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After leaving class on your last day of exams, you walk to the parking lot and realize “Hey, I don’t have to do this again for months.” So what are you supposed to do with a summer break? Is it all about having fun and doing whatever you want or should you be planning for the future? There are a million things for teens to do in the summer. If we’re being honest, there’s not a whole of ways to do it wrong, but we want you to be able to capitalize on the time that you have. Here are some of our suggestions for things for teens to do in the summer. Pick some of your favorite ideas and make the most of your summer.
Pick Up a Hobby
During the school year, you may be dealing with homework, sports, and 100 other commitments that eat away at your schedule. Part of what makes the summer break so wonderful is that you can make your own itinerary and put as much or as little on your plate as you like. Why not capitalize on this new freedom and pick up a new hobby? You can learn a new instrument, try out skateboarding, or start training for your first half marathon. Has there ever been something you wanted to try, but never found the time? Here’s your chance!
Go to a Summer Camp
One of the all-time classic things for teens to do in the summer is to attend camp. For many students, summer camp may be an annual tradition that is as consistent as the rising and setting of the sun. That may not be the case for everyone, though. Summer camps are a great idea for teens for many reasons. The best part is that there are so many different options out there. Are you into playing music? You can find tons of cool camps. Want something that focuses on nature? You got it! There are also hundreds of camps for Christian teens who want to spend time with friends from church learning about faith issues. No matter what you’re interested in, there’s probably a camp for you somewhere.
See New Places - Things for Teens to Do in the Summer
Families will often take advantage of the summer season by packing everything into the car and heading for the beach. Whether or not you plan to travel long distances with your family, the summer is the perfect opportunity for seeing new places. Depending on your age, it might be feasible to make plans to visit a friend’s family’s lakehouse with some of your buddies. Or maybe you just need to get to know the town you live in a little better. Hit up some new restaurants or historical landmarks for which you’ve never made time. The summer is for exploring!
This one may be a little more abstract than others, but one of the healthiest things for teens to do in the summer is to maintain contact with your best friends. For one thing, it’s just not healthy to lock yourself up in the house watching Netflix all day. Get outside and meet your friends for a game of basketball or a meal. Aside from the people you already know well, maybe you should spend the summer making stronger friends with people you only know in passing. We’re not saying you need to find new friends or anything, but it’s always nice to get to know different people. When the school year starts back up, you might appreciate having more friendly faces around.
Get a Job
It may sound like a drag, but summertime may just be the right time for you to join the workforce. Deliver some pizzas, dabble in some landscaping, or do anything else you can to earn some good money. It may not be everything, but those paychecks will help you to afford fun activities with your friends and may even help you get through college. Getting a job is a part of life that you can’t avoid forever, so maybe this summer is when you should start.
Read a Book for Fun - Things for Teens to Do in the Summer
“Why would I read anything that I won’t be tested over?” Sometimes the school year can feel so much like it’s sucking out your brains that you want to do as little as possible during the summer. While we understand that feeling, it’s a mistake to not take advantage of all the great novels and non-fiction works out there. It’s a widely held thought that reading makes you smarter and it’s even fun to a lot of people. The secret to summer reading is that you should pick things that interest you. Since there are no requirements or pop quizzes, just pick something fun and intriguing.
Help Around the House
The summer isn’t just for fun and games. One of the best things for teens to do in the summer is to help out around the house. Mow the lawn, clean your room, or maybe do some vacuuming around the house. You may not be the maid, but you’re still living at home rent-free, so anything you can do to help will be most appreciated by your parents. Put down the game controller for a few minutes and see what chores you can quickly knock out.
Take It Easy on Your Family
On a similar note, we encourage you to recognize that although you are on summer break, you’re family probably isn’t. Be understanding of the fact that not everyone gets two months to sit around and do whatever they want. This time at home may also mean that you have to spend more time with siblings at home, which can cause friction. Just give your family a few less headaches by working with everyone’s schedules and being easy to work with during the summer.
Get Some Rest
Part of the reason why teens get a summer break is because you need some time off from school. The government and your school have agreed that it’s best to give you a break from all of that schoolwork, so try to value rest while you can. That’s not an excuse to sleep for 12 hours per night, though. We’ve already provided several ways in which you can be productive this summer. Get the rest that you need, but get some real work done as well.
Give Back to Your Community
One of the most selfless things for teens to do in the summer is to give back to their communities. For some this means going on a mission trip with their church, but if that sounds like too much you can also help clean up a local park or volunteer with a nursing home. We don’t blame you for wanting to be selfish this summer. It is your time, after all. Just know that anything you can do to make the world around you a better place is worth pursuing.
The summer may seem like it moves quickly, but it really is a lot of time in which you can work. Among this list of things for teens to do in the summer, we hope you can find a few ideas to make your summer memorable. If you’re someone who is musically talented and enjoys Christian music, we’d love to invite you to Camp Electric. Our instructors come from some of today’s biggest Christian acts and provide a classroom experience like none other. Find out how you can be our next student by clicking on the link below.