10 Years of Camp Gigi

Happy Tuesday! I hope you had a great long weekend! Holly and I are excited you’re joining us today for Hello Monday on Tuesday. I was going to share all the fun Luke and Jack had with my mom and dad last week for Camp Gigi when I realized that this was the 10th year. I haven’t done a big recap since 2018 so I decided to share all ten years here in one spot. If you’re not sure what Camp Gigi is, read on. It is so much fun and I am so grateful that my mom has planned these 10 amazing weeks for my kids!

Camp Gigi is almost legendary around here.  It is a special tradition for my kids with my mom. The boys call my mom Gigi. 😊  It is their favorite week of summer and they start speculating about their activities as soon as August comes.

Camp Gigi started because I had to go back to work the week before school started and the boys’ preschool wasn’t open yet. My mom is retired so she planned some fun and offered to take the boys for the week. They were still pretty little, Luke 3 years old and Jack 5 years old, so my mom wanted to be sure to keep them busy all day. The last thing anyone wanted was someone missing Mommy after being with me all the time, all summer long. Typically my dad joins them for one big day, but the other four are all mom. She never tells them what they are doing until that morning so the suspense adds to the fun! There is always at least one sleepover night so Jeff and I get a date night out of it, too.

Year 1: Jack 5 and Luke 3

On Monday, they went to Dutch Wonderland. On Tuesday, they visited Baugher’s Orchard. On Wednesday, they went to the Utz Factory and had warm potato chips. Thursday was open House at school and they went to the pool. On Friday, Luke woke up with a croupy cough so they had a visit to the pediatrician.

Year 2: Jack 6 and Luke 4

On Monday they went to a pretzel factory and a chocolate factory. On Tuesday, they went to the big wooden slide. On Wednesday, they went back to the Utz Factory (the boys LOVE it) and Kids Kingdom playground. On Thursday, they went the Crayola Experience in Pennsylvania. Friday was open house at school and they went to the pool.

Year 3: Jack 7 and Luke 5

On Monday they went to a Frederick Keys minor league baseball game. On Tuesday they went to the movies and played putt putt. On Wednesday they played foot golf. On Thursday they visited The Maryland Science Center. Again Friday was open house at school and a visit to the pool.

Year 4: Jack 8 and Luke 6

On Monday, they went to Crystal Caverns. On Tuesday, they hit the driving range. On Wednesday they visited another pretzel factory and the favorite Utz Factory. Thursday was open house at school and a visit to the pool. On Friday, they played foot golf to round out the week.

Year 5: Jack 9 and Luke 7

Year 5 was the beginning of Give Back day. Every year from this one on, my mom plans a day to give back in some way. ❤️❤️

On Monday, they went on a working Skipjack on the Chesapeake Bay. On Tuesday, they went to Gettysburg to explore the battlefields. On Wednesday, they gave their time and some school supply donations to local charities. On Thursday, we had open house at school and some time at the pool. On Friday, they went to Top Golf.

Year 6: Jack 10 and Luke 8

On Monday, they went to iFly. On Tuesday, they went to Top Golf. On Wednesday, they went to the movies. Thursday was Give Back day. They donated snacks to the Boys and Girls Club and I joined them to participate in Operation Welcome Home welcoming service men and women back to American soil. On Friday, they drove go carts and played laser tag.

Year 7: Jack 11 and Luke 9 (2020)

Monday was Give Back Day. They donated snacks and school supplies to the Boys and Girls Club. Tuesday was iFly day. On Wednesday, they went bowling. On Thursday, they went to Top Golf.

Year 8: Jack 12 and Luke 10 (2021)

The plan was to go to the beach with my dad’s brother and his wife for a night or two. Well, the weather was rainy here and great at the beach so they stayed a few extra days. They golfed, played in the water, and went fishing. Friday was Top Golf day.

Year 9: Jack 13 and Luke 11

My parents and the boys went to Massanutten resort in Virginia. On Monday, they played golf and rode/drove go carts. On Tuesday, they went tubing and zip lining on the ski slopes. Then they hit the water park. On Wednesday, they went to the top of the mountain. They also played Fling golf, drove go carts, ate ice cream, and played putt putt. On Thursday, they went to the Harrisonburg Waffle House and visited the JMU bookstore and Mr. J’s bagels for me. On Friday, they filled the van with after school snacks for the Boys & Girls Club and headed to the Bus Stop for extreme milkshakes.

Year 10: Jack 14 and Luke 12 (this year)

This year Jack was in school every day but Tuesday. On Monday, Luke had a golf swing analysis and lesson and they shopped for snacks to donate to the Boys and Girls Club. On Tuesday, Jack and Luke did iFly and they donated all the snacks. On Wednesday and Thursday, Luke went to Philadelphia. They visited Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Lego Experience, the Rocky steps, and the Ben Franklin Institute. On Friday, they rented a pontoon boat and went fishing.

This is an incredible tradition my mom started with my boys. I don’t think she is accepting any new reservations for next year, but I was sure to reserve our spot already! I hope you had a great long weekend and are ready for a great week. If you blogged yesterday or today, be sure to link up with Holly and me below. Have a great day full of sunshine and books!

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13 thoughts on “10 Years of Camp Gigi

  1. Jane Kacmarski says:

    I have loved every moment of this special time making such great memories. One more year and then we get to start again with Maggie!

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