Cousins Camp

This is a book review of a book all grandmothers and mothers will love because it stresses the importance of family connections. I was not paid for this review but I did receive a copy of the book for free. The opinions expressed here are strictly my own.

Did you grow up surrounded by your cousins? If you didn’t you missed out on some very special relationships. I had an abundance of boy cousins, but fortunately there were some girls as well. The two cousins I was closest to were Martha and Sarah. Martha was my age and Sarah was quite a bit younger but we share a bond of family and memories that keeps us feeling close to this day.

Today’s world moves at a faster pace and often families are spread out and unable to get together to enjoy the long, lazy summers that my cousins and I remember, but there is a solution for strengthening the cousin bond. Jan Hletko is a grandmother of nine and she’s written a book called Cousin Camp that is a must have for all nanas who want their grandchildren to be friends with their cousins.

Cousins Camp

According to the review on Amazon says in part, “This book advises grandparents how to hold a Cousins Camp focusing on grandchildren 5-10 years old as well as tips for conducting a Family Camp (still focused on the kids but including parents as well). After six years of experience of holding Cousin Camps, the author has thought of everything to make things run smoothly. She provides you with information about what to expect and how to overcome any foreseen obstacles to having a great time with your grandchildren. It contains specific ideas for packing lists, games, activities, arts/crafts, theme nights, decorations, recipe suggestions, photo examples and even includes a survey to get feedback from your campers.”

The Author

Why is Jane Hletko qualified to write this book? Because she’s a creative educator, parent and grandparent. She was one of the first 100 teachers in the United States to attain certification from the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards. In 19990-2000 she was the Georgetown County Teacher of the Year and she was the South Carolina Journalism Teacher in 2005.

In my opinion the very best reason she is qualified to write this book is because she has held 6 successful Cousins Camps and if you don’t believe they were successful, just ask  her grandchildren and they will tell you!

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  1. Really, there is nothing better than camping, it is such an amazing experience.
    Thanks for hosting!

  2. pioneerpat1 5 Oct, 2015

    I didn’t camp much or have any cousins. I guess I missed out on a lot.

  3. I only ever went camping once and it never stopped raining LOL

    Have a camptastic day 🙂

  4. Buckeroomama 6 Oct, 2015

    The kids had their first camping experience with their cousins last year and they enjoyed it!

  5. Merlinda Little 6 Oct, 2015

    I grew up to a big family but sadly I am far from them and my son hadnt seen any of my relatives. This is such a nice book!

  6. harrietb 6 Oct, 2015

    I am with you on the family connections idea. Especially with the next generation.

  7. NanaHood 6 Oct, 2015

    Aww, well find some kids and do it now! It’s fun!

  8. NanaHood 6 Oct, 2015

    Thanks, Karren! I do hope you will sign up for BAM!

  9. NanaHood 6 Oct, 2015

    Great! Did you write about it?

  10. NanaHood 6 Oct, 2015

    Oh, I wish you could host a cousins camp!

  11. NanaHood 6 Oct, 2015

    Thanks for commenting Harriet!

  12. Buckeroomama 6 Oct, 2015

    I did a post about it, but did not share too many details.

  13. Love this. We are so far away (4000 km) from family now.

  14. Clairejustineo 6 Oct, 2015

    Sound like a cool book 🙂

  15. NanaHood 6 Oct, 2015

    It is a very cool book!

  16. NanaHood 6 Oct, 2015

    Wouldn’t that be fun to do?

  17. What a lovely idea for a book!

  18. That surely would be a great experience for our girls. That is an excellent idea.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  19. She sounds like a cool grandma. My kids are growing up without cousins, but one day when they get married and have kids, their kids will be cousins to each other and hopefully I’ll be a cool grandma too! 😉

  20. heidi 7 Oct, 2015

    I lived far away from my cousins, but when we went to visit once a year. I always had great fun with them.

  21. NanaHood 7 Oct, 2015

    And good memories!

  22. NanaHood 7 Oct, 2015

    You will be a cool Nana!

  23. NanaHood 7 Oct, 2015

    I loved the idea!

  24. NanaHood 7 Oct, 2015

    I agree Ai! Thanks for commenting!

  25. Indah Nuria Savitri 9 Oct, 2015

    When I was back home in Indonesia, we pretty much live closely with my cousins and the rest of the big family. It is indeed fuuuun.. And cousin camp is a great idea for sure..

  26. NanaHood 10 Oct, 2015

    That is so wonderful Indah! What great memories you must have! Hugs to you my friend! Teresa

  27. Susan Adcox 12 Oct, 2015

    I love having Cousin Camp / Grandma Camp, although my version tends to be less planned than some. I plan the food and have some activities prepared, but we don’t follow a schedule. I’ll have to get this book!