A plan for DIY summer fun with kids
The last day of school is here, and we have a plan.
I call it Camp Whattawedo.
Camp Whattawedo is run pretty much like any summer day camp. It runs Monday through Friday, from 8 am to 5 pm. Lunch and snacks are provided. There are routines and regulations. There are theme days and special programs. The chief difference between Camp Whattawedo, and other day camps is that our campers may show up with no pants. In fact, pants are entirely optional until 10 a.m.
Morning activities are self-guided at Camp Whattawedo. Until noon, campers are welcome to sleep-in, veg out, loll around, and help themselves to a bounteous breakfast bar modeled on the finest interstate motels. During this time, the Camp Director will be occupied with fundraising and administrative activities (i.e. freelance writing), and should not be disturbed.
In the afternoons, there will be activities, depending on the theme for the day. The weekly activity plan is posted below.
MONDAY: CREATIVE PROJECTS
FRIDAY: ADVENTURE TIME
The Camp Director has exhaustively researched local enrichment opportunities, and there will be ample variety within this simple plan. For example, campers may choose their own area of independent study on Mondays for “Creative Projects.” Upon consultation with the Camp Director, a plan will be approved, and stipends will be considered for fees and materials. Some campers have already expressed an interest in participating in online guitar lessons, or learning digital animation. An arts and crafts station will be amply supplied for those who do not have an ongoing project.
Camp Whattawedo places great emphasis on reading, so there will be weekly library visits. As we are fortunate to reside within an amazing public library district, these visits will often coincide with fun and interesting programs being offered at area branches. Time will be allotted for reading each day, and credit will be given in the form of rule-bending powers that can extend a camper’s screen time, or leverage other special privileges.
We will visit the pool twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays, as with many day camps, we will take a field trip to a location to be announced. Campers can expect to visit our beautiful state parks, interesting museums, zoo, and other exciting, fun-filled, and educational destinations. Depending on the success of fundraising efforts by the Camp Director, these may occasionally involve a day or overnight trip out of town.
The weekly activity schedule is intended as a default plan, the answer to “What do we do today?” Acceptable, alternate plans are always welcome from individual campers. If there is no acceptable, alternative plan, participation in the scheduled activity is mandatory.
Camp administration is dedicated to making the Camp Whattawedo a positive experience for all concerned. We have considered the logistical aspects of professionally run day camps, and have adopted their model for our own, from menu-planning to scheduling to bulk-buying, and we feel ready to open our doors and welcome our happy campers home.
If you have kids at home this summer, I would love you to join us on twitter and instagram with the hashtag #WHATTAWEDO to share your summer fun, frustrations, appreciations, and inspirations. And stay tuned to my Facebook page, where we’ll hang out and share progress (and disaster) reports weekly throughout the summer.