Lissa has been gone all weekend! At 8, she is the youngest of my kids to do this. Rob had overnights at friends houses at that age, and went to away camp when he was a couple years older. But at 8 he was still not doing a weekend away. Lissa is in her second year of Scouting and this is a Brownie event. I pick her up in about an hour and I can't wait to hear how things have gone for her.
Lissa is a fascinating mix of fashionista diva and nature girl. She wanted to go on this campout because she would be with her friends. She literally counted down the days to it. But she also spoke with great sarcasm about how it was not really a campout. They are in a heated building with flush plumbing and a kitchen. They have a mattress albeit on the floor. It is like a giant slumber party really not a campout. And my girl totally knows the difference.
I pointed out that some kids don't get to camp the way we do and for them it would be an introduction to that. Also it might be cold or bad weather. At which point she reminded me that we camped in May with snow on the ground in a tent. Yup, we did darling, but I doubt that your friends have the experience and equipment for that.We have camped in rain more times than I can count. And in reality, Lissa can be a significant help setting up a tent, so she just gave me the look. You know that look. It says you are a silly parent who can't see that this is lame!
To add insult to injury they were not having a campfire because the Scout leader said this was her first campout with the kids and she wanted to introduce that when they camp again in May. Lissa can help get a fire going too, so I am wondering what they will have done this weekend that will meet her standards of what camping is. It should be enlightening!