7 Camp Counselor Bag Essentials To Use This Summer

7 Camp Counselor Bag Essentials To Use This Summer

Be prepared and put your best foot forward for your campers!
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With the first day of summer camps across America approaching, it's important that camp counselors are prepared to take on the challenges of working with a group of kids for the summer. Here is a list of things all camp counselors should have in their bag.

1. A refillable water bottle

As much as you tell your kids to grab a drink of water throughout the day, you should be, too. One of my coworkers always says, "Thirst is the first sign of dehydration." She even turns it into a game with her group to motivate her kids and other counselors to drink more water.

2. A deck of cards

This comes in handy when you have a stretch of time with nothing to do. This will get your kids connected to each other and engaged. Here are more tips on how to keep your kids engaged.

3. Sunglasses / hat

Give yourself extra protection from the sun. Before the season starts, I always run to a dollar store and buy at least three pairs of sunglasses. In the chaos of camp, anything can get lost or broken. If it does? It's not the end of the world because they're from the dollar store. This multi-pack on Amazon is another cheap alternative.

4. Sunscreen

I can't tell you how many kids last summer needed to borrow my sunscreen because they either forgot their sunscreen at home or ran out. Some kids don't even think about needing to reapply throughout the day, but they do. I always have a travel-sized bottle of sunscreen in my bag at the ready. It's just as important for counselors to reapply, too.

5. Pens/pencils

While taking attendance, writing down lunch orders, and generally keeping track of campers, it helps to keep a few writing utensils. Depending on the age of your campers, colored pencils and extra pencils help for doing crafts and drawing during downtime.

6. A backup towel

I can't tell you how many times I've left my towel at home, dropped it in a puddle, or a camper on their first day didn't know they needed one. I keep a smaller towel in the bottom of my bag just in case.

7. Baby wipes

Keeping this in my bag made my job so much easier! From sticky popsicles to muddy tug-o-wars, having a pack of baby wipes makes everyday cleanups more convenient and easier for all involved.

8. A poncho

Rain ("liquid sunshine" at my camp) happens when it wants to in the summer. Be prepared so that you can keep a focus on your kids and not your soaking wet shorts.


Being a camp counselor is hard work, so make sure you're prepared and put your best foot forward for your camp kids.

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Fourth of July is a holiday I look forward to every year! Full of outside, summer fun, barbecued foods, and firework displays. Behind all of that, however, is history! In celebration of our nation's Independence Day, here are 15 fun facts and pieces of trivia:

1. John Hancock was the only member of the Continental Congress to formally sign the Declaration of Independence on July 4th, 1776.

2. The Fourth of July was not declared a federal holiday until 1938.

3. The first White House Fourth of July party was held in 1804.

4. Around 150 million hot dogs are consumed on Fourth of July (wonder if this statistic includes the hot dogs consumed during the annual Nathan's Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest?)

5. Back in 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed, 2.5 million new people lived in the U.S. Now 240 years later, 311 million people live.

6. The now American-celebrated song, Yankee Doodle, was originally written by officers of the British army to make fun of backwoods Americans.

7. Three United States presidents died on the Fourth of July: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe.

8. July 4th is also celebrated in the Philippines, because in 1946, the country was recognized as an independent nation.

9. In one year, $600 million is spent on fireworks alone in the U.S.

10. Most of the signers of the Declaration did not formally sign until August 2, 1776.

11. Though it is no treasure map as predicted by Nicholas Cage in "Treasure Hunt 2", the message "Original Declaration of Independence dated 4th July 1776" is written upside down on the back of the Declaration of Independence.

12. More than 14,000 firework displays are put on across the country on Fourth of July!

13. Bristol, Rhode Island is home to the world's oldest Independence Day celebration. It dates back to 1785!

14. In 1781, the great state of Massachusetts became the first one to declare Independence Day a holiday

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Forget The Beach, Do These Things Instead

These 25 thing won't break your bank this summer.

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When you think of summertime you think of the beach. Going to the beach usually involves a lot of driving and necessary spending. These 25 activities are perfect for summer and will not break your bank.

1. Take A Walk.

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As simple as it sounds, take a walk. Walk around your town or neighborhood; you'll be amazed at all of the little things you normally miss whenever you're driving by.

2. Have A Picnic.

Nothing says summer like a picnic. It can be at your local park or even in your backyard; just don't forget the watermelon!

3. Roast s'mores!

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Everyone loves a good s'more, and the nostalgic smell of the campfire.

4. Make your own ice cream.

Ice cream is the perfect sweet treat to cool down on the hot summer day, but it can also break your budget. Homemade ice cream is fun, delicious, and will not hurt your wallet.

Here is a sweet recipe!

5. Blow bubbles.

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I mean come on, who doesn't love blowing bubbles.

6. Watch the clouds

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Whenever you're having a stressful or sad day grab a blanket and head outside and watch the clouds blow by. Make a game out of how many different shapes you can identify.

7. Pick some berries.

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Find a local strawberry or blueberry field that allows customers to pick their own berries, it is a lot more fun than it sounds trust me.

8. Go to a minor league baseball game.

Hot dogs, ice cream, and fun memories are all to be had at a local baseball game.

9. Go to a parade.

Your town or a neighboring town most likely has a holiday parade on Memorial Day, 4th of July, or labor day. Go to these parades, you'll get to see all of the local youth organizations, support your community, and maybe even get some candy thrown your way.

10. Watch the fireworks.

Really watch the fireworks, don't try to take pictures that will come out blurry. Live in the moment.

11. Watch the sunrise

It may involve an earlier bedtime the night before, but it will be worth it.

12. Watch the sunset.

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13. Make a slip & slide

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Tarp+water+soap=endless fun

14. Paint with bubbles.

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This takes blowing bubbles to a whole new level. Add your favorite colors of food coloring to your bubbles grab a piece of paper and blow onto the paper; you'll come away with a masterpiece.

15. Make a bird feeder.

Give back to mother nature by building a bird feeder.

16. Catch lightning bugs.

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AND THEN LET THEM GO!

17. Build a fort.

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Let's be real, everybody loves a good fort.

18. Tye-Dye something.

Shirt, socks, blankets, it doesn't matter what it is as long as you have fun.

19. Read.

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Go to a local bookstore, run your fingers along the spines of all the books and pick the one that calls to you.

20. Color with chalk.

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Unleash your inner artist on your driveway and/or sidewalk.

21. Pick up litter.

Go outside and help clean mother earth, it will not only benefit you but everybody around you as well.

22. Have an absolutely epic water gun battle.

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Grab your friend, enemy, kid, neighbor, parents, whoever you can find and challenge them to a water gun battle.

23. Go camping.

Get back into nature in your backyard, or at a free campsite.

24. Volunteer.

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Many of us have extra time in the summer so volunteer your time in your community!

(Dog walking at the local animal shelter is always a great choice)

25. Find joy.

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Find what makes you happy, and never stop doing it.

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