Summer Camp Activities for Kids: Here’s What You Can Plan

Group of kids camping in forest

With the summer season finally upon us, it’s time to start thinking about how you want to spend it with your children. While it can be tempting to stay in the air-conditioned comfort of your own home, you can do that any time of year. This is summer! It’s a time for you and your kids to get outside and enjoy yourselves! On that note, we’ve put together a list of a few great at-home summer camp activities for kids, so check it out!

Nature Walks

What better way to enjoy the beautiful summer weather than by going out for a nature walk? Nature walks are a great way for your little ones to get off the screens, get outside, and learn more about the world around them. Before setting out on a nature walk, be sure you’re prepared! Depending on how rugged the trail is, you may want some basic hiking gear for you and your kiddos. In addition, we’d recommend packing a backpack full of water, snacks, and journals for your children to write or draw interesting things they come across.

Observing Flora and Fauna

kids enjoying summer camp activities

While you’re out on one of your nature walks, encourage your kids to take a closer look at the flora and fauna of the area. There are so many wondrous things out in nature that we simply overlook or take for granted, so this activity is a great way to simultaneously teach your kiddos something new and encourage them to practice mindfulness of the world around them.

If you want to make things even more interesting, you can turn this activity into a fun camp game by giving your children a scavenger hunt list! Figure out where you want to take your nature walk ahead of time, and do some research regarding the local species of plants, animals, bugs, and fungi. When giving your kiddos their scavenger hunt lists, be sure to teach them how to properly respect wildlife. They should only look, never touch, and maintain a safe distance from anything they want to observe. 

Once you’ve informed them of the premise of the scavenger hunt and presented them with the safety guidelines, you can start your nature walk. Once you get back, everyone can compare notes to decide who the best scavenger hunter is, as well as discuss anything interesting they learned about the local species.

Hold a Summer Camp Cookout!

boy scouts in the woods

No summer would be complete without an afternoon cookout out on the patio. Fortunately, it’s not too difficult to set one up, either! All you have to do is figure out what everyone wants to eat, stock up on your kids’ favorite snacks and condiments, and fire up the grill! If you’re comfortable with it and your children are old enough, you could even teach them some rudimentary cooking and grilling skills! Of course, children should be supervised at all times when doing something like this, but that just makes it an even better bonding experience.

Cool off With Water Balloons

While an afternoon full of fun summer activities is always great, let’s face it– it can get a bit too hot for comfort. To counter this, you should prepare a few activities to cool off ahead of time, and water balloons are the perfect way to do just that. All you have to do is fill up as many balloons as you and your kiddos will use and get right into the cooling summer fun!

Stories by the Campfire

Summer camp activities: Kids enjoying campfire

There’s no better way to end a long summer day than by gathering around a campfire. Before doing so, though, there are a few things you should be aware of. First of all, check government regulations on campfires for your areas. Many areas, especially urban areas in warm, dry climates enforce burn bans throughout the summer, so you’ll have to move your activity to somewhere in which campfires are legal. Second, make sure that your children are old enough to understand the rules of outdoor fire safety, and be sure that you can trust them to abide by those rules.

Assuming that you’re allowed to start a campfire and that your children will be safe around it, though, getting started is easy! Just build and light the campfire, then gather around in camp chairs with graham crackers, chocolate, and marshmallows. Everyone can tell stories and talk about their favorite parts of the day while roasting s’mores, bringing everyone closer together and making this year’s at-home summer camp truly one to remember.

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