Each year of Mom Camp is different. But this year, I feel as if Mom Camp never really got off the ground. We took a LOT trips (Ireland, Boston/Maine, Tahoe, LA) and it was one big whirlwind of packing, traveling, touring, traveling, unpacking and laundry with a sprinkle of Mom Camp Days thrown in here and there.
I know the kids certainly missed our traditional Mom Camp activities and Cinco is still talking about how he simply did not get enough time with our Greek Days. The Princess on the other hand was disappointed in general that we didn’t have more days spent on our activities. I truly cannot blame them because we barely made it to 30 days of Mom Camp this year… YIKES!
All of our travels did lead one positive experience, lovely hard-bound journals for the kids. Every Mom Camp I hit on a ‘thing’. One year it was paper stove-pipe hats. It was as if every activity included a paper hat….. Circus Ring Master, 4th of July and Uncle Sam, and on and on. The following year I had an penchant for peg dolls. We made a peg doll Ben Franklin, peg doll colonial solders, peg doll colonial women, and peg doll Egyptians, Last year, I hit on paper crafts. We made a paper Globe Theatre, a paper Big Ben, paper dolls (Romans, Vikings, Victorians and Elsa and Anna).
I created a hard-bound, personalized glossy journal for each child for our adventures. They not only had a space to write about their experiences, but the journals included historical lessons, projects and other puzzles and game to keep the kids happy and engaged in their summer travels.
I love that they were hard-bound this year. I tried something similar last year on the trip to Great Britain. But, I used spiral notebooks and they did not fair very well when they came home. I hope this year’s treasures will stay with the children for years to come and be a reminder of our Mom Camp 2015 Adventures.