2017 Summer Camp – Montrose/Fairhope, Alabama
We had the best time at Summer Camp! Check out the blog below and see more photos from camp by clicking here.
Monday – Montrose
Sensory Awareness Games – practiced listening with “deer ears” and sneaking with “fox feet”
Leaf Scavenger Hunt – find two different kinds of leaves with your partner and bring to the circle
Opening Circle – Welcome, Story about Place, Leaf ID and discussion, Share your name and favorite animal, agreements
Play Game – Fishtails
Snack then Wander/Explore the Beach
Found the clay wall, collected clay to make art
Found artesian well, discussion about that
Animal Tracking – Bobcat or Fox?
Collected little crabs and made pools for them in the rocks
Swam in the Bay – water games
More swimming and exploring
Made art out of clay
Wander back to boardwalk
Closing circle – highlights
Tuesday – 17 Turtles Outfitters, Fairhope
Used nets to catch crabs and minnows off docks at 17 Turtles Outfitters
Opening Circle – Movement, Game, Tree-pose balance exercise, Sun Salutations, Gratitudes, Sensory Meditation
Play on the Beach – swimming, watching Great Blue Heron
Discussion about tides
Canoe orientation – split into paddling teams
Paddle down Fly Creek – practice communicating to steer together
Lunch on the creek bank
Paddle back to 17 Turtles
More play on the beach
“Otter Steals Fish” game – Sensory awareness game
Closing Circle – Highlights
Wednesday – Montrose
Creek Exploration – Challenge to see how many critters you could find; caught tadpoles, frogs, and salamanders; saw spiders – one was actively building her web!
Experimented with redirecting flow of water with rocks and leaves
Built sand “city” complete with driftwood walls and a snack table
Made “frog” houses in the sand and decorated them with stones, pinecones, shells, and plants
Lunch and wildlife stories
Swimming, Water Games
Closing Circle – Highlights, Stories
Thursday – Montrose
Opening Circle – Gratitudes, Yoga/Movement
Sensory awareness games – Practiced using our “owl eyes”, “deer ears”, and “fox feet”
Made fishing poles out of bamboo
More work on sand “city” – great team building. Worked together to divide different jobs.
Discovered and created a clay slide!
Seine Net, Cast Net – caught minnows, shrimp, and crabs!
Lunch under Magnolia trees
Observed Canada Geese and tried to get close to them
Found a dead stingray on the beach
Creek Exploration – found a new species of frog!
Closing Circle – Highlights of the day
Friday – Montrose
Opening Circle – Gratitudes, Sensory Meditation
Nature awareness games
Build a fire to fire our clay pots, practice starting fire with flint and steel, fire song
Seine Net, Cast Net – Caught minnows, shrimp, and crabs!
Worked on “Sand City”
Learned invisibility techniques and tried to find local fox kits
Sit Spot – quiet time to observe your surroundings
Creek Exploration – more salamanders and frogs
Closing Circle – Thank you and highlights of camp