barn owls Rising 2nd & 3rd Grade
The Barn Owl (BNO) program delivers exciting hands-on science activities, longer hikes, and plenty of outdoor games. BNO campers are at an age with huge levels of enthusiasm, and may also enjoy Art in Nature Camp. BNO campers graduate to Beaver Pond for canoeing, where each camper gets the chance to steer a 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?
Barn Owl program hours are from 9AM-4PM. We also offer free before and after care from 8-9AM and 4-6PM. The camper day is split into 6 activity periods, lunch inside Kingfisher Hall and 2 snack times. Activities include outdoor time, educational hikes, live animal encounters, swimming, canoeing, science exploration activities, and so much more. Educational content varies based on the session theme.
Gaga Ball is a Camp Kingfisher favorite. Barn Owls will learn the rules and basics of this game, which is a form of dodgeball played in an octagon pit. The name translates from Hebrew into ìtouch-touchî. Even though Camp Kingfisher’s Gaga pit often gets muddy in the summer, it doesn’t stop campers from wanting to dig in and have fun!
LIVE Animal Encounters
Did you know that CNC is home to more than 50 injured, non-releasable animals? LIVE animal encounters put your camper face to face with three amazing native animals of Georgia: a 3-legged box turtle, a black rat snake with nerve damage to its tail, and a barred owl that got caught in a snagged fishing line. Counselors will discuss the animal’s home, adaptations, lifestyle, and special topics relating to the session theme.