Commuter Camp was an idea started by me and my wife after we realized that our child spent the majority of his time within the familiar confines of our neighborhood and was not familiar with MARTA and other modes of transportation in the city. It was time to discover independence outside of the carpool lane and chaperoned outings.
We wanted him to be able to function without our supervision, have independent experiences, and make wise decisions without our input. In shaping a plan for this coming of age summer, we also realized he didn’t have a pack of core friends with a deep genuine bond, someone he could share with and rely upon as he transitioned into high school. With this in mind, we assembled a group of his middle school cohorts and started our City Commuter Camp.
The camp focused on the safe and proper use of alternate modes of transportation, including MARTA trains and buses, bikes, city walkways, and Segway tours. In addition to covering how to navigate public transportation, we also covered topics about personal safety, how to spot dangerous situations and get the appropriate help when needed, how to conduct yourself respectfully in public, and assert yourself to make space in the world.