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Summer is here and I know there are athletes all over the country anticipating one thing… SUMMER CAMP!! Many of the gymnasts at our gym go to week long overnight camps in the summer and I know one source of stress for many parents (and kids) is WHAT TO PACK! Luckily one of the very experienced camp Moms from our gym was kind enough to share her master packing list with me to use as inspiration for the official SportsGirlsPlay.com Summer Camp Packing List.
How to use the summer camp packing list:
- Print out the Summer Camp Packing List from the PDF files below – one is gymnastics specific and the other is for any sport
- Slip the printed packing list into a plastic notebook sleeve or laminate it
- Check off items as they are packed with a dry erase marker
- Wipe off once everything is packed and pack in your camper’s luggage so she can use the list to re-pack her stuff on the last day of camp
Feel free to print out as many copies of the list as you like and share the list with your friends. All I ask is that if you post the list online (whether it be on your club or camp website, Facebook, or a forum), you link back to SportsGirlsPlay.com for the actual file download.
Have fun at Summer Camp!
UPDATED FOR 2012!
While my kids are compiling their Christmas lists I am searching for the best deals on Black Friday (and Cyber Monday). Here are a few good deals for those of you looking for gifts for your athletes:
- 25% Off + Free Shipping 11/26 at SpeedoUSA.com! Exclusions Apply.
- Destira Leotards are 20% through 11/24! At checkout, enter coupon-code FRIENDS20. Offer expires 11/24/2012.
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- Get 25% OFF orders of $100 or more from Lacrosse.com!* Use promo code: 3THANKS. Offer valid 11/22/12-11/25/12. *Restrictions apply. Shop now!
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- Yoga Direct – Black Friday – Save $20 on all orders over $100
- New Balance – 15% off on all apparel + Free Shipping thru 11/30
- Black Friday Sale! Save 20% off your order + Free Shipping* with coupon BF20! Valid Noon 11/22 – 11:59 PM 11/25 at Reebok.com *Excludes CrossFit gear, custom shoes and items with $.98 price endings
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So, I am not really a “genius” but I do like efficiency and communication when dealing with things like team dinner sign ups, volunteer shifts at competitions, carpool arrangements for special events and all the coordination efforts that come along with being Team Mom.
High School Swim Season starts next week and it looks like I will be the Team Mom (especially since this is the third year I have had a student athlete on the team and I will have two student athletes on the team this year). As part of my duties, I will have to coordinate parent volunteers for team dinners and working the home meets. Luckily I have a great tool at hand – SignUpGenius – and you can use it for free, too!
SignUpGenius takes all the back and forth and craziness out of managing sign ups for anything! Here’s how it works:
I used SignUpGenius last season to coordinate team dinners and I literally had the first sign up sheet set up in 5 minutes, the invites went out and we had the whole season covered in a matter of days. Then when it was someone’s week to take care of the team dinner, they got an email reminder. Rather than everyone sending me their preferences and then having to de-conflict dates, as people signed up through SignUpGenius they could see real time what dates were still available and what each family had opted to bring so there were no duplicate meals either! And I didn’t have to remind anyone it was their week!
Not only is the process simple for all involved, if you like your organizational efforts to look good and be efficient, Sign Up Genius has 365 different form themes and allows you to upload your own images so you can customize your theme and really look like a genius to the rest of the team!
SignUpGenius wants to give you a chance to win an end-of-season prize package that will keep that excitement and passion alive until NEXT season. Enter to win your team an end-of-season party package including a pizza party, coach’s gift and player prizes! Click here for more details at the SignUpGenius site.
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Disclosure: I have been compensated for my time in sharing my personal experience with SignUpGenius, however, all opinions and experiences are my own.