Monday, April 23, 2012

Family Fun Day: Camping With YMCA

Life has been hectic and stressful for quite a stretch now. It's been hard just keeping up with the simple things in life. For instance, I'm proud that this weekend, my husband and I barely caught up (for once) with the constantly growing mountain of dishes and laundry in our home.

Sadly, we are already getting behind on those chores all over again. Thus, as you can surely imagine, I haven't had time to do much of anything non-work related, which definitely includes blogging. The thing is, even though I haven't been blogging, I have been thinking about it and how I miss it.

So, here I am. I am happy to say I've gotten a nice kick in the rear inspiring me to post something new at long last, and that kick came in the form an invitation to YMCA's "Family Fun Day" on May 6th. This free event for San Diego families will give children and parents a taste of the "Overnight Camp" experience.

Taking place at Camp Marston, one of the Y's three Overnight Camp locations, your family can spend the afternoon together, trying out many of the fun activities that the camps have to offer. Below are the details in case anyone else is interested in making the trip out to Julian:

     When: May 6th, 1:00-4:00 pm
     Where: YMCA Camp Marston, 4761 Pinehills Road, Julian
     RSVP to: Darin Borgstadter,

Let me be clear in saying that I wouldn't be excited about sharing info about Camp Marston unless I had good reason, and that reason is that I love it!

For the past three years now, my family has attended the YMCA Halloween Family Camp, which is also held at Camp Marston. Family Camp is a little bit different from the Overnight Camp experience, because rather than just children attending, whole families can participate with people of any age.

My husband and I first took our son to Family Camp when he was two years old. That first year, he  was obviously too young to participate in some of the events like climbing the tower or doing archery, but we still had a blast just enjoying time outdoors and as a family.

The second year we attended, our son was big enough to try out archery with some assistance. He wasn't very good at it, but he still had a good time trying.

And, this past year when we attended for the third year in a row, our son was able to do everything, including attempting rock wall climbing and BB rifle shooting. His favorite activity is definitely archery, though, and he was sure to let us know he didn't need any of our help.

Just as we've seen our son grow more independent with each passing year at Family Camp, I am sure that he will be very excited and ready to participate in Overnight Camp as soon as he's old enough. Scroll down to see some pictures from our past years at the Camp Marston.

When my son was two, we spent a lot of time just exploring the grounds.

He was enamored with pulling a boat around and around and around this little pond.

Group hikes are always lots of fun.

I have a friend that says, "A family that camps together stays together." I agree!

Discovering rocks along the trail.

Our "city boy" son enjoys nature.


A camp counselor helps our son try out archery for the first time.

The counselors are all top notch, by the way.

Safety comes first! The kids learn all of the proper safety rules.

This year we had a new hiking companion: our daughter!

Exploring was twice as fun with two times the kids.

The cafeteria food is great! No joke!

Our son thinks the bunk beds are the coolest.

Our son made a new friend with a cabin mate!

Our daughter enjoyed some mancala in the game room.

We tried canoeing for the first time. All aboard!

Archery is our son's favorite activity.

He wants to do it all on his own!

Archery is also one of Daddy's favorite activities.

Our daughter couldn't do archery yet, and so she blew bubbles instead.

Our son on the range!

Ready to check out his target.

Grandma even joined us this year. Here she's walking our daughter to the cafeteria.

Grandma even attempted to climb the Tower!

Our son made it pretty far this year, but he already can't wait to see how far he makes it next year.

El Cajon Mama made it to the top for the second year in a row!