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Summer Vacation To-Do List

Summer's here and the time's right for doing all those things you didn't have time for during the school year... If only you could remember what they were! Try these must-do's for a completely not-bummer summer!

Dive In

Diving BoardDive into learning something new this summerCourtesy of Angela Cothran

Don't know how to dive? Learn! Know how to dive? Try a flip! Or a flip with a twist. Or  a back flip! How about learning to surf? Learning something new gives you major bragging rights come in school.

Get Published

With internet publishing, t's so easy to write a published book -- all you need is the time and some imagination. You have the time, so get your imagination moving. Write about anything, or put together a book of your photos. Write the story of your life in cartoon characters or write a bunch of ridiculous poems. When you're done, save your document as a PDF and distribute it to friends and family to read on their e-readers. Extra credit points go to the kid who gives it to his or her teacher to read in September!

Compete

Swimming, running, darts, tennis, ping pong... all sorts of challenges arise throughout the summer even if you're not at camp. Seek out a challenge, practice and start competing. Though winning isn't everything, a trophy would be a nice memento of your summer escapades. Worst case -- an epic failure gives you something to laugh about and strive for later.

Fine Tune your Funny Bone

Learn a few new jokes and practice telling them. Good joke-telling skills go a long way when you can't think of what to say in a conversation!

Seek out Good Luck Charms

four-leaf-cloverSeek your fortune in a field of clover. 4-leaf clovers really do exist!Courtesy of Instructables

If your neighborhood is overrun with patches of clover in summer and you find yourself standing around waiting for people or things to do, look down. You may just find some four-leaf clovers! To train yourself to find these elusive mutations, stare at the 3-leaf clover patches and notice the patterns. Once they are burned into your memory, stand above a patch of clover and scan it. Examine any clover that catches your eye -- chances are you'll notice any deviations from the patterns. While some will just be 3-leafers in disguise, you could find a 4, 5 or even 6 leaf clover. And where there is one, there is bound to be more in the same patch. Once you find a good specimen, immediately press it in a book between two sheets of paper and dry it for at least two weeks or it will shrivel up in less than an hour.

Create Puzzles

one of Roxie Munro's a-maze-ing creationsGet inspired to create A-Maze-ing mazes with acclaimed artist Roxie Munro's challenging maze books like this one from "EcoMazes: 12 Earth Adventures".Courtesy of Roxie Munro

Doing puzzles can be fun for a while, but it can get old. Creating puzzles, however can become a great hobby. If you're a good artist or just great with a straight-edge ruler, try your hand at designing a maze. Using a pencil, define your space with lines and designate a beginning and an end point. Starting at the end and using a light touch, create a winding path to the beginning. Note that most mazes tend to stray to the right side of the puzzle, so you can make it harder by keeping to the left or forming a circuitous route. Make sure your path doesn't double-back on itself. Once your path is set, create dead ends and other branches to complicate it. Make copies and challenge your friends to solve them. For expert tips on how to create a geometric maze and a challenging reversing maze, check out expert maze artist Roxie Munro's tips.

Clear Clutter for Good

Start in your room with your clothes and desk, then go throughout the room and find items you and your family can donate or recycle. You'll be doing your family, the earth and other people a world of good... And you might even find some hidden treasures along the way.

Start a Business

Love gardening? Grab an old wheelbarrow, paint a logo on it and post up signs advertising your weeding and hedge-clipping services. Whatever your passion is, whether it's creating websites, putting photos into slideshows and burning them on DVD's, creating playlists, making crafts or baking cookies, find a way to make your hobbies and skills work for you. There's no reason to be bored when you can make money doing what you love!

Have Your Say

What would you like to add to your summer to-do list? Let us know in your comments below!

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hugebear posted in Family Issues:
You doesnt have to come out to your family until your ready and until they is ready too.  If you blurt it out it could be the shock.  You says that you think your Mums side of the family will be more supportive.  Has you got an Aunty or Uncle what you could discuss this with?  An adult member of your family what is most likely supportive  could probably give the best advises on how to tell your family and when and how and prepares you for how they will react. Good luck mate and takes your time :angel
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Mrawsomegamer
I think my mothers side of the family would be fine with it. It's my dad's side I'm most concerned about. My dad says some dreadfully terrible remarks about homosexual people. I think I'm not gunna tell him at all. Ever...  Either way. Thanks for the advice!
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Kirsteeeeen
If you don't think that you'll be in a safe situation (for example, your parents try to kick you out, or hurt you physically or emotionally) than you should definitely wait to tell them. I think you'll know when the time is right. We can't tell you how they'll react, but I bet you can sort of figure it out from how they feel and act about these topics.  Remember, you are not obligated to tell anybody at all. It's personal. Wait until you're for sure ready to tell them. And when you do, tell them the way in which it's easiest. Get your point across, offer resources, reassurance, and give them time. 
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Mrawsomegamer
Hey guys, so I do kinda have a personal issue, but I need to tell my family about it. Truth is, I'm not even sure how they'll even react. Very few of my friends know, only the ones I trust anyway... I'm gay. Or at least bisexual. I kinda had a thing for girls, but that was a long time ago. I think I'm fully gay. I have a very supportive boyfriend, who loves me with all his heart. But that's not what it's about; it's actually coming out to my family, whom I know some of them are quite homophobic. Homophobia runs in my family. Sorta...  It makes my stomach turn when I think about it. I sometimes look into the mirror, look at myself and think if my conscience suddenly made me decide I was gay, or if I was born with it. Science tells us that we are born that way, due to lack of man chemicals entering a boys brain when in development. I feel like I've chosen it (even though I know deep inside I haven't) to be gay, probably because of my family almost forcing me into getting a girlfriend and such. I come from a Catholic family, to make things even worse. I'm like the only practising person in my family, but somehow I feel that they'll use my Faith against me if I come out.  So, should I just wait until I'm older? How do I know when the time is right? How will they even react? How should I even say it?  Please help!
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Kirsteeeeen
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