Exploring Culinary Magic, DIY Crafts, and Pollinator Marvels: Unveiling Week Four Adventures at Our Summer CampRead Now
Week four of camp unfolded with an irresistible blend of busyness and excitement, enriching the campers' experiences and sparking their curiosity!
Culinary adventures took a flavorful turn as we delved deeper into the realm of preservation, shining a spotlight on the captivating art of fermentation. The week's highlight was the creation of Ginger bugs, a delightful concoction of chopped ginger, sugar, and water—a pivotal step in kickstarting the fermentation process to craft none other than ginger beer! A delectable twist came with crafting our own pizza dough, transforming it into delectable pizzas adorned with an array of vegetable and cheese toppings, crowned by the aromatic touch of freshly harvested basil from our own garden.
The DIY realm proved equally enchanting, as we ventured into the world of crafting with a touch of nature's charm. Campers seized the opportunity to pour their own beeswax candles, adorning them with delicate dried flowers. Another practical and nature-conscious endeavor saw us creating natural bug spray infused with essential oils, equipping our young participants with a powerful tool against pesky insects.
Permaculture studies embraced the vibrant world of pollinators, guided by the mesmerizing documentary "Hummingbirds." Campers were spellbound by the slow-motion spectacle of these captivating creatures, kindling insightful conversations about evolution and the intricate dance between flowers and their pollinator partners.
Our rooftop garden became a hub of exploration and engagement, where observations, watering rituals, and even a dash of harvesting unfolded. The pièce de résistance was the triumphant harvest of a colossal cucumber that had captured the campers' attention as it thrived and grew. Applying newfound knowledge about pollinators, the garden served as a canvas for our campers' creativity, inspiring discussions and drawings that celebrated the diverse pollinators visiting our green haven.
Midweek, we embarked on a remarkable journey to Governors Island, setting foot in the captivating realm of the Grow NYC Teaching Garden. Our ferry ride to the island was a joyous prelude to the enriching activities that awaited. The educators at Grow NYC guided us through a garden brimming with diversity, fostering a deep sense of connection as our campers recognized familiar elements mirroring our own garden. Harvesting carrots straight from the earth for a delectable snack and indulging in a sensory scavenger hunt were just a taste of the immersive experiences. Sheltered beneath a leafy pavilion, we unleashed our artistic prowess by creating vibrant collages and drawings using colorful plants and flowers harvested on-site.
As the week culminated with a trip to Travers Park, a sense of awe and anticipation hung in the air. With only one week remaining, we eagerly await the adventures that our final week together will unveil, embracing the memories we've woven and the knowledge we've gained along the way.
-Teacher Gina Piersanti