25 Things You Know To Be True If You've Ever Been To Summer Camp

25 Things You Know To Be True If You've Ever Been To Summer Camp

It's a good day to be at camp.

Summer camp is one of the best places to go.

It's the place you learn to try new thing, face fears, push your boundaries, and accept yourself. No matter how long you've been going to camp, you learn something new about yourself each time, which is the best part about going. That camp becomes your second home that you love more than your first home.

With that being said, here are 25 things that you should know if you've ever been to any summer camp:

1. You Could Only Wear Shoes With A Back On Them.

Good thing crocs are in style.

2. All The Best Camp Songs Seem To Involve A Death.


3. Stealing Food From The Kitchen Is The Highlight Of The Week.

Or when you get extra smores.

4. Trying To Find Out The Riddle For "Green Glass Door".

Harry Potter is allowed to go through the green glass door but Hermione is not.

5. Going To Walmart During Camp Time Is One Of The Best Adventures Ever.

It's the only piece of the real world you get during camp time.

6. Who Has The Best Watch Tan.

It's a camp-wide competition.

7. Lost And Found Actually Means If No One Claims It By The End Of The Week, I'm Taking It.

"I got this from lost and found" is what I hear about 10 times at the end of each week.

8. Duct Tape Fixes Just About Everything And If It Doesn't, Then That Thing Is Broken.

I'm sorry, but we don't carry round screwdrivers or hammers, but we always have duct tape.

9. The Need To Keep Everything Camp Appropriate.

By everything, I actually mean everything: the words coming out your mouth, the clothes you wear, music, movies, the games you play, and more.

10. You Can't Eat Peanuts.

This is when you learn that most things you love have peanuts in them.

11. The First Rule To Every Cabin Is To NOT DIE.

Last rule: HAVE FUN!

12. Before Buying A New T-Shirt, You Think About If You Would Wear This To Camp.

I end up not buying a lot of shirts because of this.

13. Mastering To Take A Shower In Four Minutes Or Less.

And practicing to do so when it gets close to camp time.

14. You Don't Get Homesick, But You Do Get Camp Sick.

I miss camp everyday I'm not there.

15. There Are Only Two Seasons-- Camp And Not Camp.

The not camp season is obviously the least favorite.

16. Worry About Going To Camp Instead Of Worrying About Paying Rent.

Camp is more important then anything else.

17. All You Want To Do Is Tie Dye.

There's so much tie dye in my closet.

18. Friendship Bracelets And Lanyards Are The Only Arts And Crafts You Want To Do.

Since this is the only craft everyone wants to do, you end up leaving with a lot more then you came with.

19. All You Want To Do Is Tell Camp Stories, But Your Friends Keep Looking At You Weird.

The looks get worse when you start singing camp songs.

20. Arranging Your Whole Summer Around Camp Because You Can't Miss It.

Sorry, but I can't make it to your graduation party, camp is at that time.

21. Your Favorite Shirts Are Camp Shirts.

It's like sponsoring camp since you wear the shirts so much.

22. You Have A Different Personality At Camp Than When You're Not At Camp.

Knowing if that's a good or bad thing will always be an unanswered question.

23. Missing Your Camp Friends Throughout The Year.

But you don't really miss your home friends while you're at camp.

24. Wanting To Work At Camp For The Rest Of Your Life.

I'm going to be the camp director one day! I promise you!

25. Knowing The Cup Song Before It Was In "Pitch Perfect".

Watching everyone struggle to learn it was funny.

Doesn't matter how long you've been going to camp, it's always a different experience and there is always that one summer that changes you that you will remember forever.

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Turning your barn into a livable shed for your guests

If you ever wanted to turn your backyard barn into a livable area for your guests, then continue reading.

If you ever wanted to turn your backyard barn into a livable area for your guests, then continue reading.

There are several reasons why you may want to do this. Maybe your home is too small to accommodate guests, or you have visitors coming over who need privacy (sometimes, too much closeness can be overwhelming).

