Well, this year they were old enough.
We started talking about it in the spring, but between Kate's two weeks of Driver's Ed, Girls Camp with the church, EFY at BYU, Youth Conference also with the church, Will's week at scout camp, our week at the Reynolds family reunion, and a week of our own little family vacation, we didn't actually settle on a date and start advertising until ONE WEEK before we planned to pull off our first annual REYNOLDS CAMP.
Since our plan for landscaping the backyard (complete with swimming pool) didn't work out this year (fingers crossed for next year/not holding my breath), we knew our plan to create a Johnson's Camp-like experience was limited. But one thing we knew we could do to increase the fun factor was to get a nice, big trampoline, so I got on KSL (local classifieds) and found a great deal on a practically new tramp and went to pick it up. It was a pain in the patookie to set up, but totally worth it:
Here we have the killer crocs:
(Here she is one morning after sleeping in our room again during a long and painful night, so tired she doesn't even register that her hand is being licked to pieces by Bunny.)
This little guy pretty much won every single event in my mind. So ridiculously cute:
The judges consulting with one another:
After free play time and our opening activities outside, we broke up into three groups for three rotations every morning. Kate ran the crafts (of course). Here she is helping these little cuties mold a hedgehog pencil holder out of clay (of course):
After rotating through the three groups (crafts, cooking, games) we did a group activity all together every day. The first day was music. We talked about the different types of instruments in an orchestra and read "I Know A Shy Fellow Who Swallowed a Cello" and then Kate and Will both played songs on their harp and cello and gave the kids a chance to play them as well:
And because I am too darn lazy to organize the rest of the Reynolds Camp pictures in a way that makes sense, I'm just going to narrate them in the order that they were uploaded.
Some of the fun cooking crafts we did were the coconut tree from the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and apple/grape cars:
The Sparkly Pigs:
The hedgehog pencil holders drying:
The same day we did origami I did a group activity on Japanese culture:
I believe they were supposed to be painting their hedgehog pencil holders here, but it looks like they are painting themselves:
If you can't tell, Rachael is being a cheetah. That is kind of her 24/7 persona these days:
The Cheetah Swamp Bunnies using their free play time to make some music:
Everyone's favorite thing about the end of Reynolds Camp every day was choosing a Dum Dum from the giant Dum Dum ball:
Crazy Hair Day:
The final plate of "souvenirs" they took home on the last day:
They got pretty tired out each day from all the excitement:
One of the leftovers at the end of the week:
Again, these guys worked really hard to earn the money that they did, and made some fun memories for those cute kids in the process. I'm pretty proud of them! Looks like Reynolds Camp may have to be our new tradition: