For kids here in Arkansas, August means it’s time to head back to school. The end of the summer is near. School sports have started, school supply shopping is in full swing, and kids are slipping back into their educational routines. However, a few weeks ago many of our kids were enjoying their summer breaks without a thought of routine and involving themselves in one of my best summer memories: day camp.
Growing up, I looked forward to summertime as a chance at adventure. I was always looking for something new to try, new people to meet, a chance to see new things. Sometimes my crazy ideas would make my mother laugh and others would terrify her. One thing that we could both agree on was a week of camp during the summer. One year it was horse camp, another year outdoor sports camp (canoeing, hiking, biking, etc.), and another was Girl Scout camp. It was always something different which appealed to my adventurous side and my mother was always glad to know there were people there to keep us safe while we had these childhood adventures. Sometimes it was the counselors that made what would have been just an alright camp into one that I would never forget. At the end of the summer I would always delight in sharing my stories of adventure and new people with all my friends and teachers as I started back to school and my regular routine.
That’s why I love being a part of day camps as an Interpreter with Arkansas State Parks. I get to be one of those fun counselors that can be a part of an amazing adventure for a kid who is used to the same old routine. Over the last few years I’ve even got to know some of our regular campers and it’s been wonderful to see each summer as they grow and change.
Arkansas State Parks host a variety of camps including Archeology Camps, Adventure Camps, Traveling Camps, Nature Camps, and History Camps. With so much to choose from maybe we can turn “I’m bored” into “I want to have an adventure”! Check out all of the day camps Arkansas State Parks offer at www.ArkansasStateParks.com There is definitely an adventure for everyone! We also have many already listed for next summer!
Here is proof of the good times:
Author: Joe Jacobs
Since 2005, Joe Jacobs has served as the manager of Marketing and Revenue for the Arkansas State Parks. Trails are a passion for Jacobs, he serves on the boards of the Central Arkansas Trail Alliance, an IMBA chapter, and the Arkansas Mountain Bike Championship Series. He has also been instrumental in the design and creation of mountain bike trails at Pinnacle Mountain State Park, Woolly Hollow State Park and Boyle Park in Little Rock.