girls and boys of all ages to let your campers know how much you miss them and so they can stay in touch with home. Just order on-line, add your personal message, and we’ll mail your paper hugs the next day. Or order on-line and get free, in-store pick-up, usually in 1 hour, at most Target and Bartell Drug Stores.
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Apart from getting the kids out of Mom and Dad’s hair, summer camp gives children the opportunity to learn skills not taught in school, build social skills with their peers, enjoy physical activity and exercise, and increase confidence and independence – all of which will help later in life with higher education and the job market.
With the average child spending 7.5 hours a day engaged with electronic media like computers and TV, going to summer camp is an opportunity to learn without distractions, get healthier, participate in real life adventures, enjoy nature, and interact with positive adult role models.
Did you know…
- Parents generally send their kids to summer camp for an average of eight weeks.
- More than 11 million children attend summer camp each year.
- The most popular special summer camps in the US are basketball, cooking, LEGO, and writing.
- The first summer camp for children in America started in 1861.
- The US has more than 12,000 summer and day camps for kids.
Greeting Card Universe helps you keep in touch with your son or daughter with special Summer Camp/Letters From Home cards that tell your child how much you’re thinking about them and missing them. Kids love getting “snail mail” at summer camp – it’s a physical connection to home and a reminder of their parent’s love and care.
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In the U.S., many children and teens attend a recreational and/or educational summer camp where they enjoy a variety of activities from gymnastics to horseback riding, computers, music, drama, sports, and also just general fun. Camps also exist for children suffering from cancer or other illnesses, and for disabled children.
“A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp.”
The idea of sending kids away from home to summer camp originated in the mid-1800s as part of the “back to nature” trend aimed primarily at urban children, as a way of getting them out of the city and into the wilderness. It was seen as a way to build health, character, and moral development. Today, the Fresh Air Fund helps sponsor inner-city children to send them to summer camps across the U.S.
Apart from activities, campfires, s’mores, and sing-alongs, playing pranks is a summer camp tradition that has been around as long as there have been kids spending time away from home. While we don’t advocate practical jokes, and solely in the spirit of good humor, here are some classic Summer Camp Hijinks.
- Fill the sleeping victim’s hand with shaving cream (or whipped cream, or cheese in a can), and then tickle the victim’s face with a feather.
- While the victim is asleep, take paper cups filled with water and cover the floor of the victim’s cabin or put them around the victim’s bed so they can’t step over them. Make a loud bang to startle them awake.
- When the victim is away from their cabin, put all their belongings in plastic garbage bags, fasten them tightly, put in a canoe, and then anchor the canoe in the middle of the lake. As an alternative, tie the bags high up in a tree.
- While the victim is sleeping, in the middle of the night coat the steps of their cabin with peanut butter or other sticky substanc. Steal their shoes. Stand outside and make noises so they’ll have to come out and investigate.
- Coat the doorknobs of cabins and other buildings with petroleum jelly.
When your son or daughter is away at summer camp, let them know you’re thinking about them with a custom Thinking of You/Letters From Home greeting card from Greeting Card Universe’s unique collection created just for the occasion, and personalize the inside with your own message. We make it easy to send smiles from home!
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