Photo by: Simon McQuhae

June 7, 2022 / Coverage

23 Summer Coverage Ideas for Your 2023 Yearbook

Written by Jenica Hallman, CJE

The yearbook is tasked with the important responsibility of telling the story of the year. As more and more yearbooks choose chronological coverage, it begs the question: how much of the year do we cover?

Does the story of the year start when the school doors open and end when they close, or is summer a part of the that story too? And if you do include summer coverage, how can you keep the coverage from becoming repetitive year after year? Yes, it’s great to include pictures from summer vacations and trips to the lake or beach, but what else can you include to get more students in the yearbook? After all, more student coverage leads to more sales.

Utilize your social media pages to ask what students will be doing over the summer or to take polls. In the meantime, here are 23 ideas for summer coverage in the yearbook that you can take and put your own unique spin on to fit your student body.

  1. Unique or innovative summer jobs
  2. Summer school classes – Driver’s Ed, getting ahead, ACT/SAT prep
  3. Summer camps (band camp, church camp, yearbook camp, etc.)
  4. Summer daily schedule
  5. Summer reading lists – what did you read for fun?
  6. Summer concerts
  7. Summer hits/music playlists
  8. Back-to-school shopping
  9. Holiday celebrations/Fourth of July events
  10. Summer travel – school events, family vacations, mission trips, etc.
  11. Summer treats – favorite recipes and cool treats
  12. Off season training – staying in shape when school sports aren’t happening
  13. What are you saving your paycheck for? – Car, college, clothes, phone, etc.
  14. The great outdoors – favorite outdoor locations
  15. Summer clothing trends
  16. Watching younger siblings during the day
  17. Where to hang out with friends over the summer
  18. Hobbies – gardening, baking, exercising, summer sports leagues, etc.
  19. Fundraisers
  20. Going camping – where to go, what to bring, etc.
  21. Water activities – beach, lake, fishing, tubing, pool, lifeguarding, etc.
  22. What to do on a boring day – Netflix binges, video games, cooking
  23. Summer movies and drive-in theaters

Great summer coverage is possible, but you need to plan early so you can get photos. That means your photographers may have assignments over the summer, and you should be utilizing Yearbook Snap to crowdsource photos from your school community.

Let students know you want to cover these activities so they can take pictures while participating in these events – they’ll be excited! With a little organization and creativity, you can create a more comprehensive yearbook your entire student body will love.

Comments are closed.

Jenica Hallman, CJE

Jenica Hallman, CJE, is a Copywriter for Walsworth Yearbooks. Yearbooks got into her blood in high school, and she has been pursuing them ever since. She has worked in various capacities as a high school and college yearbook editor, an adviser, sales representative, plant customer service representative and now in marketing, her favorite role to date. She holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media communications from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma.