Book Club Camp

Book Club Camp

The other night at dinner, my daughters were talking about how they wanted to read a book with their friends.

Not just any book—one that nobody had read yet. A really good book, one that would be great to talk about.

And not just any book talk, but fresh, real-time, I just finished that chapter too and I wouldn’t dream of reading ahead talk, where they could finish a section of the book and immediately discuss it. Instant bookish gratification.

But how to make those conversations happen? And how to make sure nobody peaked at what’s to come?

We brainstormed a solution, and now we’re dreaming (and maybe, actually planning) our Book Club Camp for later this summer. For kids (and grown-ups?) who love to read, but actually don’t want to stay inside all summer. (Although if our temperatures hit triple-digits like they have in the past, we might reconsider this last point.)

At our cozy little Book Club Camp, for which we’re imagining a party of four, you read a chapter, discuss, and take a walk. (Maybe at the same time.) Read a chapter, discuss, have a snack. Read a chapter, discuss, throw water balloons. Read a chapter … you get the idea.

Here’s what I want to know: does this actually exist? Have you been to one? Do you know about one? What would YOU want to do at Book Club Camp?

Thanks for bookishly brainstorming with me! I can’t wait to hear your ideas in comments. 

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82 comments

  1. Amy says:

    I LOVE this idea! It combines the solitary, stationary act of reading with conversation, socializing, and activity! It would help increase ones reading comprehension and the skill of being able to jump back into the book after an “interruption.” What a lovely, idea, Anne + girls! Thank you! 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    OH. My. Goodness. I would have gone to something like this as a kid (and now too!). Also, I would definitely be up for being involved in something like this as a teacher! Make a camp Anne, I will come 😉

  3. EA Mastro says:

    I think it’s a fantastic idea! I would love it. I’ve never been to a camp like that, but if I’d know of one I certainly would have signed up!

  4. Taylor says:

    I want something like this right now! This is a great idea for kids since they love to be outside and being outside is good for everyone – as is reading a lot.

    My baby girl is only 5 months old and I already can’t wait to organize something like this for her and her friends LOL. That is, of course, if she likes reading. But I really hope to instill in her a love of reading!

  5. Sarah says:

    You have sparked an event! We’re going to do a book club weekend with my book club in one of our members’ garden (camping) in a couple of weeks.

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