Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Spring Break Day Camp!

We had a great week here at camp with Spring Break Day Camp. If you are a parent with a camper who was too tired at the end of the day to keep you filled in this week this post is for you! This past week campers enjoyed cookouts and boating. Two of the groups got together for an airplane flying contest. Watch out Boeing because Camp Killoqua has some real talent in designing planes! The oldest group of campers had a lot of fun at the climbing wall and everyone had a chance to tie-dye. Archery was a favorite for many as well as making forts and learning a few camp songs. To the left is a picture of some campers testing out their fort! There was also a group that made their own fishing poles. We had a really great time outside this past week at Day Camp enjoying some sunshine!

Upcoming events start this Friday with a movie night for Camp Fire area 8. Later this month camp is celebrating Arbor Day with ArborFest April 28th from 10am-2pm. Bring the family and a sack lunch and enjoy spending the day at camp with fun stations including a chance to plant a tree. This is a free event! That same weekend is Dad/Youth overnight where dads, uncles, grandpas, etc. can bring out the kids and experience some of the classic camp activities, a fishing derby, and fun new activities.

See you soon!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Spring Outdoor Education

We just wrapped up the first two fun filled weeks of the spring Outdoor Education season, and have 10 more to go! We are pleased to welcome our OE staff to camp and excited for the work they will be doing this season.

OE Staff left to right: Winter, Azul, Willow, Madrona, Sunshine and Chaco!

Schools from all over the state, Ferndale in the north all the way down to the Gig Harbor and of course a ton from Snohomish County, will be joining us out at camp for our spring program. Students in grades 1 to 6 will be participating in 1 to 5 day programs through mid-June. Outdoor Education is a fun combination of school and summer camp. Our days are packed full of environmental learning, leadership, outdoor recreation, and of course camp songs! Rain or shine we are out at camp having a great time!

Visit the blog again soon as we will be introducing our spring staff individually. You may get to meet them if you are out at camp this spring!


Monday, April 2, 2012

Outdoor Progression

One of our spring events is Outdoor Progression. For those of you who don’t know, this event is for Camp Fire Clubs (Adventure age and older) to come out to camp for an overnight and work on their Progression in Outdoor Action emblems. Starflight members have the opportunity to just spend the day and participate in the same activities.

With some help from camp, club campers learn about fire building, knots, pocket knives, tools, Compasses and pacing. This year we had Dozer, Toast, Azul, and Cornflake leading the activities. On Friday night when all of the club campers arrived we started with a night hike packed full of fun activities. Club campers learned all about nocturnal animals and how they live in the dark, fun games (does anyone remember playing Bat and Moth?), spark in the dark, and even the art of howling. We ended our chilly night hike at Tapala lodge with hot chocolate and roasting marshmallows.

The next day was packed full of fun filled activity rotations! The clubs learned how to tie knots with Twizzlers pull and peel and then moved on to ropes. They even learned the art of whipping a rope (and we don’t mean like Indiana Jones). Fire building was a great time to explore different styles of building a fire and how clubs might use them for camping/cooking. Saturday afternoon started with a club lunch cookout and moved to compasses at Kravik Field and it was even sunny! After finding their way the clubs learned about pocket knife safety, how to make shavings used for tinder, and all about different types of saws.

Wow! What a fun weekend. We were happy to see clubs at camp learning and practicing outdoor skills. Outdoor Progression only happens every other year and I think this year’s event will keep us excited until it rolls around again.