all grrrls summer camp


As I mentioned Friday, I went to summer camp this weekend! The lovely Hillary-Anne of Vagina :: The Zine hosted a day of Bug Juice and Parent Trap summer camp fun on Sunday. I arrived at a park in East Austin and met up with a bunch of local rad ladies I'd never met before. I went to summer camp a couple of times as a kid, but the fear of not making friends always ended up being a self-fulfilling prophecy and I eventually stopped going. I was nervous beforehand, but none of the grrrls even hesitated to become immediate friends.


There were camper nicknames given out, nostalgic games of M.A.S.H., and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. We all wore matching tank tops designed by Hillary-Anne, which of course struck a strong Sisterhood chord in me. I loved the letter writing portion of the day because I've been keeping up with sending snail mail to Briley while she's at camp this summer. Writing her a letter from my own version of camp just seemed appropriate!


I was a little nervous about the water balloon fight that was planned, but I loved that it turned into a trust toss instead of a fight, and by the end of it we were pelting each other with balloons to see who made the funniest face.


I love that living in Austin means being surrounded by lots of like-minded people, especially women, who are excited about getting together for something like an All-Grrrls Summer Camp on a Sunday in June. I'm lucky to know brilliant women who think up these things and bring us together. It was such a fun, relaxing day and I hope I run into these grrrls again soon!

Check out the hashtag #grrrlscamp on Instagram for more camp photos!

Did you go to summer camp as a kid? Have you, or would you, ever go as an adult? This feels like something bloggers should totally get together and do!


  1. Why are you so cute? Seriously. It's ridiculous.

  2. Ah!!!!! This looks like so much fun! Katie and I were talking about how much we wished we could go when we were hanging out this weekend. Glad to hear you had such a blast!

    Becca | Ladyface Blog

  3. This looks like so much fun! I would love to go to an event like this. I'm glad it was such a positive experience for you! I went to camp as a kid, and it was always a mixed experience. I'm volunteering as a counselor at a progressive coming-of-age camp for teens this summer, which I'm excited and a little nervous about!

    By the way, I'm running my very first giveaway on my blog this week, and I'd love for you to check it out :)


  4. I loved all of your instagrams from camp! It seemed like such a fun day! I was such a camp kid so hearing about this totally made my little heart swoon!

  5. How fun! I saw some posted on Instagram so of course I had to hop on over to your bloggy and check it out!

  6. This is literally my dream day. I am so jealous and want to try to come in the future, because FUN! I can't think of anything better than matching tank tops, MASH, water balloon fights, and letter writing with a bunch of awesome women. DREAMY.

  7. This makes me super nostalgic for the summer I spent as a girl scout camp counselor. I don't know that I would want to do it again for a full summer, but there were a lot of good times, and I would love to have a nature all girls adult sleepover situation go down. That sounds so fun!


  8. That sounds like so much fun! I was never into camp when I was a kid but this I could handle!

  9. Sounds like fun! I remember playing MASH when I was a kid.

  10. whaaaat, this is awesome! I totally get a little nervous at first with a new group, but it totally looks worth it. I hope you get to keep in touch with your new friends! I never did go to camp as a kid, unforunately. I feel like I definitely missed out on that staple of an American childhood!

    ♥ perfectly Priya

  11. This looks like a lot of fun. I never had summer camp as a kid, it's not too common in the UK, although they seem to love it here in Belgium... I don't know why. I think I'd rather go as an adult tbh, I was too shy as a child (and too weird haha).

  12. Ah! This looks so cool! I went to church camp once when I was in middle school and HATED IT. I was homesick, I didn't have many friends at my church, and me and one other girl from my church were placed in a cabin with a bunch of girls from a different church (who were all super mean!) and it was so lonely and awful. Plus, I'm not really an outdoorsy person, so that part wasn't my favorite either. This summer camp sounds super fun, though, and I love what it represents!! I wish there was something like this in MN!!


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