I'm a summer camp girl.
Having gone to and worked at summer camps for most of my life, I love it. To me, summer camp is what makes a summer.
The campfires, the laid back atmosphere, the rustic cabins, swimming, hiking -- I love it all. So much that Josh and I have worked together at camps for two summers, one at a farm camp in Upstate New York, and the other at a sports camp in Vermont.
The worst part?
That it only lasts for two months.
In some ways it's great, because you end up savoring the short season even more. But I find myself often missing that summer camp feeling all year round, so I like to incorporate a few bits of camp into everyday life.
Getting outside as much as possible is crucial. Much of summer camp is spent outside -- on a cabin porch, at the waterfront, playing sports on a field, during all-camp activities.
Live like it's summer camp year round by getting outside lots. Go hiking or snowshoeing, go running or walking, take a backpacking trip, or join a team sport. Being immersed in nature let's you feel like a kid again.
Get outside and:
Pack up your backpack, load it up with gear and snacks and a good book, and hit the trail.
Climb a tree.
Jump in the ocean.
Whatever it is, just get out there.
Make a campfire.
To me, campfires are the epitome of summer camp, and summer in general. In Vermont last summer the boys' and girls' camps had a campfire almost every night, complete with lots of s'mores.
We bought a fire pit as an early first Father's Day gift for Josh. I love the smell of wood smoke, and eating dinner that's been cooked over the fire. It just adds a little something to the atmosphere, and I'm sure we'll be building fires many nights this summer.
I like to:
Run a wood stove.
Use a fire pit in the backyard.
Build a campfire in the woods.
Have a bonfire on the beach.
Grill homemade veggie burgers.
Dress for camp.
If I can't be at camp all year, I like to dress like I'm there as much as possible. I'm all for cozy, comfortable clothes.
My favorite brands to wear are L.L. Bean and Patagonia. They're casual and outdoorsy, and no dry cleaning is needed. For now while I'm home with our daughter full-time, I can dress in low key clothes all day. If I had to dress up for work I'd be sure to change into campy clothes as soon as I got home each day. (Or wear them to work. That's the ultimate, when possible.)
I'm all about:
Fleece sweaters and jackets and vests.
Flannel button down tops.
Leggings or jeans.
A baseball hat.
Bean boots or mocs, or Birkenstocks.
And a backpack.
For more summer camp inspiration, read my latest post on The Hands-On Project: The Best Parts of Summer Camp.