Preventing Summer Boredom

By Stephanie Lynn, age 22, Massachusetts
SDM Editor-in-Chief

It's important to have plenty of organized and social activities throughout your summer, so you don't end up spending too much time camped out in front of the television. There are tons of possibilities for this summer vacation, so get out there and get active!

Summer Jobs

There are several possibilities out there for your summer job, like working an ice-cream stand, lifeguarding at your local beach, waitressing, or chilling in an air-conditioned fashion store. If you're too young to get these types of jobs, then be entrepreneurial! Besides babysitting, you can also help adults with odd jobs like petsitting, mowing lawns, gardening, and house cleaning. I'm sure your mom and dad know plenty of adults who could use the extra help!

Volunteer Work

There are tons of opportunities to help out in the community. Grab a group of friends and help someone who has some needs.


Elderly - Help an older person by doing their grocery shopping once a week or assist with some yard work. You can visit the elderly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Most of the time they just want someone to talk to. So go with open ears.

Children - Serve in the church nursery or with Vacation Bible School.

For other volunteer possibilities, go to

Summer Camps

In your teen years, there are many options for summer camps. Experience the freedom of being a camper with others your age or become a camp counselor. Several children's camps allow junior counselors as young as 12. If you're not the overnight camp person type, check out day camps in your area.

Try Something New

Play the sport you've been waiting for all school year long by signing up for a community program. Challenge yourself by learning a musical instrument, or by learning to cook, knit, or design your own jewelry.

Give Yourself a Project

If you like art, then work on a series of paintings or collages. Even if you're not very artistic, start a scrapbook of your favorite pictures. If you're into fashion, design and sew your own clothing - even sell it on Ebay. All your friends will be dying to know where you got your gorgeous new shirt! Cleaning and redesigning your room is another possibility.

Whatever you choose, be sure to work on it a little bit each day.

Read a Good Book

See Christina's article.
Also, you can find a local library at:

Start a Layout Site

Although I wouldn't suggest spending way too much time on the computer this summer and missing all the beautiful weather, starting your own layout site could be a fun way to expand your graphic and coding skills and meet some cool new people.

Stay Social

Set up a day once a week or once every other week to hang out with your friends. Take a day trip to your favorite beach with all your buddies. Have a movie marathon, where you make a list of all the movies you've been dying to watch, then invite some friends over and watch 'em back to back. Afterward chat about the ones you liked the most. Invite everyone for a sleepover or spend an evening at the mall. Go bowling or to the drive-in.

Spend Some Time with Your Family

Summer vacation is a great time for families to get away from it all and be together.

Other Ideas

Try fundraising for something special, like a school activity. Go to summer school - improve your grades. Sign up for scholarships - You'll need 'em!

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February & March Magazine Issues

March 15, 2012

The February and March issues of Sweet Designs Magazine are now online, featuring a combined 53 new articles and features!!

- Cover: Stephanie Lynn reflects on 5 years
- Cover: India (of Darn-licious knitwear)
- Life in the dumps (moving in with my bf)
- The difference between men and women
- Angels among us (parts 1 and 2)
- Arts graduates & the dark night of the soul
- Triple threat (how I survived my teen yrs)
- Dating isn't easy (my true story)
- How to turn not-so-great gifts ... (fashion)
- Ten reasons to love being single
- Taking the big leap (college)
- Valentine's Day (not what you'd expect!)
- The last of the cold (hopefully) (fashion)
- A month full of love
- Ten tips for successful airline travel
- Reasons I love writing for SDM
- Who needs love?
- They're not all the same
- The life I'm glad I don't have (fiction)
- Professional dress/ finding Fendi (fashion)
- An airport anniversary: a true story
- Inappropriate Facebook photos
- The perks of a big city (college)
- A night(mare) to forget (part 2)
- The Anita Blake series (book review)
- Saving June by Hannah Harrington (book)
- Under the Mesquite by GG McCall (book)
- The Lullaby by Sarah Dessen (book)
- If I Stay by Gayle Foreman (book review)
- My sweetheart (original poetry)
- Isn't it funny (original poetry)
- The stranger (original poetry)
- A winter wonderland (original poetry)
- One night valentine
- The thick envelopes (college acceptance)
- Southern love
- Healthy hair and vitamins
- It's a date (dating idea alternatives)
- The 30 hour famine
- School's out forever!
- Marching right back into spring? (fashion)
- Dear John
- When TV shows depict your life
- 3 Fun ways to rock spring's hottest trends
- Neglected teeth
- Starting something new
- Guy movies
- To hesitate or dive in?
- Deadly, by Julie Chibbaro (book review)
- Beastly, by Alex Flinn (book review)
- I don't care (poetry)
- Together, alone (poetry)

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