Category Archives: Camp

Glamping – When You’re Not Quite Ready to Make the Rustic Leap

Welcome to this month’s Blogorail Black Loop. Today we are sharing some ways for your family to participate in the Great American Campout.

Glamping - When Youre Not Quite Ready to Make the Rustic LeapIn honor of the Great American Campout on June 25, I had to write something about camping. I used to love to go camping in my early adult years. I was even a counselor at a camp one summer. For personal trips, we camped in a tent with our sleeping bags on a tarp, no cots or air mattresses. We cooked over an open fire. That made the food taste so good, and heated our water for washing dishes over the same fire. It was so great to be able to connect with nature. Plus, back then, it was about the only way I could afford to travel!

Now that I’m older, sleeping on the ground or even a cot or air mattress no longer holds much appeal, but I do still love being in nature and the taste of food cooked over a campfire. That’s where glamping comes in! Continue reading

Finding My Child’s Inner Star with Camp Broadway

Camp Broadway LogoLike all moms, I try to find ways to keep my son thinking and having fun over the summer that do not involve video games or a computer. Last year, I was researching day camps and found one called Camp Broadway, which, coming from a fine arts and theater background myself, looked interesting to me. I asked if he’d like to do it and he said he would. He had so much fun last year that he asked me to sign him up again this year. Continue reading

Plans to Keep the Kids Occupied this Summer

With so much of the U.S. completely blanketed with snow, I can’t believe I’m thinking about summer already, but I want to be sure my son has lots of options. Of course, he’d be happy sitting in his room in the dark playing video games all day every day from the time he wakes up until the time he goes to bed. Yikes! We can’t have that. He is going to spend two weeks at his grandparents, but I want him to have some educational, but fun as well as active options. These are what we came up with. Continue reading

Making Memories Goes Bad – An Early End to a Week at Space Camp

U.S. Rocket Center in Huntsville, ALLast Sunday, I dropped my son off at Space Camp.  THE Space Camp.  The one in Huntsville, AL that has NASA written all over it.

He had gone to a local day camp run by a space center last summer and loved it.  He’s also been going to overnight camps for five years so I had no concerns there, either.  Plus, he was so excited to go.  Unfortunately, it did not go as planned.

We  arrived early on Sunday so had time to explore the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.  If you’ve never been there, it’s a really neat place.  They, of course, have rockets and space memorabilia, but they also have a section on the Army including a couple of helicopters as well as some rides and other activities.  My son spent a long time on the rock climbing wall.

Anyway, it was soon time to leave him there.  With a hug and a kiss, he went off to his orientation and I stayed for the parent orientation.  They spoke about what to expect at Friday’s camp graduation and what to do if our child was homesick.  Then I went off to a conference I was attending in a nearby city. Continue reading