Jennifer Pearce

Hi there! My name is Jennifer and I am one of the newest members to MomTalk and JustKiddin'. I am a 40-year-old mother who works outside the home. I live with my husband of eleven years and our two young daughters. After being a stay-at-home-mother for six years, I re-entered the workforce when my husband was briefly unemployed. When he returned to work, I chose to keep working due to economics and the age of my daughters at the time. I now work as the advertising manager of a community newspaper and appreciate how working has gotten me much more involved in my community. However, I often miss the opportunity to spend more time with my daughters, or to volunteer more time with their school and activities. My older daughter is a 10-year-old fourth grader, and my younger daughter is a 6-year-old kindergartener. Their many activities and my husband’s complicated work schedule make scheduling our number one family challenge. He works a rotating shift in a retail store that includes many nights and weekends. We struggle to preserve our time together as a family and make the most of it, while still finding time to accomplish our individual goals and pursue our favorite interests. My interests include reading, writing and photography. I love taking family photos and completed a Project 365 in 2010, taking a photo a day for the year. It was a wonderful experience to document our life for a year and appreciate all the little pieces of it. I am currently working to put the 365 pictures into a scrapbook…if I can just find the time. I look forward to sharing our journey with you here on JustKiddin'!

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Star Wars Camp and my budding Jedi

I was very surprised and excited to hear that a local dance studio had decided to offer a Star wars camp. There are always generic camps for all, and camps for girls, but to have one that specifically caters to boys at my son’s age was well worth it! My son loved it! It was Jedi training at it’s best. Exercise, games, crafts, creativity and lots of energy. My son came home very excited for the last week. I was worried that perhaps he was over scheduled, however, his Jedi energy proved me wrong.

It made me realize how different camps are for boys than for girls. Boys need things constantly moving and changing. (except when it comes to crafts and then they want more time than planned) Structure wasn’t as important as it would be for my daughter or other girls. Everyday was excitement and anticipation. I was quite impressed with the girls enrolled as well. Foam swords, light-sabers and pod-racers were all highlights.

It made me question why there are not more summer camps specifically catered to boys in elementary school. Boys are just as imaginative, creative and enjoy dressing up as superheroes. You tend to see camps soliciting to ballerinas, American girls, etc. It was a breath of fresh air to see these boys showing up and ready to be Jedi’s. The interesting thing I noticed is that they tired easily from the “intensive” exercises and liked Jedi mindfulness and Yoda yoga better than the exercises. However, if you put a character in front of what you were doing, all wanted to participate and didn’t think twice of ‘Jedi jumps’ and ‘Bobba Fett Blocks’.

After a full week of camp, my son is still doing his Star Wars exercises and asking to create puppets, coloring sheets and adding to his pod-racer. Way to go Swansboro Dance Studio! We have a winner for camps! When you have a choice and invest time and money you always wonder if it’s worth it and in our book, this past week was the best investment for a healthy, happy 6 year old boy! It provided entertainment, new friendships, exercise, imagination, creativity & FUN! Thanks to a great Jedi council!

Have you found some great summer camps for boys?  Share please!

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6 Comments on “Star Wars Camp and my budding Jedi”

  • Dana Sewell June 28th, 2011 9:50 am

    My son, Evan, also enjoyed this camp. It actually worked out that we had VBS each night as well. So the next morning getting him up in time for camp was a task!! HE WAS WORN OUT!!

    I agree…there needs to be more for these boys. My son loves the dressing up and acting like heroes and pirates. I think I may need to do some research and find something these boys can do!

    Thanks!

  • Kristen Paulsen June 28th, 2011 9:47 pm

    Evan was fun to watch at camp and seeing how tired my own son was, I can completely see why he was tired with that and vbs. Here’s to hopefully a future of classes more geared to boys!

  • Trinyan July 7th, 2011 8:31 am

    My son would have liked that camp too! Here there is a cool Pirate camp for boys and girls, though I think it attracts many more boys. It’s actually on a pirate boat. They learn about sailing and fake fighting. They have water cannons and get attacked by a rival ship that they can hit (squirt) with the water cannons. During the spring and fall, they do themed birthday parties on the ship. I’ll bet there is something similar in NC!

    BTW, I agree that there needs to be more for boys, but camps for girls have come a long way. I remember as a child my brothers getting to go to camps all summer–mostly sports camps. I don’t remember there being many camps for girls–a church camp for teen girls, but none of the kinds of things you describe. Opportunities have really opened up and maybe so much that the pendulum needs to swing back to the middle somewhere.

  • Kristen Paulsen July 10th, 2011 10:01 pm

    I agree, I remember summer activities being gender neutral. A middle ground would be great as most people have one or the other or both genders that they are planning activities for! Pirate camp would be awesome, I’ll have to look into that one!

  • Andria September 27th, 2011 4:02 am

    i wish i would have known about that camp! My boys would have loved it and i agree with the putting any Jedi name in front of it and they would be all for it!! Sounds so fun! Maybe next time.
    Thanks for sharing at least i am aware that something like this/that exist. :)

  • Kristen Paulsen September 30th, 2011 11:13 pm

    Definitely a need for more “boy” themed summer camps, hopefully we will have more in the future! Keep on the lookout!

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