Summer time is the best time of year. Yeah, there are people out there who think winter or fall or spring are the best, but they’re just crazy. Summer is all about being outside in the warm sunshine and enjoying the beauty of nature with friends and family. So it’s really no surprise that mid-winter, our minds start wandering to the beaches and trees of summertime. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of six things you can do during the cold months to feel a bit closer to those warm summer nights at camp. Think summer!
Enjoy a Little Campfire Food (from your oven!)
Cooking over a campfire is truly one-of-a-kind. Things just taste different! But in the middle of January, it can be difficult to get that fire going outside. So the next best thing is to bring it indoors and cook campfire food in your oven or microwave. S’macos or tinfoil dinners are still pretty yummy even without the occasional authentic pine needle.
Check out instructions for cooking camp food indoors.
Pitch a Tent or Build a Fort
Some of my best times as a kid were being stuck indoors during a snowstorm and building a huge pillow fort in my basement. Hours upon hours of enjoyment can be had with just a few blankets, pillows and maybe the occasional cardboard box. What better way to pretend it’s summer and you’re enjoying the great outdoors than building a tent inside and telling campfire stories around a lantern? P.S. Target has some pretty neat kids’ tents!
Spend Some Time With Camp Friends
One of the best parts of summer camp is making new friends. The best part of winter is getting together with those new camp friends! What better way to spend a Saturday than to check in with new friends and spend the day swapping camp stories? You could even sing camp songs, cook some yummy camp food, or even b
uild that cool pillow fort.
Take Some Nature Photos
The one benefit of winter is the beautiful snow-covered landscapes. With all the access kids have to technology, it should be easy to teach them good photography skills at a young age. Hand them a iPhone or digital camera, give them a list of things to look for, and send them out into the backyard to take on a photo scavenger hunt (like this one from Pinterest). We love doing this at camp, and it’s a good way to get them outside in warm or cold weather alike!
Sing a Camp Song With Family and Friends (or even just in the shower!)
Singing around a campfire is perhaps one of the best parts of warm summer nights. It might seem difficult to recreate during those cold winter days, but the heart of singing around the campfire is the people and the time spent in community with one another. Gather together some family and friends and spend an evening together picking your favorite camp songs and enjoying one another’s company. You can get some great camp songs here.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good nature craft. Send the kids outside to collect pieces of bark, leaves, pine needles, tree branches and more to create simple craft projects like these. Not only can a good craft keep them entertained for the afternoon, but they also get to spend some time outside and you get some great house decorations.
No matter what you do to stay warm this winter, just remember summer is right around the corner! Don’t forget to get in on all the summer action and register your daughter for a week of summer camp at Cedarbrook. We can’t wait to see you there!