grow camp Rising 4th - 7th Grade

Discover the ins and outs of a sustainable produce garden at Camp Kingfisher’s GROW Camp! Campers will split the cooler morning hours between gathering ripe fruits and veggies, caring for our egg-laying hens, and discovering the cool science of horticulture. Afternoons will be full of classic Camp Kingfisher activities, such as canoeing, crafting, hiking, and cooling off in the pool. This camp is open to Great Horned Owls (rising 6th and 7th graders) and Barred Owls (rising 4th and 5th graders). 

GHO GROW campers will focus on sustainable gardening techniques, above-ground insects, and growing seasons. They’ll also love the Farm-to-Table field trip during their second week at camp.

BDO GROW campers will learn about soil digging, plant needs, herb growing, and more. Campers can look forward to cleaning and preparing their own fresh snacks from the garden.

How big are the groups?

GROW GHO groups are signed up based on a 1:10 counselor to camper ratio and generally have 10 campers and 1 counselor. GROW BDO groups are signed up based on a 1:9 counselor to camper ratio and generally have 18 campers and 2 counselors. In rare cases, we will increase the GHO ratio to a maximum of 1:11 and the BDO 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 4-6:00pm in the afternoon. The camper day is split into 6 periods, lunch inside Kingfisher Hall, and 2 snack times. Each age groupís schedule include 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.

Fresh Guacamole and other snacks

What fun are fresh fruits and veggies if you can’t eat them!? Campers will harvest, wash, and prepare our garden’s fruits and veggies into snacks: smoothies, strawberry salsa, herbed green beans, and more. A fan favorite is fresh guacamole using avocados from the store, and handpicked tomatoes, onions and cilantro from our garden. Campers love devouring their concoctions!

Farm-To-Table Field Trip

The highlight for GROW GHO campers is sure to be the farm-to-table field trip. First, the campers will donate fresh-picked produce to North Fulton Community Charities, where the Unity Garden’s harvest gets delivered each week. After lunch, campers learn about farm-to-table restaurants and sample a snack at the Roswell Mill, with a focus on locally-grown produce.
Own a restaurant and would like to participate? Contact Debby Head, camp director at camp@chattnaturecenter.org.