What if your first week at summer camp . . . wasn’t your first week of summer camp?
Abby Riley has ZERO nervous jitters about heading off to summer camp by herself for the first time. After all, she’s been a church camp expert since she was born! Abby’s tagged along every summer with her pastor father, who runs a week for junior-high-aged kids in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, so she’s got this camp thing down.
And THIS is the summer Abby has been waiting for, the summer she finally gets to be a “real camper” instead of just her dad’s guest. She'll even get to take part in the campers-versus-counselors water balloon fight for the first time!
But when Abby gets to camp, she discovers that life as a “real camper” is NOTHING like hanging out at camp as a dean’s kid.
Camp is suddenly full of rules, rules, and more rules! She has to follow a strict schedule, swim only in the boring, shallow, roped-off area, and share a tiny cabin with a bunch of strangers because the counselors and campers at elementary camp are all NEW faces—none of the camp friends she already knows and loves.
And to top it off, Abby can’t even complain about camp to her best friend Carin . . . because Car’s in love with both camp and their cute, seventeen-year-old counselor.
What Abby really wants to do, for the first time in her camp life, is pack her suitcase and go home . . . but can she really abandon all the other campers who don’t even know how terrible the week is?
Or should she stay and use her summer camp expertise to transform this messed up week of camp into the amazing experience she’s used to?
Welcome to summer camp: s'mores, cabins, camp counselors, canoeing, devotions, and gimp. Follow Abby's Camp Days from her first week as a nine-year-old "camp expert" all the way through her graduation from high school camp. Set in Michigan's beautiful Upper Peninsula with a cast of charming Yooper characters. . .
"A great gift for kids preparing for their first week of summer camp - this is a manual for success at camp disguised in a compelling story!"
—Church camp counselor
About the Author
Jenifer Brady is an elementary camp expert, having been a camper, counselor, and even a dean. Some of her favorite things about camp include seeing old friends, watching (but not being in) skit night, and sitting around the campfire. She has even participated in campers verses counselors water balloon fights (although that was at junior high camp, of course!). She and her husband love camp so much that they got married in the chapel in August of 2000. Jenifer is a 1997 graduate of Iron Mountain High School in Michigan's Upper Peninsula and a 2001 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay. Camp Expert is the first book in her series Abby's Camp Days. She has published two young adult novels also set at Camp Spirit, Buddy Check and Super Counselors. Visit www.jeniferbrady.com to read passages from future books in the Abby's Camp Days series, find out more about Jenifer Brady, learn how to order her other books, and have some camp fun.