Week 4 Letter, 2017
The end of our fourth week, during which we’ve celebrated cauliflower and kohlrabi, has come upon us, as it always seems to – too quickly. That we have only two weeks left to our regular 6-week day camp is almost unreal. I feel we could go on and on.
We do go on, in a way, in the form of Farm and Garden Days, our collaboration with the Pfeiffer Center in the biodynamic Pfeiffer Garden and up at Duryea Farm. Week one of this program is full. Week two, Monday, August 21st through Friday, August 25th, has a few spots left.
I love sharing these quotes with you. They are fun, authentic and give you a peek into what campers are doing, thinking, and feeling at camp.
- A 7-year old camper, very excited about finding a 1-inch millipede under a rock, exclaimed, “This is one of the 10 things on my bucket list!”
- During a family discussion about what to have for dinner, the family’s camper added, “Daddy, you really need to cook cauliflower – it’s Cauliflower Week.”
- “Hey, Dad, You don’t need to buy butter anymore because I just learned how to make it in cooking.”
This past week’s theme provided an abundance of ‘ripe’ fodder for some of our programs and activities.
- In cooking we prepared roasted cauliflower. Younger campers enjoyed the cauliflower with butter they made, older kids made cauliflower tacos.
- In nature explorations we went mucking in the fairy stream, looking for ‘stream vegetables’ by the second fairy bridge.
- In drama with Janet this week we called Robbie and Lee Flower on our Zucchini-Phone, impersonated various vegetables and created skits involving vegetables transmogrifying into all number of things.
- In the garden we transplanted onions and beets, took out our first succession of turnips, radishes and salad mix, shared mint flowers, and made three large batches of garlic zucchini ‘fries’ that were gobbled up!
- While with Snoopy! groups learned The Garden Song, better known as ‘Inch by Inch, Row by Row’. We also played a silly singing game where we randomly added words drawn from a hat into a song. Many laughs were had by all.
The coming week, our fifth, has the theme To Baa…or not Tuba?. Is it about musical sheep? Stay tuned. Or, better yet, be here. Hamlet the pig might even play Moozart’s famous tuba concerto during morning share as musical accompaniment to the Baard himself performing one-minute condensed dramatic renditions of some of his most famous works.
Some activities to look forward to next week:
Cooking – What did Shakespeare have for dessert? That is the question.
Drama Janet – Next week finds us in the enchanted forest, ‘bleating’ our hearts out!
Garden – Next week we will be harvesting our first tomatoes and eating lots of peppers, cukes, beans, and herbs!
Art – To baa or not to baa! We will be using gifts from sheep to make soft bowls, vessels and beautiful art!
And of course – swim, games, Chuck, Outragehisss Pets, climbing, outdoor skills, archery, Drama Jon, music with Snoopy!, and hobbies galore.
Next week brings to us the barefoot zone. This is a unique Nature Place experience where we use our feet to feel the world and its textures rather than our hands.
Chuck Stead’s Family Story Night has been rescheduled to next week! Our apologies if this change has caused confusion or means you’ll miss Chuck. We hope you can still attend, as these annual summer story evenings are a special treat. Join us to as we listen to Chuck’s enwrapping tales this Thursday, August 3rd, at 7:15 pm.
Next week also offers two bring-a-friend-to-camp days: Tuesday, August 1st for groups G, H, and L, and Thursday, August 3rd, for groups I, J, and K.
Many groups are scheduled for almost overnights, one-night back backing adventures into the wilds of Harriman, and two canoe/camping trips on the Delaware River, one a white water trip, the other on flat water (few rapids).
We’ve been noticing something at camp that is simple and amazing at the same time. On dewy mornings, when the sun is out but not yet too hot, bend low and look closely at the rainbows and changing colors within each drop of dew hanging down from a blade of grass. Later on in the afternoon, if the weather turns hot after a cooler morning, we see something else – rocks in the ground that are ‘sweating’, actually wet to the touch. You get the idea if you think of a cold glass of ice water and how it becomes wet on the outside. The water does not come from inside the glass! How does it get there? Small moments to observe nature’s wonders with children at camp are some of the best moments for me.
Until next week,