The Area Family is already discussing our summer plans and we would like to send the oldest kid, the 9-year-old boy, to an overnight summer camp (aka sleepaway camp.) However, he gets night terrors sometimes, and we worry about how that would work at camp. Does anyone have advice on whether to send him to camp or how to do it? I'd particularly welcome insight from those who worked at camps or those who know campers in a similar situation. (We are also going to talk to the pediatrician about this soon.) [more inside]
I want to make a tent that goes over the opened lift gate (hatchback?) of my minivan. The ones I've seen are expensive, and I have an old tent, plus a couple of old tent flies and some mesh screen. The tent acts as an extension of the van and allows in air. Could also be used as privacy space for the camping potty. So, ideas and suggestions for making it as good as possible? Have you ever made your own tent? [more inside]
My kids are going to a day camp for the first time this summer. They're scheduled to swim twice a day, but my son has been refusing to go into the pool and panicking when the counselors try to encourage him into the water. How can we convince him the pool is fun, safe and comfortable? [more inside]
I worked for a few months in the worst workplace environment ever. I'm pretty troubled at how badly the place was run, particularly by the actions of the director. Is there any point/way to let the larger, national organization know about the issues there? [more inside]
What are some of the best family camps in the US? [more inside]
I would like suggestions for a summer camp for adolescents that is NOT sports-oriented or competitive in any way. Should be a place with good arts and creative activities, and most important, that actively fosters a culture of social acceptance, kindness, tolerance for quirk. I'm looking for the east coast. I know about many camps on paper, but would like to also hear experiences your kids or you have had at specific camps that sound like this.
I'm in Arizona and want to travel from Phoenix to Joshua Tree Nat'l. Park and then on to other places in Calif., and not miss anything fantastic nearby. I'll visit LA and its museums (and my family) and want to spend time camping in National Parks - Channel Islands, Lassen Volcanic, Kings Canyon, Joshua Tree, Yosemite, Sequoia, Redwood, Pinnacles. I've visited Calif. and spent time in San Francisco and LA, as well as the Long Valley. In AZ, Petrified Forest, & Grand Canyon. [more inside]
Can you recommend awesome summer sleepaway camps within some vague driving distance of Baltimore? [more inside]
I have three hours to move groups of campers (group size will vary, approx 100 kids total, many with assistive needs) and adult counselors around a sizable camp property to two morning free choice activities. Campers get to choose each activity they'd like to attend and adults might lead an early activity, but not the latter, so there are lots of moving parts. Can you help me make coverage and transpo not a disaster or time drain? [more inside]
I've been offered the chance to run a week-long day camp this coming summer at a local art space. I have an idea for a theme, but I want to run it by the hive mind and make sure it's as awesome as it can possibly be. Who want to help me plan Costume Camp? [more inside]
I saw an old clip on cable a while back and can't find it again. It featured what I think was a young Buddy Ebsen, though it could have been another actor who was later famous as an older man. The clip was in black and white, I believe the principal dancers were in sailor suits, and the song was something like "keep it gay" or "make it gay" but it was definitely not the song/dance sequence from The Producers. Does this ring a bell for anyone?
My 6 year old has really been enjoying books about kids at summer camp, and would like to see a movie in that setting. However, most of the ones I've turned up so far (Meatballs, Wet Hot American Summer, Scooby Doo Camp, even Parent Trap) are too scary or adult for her. Any recommendations for a really mild camp movies? It doesn't matter if this is a feature film or not -- we are wide open to webseries, TV episodes, etc. [more inside]
After watching Earth vs. the Flying Saucers, I'm suddenly dying to watch old, cheesy, crazy-ass sci-fi movies. Can you recommend the good ones to me? [more inside]
A friend and I will be taking a road trip between New York City and Ann Arbor via the Great Lakes this summer. We're mostly planning to camp, and do things on the cheap. But he's offered to splurge for a hotel for a night on one condition: the hotel be a garish Liberace-styled rococo nightmare. [more inside]
I may be on the lookout for a new residence soon, and I'm open to alternatives to the usual apartment/house rental. In particular, living in an RV or camper trailer parked on the street outside of a friend's house (or in their driveway if long-term parking on the street is illegal) seems doable. And fun. And possible (I asked). What's it like? [more inside]
Help me prep for a 7-day, 700k bike trip through low-populated terrain! [more inside]
I'm wracking my brain and google for a quote. [more inside]
What music/food/activities would be fun for a summer camp themed party? [more inside]
Is it possible to rent sheets, towels, blankets, and pillows for about 150 people? Has anyone done this before, and if so, can you point me toward a good service in New England? [more inside]
What would be some good radio monologues to have kids read for a sleep-away camp podcasting group? [more inside]
What non-computer based activities can I use to teach video game development to 10-12 year olds? [more inside]
Is there an excellent all-day summer camp in Northern Virginia either inside or just a bit outside the Beltway?
