Our inaugural week of summer camp brimmed with excitement and new connections. Throughout the week, we engaged in icebreaker games like "Two Truths and a Lie" and creative activities such as the exquisite corpse art game, which helped our campers become acquainted and build a sense of camaraderie.
In the realm of Permaculture, our first week involved a comprehensive review and discussion of the three main Permaculture Ethics: Earth care, people care, and fair share. It was inspiring to witness the students' innate understanding of these principles, which they further expressed through collaborative illustrated posters adorning our classroom walls.
Venturing into the garden, we delved into the existing flora while also planting our own seeds. Armed with observation journals, students had the opportunity to capture their reflections amidst the garden's beauty. Their curiosity knew no bounds – some keenly observed the resident ant colony on the roof garden, while others gravitated towards the ready-to-harvest carrots. The garden became a canvas for learning and exploration, as everyone savored the tactile experience of touching and inhaling the aromatic herbs.
In our culinary adventures, we embarked on the delightful journey of crafting vanilla ice cream from scratch. Immersed in the history of this frozen treat, students enthusiastically followed the recipe, culminating in the satisfaction of indulging in the fruits of their labor. Watermelon and mint popsicles also made a refreshing appearance, with the children enjoying the process of extracting every drop of juice through cheesecloth.
The DIY segment sparked creativity as kids concocted their own lip balms, selecting scents using essential oils. Our endeavors also extended to crafting perfume roll-ons, adding a fragrant twist to their creative repertoire.
The culmination of this exhilarating first week has left us all eagerly anticipating the adventures and discoveries that await in the weeks to come.
-Teacher Gina Piersanti