Triad Bloggers and Camp Hanes
When my friend Kelly over at Southern Fried Children gets a good idea, it’s usually worth taking note. And every now and then, it also includes me. She has such a way with words.. “So I was thinking….”. No joke, she’s gotten me TWICE with that opening. Two years ago, it was when she thought that a “mom prom” would be fun. This time, it was to do a blogger outreach over at Camp Hanes. Lucky for her, they were both fun.
If you live in the Triad, you have heard of Camp Hanes which is owned by YMCA. While my girls have all been there with their schools, I have never had the opportunity to visit and when Kelly came up with the plan, I was all for it. The thought was that we would gather a group of local bloggers and have a camping adventure and learn more about Camp Hanes as well as each other. Due to the timing, we couldn’t pull off the “overnight” concept (sleeping in bunks and s’mores?! so sad it didn’t happen) but we were able to get 8 of us together for a little “blogging workshop” and tour of the facility.
Oh and then there was the part where we shot stuff. With bows and arrows.
One of the things that surprised and impressed me about Camp Hanes is that they do NOT just cater to kids. They have groups of all types and sizes.. from corporate retreats to church retreats to family fun events. I love their accommodations and how they have built on the camp and stayed true to the original plan. All the cabins are built exactly the same as the others (no jealousy because you didn’t get THAT cabin!) and as soon as I walked into the one on our tour, I was really bummed that I never got to go to camp when I was a kid.
I loved getting to know Jen the activity and camp director who told us all the things that they do there to take care of their campers (100% no peanuts is one) and if the spread they put out for us for lunch is any indication, those campers eat really well. Side note – LOVE that they eat family style!
Once we were done with our blogging “workshop” (or as Kelly calls it.. her secret Candy Crush time) and lunch, Jen let us choose an activity – shoot, zip or shoot. We opted to channel our inner Katniss and shoot arrows. I won’t bore you with details on this one but here are 2 take-aways… don’t go near Amber when she’s shooting and everyone is asking for a bow and arrow for Christmas.
If you’re in the Triad area, you can definitely win the “parent of the year” award by signing your kids up for a session or two next summer. Camp Hanes is a mid-ranged priced camp and they offer discounts for early registration ($100 off before December 31), Y members ($50 off), sibling discounts, and financial aid is available. As a thank you to me, you guys can get $50 off using the code SUMMERCAMPBLOG!!