Monday, April 23, 2012

Summer Scheduling

 Last Year Heading to Camp Doublecreek

Every year about this time, I start to have serious panic attacks about our plans for the summer, and just how we are going to make everyone happy by sending two boys to two camps that are both interesting AND have at least one friend (if not more) also attending. Adding in to this mix, I've learned that if we do swim team, then all day long camps out in the sun don't mix well with 7pm swim team practices during June. And that the overwhelming majority of our friends do swim team with the Balcones Country Club Sharks and not the Barracudas (damn their schedule which caters to stay-at-home parents). And that the Sharks practice at 10 am (for Alex's age) and 11am (for Ryan's age), so most of their friends don't go to camps in June since their swim team makes it impossible. Neither boy wanted a nanny for the summer - they love the camps and constant activity - and they also don't want to do the same camp, all summer long. I don't blame them - I hated it too, as a child. And, ideally, I'd like them to be at the same place, with minimal transportation time.Which is a very long-winded way of saying that it pretty much takes a masters degree to plan all of this out.

This year is no different, but I finally have our schedule nailed down, after a few upsets like the fact that the two Half-Blood Camps (ie, Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief)  offered around Austin for which they were eligible were booked up FAST! I'll have to be more on the ball next year, because Alex is dying, dying to do Book People's camp next year when he is finally nine (nine is the minimum age, and apparently you start registering for it in October, its that popular. OCTOBER, people. Seriously??). And I managed to squeeze in the other big ticket items on their wish lists: magic camp, and make a movie out of LEGOs camp which they saw at a camp fair and can NOT stop talking about how cool it was to make your own LEGO video. Big reminder to never take them to camp fair again!! It wasn't enough to just go to LEGO camp (which would have been easy peasy to schedule) but they needed "make a LEGO movie" camp.

And yet, I did it. Well, other than Ninja Camp, but since I couldn't find anyone offering a Ninja camp anywhere in the state of Texas, I think I did pretty darn good.

Week 1: YMCA at our school (only 3 days, with holiday and Carl and I are off Tuesday with jet lag)

Week 2: Cub Scout Camp, with lots of friends.

Week 3: Art Camps, a drawing-focused one in the morning and a dragons and knights medium-based one in the afternoons, led by their art teacher and open to kids at their school. So lots of friends, plus Papa Al is going to come pick them up for lunches in between each day. Alex has been asking to go o drawing classes, so I scored big time with this camp.

Week 4: Soccer Camp in the mornings, and then Carl and I will alternate afternoons with them at home. Hopefully we'll have some friends, but no one has confirmed this with me yet.

Week 5: Vacation Bible School at our church, and sharing a sitter with some friends for the afternoons. At least two friends each will be there.

Week 6: Camp Granny - my mom is going to take them and spent the week down in Concan again. Three cheers for Camp Granny!

Week 7: Crazy Week! Mornings are spent in RRISD camps, Ryan in a reading and writing one and Alex in a Junior Detective One. I'm already envisioning much turmoil here, but Ryan needs the reading boost, and Alex doesn't. Hopefully, their afternoons spent at "Make a LEGO Movie" camp will make it all better. This was the #1 camp they both wanted after a camp fair - they love, LOVE watching LEGO videos on youtube. Doesn't look like we're going to have any friends at either one, but I'm trying.

Week 8: YMCA at their school again. Several friends will be there.

Week 9: Star Wars Camp - its really a theatre camp, but the kids get to play with light sabers and dress up in robes and at the end of the week, they will perform in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Still looking for friends here, but if not, they'll be together. And they get to pretend to be Jedi, their absolutely favorite thing to do at home.

Week 10: Magic Camp and Camp Grampapa. The Magic Camp is only in the afternoons, in Round Rock, and would be impossible without our village coming in to help out. The plan for now is that the boys will actually spend the week over with Chris and Al.

Week 11: Family Vacation, TBD. I'm still working on all our England trip plans, so I can't even begin to think about this one yet. Soon. Very soon. Carl wants South Padre again, I'm thinking New Mexico, Colorado or Yellowstone.

Week 12: Camp Doublecreek (aka BB Gun Camp). Alex loves this place, and I've worked hard scheduling-wise, to get him there for a Nickel Dive Week. Hoping some friends will come, and Ryan says if no friends come then he wants YMCA. But since Doublecreek buses the kids from our school, we're only looking at one drop-off/pick-up, and I'm fine saving $150/week if he just wants YMCA. Doublecreek is expensive, especially when you add in the horse lessons (which they love).

Week 13: YMCA at our school, and the last week before school starts.

August 27: Back to school... on a MONDAY! Thanks for listening to my letters, RRISD.* :)

*But why the extra week of summer?

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