4 Junior Counselors
and LOTS and LOTS of fun!
What an exciting week of camp! This year we expanded our building area (thanks to our neighbors at Jubilee!) and also provided programming for older campers under the guidance of Ezekiel Fugate.
The group I worked with this year was very eager to get started on their forts. The forts they created were amazing! The campers built sliding doors, places for pets, fire pits, showers and much more.
Under the guidance of Ashley Morales, our youngest friends worked together as one big team to build their fort that they colored with a rainbow of sidewalk chalk. The littlest campers also painted with bits of nature, made nature wands, and did lots of exploring.
The most interesting part for me this year was watching the campers who were returning for their 3rd year of fort building. Seeing them, their building skills, and their confidence outdoors grow was very rewarding. I can only begin to imagine what they'll create next year!
If you have a 4-6 year old who would be interested in a similar experience or who is eager to get outdoors to connect with friends and nature, check out our new Friday Forest Kindergarten Program starting in September!
Our group had a great time in the woods! We created some impressive shelters, many equipped with all the amenities - moss recliners, fern refrigerators, windows, trap doors, fire pits and roasting sticks, a Christmas tree, and flags.
We also played lots of games - wren tag, eagle eye, and blob tag to name a few. One day we learned about tracking, and then used what we learned to play a tracking game. The campers had to find me in the woods by following my trail. We also used what we learned about learned about natural camouflage to play an extreme game of hide and seek.
One day, we welcomed a special guest, Steve Sims, to our group. Steve showed us his extensive collection of Native American arrow heads, spear points, knives, pottery, and weapons. He also taught us how to make cordage from plant fibers like milkweed and dogbane, and he demonstrated how to make fire using a bow drill. One of our campers was so inspired, that he made his own bow drill on the last day of camp.
The week was very full and very fun!