Nicole Davies

Hello! My name is Nicole and I am a Marine spouse and mother of three daughters, ages 16, 10, and 7. I have been a stay-at-home mom most of their lives while also pursuing my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. In the past I have worked as a social worker for child welfare in the state of Pennsylvania. I have also taught preschool for ages 2.5 - 4. During my master’s program I interned as a therapist at an inpatient psychiatric hospital working with adults, teens, and kids. My ultimate goal is to become an independently licensed therapist. Our family has lived in Onslow County for 10 of the last 15 years, which has given my children a stability that is rare among military families. While NC has been my home for several years now, I am still a Yankee at heart! I will always choose a Philly cheesesteak over a pulled-pork sandwich. In addition to taking care of my family and my educational pursuits, I enjoy traveling to destinations near and far; a novel in which I can get lost; and chatting with friends over a good cup of coffee.


Almost Time For Summer Camp

Lydia at camp - summer 2010

With summer just around the bend, parents may be thinking and wondering about making some plans for the kids to stay entertained, occupied and well directed. Having just survived spring break, I have to admit that sending mine to Europe for 2 1/2 months sounds delicious. Oh, but that is too unreasonable, too costly and I would just worry the whole time. Better yet, maybe I should go to Europe and leave them here -again, not possible! A more acceptable option might be summer camp(s).

Over the years, since they were around 6 or 7, they have all three attended various summer week-long camps here and there about Eastern NC. Austin has been known in the last 3 years or so to venture from one camp straight to another and stay 2 weeks at the time and completely love every minute. About three years ago, Kass took camp to another level indeed by staying away for a whole month at art school. Lydia has progressively become more involved with dance related training events away from home and has continued to enjoy a week away at a wonderful outdoor, lakeside location.

But I can see things beginning to shift and this coming summer may be our very first in quite a number of years when not one of them actually attends a traditional outdoor type of camp. This is due to the ever more focused and demanding call of sports, dance and art. Not a bad thing entirely in that each child has come to identify with their own niche, their own area of expertise and their own personal pursuits. Also woven into this shifting summer landscape is their interest in part-time jobs – yeah!

Still, a piece of me feels a little sad about not packing them up for a week long adventure camping by the water, sailing, canoeing and bonding with the great outdoors. Traditional camp experiences offer so many great child building opportunities including a chance to embrace the natural environment and come unplugged from multiple media and communication sources; a chance to further develop a sense of community and get back to “playing” together (no matter how old); and to expand on critical thinking and problem solving abilities. Kids learn alot about leadership from observation and taking part in group process and witness equal and universal opportunity to share and learn regardless of race, socioeconomics or ethnic alliance in the group.

Camp experiences provide lasting impact and lifetime memories from being in a setting away from home where they can have new experiences, learn some new skills, feel a sense of accomplishment and success and get a taste for a few real-world challenges. Camp should be all of this and yet be a place for a kid to have FUN too, which is a huge part of the process of kids growing up, being productive, creative and happy.

Anybody else have a passion for summer camps? I’ll tell you a secret…one of these days, I want to spend a summer being a camp nurse!

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One Comment on “Almost Time For Summer Camp”

  • Karen May 1st, 2011 7:32 pm

    Mark and I went to a beautiful resort in Jamaica that reminded us of summer camp for adults…lots of activities every day, craft classes from local craftsmen, even a bonfire on the beach one night. But it also had amazing food, people waiting on us, breakfast in bed every morning. And no kids allowed!

    The kids went to “Camp Grandma and Grandpa.” Service is pretty good there, too, I hear!

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