Asking people what part of their childhood would they would return to if they could is one of my favorite questions!
My husband would respond, “High School” and my “Orange Brain” would enthusiastically respond, “Summer Camp”. To be specific it would be Mac-Do Lodge Summer Camp for Girls.
My “Overnight” camp was on Lake Delevan in Delevan, Wisconsin. Over the 8 years I was fortunate to attend camp, I made life long friendships, learned the skills of teamwork, leadership and organization that I still practice in my personal and professional life. Camp also introduced me to my love of inspirational poetry, horseback riding, song writing, “??!! on a stick” dinners, and songs that I can still sing perfectly and remember all the words
(over 50 years later).
It’s always this time I reminisce about getting myself and our boys ready for “Over-night” camp by shopping for camp clothes, sewing name tags in clothing and packing trunks.
Brenda Ferber, a fellow “lover of her summer camp” and member of our Illinois Chapter of The Society of Childrens Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI-IL) has written a remarkable book about a little girl and her summer camp experience.
Below is Brenda guest author contribution.
“Early June has always been my favorite time of the year. School is ending, and summer adventures are about to begin. Anything can happen! As a child, my favorite thing to do in the summer was to go to sleepaway camp. And as a parent? My favorite thing to do in the summer is to send my children to sleepaway camp!
My kids have been going to camp for seven years, now. But I remember well their first summers away. I remember my husband being nervous. He feared he would miss the kids. He feared we would be giving up the opportunity to make family memories in the warm summer sun. Our kids were nervous, too. They feared they would be homesick. They feared the unknown.
But do you know what happened? My kids had the time of their lives and couldn’t wait to go back the next summer. They came home more mature, more independent, more confident in their own skin. And my husband discovered we had plenty of time to make family memories with our kids. While they were at camp, we were able to focus on just being a couple. Our friends called us empty-nesters. But that’s not how we felt. We told them we were newlyweds!
If you have a child heading to camp this summer, you and your child might be feeling all kinds of emotions. One way to deal with the excitement and anxiety of a new situation is to read together, and my book, Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire, could be the perfect story to help calm your nerves and open up a dialogue about all things camp.
Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire tells the story of 11-year-old Jemma heading to camp for the first time. She is so excited to reunite with her best friend, who has moved away a year ago. Imagine Jemma’s disappointment when she discovers her best friend is coming to camp with her cousin. Suddenly, Jemma is caught in a friendship triangle. Will her jealousy and insecurity prevent her from being a camper extraordinaire? Or will she rise to the occasion and learn a thing or two about friendship? Set at a traditional camp in the northern woods of Wisconsin, readers will love the camp activities: everything from sailing and water-skiing to campfires and talent shows.
If you’ve ever gone to sleepaway camp, you know the magic that happens there. It was this magic I aimed to capture in my book.”
Jemma Hartman, Camper Extraordinaire is a perfect gift if you were a camper, are a camper or know a camper!
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Have fun reading and camping!
Sheila N. Glazov , Author, Personality Type Expert, Professional Speaker and Educator
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