This post sponsored by Renewing the Family Camp
I don't know who invented summer camp, but it was a good idea. Except for the part that only kids get to go.
Our family has gone to Renewing the Family Camp twice and it was a great trip. We'd like to go again. However, it isn't for everyone. In fact, you may want to avoid it altogether. Here are seven reasons not to go:
1.) Don't go to Family Camp if you're determined to spend a lot of money. Not only are there affordable lodging options, especially for a large herd like ours, all the activities are free too.
2.) Don't go to Family Camp if you want time alone away from your kids. Most of the activities can be done as a family and are suitable for different ages. My kids particularly enjoy the water activities and it's nice to see a reliable standard of dress around the lake.
3.) Speaking of activities, you really shouldn't go to Family Camp if you have a fondness for boredom. Because at Family Camp you're liable to bump into a playground at every turn in the bend. And if you are an indecisive person you will run into trouble deciding between the climbing wall, the water slide, the skating, the tubing, the old fashioned ice cream shop, family baseball games, archery and even impromptu astronomy lessons. Rumor has it there have even been dodge ball games in the gym at midnight.
4.) Don't go to Family Camp if you like to plan, cook and clean up three meals a day. Because we all know how relaxing that is for the ladies of the family. The meal plans are, again, affordable--just a few bucks per meal. And the food is good! All served buffet style in a cafeteria setting.
5.) Don't go to Family Camp if you like a highly structured, fast-paced schedule of organized events. If you enjoy running around like an insane person, dragging your tired kids behind you, with all manner of quiet entertainments stuffed inside your diaper bag to keep them still so that you can listen to hours of sermons and seminars, well I'm sorry. You will be disappointed in this setting. There is a lot of free time and the atmosphere is light-hearted and laid back.
6.) Don't go to Family Camp if you aren't interested in making friends and enjoying good fellowship with other families. There is a lot of chin wagging that goes on at Family Camp. And if you're not a chin wagger, chances are you will eventually run into someone like me who gives you no choice.
7.) Don't go to Family Camp if you are trying to avoid strengthening your family relationships. Because if you travel somewhere, away from the distractions of regular life, making memories, gaining more time for interesting discussions, listening to sermons and learning new praise songs...well, I'm sorry. But it's bound to happen.
Renewing the Family Camp is scheduled for August 4th-8th in Maxwell, Nebraska. Our family may be there. Let me know if I'll see you there. I'll be that lady with a drool spot on my shoulder.