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Barn Owls – Rising 2nd & 3rd Grade

“Our daughter has spent the past four summers at Camp K and still loves going as much as she did her first time at the age of five. She loves the outdoor aspects of the camp – canoeing, hiking, learning about plants and animals. Many of the counselors have returned each year creating long-lasting bonds between camper and counselor. The kids learn about nature, animals, sustainability, and the environment in fun, creative ways. She can’t wait to return next summer!”

Scott Campbell, father of a kindergartner and a 3rd grader

At an age with huge levels of enthusiasm, the Barn Owl (BNO) program delivers exciting hands-on science activities, longer hikes, and plenty of outdoor games! BNO campers graduate to Beaver Pond for canoeing where each camper will get the chance to steer the canoe (with the help of a high school volunteer). Of course, all this activity calls for plenty of water breaks and a chance every day to cool off in the pool!

How big are the groups?

Barn Owls are signed up based on a 1:9 counselor-to-camper ratio. BNO groups generally have 18 campers and 2 counselors. In rare cases, we will increase the ratio to a maximum of 1:10.

What’s the average day like?

Camp Kingfisher program hours last from 9am-4pm and our FREE aftercare spans 8-9am in the morning and 4-6:15pm in the afternoon. The camper day is split into 6 periods including lunch inside Kingfisher Hall and 2 snack times. Each age group’s schedule includes 6 periods packed full of time in the outdoors, educational hikes, live animal encounters, swimming, canoeing, science exploration activities, and so much more. Educational content varies based on the session theme.


Highlighted BNO Activity: All-Camp Activity

During All-Camp Activities, all of the Barn Owls gather together for a counselors-choice fun fest! Some favorites from last summer were the Camp Kingfisher summer fair (pictured), the Nature Nerd eco-hike, and Big Foot Nature Hike. Our Barn Owl Head Counselor works with all the counselors and campers to set safety expectations, ensure kids are counted often, and create fun outdoor activities.

Highlighted Activity: LIVE Animal Encounters

Did you know that CNC is home to more than 50 injured, non-releasable animals? LIVE animal encounters puts your camper face to face with the amazing native animals of Georgia: a 3-legged box turtle, a black rat snake with nerve damage to its tail, a barred owl that got caught in a snagged fishing line, and so much more! Counselors will discuss the animal’s home, adaptations, lifestyle, and special topics relating to the session theme.