Johnny Preps for OG Camp

This summer, Johnny will be attending OG Camp for the first time. He’s really excited because he’s never been to a summer camp before. And he hears so many great stories from his friends every time they return home! But there’s one thing Johnny is feeling nervous about…

Read Johnny’s journal entry to learn how he’s overcoming his jitters as the big day gets closer and closer.








My New Adventure


It will be my first time going to summer camp. I asked my friend Tyler what it would be like, and he sounded really excited. He’s gone to OG Camp three times, and whenever he shares his stories, he says, “You have to come next time. The games and activities are lots of fun. And we spend most of our time outside!”

This year, Tyler is getting his wish. My parents are letting me go with him. But even though I’m excited to try something new, I’m also a little nervous. Other friends and classmates will be there, so I’m not too worried about meeting campers. What makes me nervous is that it’s a sleepaway camp. Which means I’ll have to spend every night away from home.

Tyler told me that it feels strange at first. You have to get used to sleeping in a new room, and sometimes you can hear outside noises like crickets and other insects. So he invited me for a sleepover at his house the last two weekends to help me practice being away from home. At least now I know a little more about what to expect.

I remember how I felt when I first played volleyball. My biggest challenge was learning how to serve. At first, I couldn’t; it just wouldn’t go over the net. But I fixed my aim, made sure to hit just below the center of the ball, and used lots of power! I guess it’s just like any new experience. One of the most challenging things is that you never know how it’s going to go. But with a bit of practice and preparation, it usually turns out A-OK, and you can end up having fun along the way!

I made a list of things to pack that might help me feel more comfortable if I get homesick, like my favorite volleyball jersey to wear during games and my journal—to keep track of all the camp routines so I can show my family each activity.

So far, I think I have most of it covered. Well, except for those noisy crickets, hehe.



Reading stories and writing in your journal are great ways to build your vocabulary. Try using some of the words in Johnny’s journal to describe a time when you felt nervous about trying something new!


Overcoming: having success when facing a problem.


Strange: something that is different from what you expect.


Challenge: a hard/difficult task.


A-OK: a fun way to say OK; very good.


Homesick: feeling unhappy when you are away from home.

9 Fun Ways to Celebrate the End of the School Year

The end of the school year is near! That means it’s time to celebrate with fun activities and games before the final bell rings.

Take some inspiration from our Awesome Academy class with 9 fun ways to end the school year and celebrate your achievements with friends!



What’s better than making a list? Filling it up with the best things ever!

Make a school-themed list of the top 10 things you learned over the semester, fun memories you had, or goals you achieved. Then get together with friends and share your selections!



Write a compliment for each student in your class and hand them out on your last day to help your classmates end the school year with a big smile!

Add crafts to the mix by using colors to personalize each note. That way, the other students can have a keepsake to remind them of your time together!



Which of your friends is most likely to be a future Olympian? Or who loves to travel the most?

Play our OG Superlatives game by writing the names of your classmates under the activity that best describes them. You can also add your own special topics to grow the list and create a mini yearbook for an end-of-semester event!



Make your summer dreams come true by creating a list of activities to do or try for the first time. From camping and stargazing to tasting new foods or building a backyard splash park, kick off this summer with a blast!



Film a movie with Mienna, take pizza-baking lessons from Francesca, or put on a concert like Layla!

Recreate scenes from your favorite books that you read this year or bring new stories to life with OG Friends to discover fun adventures!

Psst: check out all our stories on the OG Bookshelf for more inspiration!



Create the ultimate calendar month by filling up each day with activities and fun facts!

Write down things you learned or activities you performed and stick them to the days you accomplished them. At the end of the month, your calendar will be filled with knowledge, memories, and fun!

Here’s a fun fact to get you started: Today, I learned that 1 day on planet Venus is almost 8 months on Earth!



Make a playlist of your favorite songs that you heard this school year to celebrate a semester well done. Then have a dance party with friends and family to showcase your best dance moves!



Just like taking a picture to remember the first day of school, pose for a photo on the last day to include in a scrapbook and remember your journey. Then snap a few extra pictures with friends, family, and silly poses!



Dig into your creative skills and craft a thank you card to show your teachers how much you appreciated their help during the year! It was not an easy semester, and even a small, kind gesture will go a long way in supporting the ones who help us learn and achieve our dreams every day.


Congratulations on completing your school year!