Where the Wild Things Plant, Paint,
Explore & Dream
“We have such a brief opportunity to pass on to our children our love for this Earth, and to tell our stories. These are the moments when the world is made whole. In my children’s memories, the adventures we’ve had together in nature will always exist.” ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder
Campers will paint, cook, explore nature, build and will take away many memories from their adventures at summer camp.
A typical summer camp day will look something like this…
Our outdoor classroom will offer many opportunities for exploration, most days we will begin on the playground where we will gather for our morning meeting. This time of day will be for building community, sharing ideas and getting information for the upcoming day. Activities that may occur at this time are Bible stories that are read and acted out by our older campers, yoga led by one of our teachers, group games and sing-alongs. Our campers will also have the opportunity, while on the playground, to participate in nature art activities, experiment with water using a water pump and water trough, build using both natural and conventional materials and of course run, jump climb and have fun interacting with friends.
In the Art and Drama room, the children will have time to “camp under the stars” or perhaps rescue an endangered animal in the veterinarian clinic. Campers will also have the opportunity to explore open ended art activates. The older campers will be introduced to an artist of the week and then learn about the artist and techniques used by the artist.
Our STEM room will keep the children busy with engineering challenges, science experiments, exploring technology like pulleys and other simple machines. Campers will explore math concepts such as counting sorting and patterning, making predictions and quantiles using natural materials such as rocks, sticks etc. Children are natural learners and the STEM room will tap into their natural curiosity.
Our Nature/Gardening room will inspire the children to plant and take responsibility for their plants. The campers will explore seeds and have other sensory experiences that are connected to gardening (like observing worms!). Our little sprouts will have a weekly cooking projects, and learn about insects that are important to gardening and our world. We will observe caterpillars, butterflies and ladybugs and set up our garden spider web frames to experience the amazing construction of spider webs.
We will also have a few guest speakers and water play every Thursday on the playground. We hope to see you and your little campers making memories with us this summer.
Photos from Summer Camp 2016