Summer Camp: A Great Start for Kids

Me, showing my daughter and nephew some little piece of Nature, Bluff Springs Campground 2005.

Me, showing my daughter and nephew some little piece of Nature, Bluff Springs Campground 2005.

Looking back, I realize that my love for Nature and the Outdoors probably started with summer camp.  From before I started 4th grade until I graduated from high school I got to spend one glorious week each summer in Florida.  It’s funny, though, as much as I looked forward to and loved that week at camp, during the rest of the year I was not one to spend much time outside. But canoeing, swimming, Nature Lore, and photography managed to take up residence in my soul.  Nature found a way.

Pitcher plant on the lake shore, Bluff Springs Campground 2005.

Pitcher plant on the lake shore, Bluff Springs Campground 2005.

 

 

My love for hiking certainly started at camp. One of the greatest things I looked forward to every year was taking the walk through the woods and around the lake.  We would linger at the small creek, the water clear and cool on a hot summer day, cooling off our feet or just staring into the flowing water. It was the same walk each and every year– but I always loved it, there was always something a little different to see, but it was always familiar.  The years I took the Nature Lore class we got to hike around in different areas of the campground lands, looking for wild grapes, sumac, learning about Nature’s bounty.  In photography we roamed the woods and wandered the shores of the lake, trying to get the best shots of wildflowers, leaves, and acorns.  We were never in a hurry.  It all stuck with me, grew inside me.

My husband, daughter, and mom on the lake, Bluff Springs Campground 2005.

My husband, daughter, and mom on the lake, Bluff Springs Campground 2005.

 

There are tons and tons of great summer camps out there. There are even camps for grown-ups and for families.  It’s an ideal way to get your kids comfortable with Nature and the Outdoors.

Happy Trails,

Ginger

Originally posted on February 2, 2014 by Ginger.

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