We’re sharing simple summer camp ideas today!
Recently, I tossed my overnight bag onto my big fluffy bed and breathed a huge sigh of relief.
It felt good to be back.
Despite my parent’s constant nudging, “You should stay at Loblolly and get started on your book this summer!” I’m almost embarrassed to say I couldn’t remember just how long it had been since I had spent the night at my childhood home.
While we’ve made a ton of progress after having to gut the entire place and start from scratch nearly 6 years ago, we still have a lot to finish before we can call it a true retreat space.
A Simple Summer Camp Ideas Inspiration…
“How much fun would it be if we could come back here and stay for the summer season?” my Mom blurted out over coffee while we were flipping through magazines searching for inspiration.
“It would be like something out of a Mary Kay Andrews novel or a throwback to sleepaway camp that’s for sure,” I replied only halfway kidding.
As I fell asleep that night, I couldn’t help but think about how cool it would be to go back to our hometown, rent a house by the lake, or stay at the cabin for the entire summer.
No doubt it would feel like a true luxury just to get away for that long.
A Dream I’ve Never Shared…
Truth be told, I’ve always wanted to host a retreat for fellow creatives.
Nothing wild or overcomplicated, mind you.
Simply a relaxing extra long weekend for those who are struggling with burnout, the ones who need a quiet place to think, write and plan, and to speak life to those who need a little extra encouragement.
Doesn’t that sound like something we could all use right now?
So, while I was dreaming of hosting a creative retreat, I also started thinking of easy ways we could incorporate the feeling of sleepaway camp into our summer schedule.
It didn’t take long before I came up with a list of simple summer camp ideas. These are activities you can do with friends, family members, neighbors, or alone.
Here’s a look at simple summer camp ideas if you’re looking to rediscover old hobbies or learn new crafting techniques…
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Other Simple Summer Camp Ideas to Consider…
- Taking a wreath making class
- Attending a flower arranging workshop
- Signing up for a cooking, baking, or cake decorating class
- Rediscovering a dance class you loved as a child
- Bird Watching
- Star Gazing
- Taking a candy-making class
- Learning how to make soap
- Signing up for sewing, knitting, or crochet class
- Attending a block printing or tie-dying class
- Diving into acrylics, oils, or watercolor paints
- Taking a jewelry making class
- Archery, hiking, rowing, swimming, kayaking, sailing, or horseback riding,
- Learning a new language
- Taking a calligraphy or handwriting class
- Signing up for a gardening class
- Diving into polymer clay or pottery making class
- Have a campfire and make s’mores
An Intentional Summer…
I know it’s not always easy to get away for an entire summer.
Especially, if you have a demanding work life, home life, or family life.
I totally get it.
But I honestly believe it doesn’t have to be an “all-or-nothing” kind of summer either.
Sure we might be grown now and have more chores and responsibilities than we did at sleepaway camp.
We can still carve out time for memory making though.
We just have to be intentional about it.
So, don’t let this summer go by without rediscovering something you once loved. There’s no better time to be creative than right now!
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