10 Ways To Bring Summer Camp Home

Camp is just over a month away, but if you can't wait until then to get into camp mode we have some tips. These are also helpful to use after camp when you're camp-sick and having trouble adjusting back to a schedule that doesn't include dance parties and hammock hangouts.

1. Build a fort in the living room.

Get your friends or family to join you for a "camp out" in your home. You can also pitch a tent in the backyard or inside.

2. Make s'mores at home.

If you don't have a fire pit, that's okay. You can make s'mores in the oven. too. Follow the advice of The Sandlot for the perfect s'more.

3. Send postcards.

Sure, you can email or text your friends, but getting snail mail (that isn't grown up bills) is more fun. Even more fun: send a care package.

4. Organize a silly event.

Invite your friends to play kickball. Have a pie eating contest. Have a bubble blowing competition in the park. Organize a field day.  Do something that doesn't have much purpose beyond having fun, and invite others to join (or don't!).

5. Take a phone-free day.

Leave your phone at home and go on an adventure. Ask people for directions, look up and around you, and get excited about getting lost. Enjoy a day without beeps, pings, and push notifications.  

6. Take off your watch.

If you have nowhere to be, ignore time and operate on your own time. 

7. Carry face paint. 

Members of the Camp Wonderful staff have painted stranger's faces at bars, parks, festivals, and even on the train. Most grownups haven't had their faces painted since they were kids, and it's a fun way to bond with someone while giving them a little flair.

8.  Spend more time outdoors.

One of the best parts of camp is being outside all of the time. Fit more green time into your schedule by waking up early to go for a walk, eat lunch in a park, or plan hikes on the weekends.

9. Try something new each week

At camp you get to learn new skills from pickling to singing in play shops. Bring that home by signing up for lessons in something you've never tried before (like improv or guitar!) or doing a weekly skills exchange with your friends.

10.  Wear a costume.

Go to the grocery store in your alligator onesie. Wear sequins to dinner. Or, just wear a cape while you clean up your kitchen. Wear whatever makes you feel like your most wonderful self and don't keep those outfits in storage until next summer.

 



 

 

10 Things To Add To Your Camp Wonderful Packing List

Okay, these aren’t necessities, but they are fun and fun is necessary at Camp Wonderful. Here are 10 fun and wonderful things to slip into your suitcase (or old-school camp trunk!) if you have the room.

  1. Bubbles: These probably can't go in your carry-on bag, but if you’re driving to camp, stock up on bubble wands. Is there anything more relaxing than laying in the grass blowing bubbles? There’s not much we can think of.

  2. Fort Building Supplies: Bring those extra sheets, safety pins, and clothes pins so you can turn your bunk into the fort of your inner-childhood dreams.

  3. Fun Sunglasses: Of course regular old sunglasses will work fine, but if you’ve been holding onto a pair of neon-heart-shaped stunners, camp is the perfect time to bring them out.

  4. A Silly Hat: Just like sunglasses, a regular hat does the trick, but we bet you have some silly ones in your closet. This is the place for them.

  5. Tubes For The Lake: Sit in the donut/shark/pineapple float of your dreams and take a nice long lake nap.

  6. A Disposable Camera: Yes, you can still get them developed, though it might take a week or so. Without your phone and digital camera in hand, capturing memories on a disposable camera or instant camera are your best bets. Of course, you can also paint watercolor pictures of your new friends, or just keep the memories in your brain.

  7. An Instrument: Start your own camp band. Dig out that trumpet that’s been buried since high school, the guitar that accompanied you on open mic nights in college, or a triangle you borrow from your kid’s playset. It doesn’t matter if you don’t have talent, you can still make music at camp.

  8. Pogs: We know there’s still some of these in your junk drawer somewhere. Let’s play like it’s 1999.

  9. Friendship Bracelets: We’ll have some supplies, but you can make some on the plane or bus and get ready to make friends upon arrival.

  10. Costumes: Dress as your wildest, true-est, most playful self. If that means sequins all weekend, go for it. If you want to wear an alligator onesie to dinner, we’ll cheer you on. Want to spend all weekend in silky pajamas? Heck, yeah!

 

Stay tuned for a full packing list, which will be sent out to all campers.

Thoughts and Reflections from our Camp Director

I knew from the moment I became a camper that I wanted to be a counselor. And I knew the day I became a counselor that I wanted to run camp. And I knew the day I started co-directing camp for young people that I wanted to make it happen for everyone. It has meant so much to me to have this community where I feel welcome and I can trace my desire for community and connection to the root of almost every decision I make.

Top 10 Reasons to Come to Camp Wonderful

1. Our Camp Art Director and Counselors are creating lots of fun weird interactive art installations in the woods (and many other awesome surprises).
2. Blueberry pancakes on blueberry island, we’ll be playing/boating/ swimming along the waterfront at camp. 
3. There will be a flying trapeze with trained acrobats to elevate you to new heights!
4. More green time, less screen time: when was the last time you went 3 days without looking at your phone or computer? Trust us, it’s worth it.
5. No talking about work! Come up with a creative nickname instead of using your real name! You get a blank slate to be playful, imaginative and open hearted
6. Secret magical treasure hunts.
7. Delicious local food will materialize in front of you for every meal.
8. It’s midday Friday through Sunday afternoon, August 25-27th – so you’d only need to take one day off work.
9. It’s in the Beautiful Berkshires: 2 hrs from Boston, 2.5 from NYC
10. You can register with the code WONDERFUL25 for $25 off! And if you’re interested in bringing a group we can hook you up with a group rate.

Feel free to reach out if you have any questions or want to talk about how we can make the most amazing camp experience for you!
 
Lovingly,
 
Jonah Spear aka Benefitz
Randy Kohn aka Mr Falcon Ribble (for now)
Wolf Mom, Wolf Pup, Awooooo, Ampersand and the Camp Wonderful Crew