Thursday, June 28, 2012

Summer Adventures

It's officially the end of the school year and I'm feeling nostalgic.

My "baby" isn't one any longer - she has leaped into the world of school trips, summer vacations and after-school play dates. For me, the start of this summer signifies her burgeoning independence, and it will be put to the test when she goes to full-day camp this summer. What a milestone! I'm excited for her and I know she will love it.

Camp plays such an integral role in helping children define themselves and build self-esteem. As a kid, I was lucky enough to go to camp a few summers in a row; they were some of the best times of my childhood. Camp was a place where great memories were made, friendships were nurtured and life lessons were learned. For my daughter, this summer is filled with the promise of new adventures and memories that will last a lifetime.

Now all I need to do (aside from keeping tissues close at hand in case I get emotional), is to make sure she's prepared. Needless to say, we'll be ordering some new labels with Found-it on them for all her camp "must-haves" (water bottle, swimsuit, towel, shoes, etc), and she will customize them herself - picking her favorite design and font make her feel like a big kid, which she officially is now. There will be a few safety talks as well because, after all, she's only five... and five-year-olds need a lot of reminders! Last but not least, I will tell her to be herself, have fun and enjoy her first camp experience.

Whether you have a child heading off to camp for the first time this summer, or are a seasoned camp vet, all of us at Oliver's Labels wish you and your family a fun, safe camp season.


Multi-Testing Mommy said...

It's always mixed feelings on the last day of school! Happy for it to be over, sad that another year is gone and a summer away from some of the friends and of course the routine! Great post!

Unknown said...

Great post! As a kid, I always remembered the last day of school being bittersweet! I was always sad to miss my classmates, teacher, routine...but so excited to have the entire summer to enjoy! My little one starts school this Fall, so we'll be going through this next year!

Alyssa said...

Ah the last day of school is bitter-sweet isn't it! ;-) Hope your little one enjoys camp!

Country Mouse, City Mouse said...

Matthew is going to camp the week after next...phew, that is coming so fast!

Have a great summer.

shashers Life said...

labels are a MUST with kids, it's so easy to lose things, summer camp is no different.

I'm so thankful summer is here, we've had amazing weather but now the kids are home to enjoy it!! :)

Katrina Brady said...

So hard watching them grow up. Don't worry though, they still need you :)

Just Us Girls said...

I can't believe how fast this school year has went by. Time sure does fly by. I wish my little ones were old enough for camp, but one day soon. Until then we have a couple day camps they'll attend a couple times a week just to get out of the house and be with other kids. :)