And so began one of the most successful and fun adventures we, as grandparents, have ever done!

This was the 2nd year for Grandma’s Day Camp. The children had been asking for months when camp was going to start. They talked among themselves as to where we would be going and what we would be doing this year. I printed a colorful invitation on my printer and sent one to each of them one week before the event. This gave them a week of extra anticipation!

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There were 3 cousins at our camp, 8 and 11 year old boys and a 15 year old girl.There was no arguing or fighting – everyone was excited and competitive (when they had to be), and helpful and polite throughout the week. At the end of the day, they were ready to go home and we were ready to have them go!

Not having them sleep over had several advantages: we had to clean up the house and sometimes the yard, and we had to get ready for the next day. We also needed some quiet time and time for us to just wind down.

I had a daily program printed (on our computer) which I gave to each one every day. They kept it with them and referred to it often. When they asked about the next day, we told them they would have to wait until then to find out.

Planning ahead of time enabled us to find "buy one, get one free" coupons at some of the places we went. Some of our activities cost money and we went out to eat several times.

With a little searching you can find many places to go that don’t cost money. Eating at home or packing lunches would save money. One of the lunches I asked one of our daughters to prepare. That certainly was a much better lunch than I would have packed!!

Several weeks after the camp I gave the children a simple evaluation form to fill out with questions like: I liked best ... I want to do again ... My favorite thing ... I did not like ... and let’s not do this again. Their answers were almost unanimous. Their favorite thing was going to a coal mine and newspaper and there was nothing they didn’t like.

Would we do it again? We already have ideas and a folder started for next year’s camp. June can’t get here too soon!!! See you at CAMP...

P.S.
For Christmas, each child got a photo album with all their pictures. Without exception, they sat and looked at each picture and the rest of the gifts were forgotten!!

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Monday, July 9
Tuesday, July 10
Wednesday, July 11
Thursday, July 12
Friday, July 13
Click to enlarge any of these daily programs.
See the 2007
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stones
making shirts
tubing in the river
making mocs
painting
making "god's eyes"
the dairy farm
the coal mine
can walk
roasting over the open fire
water race
tubing in the river
the finished stones
table-top shuffleboard
her new night-dress
proud of their moccasins!
the shirt is done
his finished creation
2006 memories
finding a little frog
walking around the lake
riding the train
Lake Tobias' safari bus
on safari
safari - all the deer
making stone animals
making pretzels
our visit to the newspaper
picnic lunches
Jonah sewing
at the horse farm
goofy golf
making cookies
riding bikes
Josh with balloon
Ariey and leaves
the "cool" coal mine

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~Liberty~
"An Anthem For A Free World"
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