Packing for Camp
Bonfires and bunk beds. Fireflies and fireworks. Summer camp promises an unforgettable experience with friends and soon-to-friends, an escape from the city heat to freshwater lakes and cool mountain streams. You’ve dreamed about it. Ticked off the days on your calendar. Now that it’s time to go… what does a smart, savvy camper need to look great and have fun on this All-American summer past time?
If you haven’t started shopping for supplies, now’s the time to hit the mall or go online and scoop up all the fun camp gear your budget will allow. Camp is more fun when it’s accessorized, so divide up your list into categories like clothes, toiletries, bedding, entertainment and sports equipment. Then, start searching.
Cute hats and sunglasses. A must for preventing sunburn. Channel your inner hippie with a wide, straw brim and your favorite scarf tied around the brim. While you’ll wear sunscreen everyday- seriously, you will – you will appreciate the added barrier of fun hats, scarves and shades. Besides, you spent all winter collecting scarves for your neck. Aren’t you happy they can do double duty as head bands to keep the sun off the vulnerable skin of your part?
Next up, tanks and shorts. You will live in these, so find some that are comfy and some that are fun. A pink tank with daisies. A purple tunic tank with a screen print of Madonna from back in The Day. Camp clothes can be, well, campy. No need to take yourself too seriously. Oversized tanks can double as nightgowns or beach cover ups so you’ll want more than just skimpy camisoles. http://www.prommafia.com
Toiletries…. did you get the memo about sunscreen? Even if you skip the SPF at home, you can’t afford to when you’ll be outside for eight hours a day or more. Bring mega block for your bod and a kinder, gentler lotion for you face. Neutrogena makes a clean, non oily version. http://walmart.com
Bags. Not since elementary school have you been able to indulge your inner girlie girl so thoroughly as at camp. That Hello Kitty plastic purse you’re bestie gave you in third grade? It’s a perfect toiletry bag for summer in the cabin. Floral backpack? Check. Neon purple trunk? Check. Cover it with some decals while you’re at it. You’ll have readymade conversation starters and some built in décor for your room. http://www.everythingsummercamp.com/product.php?pc_product_id=1676
Sporting gear. You need a swim suit. If you bring no other sports equipment, you need a bathing suit and a towel for canoe trips or learning how to stand up paddleboard. Something in canary yellow maybe? Or a July 4th worthy red, white and blue? Beyond the suit, consider a rain jacket or running shorts… whatever you need to stick to your regular workouts or if you need some comfy gear to test out yoga on the beach at dawn or an impromptu dance class.
Entertainment. Forget the iPad. Most organized youth camps limit the electronics access anyhow. And even if you’re going camping with family and friends, why not use the time to unplug? A deck of cards is great for a game of rummy or teaching yourself a card trick to impress your friends. A few magazines to trade with your gfs when you’re done goes a long way. And how about a book or two, preferably a fun camp-themed read? http://campboyfriend.net
Done. Something to read, to wear, to wrap up in after a swim. All you need are the marshmallows and some romance around the bonfire to complete the summer of your dreams! Happy Camping….
Are you for or against books being made into movies?
J: I love it when books that are made into movies, but I try not to draw a lot of comparisons between the two versions since the needs of film are so different from what authors can accomplish on the written page. I remember hearing that Charlaine Harris thinks of the True Blood series as very separate from her stories, and while the show is inspired by her books, the work rolled into something unique and different, too. That's really exciting for an author to think their work inspired a whole different medium.K: I am all for books being made into movies because I get to see another director and actor’s interpretation of a story I love. One example of that is Nicholas Sparks’ A WALK TO REMEMBER. The book was beautiful and the movie took this deeply moving story to another level entirely. As a writer, I would be so honored to have a film team do that to one of my books. I write what I picture, so my stories are visual already. I sometimes play a scene in my head as if it were a movie and then write what I see or hear. Sounds weird, right? But I’m a writer… I’m allowed that aren’t I?
About the Authors:
Joanne and Karen Rock- writing sisters-in-law- formed a partnership to pen YA novels as J.K. Rock. Their debut book, Camp Boyfriend, is available July 2, 2013 from Spencer Hill Contemporary.
Prior to joining creative forces, Joanne Rock began her career as an author of adult romance for various Harlequin series. Published in twenty languages and twenty-seven countries, Joanne writes both contemporary romance and medieval historicals in addition to the occasional romantic suspense. She is a three-time RITA nominee and Bookseller’s Best finalist.
Karen Rock sold her first adult romance to Harlequin’s new Heartwarming line. The Forever Wish (September 2013) is an uplifting tale of love against the odds during the hero’s battle with cancer. In addition to writing, Karen is an eighth grade English teacher who has written and published screenplays for production by school theater departments. She is a regular blogger at Cynthia Leitich Smith’s popular “Cynsations” blog.
Together, Joanne and Karen write Young Adult stories that don’t back down from real issues. Whether their characters are falling in love at summer camp or facing the consequences of tough life choices, the authors enjoy helping them navigate those challenges. Their “Camp Boyfriend” books are romantic dramas with a strong emphasis on teen friendships and self discovery. Fun, warm-hearted and emotional, the series includes Camp Boyfriend (July 2013), Camp Payback (April 2014) and Camp Forget-Me-Not (August 2014.
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Daily Prize: Camp journal, pen, bookmark, friendship bracelet and I "heart" Camp temporary tattoos - colors and style may vary.
Grand Prize: Endless Summer by Jennifer Echols, Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles,The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han, Sometimes It Happens by Lauren Barnholdt, That Summer by Sarah Dessen, Always You by Kirsty Moseley, an autographed Arc of Wait For You by Jennifer Armentrout as J.Lynn and autographed copies of Camp Boyfriend and Camp Kiss along with 'I "heart" Camp' temporary tattoos, a 'I "heart" My Camp Boyfriend' t-shirt, a CampBoyfriend bookmark and friendship bracelets- puppy not included :)