By Wes Hatch
We want to thank all the families that choose Camp Kingfisher at the Chattahoochee Nature Center. While we had an unusually wet summer we still got out and did some pretty cool stuff! It’s always hard to figure out what were the top 5 favorite times of the summer, but here is a taste of the fun each age had.
Owlets: Our youngest campers, the Owlets, program got a taste as to what the camp life is all about. The Owlets learned how to play and share with one another, they enjoyed small hikes, animal demos and lots of time in the pool! Some Owlets this summer got a taste of one of our “big kid” activities and enjoyed the color run.
Eastern Screech Owls: A full day of fun in the sun is a big step up for most campers, but with built in rest periods in the afternoon our Eastern Screech Owls were able to conquer their days. These campers were introduced to their first time to canoeing, arts & crafts. Two of our favorite All Camps for this age group were the Peter Pan Hike & Nature Nerd Hike.
Barn Owls: As the campers grow older they begin to gain more independence, turtle time has been replaced with open block to explore the wonderful outdoors. Our Barn Owls were able to participate in some amazing all camps including a Big Foot Hike in which the campers searched the woods of evidence of large creatures lurking on camps property and Danish Rounders a fun game similar to kickball.
Barred/Great Horned Owls: Moving up to a Barred Owl level is a big change for the campers, they add two more canoe periods and two team building periods. Great Horned Owls add a river trip on the second week along with a citizen science period each week. Most campers this age said their favorite all camps were 3-way Capture the Flag or Raft Building.
Grow Camp: In its third year at Camp Kingfisher our campers were not disappointed, each age group worked hard in the Unity Garden. All that hard work didn’t go unnoticed as ours campers were able to bring their harvest to Miss Mel at North Fulton Community Charities, where they got to see where the Nature Center’s weekly donations go. They were also treated to a visit to Chef Tim at The Mill, a farm to table restaurant. Chef Tim wowed our campers with his skills at making exceptionally good Deviled Eggs! They couldn’t get enough!
Survival Camp: Our campers worked hard fighting a near constant pop up shower in the afternoons, but with all the rain they were still able to build and light their own camp fires. The survival campers were able to learn valuable skills in wilderness first aid, edible plants and mushrooms of northern Georgia, and shelter building. With all the wet weather the survival camper’s skills were put to the test.
Travel Program: This year we combined both mountain and river trips to provide and all around packaging of exploring the Georgia wilderness. Our travel campers enjoyed repelling Mount Yonah, snorkeling on the Conasauga River, tubing on the Cartecay River, and the overnight up at Cloudland Canyon.
Leaders-In-Training: This year in Leadership-in-training program we introduced family trees, allowing our 3rd year LITs a real chance to lead their 1st and 2nd year fellow LITs. Our LITs had a great summer filled with river trips, canoe flipping and plenty of time getting to teach our campers.
While Summer 2017 is in the books, there were many laughs, smiles & hugs shared throughout. Keep a look out for our emails as we are adding new programs and activities to camp, to give you the best summer experience. Can’t wait to see you next summer!
The Mission of the Chattahoochee Nature Center is to connect people with nature.