It could also be for your kids to have some time camping out of the house. After all, every parent needs some breathing space from the kids once in a while. You could also use it as a place for working on projects away from the distractions of the home.

Whatever your reasons, here are 8 tips courtesy of shed building experts at Wide Span Sheds for converting your barn into a livable shed.

  1. Seal up holes and cracks –

It wouldn’t do for you or your guests to receive unwanted visitors such as roaches, squirrels and snakes while living in the shed. Your first port of call therefore should be to seal up all the cracks and holes you can find.

Sealing up cracks and holes also help prevent heat from going out and moisture from coming in. This is a small task that you can probably finish up in one day. If your shed is worn out or have rickety walls, you may need to have the walls replaced or shored up. You have to make the place as comfortable as you can for whoever will stay there.

2. Allow more natural light –

Depending on the size of the existing windows, you may need to install an alternative source for natural light. A good idea is to install a skylight in roof of the shed. This usually involves cutting out a part of the roof and fixing either a fixed glass or Perspex. You can also put up a movable window which can be opened to allow in fresh air. A skylight brightens up the shed and makes it more livable and comfortable.

If you are working on your shed during the rains, ensure that you fix the skylight properly to prevent water from dripping inside.

3. Install electricity –

Electricity is a basic necessity and you may need to install it in your shed to make it more comfortable. Even if you’re expecting outdoorsy visitors who enjoy the outdoors and natural light; at the very least, it can be used to charge phones, laptops and other devices. You or your visitors can also use it to power a small camp television set or stereo for entertainment.

You actually need overhead lights for reading and writing, as well as outdoor lights for evening activities. Electric lights in and around the shed is also an important security measure. Lighting your isolated shed prevents intruders and strangers from lurking around.

4. Add windows –

Sheds are usually built to serve as storage, so they may not come with windows. If your shed does not have a window, then you absolutely need to install some, at the very least, two. Without windows, the shed will be musky and unpleasant. Two windows positioned across from each other will allow for proper ventilation and good natural light. For most people, this is a simple enough task, but others may need to get an expert to handle this or every part of the project.

5. Give life to your shed with a new coat of paint –

Colours give life to anything, and your shed is no different. Regardless of how good your shed currently looks, a new coat of paint inside and outside would do a world of good. Since most sheds are tiny, this aspect will take only a small amount of time to complete.

You can choose a colour scheme that complements the main house, or you can go with a unique scheme if the shed is some distance from your home. Your colour choice however should be warm and welcoming.

6. Put in some basic furniture –

Unless you plan on spending your whole time in the shed on the floor, you need to put in some basic furniture. The type of furniture will be determined by the size of the shed and the purpose it is being refitted for. However, items like a chair or two, a table, a lamp stand, a couch or a bed are basic requirements. Some of these items can be gotten cheap from second hand goods store, or you can raid your basement for furniture you no longer use. Alternatively, you can build some of these items by hand, if you are comfortable getting your hands dirty and know a thing or two about building furniture.

7. Put in plumbing

Plumbing may be necessary if you intend to have a toilet or bath area in or around the shed. For sheds that are close to the main house, this may not be necessary. However, if you decide you need plumbing, setting up one will not be too difficult. You can simply install a rudimentary shower system. For the toilet, a simple portable toilet can serve, or you can go with a pre-fab toilet, like those used in motor homes and campers. Once you have your pipes in place, you can easily tap water from the main house source.

8. Personalize your shed and make it welcoming

Finally, after putting everything in place, you need to make the shed welcoming. Maybe add a few personal touches like your favorite foot rug, a couple of picture frames, a potted plant or even some basic amenities like a small TV set. Another way you can make your livable shed welcoming is to ensure that it is free from insects, bugs and mosquitoes. Nothing frustrates a sound sleep as much as insect infestation. It will be a good idea if you can fumigate inside and around the shed before your guests arrive.

There you have it, eight simple steps you can take to convert your barn into a livable shed. Not only is this a very easy project, it is also quite low cost. Once you are done transforming your shed, you will have the perfect place to keep visitors, and a ready getaway for a bit of quiet time.

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