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A Grandparents Guide to “Cousins Camp”

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In the busy world of kids, how do cousins, separated by age and distance, get to become lifelong friends? For grandparents Pat and Dennis Kaldor, the answer became Cousins Camp. This weeklong summer gathering at the Kaldors’ home in Door County, Wisconsin, brings their 10 grandchildren together from Sunday to Friday (parents can stay the following weekend but can’t arrive early) for crafts, cooking, games, entertainment activities, and a special focus. Last year, the cousins studied the Lord’s Prayer. This year, they will be learning about the “nine fruits of the spirit.” With cousins ranging in age from 3 to 13, choosing a focus becomes both challenging and fascinating. As Pat says, “We want them to all have fun and build a life memory of these experiences, but we would like for part of that memory to have some life-sustaining impact.”Each day has at least one special activity, like going to a local arts-and-crafts center, horseback riding, or playing miniature golf. There is also cooking to be done, the surrounding woods to explore, bonfires with s’mores, and even special sleep-outs — one night for Gr …

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