For those of you who are not on social media, you are probably thinking to yourself… what in the actual hell is Squatter’s Camp. ???? I shared this over on Instagram and even have a highlight if you want to see more. But… I needed to document this project here. Because it is SO FUN! And I know you guys will LOVE this. But first of all…..
Deb’s parents own roughly 200 acres all around this property. They have owned it FOREVER. Most of it is farm ground, but there are several wooded areas, also. Deb’s sister and her family built a house several years ago on the side of our woods with a creek and a field between us. Their kids, two boys and two girls, who range from ages 12 – 7, have had free rein over all of the land pretty much their entire lives. The boys LOVED spending time outdoors and LOVED exploring in the woods.
A few years back, Deb and I got the oldest one a tent for Christmas. He set it all up and made himself a campsite with a campfire ring, seating, etc. And keeps it picked up from leaves, sticks, etc. He and his brother made a walking bridge over the creek for easier access and recently added a mailbox so we could exchange notes. ???? They actually designed and made this mailbox all by themselves.
Squatter’s Camp got its name from him. He said he was here first and should have some type of rights to this area. ???? We, of course, think it’s hilarious and go along with this idea.
The two boys are 12 and 11 and they love being outside. They can stay pretty busy and can find lots and lots to do. A few days ago, Deb and I received a text. It said that they have an idea for the Squatter’s Camp area but needed our approval first. We were thinking they wanted to add lights… plants…. ??? We had absolutely no clue what they would want to do, but we were open to listen.
They showed up to our cottage with a plan to renovate the Squatter’s Camp.
Are you as excited about this as I am? ???? Stay tuned for the next post on the Squatter’s Camp Renovation, which will include their plans! And, I will be sharing this project from start to finish.