Camp Applegate – Never bored on summer break

Summer Popsicle Fun

Were you ever bored as a kid during summer break?  Upon returning from work one evening and hearing from my kids that there was nothing to do and that they were bored I came up with “Camp Applegate”.  The neighborhood that we live in has a tennis courts, volleyball courts and a couple lakes we call the duck pond.  We have a pool and basketball goal at our house and have many acres of woods that adjoin our back yard to explore.  If you use a little creativity and list all the options there is no way to be bored.  If your kids are staying at home with a sitter, it is important that you find a sitter that can get into the program.  Our sitter was working for us during the summer between high school and college and could also see this as fun.  In the spirit of full disclosure I don’t know that the program was ever followed as designed, but there was always a list of fun things to do and no one could say “I’m bored, there’s nothing to do”.  Look around your house bring out the board games, toys, and sporting equipment.  Go beyond the idea of simply riding bikes for an activity.  Make is a super mario bike challenge where you describe the obstacle course.  If you have a Wii, design a Wii Sports Family Olympics.  Whatever you do be sure to involve the kids and make the planning of “Camp Your Family” a fun activity that they can look forward to.

Camp Applegate Schedule – Summer 2008

9:00 – 9:30                   Wake up/ Bible Study – Age appropriate devotionals  

9:30 – 10:00                 Breakfast

10:00 – 10:30               Activity 1

10:30 – 11:30               Swim Practice or hang out at the Applegate lagoon

11:30 – 12:00               Lunch

12:00 – 12:45               Activity 2

12:45 – 1:30                 Activity 3

1:30 – 2:00                   Activity 4

2:00 – 3:30                   Rest period / Reading

3:30 – 4:15                   Activity 5

4:15 – 5:00                   Activity 6

*Plan your morning activities as a group and go from one to the next.  Then plan your afternoon activities as a group and go from one to the next……Have fun!!!

 Rainy Day / Indoor Activity Choices

  • Sorry or Zingo
  • Ping Pong
  • Wii Sports
  • Reading
  • Cooking up fun – Everyone likes cookies

 Outdoor Activity Choices

  • Hula Hoop Target Diving
  • Marco Polo
  • Ultimate Ripstick slalom challenge
  • Frisbee Golf (you make up the course)
  • Turbo 4 square in the driveway
  • Lance Berkman is in the yard batting practice
  • Horse or Pig on 12811 Center Court
  • World champion Tennis at the neighborhood clubhouse
  • Super add on seat wars on the Applegate monster tramp
  • Mountain bike the Cheers riding course (Trails in the woods)
  • Deluxe Large Mouth Texas bass tournament in the duck pond
  • Just in case you need more games, skits and relays – See the RED Book(book of activities)
  • Popsicles in paradise (Exchange an activity for popsicles or ice cream sundaes)
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