Camp Primo 2012

grandkid camp

The absolute highlight of the kids’ summer is Camp Primo. This is the cousin camp my parents plan (and execute) every year. It’s just for the grandkids–all three of them. And the details of the trip are highly confidential. That is, until the Camp Primo Parent Program on the last day.

I can’t really give you an actual recap since I am not allowed to attend the exclusive Camp Primo, but I did snag some pictures from the Camp Director (my mom) and am going to share my faves with you. Be prepared to take notes for when you are a grandparent…

grandkid camp

And this is how it begins, with the three of them smashed into the back of my parent’s car. The amount of stuff five people can haul for a 3 day trip is astronomical.

fort mountain

They stayed at Fort Mountain in north Georgia. They hiked up the aforementioned mountain with their walking sticks so they could see a mysterious 588 foot rock wall built by Indians!

fort mountain

According to Lydia, they saw “everything” from the top of the mountain!

lake swimming with kids

They also spent a lot of time swimming in the lake and playing on the beach. (Look! They are holding hands! *sniff*)

make your own arrows

One of the coolest things they did was make their own bows and arrows (it was a big Indian theme because of the rock wall!). My dad can make anything and these were definitely the highlight of the trip!

make your own bow arrow

My mom taught the kids all the rules and correct firing signals (step to the firing line, knock your arrows, fire at will, etc.) that we learned from teaching archery at summer camp throughout the years.

wooden bow arrows

You would be amazed at how far those things can shoot! (I love this picture because I think I have one of me and Daddy doing the same thing when I was little!)

bible study with grandkids

It wasn’t just all fun and games. My mom did a Bible study with the kids and they talked about Miriam (Moses’ sister) all throughout the camp. Their theme was “I Can Do Important Things For God”. They came home with a little book they made that showed examples of how they can do important things at home (like obeying their parents! Woot!).


Of course, the most important part of any Camp Primo is jumping on the bed and eating s’mores at 10pm.

I didn’t even mention the mini-golf, craft time, paddle boats, movie night or touring an Indian’s home!

So. Who wants to got to Camp Primo next year?!

bible craft

More Camp Primo posts:
How To Run a Cousin Camp
(a guest post by  my mom!)
Camp Primo 2010 (includes a fun Moses snack you can make with your kids!)

linked to the Better Mom


  1. I always love hearing about Camp Primo and yes a wee bit jealous that my parents don’t do it. It’s just SO NOT up their alley though so I wouldn’t even suggest it. But still. SO cool you get that for your kids. My eldest is going to GA camp next week and I’m so excited for her. Camp is amazing.

    • It is SO my parents for sure. I’m just glad they graduated to a cabin instead of a tent! 🙂

      I love love love camp. It’s the best experience for kids.


  2. Awesome grandparents!

    Grandma takes my niece on a camp for three days each summer, which they just love. Hopefully next year, when we all live closer, my kids will get to join in too.

    Wonderful bonding time:)
    Thanks for sharing,

  3. I came across your Camp Primo posts and had to add a comment. My in-laws did this same thing for all their grandkids when they were all young. They called it “Camp GAGO” – Grandparents And Grandkids Only. No parents were allowed or given details and it was a week-long ‘camp’ with day trips, swimming, crafts, snacks, campfires, more snacks, and the week always had a central Bible theme or story that was woven into each day. They even had T-shirts made for the kids so they were all matching when they went on their day-trips…there were 7 gk’s with them!
    My now grown-up kids still have memories of their many summers of Camp Gago. Unfortunately only two of my four kids got to experience this wonderful blessing, as aging makes it difficult to take off with a half-dozen or more kids, ranging in ages from 3 to 12 years.
    It’s just great to see someone else is doing this same thing with their grandkids!
    Bless your Mom and Dad!!

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