Summer Camp Ideas for Teens


summer camp ideas for teens

When it comes to your teen years, the time spent in summer is the one you remember after growing up. If you have teens yourself, it becomes your job to ensure that their summers are as fun as yours used to be. However, finding the best summer camp ideas for teens can be difficult. You have to ensure that the teens won’t get bored. Here are some amazing summer school ideas for even the pickiest of teens –

Fun Activity Camp – Instead of going for a theme, you can make a haphazard fun camp with a lot of great activities. For instance, shaving the balloon. This activity requires parental supervision since a razor is used. All you need is to fill up a balloon and coat it with shaving cream. Now, divide your teens into groups and ask them to shave the balloon. Make sure that they are wearing gloves, just to make the activity a bit safer and a lot more difficult. The catch is – the shaving has to be done carefully because a small nick would burst the balloon and cover everyone in foam.

Dress Up Camp – This camp activity is not as childish as it sounds. Ask the teens to dress up and give them a theme. It could be as simple as their favorite show, sport or book. Now, host a competition, giving awards for best costume, best group, best ideas, and so on. This game is best played when you have a large number of teens to keep busy. After the event is over, have a themed party and spend the night around the campfire, asking the teens to stay in character.

Sherlock Holmes Camp – This is a clue based camp where you hide something and ask the teens to find it. You could involve the local mall in this camp. Divide the teens in two groups and give them the first set of clues. This would lead them to a particular shop in the mall where the staff would hand the team leader the next clue. Following all the clues would lead them to their prize and the winning team gets to keep it.

There has to be some physical activity and messiness involved in a camp. Make sure your summer school ideas focus on where the interests of your teens lie. For instance, if your teens are interested in sci-fi, your summer camp ideas should revolve around Doctor Who, Firefly and Star Trek.

A Crutch Through the Bedroom Door – A day in Parenting

I swear god created maternal feelings so we don’t kill our children when they do stupid stuff like this. It took some real strength to not  go completely  bat shit crazy on them today.

I left for 10 minutes to run down the street to pick up some review items and when  I returned  I found a hole in my daughter’s bedroom door.

Apparently, they were fighting over the only iPod charger left  in the house. It is the only charger left because they have lost all of them and mom refuses to spend another dime on a charger. If they want more they can’t spend their allowance to get more.  The oldest pushed the youngest WHO IS ON CRUTCHES FROM A BROKEN FOOT, and a crutch went through the bedroom door.


For one, the oldest pushed her brother who’s on crutches and made him lose his balance. But its’ both of their faults and they both will be pay for this, both in punishment and in money and sweat. I figure if they had not been fighting over the charger then door would not have been damaged. So to set an appropriate punishment,  the electronics are gone and they will be repairing the door themselves with their own money that they earn.

I asked what an appropriate punishment should be through my Facebook post  here and got some great responses.

My favorite though is this one

From Jodi-“I would also make them do the repairs themselves. If they’re going to do the damage, they need to learn to fix what they mess up.”

So I decided to take Jodi’s advice and the kids will be fixing the door themselves. Any supplies they need will come from their budget, not mine.