A few years ago, my mom, who does spinning demonstrations (often for kids and often in period costume), did a program for a group of kids attending “Cousin’s Camp.” A local grandmother invited all of her grandchildren (some of whom lived out of state) to stay at her house for a whole week during the summer. She had all sorts of fun things planned for them to do and see during the week. It was set up like a real camp, but all the campers were cousins and the camp director was grandma!
After that, my mom really wanted to have cousin’s camp. There were problems, though. We needed a proper venue. Her house wasn’t really a good place to hold a camp. We also needed cousins! My mom is a grandma, but she only has 2 grandkids and they are local, and they don’t have any first cousins! How do you start a Cousin’s Camp with no cousins? Well, I’ll tell you. You invite second cousins and fourth cousins and third cousins twice removed!
Last year when we moved to Hunter’s Grove, my mom (almost immediately) began talking about my hosting a version of Cousin’s Camp. Brandon and I love to have folks out to our place, so, we were on board. Mama did most of the planning and delegating. We chose to do 3 days of day camp with a family/ parents dinner on the last day (the kids were in charge of making dinner!). We tie-dyed t-shirts, had water balloon fights, made a family tree, had songs and stories, went on a nature hike and generally had a blast!
|Exploring the woods.|
The children bragged to their friends and asked to do it again next year. So, here we are just a few days away from Cousin’s Camp 2011! We have 12 children coming and lots of plans for a great time. This year we are only doing 2 days of camp, but we are camping out Friday night. I am really excited about this part. We are praying for good weather, safety and lots of fun. Of course, I will post pictures!