published in Activity, Caregiving, Gratitude, Inspiration, Mothering Matters, Photos by Maryanne | July 22, 2015


 Camp Pope Ends Tonight!


Paige's perspective picture

“Perspective” by Paige Cumming, 13

 “One person’s craziness is another person’s reality.”

– Tim Burton

3 days, 7 kids, 1 Auntie, 1 Golden Retriever and 1 very messy house…Camp Pope 2015 is well under way!

Paige, 13, who sketched the above picture , is right: life is about perspective. As a single gal with no kids, I’m certainly getting a different perspective on life. I have a profound appreciation for parents and the time, effort, organization and cash it takes, day in and day out, to make the world of a family go ’round.

And we’re just in fun-mode!

Here are a few snaps so far from Camp Pope 2015:

group at airport

L to R: Nicholas, Zach, Alyssa, Taylor, Holly, Paige & Ella

MA stunned at airport

MA at the airport, the calm before the storm

Nicholas and Ella polishing silver

Nicholas and Ella polishing silver (putting them to work!)

MA with painted face & Sadie

Sadie & MA

gang in living room

Movie time

Ella with flower

Ella taking a break from doing the tango

Alyssa, Holly, Paige and Ella on ferry

Alyssa, Paige, Holly & Ella on ferry to Sidney Spit – we got soaked!

Tay & Holly on couch

Holly & Taylor with morning Starbucks

Zach sleeping

Zach, sound asleep

Once the rest of the kids wake up, we’ll be cooking up one of our infamous big-breakfasts (chocolate chip pancakes & bacon) and then heading to the aquarium, then on to Durance Lake for a swim.

Have a great day!

Registration for Camp Pope 2015 is obviously now closed. Registration for Camp Pope 2016 will begin on August 1st, 2015….I think 🙂


  1. Jackie Fawns on July 22nd, 2015 at 12:56 pm:

    Can non nieces and nephews really register in camp Pope?lol and what’s the age limit?

  2. Marjorie Deyell on July 23rd, 2015 at 8:26 am:

    This is such an awesome thing you do with your nieces and nephew. They will have memories to treasure for the rest of their lives.

  3. Maryanne on July 23rd, 2015 at 11:42 am:

    Thank you, Marjorie! I hope you’re having a wonderful summer 🙂

  4. Maryanne on July 23rd, 2015 at 11:45 am:

    There is no age limit! Don’t think babies would get much out of Camp Pope, though….hahahahahaha! Let’s talk about Camp Pope 2016 on the phone, Jac…I would love to see your gang come out for a visit – even if we just have our own little Camp Pope 🙂

  5. Barb on July 28th, 2015 at 10:20 pm:

    Those are some real lucky kids, so nice of you to do that, great memories!

  6. Maryanne on July 29th, 2015 at 1:20 pm:

    Thanks, Barb! Hope you & your gang are having a great summer!!

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