SummerMap 2007 issue
From the editor:
The buds are barely on the trees, and already I'm knee-deep in summer camp applications. As I sit bundled in my sweater, I try to imagine those long, warm days that lie ahead -- days of chasing giggling kids down the beach, of picnics in the park, of juggling work and child care and the compelling urge to chuck it all, grab the kids and head out to the woods. In the next week or so, I'll hammer out a summer plan for my family that I hope will strike that tricky balance between work and play.
Opportunities abound, and you'll find hundreds of ideas for summer camps and adventures within these pages. We hope our first annual SummerMap will prove an essential guide for your family as you navigate the many options and make those important decisions that determine the course of your summer. My 10-year-old daughter is already a veteran of overnight camps -- taking it in stride since the second grade. But my 7-year-old son is a different story. "Is your child ready for overnight camp?" gives great ideas for easing little skeptics into the world of campfires and "Kumbaya." Should your child's every activity be challenging, stimulating, and educational? Our award-winning education reporter Linda Morgan takes up the topic in "Staying school sharp during summer."
That summer calendar is filling up fast, but not before I block out our precious week of family camping on Mount Rainier. The storm damage on the mountain is heartbreaking to so many families that use this magnificent natural playground. This year, we're packing shovels along with our s'mores supplies, joining a work party to move a little mud and hopefully make a little difference ("Mending a mountain"). It's a chance to give back, and to have a summer experience like no other.
-- Kristen Dobson, Managing Editor