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Group photo for Gaddis Camp Grandma 2018

Camp Grandma 2018

Jeep rides, swimming, crafts, yummy food, skits, fishing, archery, and night hide and seek…

Yep, it was 2018 Camp Grandma!

Camp Grandma 2018 fun

Since Tom and I had retired in the fall of 2017 and moved to our ranch house in April, Camp Grandma had to look a little different for the summer of 2018.

Camp Grandma 2018 skit practice

We set up two tents and a “gathering place” in our front yard.

The gathering place, or outdoor living room, was necessary, since we had moved to a much smaller house.

We opted for some camping “rugs” and our old lawn furniture to expand our living space.

Camp Grandma 2018 yummy treats

Of course my older grandchildren came early to pre-camp as counselors to set up the outside area and prepare food and crafts.

(You can find this recipe and the one below on my Pinterest Camp Grandma Idea Board.)

Camp Grandma 2018 snacks

OK, you gotta admit… these cool snacks are so PERFECT for Camp Grandma!

Camp Grandma 2018 craft table

We set up a craft table near the tents where we could do crafts. (This one is a bird feeder.)

Grandpa also used this area to teach the grandkids about the Chumash Indians who once lived in this area.

Camp Grandma 2018 Indian symbols painted rocks

And, of course, the kids made their own Indian symbols painted rocks. 🙂

Camp Grandma 2018 necklaces

Painted washers became Indian necklaces.

(You can find the crafts on my Pinterest Camp Grandma Idea Board.)

Camp Grandma 2018 swing

One of our best decisions to make Camp Grandma new and different was to

invest in a new swing for our new home. (Thank you, Amazon!) It was VERY popular.

Camp Grandma 2018 fishing

Since my cousin, Pat Loomis, leads Fort Hope and God’s Country near our home AND located on the same ranch where I grew up and now live, he hosted our grandkids for an afternoon of archery, fishing, and BB gun target practice.

Camp Grandma 2018 archery

The kids LOVED it!

Camp Grandma Archery with cousins

BTW… If you like to get involved in Fort Hope and help kids discover a world without technology, it’s super easy.

Just click HERE for more information.

Camp Grandma 2018 campfire

In the evenings we played night hide and seek, ate s’mores, told stories, sang silly songs, and enjoyed the camp fire.

Camp Grandma 2018 sisters

Yep, the swing. Two to four at a time. Big win.

Camp Grandma 2018 parent's night

At 5:00 pm on the last day of camp the parents started to arrive with lots of food for a family bar-b-que.

Their little campers entertained us with their skits and songs and we all laughed ourselves silly.

Gaddis Camp Grandma 2018 campers

For more ideas on hosting your own Camp Grandma or Cousin’s Camp see

Camp Grandma Ideas and Tips.

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This Post Has 14 Comments

  1. Sarah

    Nicely Done! New learning curve in your new casa. Good Job Woman!

    1. Susan Gaddis

      Thanks, Sarah. We had a blast. So fun. I know you and your sisters used to do a cousins camp even after the kids grew up. That is soooooo inspiring!

  2. Mary

    Fun!! You are my inspiration for my someday! 😊❤️

    1. Susan Gaddis

      Yea! I look forward to hearing all about your Camp Grandma someday, Mary!

  3. Charlotte R.

    great family bonding and inspirational
    Many Blessings

  4. Amber

    Love it!

  5. Diane D. Ulibarri

    Very cool Those snacks were adorable. Almost to cute to eat (almost). Glad it went so well. I love seeing Katie bugs kids. Because she is not on facebook I don’t see them as much so that was a special surprise and joy.

  6. Debby

    Hi Susan! Our own Camp Grandma begins this Saturday. Thank you for the last minute campfire brownies idea. Its so cute. You always have the best ideas. Looks like y’all had a blast!

    1. Susan Gaddis

      Whoop, whoop, Debby! I’d love to see some photos of your Camp Grandma sometime!

  7. moira smith

    WONDERFUL pics and wonderful blog Susan…..and obviously a wonderful time was had by all!!!! I’ll just have to copy your ‘banana-dolphins’ & the painted washers….they were FAB!!!! Looks like the perfect Camp Grandma <3 …..

    BLESSINGs & HUGs to all
    Moira xx

  8. Beverly A Lyons

    Gam’ma!Gam’ma- Thank you so much for sharing! The ultimate “loving” session with our “Babies!” Be blessed in the many days ahead with them all!!!😄😍🎈👏👏👏👏

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