Hey, Moms! It’s time to sign up for summer camp! Not for the kids…for YOU!
We have a great summer lined up here at How’i’wish Island. I do want to warn you that many of the merit badges required for your SuperMom rank will not be offered at this camp. This includes badges on child development from Infant to Teens, scheduling badges like Time Management, Multi-Tasking and Bi-Location, as well as badges like Homework, Chores, and College Applications. It is our philosophy that those badges can be earned best throughout the year as needed.
Nevertheless, I assure you that the badges we do offer will be challenging and fun!
First off, we have many badges to appeal to your creative side. From Scrapbooking to Photography, Knitting to Sewing, Painting, Drawing, Cake Decorating, and more! New this year is Writing which will include blogging and other social media as formats for expressing your thoughts.
For those of you who enjoy cooking, we have several badges that may interest you. The Surf and Turf badge explores recipes beyond pasta and pizza. Learn how to make a perfect hollandaise sauce and remember how to savor every bite. This badge will only be offered in the two time slots before lunch and dinner. Also, check out our popular Internet Cooking badge. Learn to navigate the world wide web to find the best recipes. This badge does have a lengthy requirement to track several sites for 12 weeks and analyze your “likes” for nutritional content. If that is not completed beforehand, we will not be able to present you with your badge at the end of camp, but you can always finish it later!
The Coffee and Tea badges have been combined into one time period. That early morning time slot fills up quickly, so don’t wait! For afternoons and evenings, we have another popular badge: Cocktails. There is an additional fee associated with this badge.
For those who want to exercise, we have a wide variety of options. Gym Time is a potpourri of typical classes from Spin to Zumba. These are also offered individually for those who already know what they love. We have Swimming which focuses on actually swimming and not lifeguarding. The 5K badge is customized to work for both beginners and those who have been running for years. Or take one of the many trails on How’i’wish Island while you earn your Hiking merit badge.
After lunch, we have our Napping badge, which also has a prerequisite. Candidates must take at least 8 naps of 30 minutes and 2 naps of over an hour before coming to camp or they will not finish the badge. If napping is not your thing, we have both the Massage and Mani-Pedi badges available. These are offered pool-side as well as in the privacy of your own cabin.
The Reading badge will be offered all day long. Consider combining it with our Book Club badge or our Movie Lit badge, in which you compare books to their movies.
All campers are required to take the Single-Tasking merit badge. We have found that campers get more out of their camp experience if they learn how to slow down and do just one thing. Please also note that early mornings are reserved for meditation and prayer (and sleep), so no loud noises are permitted before 10 am.
Since we want How’i’wish Island to be the ultimate get-a-way camp for busy moms, please let us know what other merit badges we should be offering!