Who else is swimming in humidity!? I love it! I can’t believe that May is almost over and I haven’t snuck away to the beach yet. Darned extra curriculars!
1. I’ve been scrambling to plan out all the details of our girls camps for next weekend, which rates somewhere between letting my toddler comb my hair after driving with the windows down and swallowing lava. I love camping. I love the program for the girls. I just find the task of planning a weekend for a gaggle of 8 to 12 year olds somewhat difficult. It’s an oversized sleep over…and you know how I feel about those.
2. However, if you love camping and scouting and spending time in the woods screaming at other peoples kids, check out my Pinterest board.
3. I also got the Fulton’s packing list for camp. Yes, Fulton my almost seven year old is going to MDA camp in TWO WEEKS!!!! And he’s sleeping over FOR A WEEK!!! If you need me, I’ll be doing one of the following;
- sitting on the couch, staring off into space clutching a cell phone in my sweaty fist
- not eating
- eating everything
- lurking along the perimeter of the campground with a pair of binoculars
- lying in bed drinking a glass of my tears
Honestly, I’m not sure how I’ll function while he’s away. He’s NEVER been away overnight ANYWHERE. Of course, Fulton is excited and shows only minor hesitation about being torn from my bosom. And I don’t know what Teddy will do with himself except try to do the damage of two wheelchairs all by himself for a week.
4. Maybe you’re wondering how you can support this great organization in their work to tear special needs children from the arms of the only people who know how to do everything just the right way. (I will lay awake at night wondering if Fulton’s counselor has correctly positioned Fulton’s stuffed monkey between his arms.) Well, I’m glad you asked because I know just the thing! Buy a t-shirt!
5. The Muscular Dystrophy Association has run summer camps for kids with neuromuscular disorders for 60 years! And camp for kids like Fulton is absolutely FREE. He gets his own counselor, a bunk in an air conditioned cabin with an accessible bathroom at a completely accessible campground. The support staff includes nurses, respiratory therapists, physical therapist, and tons of wonderful volunteers. There is so much that Fulton, and Teddy, can’t do. Period. But thanks to the MDA, they’ll get to experience summer camp in all it’s glory: swimming, games, campfires, crafts, and so much more. I wouldn’t be a mom if I didn’t feel some hesitation in turing over Fulton’s care to someone else, but for 60 years the MDA has proved itself when it comes to giving kids like mine an amazing summer experience most healthy kids take for granted. Please consider supporting them by purchasing one of these awesome t-shirts. You only have until Monday!!
6. Or take it a step further and volunteer! I know our local camp still needs male counselors. The MDA also accepts donations of items like juice boxes, sunscreen, snacks for their camp. Find your local office and see what you can do to help! On behalf of all parents of children with neuromuscular disorders; THANK YOU!
7. Did you go to summer camp growing up? I went a week every year from first through ninth grade. I would’ve been a counselor, but I didn’t want to give up a week at the beach. I can’t think of any good camp stories…that I want to share on the blog. Maybe when the kids are older. Pick up the slack and share your own stories in the comments or add a camping take to your list!
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