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Save Money with a Summer Camp at Home for Your Kids

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?Save Money with a Summer Camp at Home for Your Kids

It's that time of year where kids (and parents) are thinking about summer camp. But if your children are too young, or you simply can't afford it, try holding a camp at home.

If money is a little tight this year, or you have a large family it may not be an option to send them all off to an organized summer camp. Mom of 6, Sharon, decided to save thousands of dollars by organizing her own events. She suggests you get the whole family together to brainstorm day trips, home activities, craft sessions and anything else you can think. And you can do it all at your own pace:

The biggest reason why I prefer to hold our own summer camp at home is that it gives us a chance to do things at our own pace with or without a schedule. We spend the other 9 1/2 months a year getting up to an early, rushing through our morning routine, coming home and tackling homework and activities and getting to bed on time so that we can get up the next morning and start the process all over again.

Wherever you are, there are likely to be museums to visit, trails to walk, and sports to participate in. Sharon suggests Pinterest as a source of inspiration for home craft ideas, or you could hold a "throwback family movie night" to introduce the kids to old favorites.

The great thing about holding a camp at home is that even young kids can get involved. Check out her full blog post for a detailed list of ideas.

Hold a Summer Camp at Home | I'm an Organizing Junkie

Photo by Peter Blanchard.

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