Archives for the month of: August, 2014

Well today was the last day of camp for the 2014 summer.  We all had such a great time!

At the end of our day we sat in a circle and talked about what we liked about camp… some said “everything”, others were more specific… “catching frogs”, “hiking”, “meeting everybody”, the list goes on and on.

After creating our nature weaves (see below) we walked a mile trail and the kids were talking and laughing, I couldn’t ask for anything more. Being outside and walking is so important for all of us.  We just need to find the time to do  it or  …. get off the couch and do it.  Either way it is difficult to make it happen in our busy days, but so worth it.  No expectations, no lessons, just pure walking.  

Here are some memorable pics from our week together.  Love these campers and our great volunteers, Shannon, Ryan, Michelle, Kiara, Chris and Brittany!!

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Nature Weaves


Wildflower Fields



IMG_4162 Leaf Mandala and clay frogs by our campers.


Tortoise race between Bubbles and Fred!


Dragonfly beauty.




Chris and one of the frogs he caught!

I look forward to the Fall and the adventures we will experience.  Until then enjoy your summer and take a walk with your kids. 






What happens when you give a bunch of 4-6 graders nets and cups and set them loose on a small pond?  They make magic happen!

Today we spent the day at the pond and they were able to catch over 11 frogs!!!  Fabulous, fantastic, frogs!!!  They were all so excited and the time flew by as we nibbled on some blueberries from the bushes surrounding the pond.

I know most of these kids have not had the opportunity to do this and probably surprised themselves by catching those frogs.  Some big, some small, some still with their tails!!!

A parent thanked me today for doing what I do, but really all I do is walk them to the pond and set them free.  It is the environment  which does the job and brining to life the kids’ sense of adventure.

I always feel we sell kids short and don’t give them enough opportunities to be successful (aside from school)  They are creating their own adventures by taking off their shoes and wading in the stream or walking in the ponds with their sneakers on, with no parent there to yell at them and deter them.  I love my job…. (of course I am a parent and I care about safety but my tolerance for risk taking is different than most.  (Chime in on this if you’d like)

So here is their treasure …. all of which were thrown back…. I believe in teaching respect…. lesson learned

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Peace Sue

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Yes, this summer we have all become beginner slack liners.  Every time the kids see it they ask, “What is that?”  I say slack line…  they say, “tightrope?”  nope it’s not a tight rope…

It is addicting and not one kid has rejected the idea of trying it. All you need is two trees and a slack line kit (I bought ours through Amazon – Gibbon Fun Line)

It is not easy by any means but I feel for kids it is a great opportunity to take risks and develop a trust in themselves. (Adults too!)  A priceless opportunity.  I am trying to get past 4 steps without the overhead (cheat) line  🙂

Here are some of our slackers… more power to them!!!!

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Look forward to more slack lining in the Fall!!!

 My Inspirations class  (4th – 6th graders),  planned, prepared and planted a small garden on the side of the Barn at Avalon.  Well today was harvest day for  juicy ripe tomatoes, onions and peppers, parsley, oregano and basil!

Here’s how it all began:


Darn Weeds!


A job well done!


Hard working boys!


Next step planting and sawing the wood for dividers.  Awesome!

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 And today was the proudest day.  Chris said he is going to go home and “make the biggest salad for his whole family!”  What better way to understand where our whole foods come from than to grow them!

I am so proud of all of the kids and I look forward to their return in the Fall!

Until then….. mangia!!

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It’s been a while since my last post but I am still here sweating out the summer with our great campers!  We’ve completed three weeks so far, with one remaining.

I must say that the weather has certainly been on our side.  It allowed us to spend ALL of our time outside!  We’ve managed to collect frogs from our pond, box turtles from our fields and flowers to make our crowns and weaves!  Gotta love it!


Waiting on those sneaky frogs!



Dragon Fly Nymph and Tommy!


Froglet complete with tail! Great find!


Hazel’s frog sculpture


Mandala created with flower petals . Lovely!


Some of the campers modeling their flower and leaf crowns!


The box turtle the counselors found!


The kids have been great and are always disappointed at the end of the week when it’s time to say goodbye.

I’ll be back soon with a wrap up and thoughts on our summer experiences!