Preventing the Summer Slide…On a Budget
What were your summers like growing up? We always spent two weeks with my grandma, alternating nights between aunties and uncles houses to have slumber parties with cousins. We spent time at the library and a week at the Y. We also had a week of Vacation Bible School and volunteered with our mama at the nursing home. The rest of the time we hid during the day from the summer heat by watching soap operas, eating fried bologna sandwiches, drinking Kool-Aid and talking with friends on the telephone. When the sun finally turned down we played games of kickball, tag and Mother May I. To us, back then, It was the life! I knew about summer camps. Movies like Little Darlings and Space Camp convinced me that summer camps were nothing but places where White parents sent their pimpled faced tweens and teens for weeks to live in cabins and set out on serious missions to get their first kiss. Now that I have children I look at summer camps differently. I know that they are places where children can learn
- to interact with camp advisers who have time to listen, talk, relax, and reflect.
- to work together, make choices, take responsibility, develop creative skills, build independence and self-reliance, and gain confidence.
- Be resilient