Grow Camp rising 4th - 7th Grade
What better way to connect ourselves to nature than to explore the delicious ways that nature sustains us? Grow Camp offers a unique program that has extra access to the Chattahoochee Nature Center’s Unity Garden and horticulture team to work with counselors in learning about how fresh produce grows, is harvested, and – most excitingly – prepared. This camp is open to Barred Owls (rising 4th and 5th graders) and Great Horned Owls (rising 6th and 7th graders).
How big are the groups?
Grow Camp BDO groups are signed up based on a 1:9 counselor to camper ratio and generally have 9 campers and 1 counselor and generally have 18 campers and 2 counselors. Grow Camp GHO groups are signed up based on a 1:10 counselor-to-camper ratio and generally have 10 campers and 1 counselor. In rare cases, we will increase the BDO ratio to a maximum of 1:10 and the GHO ratio to a maximum of 1:12.
What’s the average day like?
Campers with Grow will have Unity Garden visits scheduled throughout the week to get their hands dirty with planting, harvesting, and composting. Counselors will lead hands-on activities including soil science, photosynthesis, and cooking. Of course, that is in addition to regular Camp K activities such as swimming, archery, and animal demos. GHO Grow campers end their two-week program with a day off-site to deliver their harvest from the Unity Garden to North Fulton Community Charities Food Pantry. Then, they will meet the chef of the Roswell Mill Restaurant to see how fresh, local food can be used in a professional kitchen.
REFINE YOUR SENSES
Developing your palate for food goes hand in hand with developing your sense of smell. Using our herb boxes at the Unity Garden, campers will be able to touch and smell each plant. After exploring, campers will try to identify herbs with their eyes closed, just by using touch and smell. Herbs have benefits not just for the health of humans when we consume them, but also for the health of our gardens as they grow by repelling pests and attracting native pollinators. Herb Mystery Bags are just one of our ingredients for a program any future gardeners and chefs will love!