Camp is fun, but it’s not always easy and we’re OK with that. We believe kids are capable of more than they know.Each day is different, with a certain amount of challenge. Our aim is for campers to understand how competent they are through their experience of doing.
The sun rises early every day. Farm days are long. 🙂
Chores and meals provide structure to the days – and provide us with opportunities to collaborate and problem solve.
Before breakfast, there are things to do. Many of the chores revolve around taking care of the farm animals.
Or being a part of the cooking crew. The chores rotate daily.
After meals, before a group game or options for activities, there’s a bit of free time.
Spending time with animals is a popular activity.
So are visits to the gardens, which, by the way, are also a pre-breakfast chore, i.e. harvesting for the kitchen.
When we explore, we often do it before the mid-day sun.
Long pants, sleeves and hats work best, but we make exceptions
This year, we brought back tools & camper directed building projects.
We need a ladder?How would you build a ladder?
With teen week, we could be more advanced, like work with hatchets or make guitars.
Either way, learning to use tools safely makes for happy campers.
In the kitchen, we experimented with more recipes than ever before (too many).
Yet, on Wednesdays, we always made mozzarella cheese with Deborah.
Siesta happens every day after lunch.
With a break from activities, we either read or write, or play – quietly.
Hot days call for wading in a cool creek!
It takes energy to run a farm. Who’s ready for a fresh peach, energy ball and mint-lemonade tea?
More than energy, it takes talented kids ready for challenges.
Who needs a garbage can when you have chickens, pigs and compost?
Once done, maybe it’s time to hunt for frogs.
Or make friends with another kid.
Speaking of talent, Thursday nights were fantastic.
We had more unique acts than ever before.
Plus, with assistance from the crowd, Dustin came up with new songs.
A few campers even perfected the art of roasting a marshmallow.
It was a fantastic summer.
While some campers preferred to hang out,
when the time came, all the campers pulled their weight.
Thank you for the most memorable summer ever.
We can hardly wait for July 9th, 2018 🙂