We just wrapped up a week of Bible Sports Camp for Caitlin. Our church (a total of three campuses) puts on quite the VBS program with actual VBS, sports camps and fine art camps. We chose sports camp because we really wanted Caitlin to get some physical activity in this summer. She had a total of 8 activities to chose from, one in the morning and one in afternoon. She chose to do dance in the mornings and soccer in the afternoons.
We had to institute earlier bedtimes, both girls are night owls, in order for Caitlin to get enough sleep and be pleasant when I woke her up at 8 o'clock so that we could be out the door at 8:30am. Sports camp was from 9am-2pm, so it gave me some precious one-on-one time with Cara, which we savored.
Caitlin had a total blast! She came home every day and showed me the dance moves that she had learned from "her summer school teacher" and is pretty quick on her feet with a soccer ball. Mixed in there amongst jazz moves and scrimmage were simple Bible lessons and stories. A very wholesome program.
Caitlin came away with some new skills, both in sports and socially. She has learned a little of what it is going to be like being in a class or activity with other children--turn taking, raising her hand, being polite, following directions and things of that nature. We have tried to teach her those things at home, but this was a much more appropriate and productive setting for her. Sports camp has also given her a sample of what it's going to be like being at school all day. We really wanted to figure out a way to introduce her to this concept, thankfully, Circle J Summer Camp came to the rescue! I hope that we can continue to participate for years to come.
I almost forgot the best part, at least in my opinion. We found the sweetest college student to babysit the girls when Ben & I want a date night. She was one of Caitlin's "teachers" and they both took a liking to each other from the start. We plan to put Aubrey "to work" very soon.