Military Style Summer Camp

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Military Style Summer Camp
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Fri, 07-16-2010 - 12:15pm

THIS COULD BE MY HOUSE----EVERYDAY! It made me chuckle (and gave me some good ideas).

Military Style Summer Camp by Tara Crooks
(http://www.military.com/opinion/0,15202,216869,00.html?ESRC=family.nl)
This summer the Crooks' house is full of frontyard play, complete with sprinklers and snow cones. However, as I looked across my front lawn I saw the most peculiar thing — all of the neighborhood children were playing "Army." It made me laugh and then I was inspired to find more ways to encourage their play. We have now set up "military style" summer camp.

Here are some of the fun resources we're using during our adventures:

Dress Right Dress
A true military adventure can't begin without proper uniform and attire. Head out to your local surplus store or Clothing & Sales and pick up some military uniforms. Clothing & Sales even offers uniforms in children’s sizes for very little cost.

Pitch the Camo Tent
Yes, that means drag out a bunch of your Soldier's camo netting, 550 cord, 100 mile an hour tape, and round up some tent stakes. We found that covering our regular tent in camo netting was a lot more stable than creating one from scratch.

Mess Hall
No camp would be complete without a bright orange Gatorade® container -- my kids affectionately call this the "water buffalo"-- and some Meals Ready to Eat, or MREs.

Time for Physical Training
Military summer camp is not time to laze about. Set up an obstacle course, or play a game of ultimate Frisbee or ultimate football. You could even take them for a run. Want more fun? Start timing your kids and give them a true PT "test."

Build a Tank Out of Cardboard Boxes
Here's a website with step by step instructions on how to build a tank out of cardboard boxes. You can go big or small, either way having the kids make their own toys is a blast.

Carwashes and Bake Sales (or even a lemonade stand)
Get them ready for those Family Readiness Group fund-raisers. Set up a car wash complete with signs and have them wash all the neighbors' vehicles. Take them inside to cool off and bake some summer treats. Then let them do a mock bake sale outside to share their goodies.

Military Pomp and Circumstance
Finish off your summer camp by attending one of the numerous Change of Commands that take place during the summer, or you could even grab a Fourth of July celebration at your installation.


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Fri, 07-16-2010 - 3:15pm
I have to say my yard has never looked like that but it sounds like fun for the kids!
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