Last year, we launched our Summer Camp Guide, and we were so excited to bring it back again this year. You can check that out here if you haven't already! As we construct our guide, we always get to connect with new camps from the region that continue to impress us and stand out, and one of these was Camp Jamison.
While I didn't go to an overnight camp until I was a teenager, it stands out as one of those memories that I think everyone should have. Like many others, I got a little homesick at first, but quickly realized that one of the things that makes overnight camp so special is that you build a family. In my late twenties now, I still have folks who I met through overnight camp as a kid that I'm in contact with today. How special is that?!
Just like I do, the folks at Camp Jamison firmly believe that overnight summer camp is a rite of passage for all children because it helps them to develop into independent, confident, and curious children who appreciate nature.
There's an energy to summer camp that you can only understand if you've experienced it for yourself. I can attest to the fact that being outdoors with people who I didn't know initially, forced me outside of my comfort zone in the best possible way and encouraged me to try new things and make new friends. We were all sharing the same zest for new adventure and craving the simplicity of getting back to basics. It's refreshing to be able to show our children what summer camp is all about through an old school lens. Camp Jamison an overnight summer camp that wants kids to experience impactful tradition.
Camp Jamison's team does everything that they can to ensure that their campers (ages 8-14) can attend their diverse, inclusive, and affordable summer camp program. No matter what your child might be interested in, they are sure to find it at Camp Jamison. This year, the camp will run from July 16-20, 2018 and will feature hiking, swimming, arts and crafts, basketball, soccer, canoeing, drama, and environmental education. Kids will also enjoy ice cream socials and campfires (I'm drooling just thinking about s'mores). Camp takes place at the Pocono Environmental Education Center, but transportation is available (and included) from Northeast Philadelphia.
You just had them home for Spring Break, and now you're thinking about how you'll entertain your little ones when summer vacation rolls around in a couple of months. No worries! We've rounded up some of our favorite Summer Camps for this season in the area that cater to just about every interest. You're sure to find something they'll love!
For ... the budding performer.
With offerings for K-12, your child can act, sing and dance to their hearts content. Whether they are being introduced to musical theatre, or are veterans of the stage and want to brush up on their skills, Wolf Performing Arts Center's Summer Theatre Camp 2018 is going to make them feel like the budding star that they are!
Wolf Performing Arts Center | 1240 Montrose Avenue, Bryn Mawr | 610-642-0233
For the ... water bug.
Whether your child is fascinated with local history or simply loves a good adventure, the Seaport Summer Camp is a unique experience tailored for ages 6-12. Campers will tour the National Historic Landmark ships, will have hands-on on-water programming (in the Delaware River!) and can learn about the science and history of Philadelphia's waterways.
Independence Seaport Museum | 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia | 215-413-8663
For the ... traditionalist.
If your child daydreams of an traditional overnight summer camp experience complete with nature, arts and crafts, and campfires, than Camp Jamison is for them! They believe that overnight summer camp should be a rite of passage for all children because it helps them develop into independent, confident, and curious children who appreciate nature. Camp Jamison works hard to ensure that as many children as possible can attend their diverse, inclusive, and affordable summer camp program.
Camp Jamison | 1 302-990-2267
For the ... child with a social cognitive deficit.
If you have a child that has High Functioning Autism or ADHD, Camp Pegasus might be for them this summer. Camp Pegasus merges social skills therapy techniques with creative art therapies and traditional summer camp activities. Through social, physical, and creative activities, your child will build their self-esteem with new friends.
Camp Pegasus | 600 Haverford Rd., Haverford | 610-649-1080 x3
For the ... artist.
Children ages 4-15 can partake in PAFA's infamous Summer Art Camp! From Printmaking to Illustration, students can learn from talented instructors and will get to experience fun themes each week that will keep the educational program lighthearted. Each day will include a morning and afternoon session with a break for snack and lunch.
PAFA | 118-128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia | 215-972-2054
You know how when you're planning out your day and attacking goals they say to swallow the frog first? Well, consider my kitchen the frog of my home.
I love to cook, and spend a lot of time in our kitchen whether it be prepping, cooking or cleaning up after a meal. With all of that activity, our kitchen could definitely use some TLC and a nice deep clean.
For most of these challenges I'll be sharing images to show my own before and after; however, we're actually getting ready to renovate our kitchen so I'm going to be posting our challenge now and doing some of the cleaning, but not all just yet. I'd rather wait until we make our changes and then share it with all of you!
If you're kitchen is the heart of your home though too, I highly recommend starting with it. It can be daunting, but is definitely necessary. Grab your cleaning supplies and let's get to work!
Before moving in, I swore up and down I wasn't going to have a junk drawer in my kitchen, but here we are six months later and our island drawer is officially full of junk and random things that don't require a home of their own.
We purchased a 1940's Colonial, and our home doesn't have a pantry, so our cabinets hold a lot of those non-perishable items as well as some of our cookware and dinnerware. Go through the same process with your cabinets as you did with the drawers. Also take time to organize them neatly so that they are easily accessible (yes, even that pesky Tupperware).
Whether or not you have a pantry, we're going to focus on food here. As I mentioned above, a lot of my food storage is actually in my cabinets and a bakers rack that I have against one wall.
I can't wait to replace the counters that we currently have, so much so that I'm not even going to bother deep cleaning them until I can rip them out and replace them with something we love. If you already love your countertops, you'll obviously want to make sure that you're taking good care of them!
Sink & Dishwasher
These bad boys help us so much, that we might as well give them a little TLC, right?
You store most of your food here, so make sure it's clean so that your food has a safe and tidy home too!
Oven & Stovetop
I hope that this helps you to kick-start your Spring Cleaning, and look forward to seeing the progress that you make!
I know that the temperatures are back down to the 40's, but after those tastes of Spring over the past few weeks all I can think of is flowers and sunshine. I'm basically a Lisa Frank journal right about now.
Being a new homeowner, I've quickly realized the importance of Spring Cleaning, not just from a physical standpoint, but mentally as well. Yes, it's going to be great to know that our home is as clean as the day we settled (probably more clean actually), but it'll also be nice to mentally clear the air and transition into a new season.
As a 26-year old female, I wear a lot of hats right now. I'm a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a girlfriend and dog mom. I'm a boss, mentor and leader. I'm running three businesses and getting dinner on the table every night. Being self-employed alone means I've added hats to wear: admin, marketing, sales, etc. I'm not alone in this, and I know so many of you can relate even if instead of businesses you're juggling children and all of their activities and needs.
That's why I decided to do a Spring Cleaning Challenge for our Philadelphia Housewives following. Whether or not you complete the challenge each week, I hope that in some way you're inspired to make positive change this season.
We'll be focusing on physically cleaning our homes, offices and cars but will also be making sure to spring clean our lives emotionally and mentally as well. I hope that you'll follow along, and will share your progress with me if you do using #PHLWivesSpringClean.