Is there an excellent all-day summer camp in Northern Virginia either inside or just a bit outside the Beltway? [more inside]
I want to punish myself. I want to do something that will involve hard work and hardship, that I can't get out of, that will not involve many other people, and won't cost a lot of money. Something like a long hiking journey through remote wilderness, or a boot camp, health camp or retreat where I don't have to be with a group, just me and some jailors. Suggestions? [more inside]
Help me think outside the box for tent camping in Northern MD or DE - where can I go besides a campground or sites in a Sate Park? I don't want suburbia in the woods! [more inside]
Adult beginner soccer training/camps in the U.S.? I'm a relatively new player (started a couple of years ago). I play on a couple of teams, but as fun as games are they're just not the best way to develop basic skills; I really need a structured practice environment and feedback. I'm considering going to this camp, but I'm wondering if there's anything similar in the U.S. (Google turns up a bunch of camps for kids, but very few for adults, and even fewer for adult beginners.) West Coast would be best, but I'm willing (obviously) to travel further afield if need be.
How to explain why I left working for a summer camp now that I am applying for a position that asks for whether I have been fired, or mutually let go for any reason of a job in the past five years as it pertains to a government position? [more inside]
I'm looking for a cheap-as-basic-as-dirt cabin, yurt, tipi, et cetera in the Pacific Northwest to hang out in for a week or two on a writing retreat. [more inside]
What's a good, reliable portable speaker I can hook my ipod up to and use at the beach or a campsite? I don't need a massive system. Just something reliable, inexpensive, and producing enough sound to ambiate any occasion.
Have you been to Camp Mather? What was it like? What did you love? What did you not love? What are the highlights and what do we need to do to prepare for the best vacation ever? [more inside]
I've been asked to brainstorm for themes in which I can run a weekly or twice-weekly activity for an urban day camp for kids. Please help me come up with ideas! [more inside]
I would like ballpark estimates for how much it might cost to build a summer sleepaway camp. I'm ok with relatively wild guesses as I realize not many people have probably undertaken something like this in totality. Also would like to be told things I might be missing//not considering with my (very broad and early stage) planning. [more inside]
We run a summer day camp and are licensed as such (in Massachusetts). How does our licensing change if we want to take eight teenagers on an overnight hike in Western Mass? [more inside]
Do you know of any summer day camps in New York for an inquisitive, science minded 11 year old boy? [more inside]
Do kids still use foot lockers at camp? [more inside]
What is the best way to do online camp registration? Ideally I'd like to use free and/or open source software that I can host on my own server. Is there something like a Wordpress for camp registrations? Or maybe something like conference registration? [more inside]
[job filter] How can I fight to keep a job that I love now that the higher-ups have decided that my girlfriend and I can't work together?
[job filter] Should I bother to / How can I fight to keep a job that I love now that the higher-ups have decided that my girlfriend and I can't work together? [more inside]
I'm planning a week-long summer camp for kids (aged 10-14 or around there) with a focus on natural movement/fitness in Ontario. I've never planned a summer camp before, and I'm worried I'm missing some big considerations. Does anyone have experience putting together these kinds of outdoor adventure/orienteering camps? Please, drown me in the questions I should be asking myself. [more inside]
With inspiration from this answer to this this question; I am giving my husband a week at Space Camp this holiday! Yay! Since this isn't exactly the most wrappable gift, and we are doing the gift-exchange thing in front of his entire family, please help me find the most awesome way to present this gift to him! I'm totally cool with suggestions that necessitate other purchases as long as the cost is fairly minimal (say, <$100). (Anon as he is an avid reader of ask.me)
Help me Walden out on the cheap, outside NYC? [more inside]
Mac OS X 10.6.3 and Windows 7 not getting along in Boot Camp. [more inside]
Inspired by this post, I'm looking for some recommendations on video artists to check out or resources that compile the work of video artists. [more inside]
Recommend a place to stay - tonight! - on the Michigan lakeshore. [more inside]
Looking for cheap/free art supplies, or suggestions on good camp crafts to do with kids on a budget. [more inside]
Where are all the camp meeting grounds in the United States? Is there a comprehensive directory anywhere? [more inside]
Finding appropriate camp for 8 year old know-it-all. [more inside]
Best gear for camping with a toddler? [more inside]
What are your favorite technology demos? What inspires you to follow technology? [more inside]
How can I get Army level fitness immersion without the enlistment? Long explanation inside. [more inside]
I'd like to decorate my apartment in the most campy way possible. What must I have?