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Susan Wanderer has worked with families in kids ministry for 20 years, with the last ten years serving as Kids Minister at Mount Ararat Church in Stafford. Susan and her husband Ed reside in Fredericksburg and have three amazing kids who joined their family in 2011 and who fill their days with adventure. Come join the conversation over at 

My Stomping Grounds


Summer is coming! We are just weeks away from the final bell ringing. I am so ready to be done with book reports, spelling words and science projects.  Bring on the hazy, lazy days of Summer.

With eleven (give or take two) weeks of Summer, many of you Mamas are also eager to enjoy a teeny break while your kiddos enjoy a week or so of camp.

Many of you have messaged me and asked for my annual list of our favorite Day Camps in Fredericksburg/Stafford/NOVA. 

Your wait is over. Here are the Wanderer's three favorite camp experiences, complete with links to register.

1 – Winshape Day Camp, Completed Grades 1-8, July 17-21

This by far is our favorite day camp experience. My girls talk about this camp ALL. YEAR. LONG. It’s hosted by Chick-Fil-A and who doesn’t love some CFA yumminess! This year the camp is held in Stafford and the cost is $209 (although, financial aid is available).  This is an all day camp experience – pick up is at 5PM. My girls sleep well each evening after experiencing the fantastic daily adventure of Winshape! And on Friday – each family member gets a taste of the fun their child has had by attending Chick-Fil-A Friday Family Fun Day.  Yep, that’s right… every person who attends on Friday gets Free Chick-Fil-A Lunch… Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

2 – Christ Chapel DayCamp, Completed Grades K-8

My girls adore this camp! They go on field trips and experience daily fun activities. The staff is amazing and my kids are eager to go each morning. New this year, lunch is included in the cost of camp! Which makes Mama-life a whole lot better! We love Christ Chapel Day Camp!

3 – Christian Youth Theater Camp (CYT), Ages 4-18

If your child loves drama, singing or anything having to do with Fine Arts… this is the camp experience for them! During this week of camp your child will sing, dance and act their way through a fun filled week.  And on Friday – you get to watch their performance. So fun!

Summer is Coming, Mamas. Grab your sunglasses, laptop and favorite beverage and enjoy the sun and browsing through these fantastic Day Camp options!

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Pouches' Community Corner

Trains, Planes and Automobiles Kids' Race Series


From a small beginning, Cathy Weise of the Ron Rosner YMCA has developed an ambitious three-race series for kids for this summer, with the help of The Great Train Race, Shannon Airport, Dominion Raceway & Entertainment, the Fredericksburg Area Service League and Race Timing Unlimited.

Great Train Race Director Jennifer Taylor was one of the first on board.