Source: Indys Child Parenting Magazine

Come Join Us at the Camp Fair!

by Barbara Wynne

February 01, 2014

Mark your calendar for the Indy’s Child 25th Summer Camp Fair on Saturday, February 22nd, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Fashion Mall at Keystone at the Crossing. The day will be bursting with family fun and a focus on camping opportunities for this summer. Representatives from local camps, nearby camps, specialty camps and overnight camps will be on hand to answer all your questions. Disney Channel will be there, plus we’ll be celebrating 25 years of Indy’s Child promoting camps for kids.

I went to camp two entire summers when I was 10 and 11 and have appreciated outdoor adventures and sports ever since. At first you wonder what you could possibly do for eight weeks, but then cry when you have to leave your camping buddies and go home. (I still sing those crazy camp songs!)

I remember attending Camp Farwell for Girls in Vermont and Camp Bryn Afon in Wisconsin. We did lots of mountain hiking in the Green Mountains of Vermont and learned to ride and take care of horses. In Wisconsin, I learned how to hoist myself into a canoe and portage one over my head. (I thought three-day canoe trips were fabulous.) At both camps we wore uniforms with name tags sewn into each article of clothing. We learned to make lariats and were always preparing for a regatta, play or talent show.

I also attended Girl Scout Camp. All of my Nora School girlfriends were going to Camp Delwood, so that’s where I wanted to go. Upon arrival, campers were given a chart with jobs to do – which was a jolt for me. I peeled potatoes, took out the garbage and cleaned the latrine. To be honest, I had never really done those chores. But everyone was helping to make camp fun, clean and affordable and that was a different kind of team effort.

These experiences are just some of the reasons to consider camp for your child. With over 60 camps represented our Camp Fair, you’ll find all kinds of fun and interesting ways for your children to spend their summer. Planning ahead will make the anticipation of an exciting summer adventure special for the entire family.

See you there!