It was a fantastic outdoor education week at Camp Wanakita. Hope all our ‘happy campers’ were able to recap their activities for you. If not, here are a few highlights to help guide your discussions/questions:
Cabin groups stayed with Counselors nestled on the edge of the forest, where you might see a rafter of wild turkeys wander by! Each cabin group took turns setting tables and sweeping floors, and all campers were encouraged by the ‘Food Waste Fairy’ and Dragon to aim for zero food waste – “Take what you need, eat what you take”
Each day found us hiking for hours through the woods, where we deepened our appreciation for nature’s cycles and interrelationships.
Many activities were designed to strengthen our observation skills…
including daily visits to our ‘Magic Spots’. It was pretty amazing to see students sit, look, and listen SILENTLY for 20 – 30 minutes.
We found several examples of how trees were adapting to survive.
Some of the activities that received an enthusiastic response from students…
emulating the growth of moss
and passing the energy used to make an apple vs. a hamburger
Large group activities included making wood ‘cookies’, playing ‘runanagrams’, and Survivor.
In their free time students enjoyed…
In the evenings we had campfires, sing songs, story telling, and night hikes. On our last night we made bracelets with beads to represent the life and energy on earth as well as the letters we focused on all week. Ask your child to tell you what E.C.D.C.I.C.A. represent!!
Thanks Moms and Dads for allowing us this opportunity!!