If you haven’t heard of Grandma Camp before, you might be wondering what it’s all about. It’s simple, really—Grandma Camp (or Cousin Camp) is an opportunity for grandparents to hoard all of their grandkids and spend some important quality time with them in a structured way.
What is the purpose of Grandma Camp?
Grandma Camp is meant to be an opportunity when all of the cousins get together with their grandparents for some fun bonding time, which is why it is also sometimes called Cousin Camp. The point of a Grandma Camp is to offer a semi-structured (kids will resist structure, so remember to be flexible) set list of activities in order to have everyone engage in each activity together—this is to ensure that everyone is spending time together as a group. It’s meant to be an opportunity to allow everyone time to become closer and form strong bonds while making lifelong memories of everyone enjoying time together.
Also, while this event is commonly called “Grandma Camp,” we know it’s not always grandma running it. One of the ways to make your mark on your camp is to give it a personalized name. You can choose something simple like “Grandpa Camp” if it’s just grandpa running it, or “Nana & Papa Camp.” You can also get a lot more creative and look for a name that’s more personal, such as naming it after a character all of the grandkids love or a family saying.
What are the best methods for setting up a Grandma Camp?
There are a lot of different ways to set up your Grandma Camp, and the best one is the way that works for you and your family. However, there are a few things to think about as you begin to set up your camp.
How many days will it be?
Your camp can be as short or as long as you want it to be. You can set up activities for a single day, or you can wait until the summer and run your camp for a whole week! If it’s your first time, it might be better to do a shorter one to reduce the risk of becoming overwhelmed. Choosing a short one will also give you hints on what works and what doesn’t, so things can go more smoothly when you finally plan a long one.
Indoors or outdoors?
Another thing to think about is where this camp will take place. Will you be staying home and hosting the kids there? Will you go to a campground and take to the outdoors? You can also split the difference by staying home and pitching tents in the backyard. The kinds of activities you want to host can help you decide what will work best.
What kinds of activities work well for Grandma Camp?
Don’t limit yourself! One of the best ways to choose activities for your camp is by thinking carefully about what your grandkids love to do normally. Are they artistic? Do they take an interest in science? Do they enjoy spending time in and learning about nature? Try to find a healthy balance between activities that are educational and ones that are just fun, like board games!
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