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Mar 22·edited Mar 22Liked by Tsh Oxenreider

I LOVED going to camp growing up. I looked forward to it all year (and even set my next middle grade book at a summer camp!) There's a really great summer camp in our area I want to send my kids to when they're old enough (for my oldest it would be next summer!) but so many of my friends think I'm CRAZY. It's definitely socially unacceptable these days, ha!

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Why would it be socially unacceptable — because of your kids' young ages? Curious! ...Tate started going to camp at age 7 and she took to it like a moth to a flame. It was only four days at that age, but looking back I can see how formative it was for her. Same with her brothers.

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Yes! People were like "you would leave your 8 year old for a WEEK?!" I was like ummm I went for two weeks lol. But I've gotten pushback in my corner of the world for hiring teenage babysitters for date nights so...y'know. It's an interesting vibe. 😂

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Mar 22Liked by Tsh Oxenreider

My number one delight this week was seeing the complete set of The Chronicles of Narnia suggested on Spotify! I mashed that play button so fast!!! Those books were my constant companion as a child and it’s such a delight to have them read to me. It’s been a minute since I read them (yes, I have a Scholastic boxed set that no, my adult children may NOT borrow) so I’m enjoying the breathless delight of how the stories unfold. I’m almost at the end of The Magician’s Nephew. It’s been a rescue and a glimmer I desperately needed 🦁

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Love it!

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So here's my question. I call myself "semi-retired", which is code for "freelance part time worker." I do that so that, among other reasons, we can drive away for a month in the summer and go see the country. I realize we're not going to get to every single national park in the country before the children graduate, but we're sure going to try. There are also lots of things between that are not national parks. We also have mottoes like "Maximum Fun", "Safety Second," "Use Good Judgment," and "Go Where You Want That I Can Basically See You, But Don't Fall Into A Canyon." I guess I could send them to sleep-away camp, but why would I want them to be at sleep-away camp when we could all be at Yellowstone together for the same money? I'm not averse to changing my mind on this. I just never did sleep-away camp. We probably didn't have the money, and I think most of the sleep-away camps here are church-affiliated, which my parents wouldn't have been interested in. If you're a proponent of sleep-away camp, help me understand why I would choose it over an extended family vacation.

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I guess if I had to choose between the two, I’d go with a family vacation as well. But sleep away camp offers kids a chance to be with other people besides us, and I really want they for them (so long as I can trust those people). Camp dynamics are a great teacher!

Plus, it’s a grownup sort-of “camp” for us during that week… There was only one summer when all three of our kids were away at camp at the same time, and it was a lovely staycation for the two of us.

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Our daughter went to Concordia Language Villages every summer for a few years. She speaks lovely French with a native sounding accent since all the counselors are native speakers. You learn a language quickly when it is the only thing being spoken.

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I adored my 10 years of summer camp experience in the North Carolina mountains. I started at age 7 or 8, going for three weeks, but after a couple of years, I went for six weeks every summer. My daughter's went to the same camp, but it’s now so expensive that they don't even offer a six-week session anymore. I loved all the different activities that wouldn't have been available during a family vacation: horseback riding, riflery, archery, arts and crafts, drama, and on and on.

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I’m working my way through the Jimmy Akin interview - about 1 1/2 hours to go. So interesting! And what a marathon session!

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