I’m having a mid-life crisis.
First of all, how the heck did I get to mid-life already??
No worries people, I’m not going to run off and get a tattoo or go skydiving naked – but I am really missing being a kid in the summertime.
Especially when it comes to camp.
I am a camp freak – I grew up going to all kinds of camps – and after each one I would come home in tears because each one was the best time of my life and those were the best friends I would ever have and I would cry for days and days and write letters to all my friends and lock myself in my room.
My parents loved it when I came home from camp.
Now my kids are all at camp. And I must say it bringsback pains of nostalgia and I must admit – a pang of jealousy.
My three oldest spent last week at Camp Loughridge– an amazing Christian camp in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I know you’ve heard me sing their praises before – but guys – this camp is amazing. I wish I had gone to Camp Loughridge when I was a kid. You can’t help but just feel the love while you are out there…just stepping foot on their beautiful grounds makes me want to burst out into a rousing round of Kum Ba Yah.
But I’ll spare you.
So – I decided to get some of my camp fix and follow my kids around Camp Loughridge for a day. Much to their chagrin I might add.
I tried to be incognito – but it was a little hard with a baby in a stroller.
Especially when the baby cried. Really loud.
So each kiddo was in a different tribe. Nicholas was a Choctaw.
Tristan was a Seminole.
Jade was an Esther. (she was in the adventure camp for older kids – she even got to spend the night!).
The kids all meet together in the morning for rally then break off into their respective tribes. Each tribe has one to two counselors for each group so no worries about kiddos wondering off.
They get to do all sorts of cool things like archery,
- Nicholas was in weapon heaven
swim every day in their amazing pool,
the famous 50 foot rope swing – (for more awesome photos of the ropes course and zip line – click here)
and so much more.
Every day I picked up the kiddos they were WORN OUT and asleep in the car before we even got home.
And they couldn’t wait to go back to camp the next day. (Sidebar: my kiddos LOVED the food. Even my picky eater. This is HUGE, people…).
Isn’t that every parent’s dream? (Or is that just mine.)
In fact – I’m thinking about applying for a counselor job there next summer. I think Baby J and I would do a great job…we may be hitting you all up for references.
So parents – if you are going nuts trying to figure out what to do with the kids for the rest of the summer – I’ve got good news. Camp Loughridge has openings in their last few sessions! Check here for the rest of their schedule…
My kids are already asking when they can go back. I’m on that like a bee on honey.