Thankful & Thriving

November 28, 2016

Many families this week will gather around the Thanksgiving table to share thanks and appreciation. Most of us will pause to reflect on the value of spending quality time together and sharing memories of those we miss. Families have become overwhelmed by the hectic rush of our daily routines, spending time together bowling, playing games or just “hanging out” has become harder to achieve in the busy lives we lead.

Leisure is an important part of family life. Many families struggle to focus on, or participate in, family leisure activities. Renowned sociologists, Zabriskie and McCormick, reasoned in their 2001 research that taking away the stressors of everyday life and, creating an opportunity to share time together, is important and, during the holiday season, deeply ingrained. This is especially important as the political climate shifts, the holidays approach and the season of gift giving begins. We like to think though, there are many times throughout the year that families can find quality time to bond and be together.

Camp Tall Timbers Family Weekend is a chance for families to unplug and spend time with each other, enjoying the fresh air and running free after a winter spent indoors. We have exciting and fun activities for the entire family including canoeing on our private lake, challenge courses, archery and much more. The Camp Tall Timbers Family Weekend is a chance to create precious memories that will last far beyond one weekend, and give you and your family one more thing to be thankful for. We are excited to announce our Family Weekend scheduled for June 3-4, 2017. Enrollment is open and we hope you will join us. Learn more information and register here.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our current and prospective families a Happy Thanksgiving. We are thankful for sharing over 45 summers with our Camp Tall Timbers community. Planning for Summer 2017 is well underway and we promise it will be the best summer ever!




Orthner, D. K., & Mancini, J. A. (1991). “Benefits of leisure for family bonding.” In B. L. Driver, P. J. Brown, & G. L. Peterson (Eds.), “Benefits of leisure.” 215-301. State College, PA: Venture.


Zabriskie, Ramon B. and Bryan P. McCormick. ( 2001). “The Influences of Family Leisure Patterns on Perceptions of Family Functioning.” Family Relations, 50.3, 281-289.

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