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Posted in Family and Friends, Your Community, Community | July 2015

Enjoying summer close to home


“Summer vacation” doesn’t have to mean long road trips, expensive flights or endless packing and unpacking. Trips are certainly fun, but there can also be a lot to see and do right in your own backyard—and enjoying all your community has to offer can be a much more affordable way to spend quality family time together.

What fun can you and your family find closer to home this summer? Check out this inspiration list of 8 fun activities, day trips and other great ways to enjoy the summer right where you are!

  1. Camp out in the backyard. It’s the experience that counts, not the location. Your little ones will have a blast telling ghost stories and eating s’mores in a tent in your yard. Bonus: indoor plumbing! You could also check to see if there are any local campgrounds nearby, particularly if you live close to a State or Provincial park.
  2. Have a picnic in the park. We have some great picnic tips in this month’s issue of Membership Matters to help you plan the perfect outdoor feast.
  3. Get moving. Research and find out if there are any hiking trails near your area. Often trails meander through protected or geographically significant terrain, and are marked with information about the importance of the area. Pack some healthy snacks, drinks and a first aid kit and take your family on an educational nature walk.
  4. Give geocaching a try. This is a great activity for all ages that involves hunting for hidden treasures, usually in local parks and on trails—but sometimes even in the middle of busy cities. All you need is a smartphone with GPS and an adventurous spirit. Visit Geocaching for more information and to sign up to start treasure hunting!
  5. Party on! If your street or neighborhood doesn’t already have a block party on the schedule this summer, consider helping to organize one. It’s a great way for neighbors to meet and enjoy a fun summer evening. For 10 great tips on organizing a block party, visit She Knows.
  6. Find out what’s on. Your local library and community or recreation center probably have some fantastic summer programming all set up for you and your family. You may be able to enjoy things like dance classes, arts and crafts programs, performances and author readings. Call, search online or visit the centers and libraries near you to find out what’s on.
  7. Have fun with Foresters. Don’t forget that as a Foresters member, you have a unique opportunity to spend quality time with your family at sporting events, playground builds, theme parks and other local activities. Plus these events are complimentary for you and your family! Visit to find out more!
  8. Organize a charitable event. With children and grandchildren out of school, it’s the perfect time to get them involved in helping those in your community. Choose a cause close to your heart, and apply for a Foresters Community Grant so we can help you organize and lead a volunteer activity that benefits your community. You might prepare care packages, clean up a local playground or support a local food bank, for example. Visit Foresters Community Grants for more information.

The summer may be short, but it’s always long on fun! And when that summer fun is affordable and close to home, you have a recipe for the perfect summer vacation.


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