One more for the road!

The kids are in their final field groups, they’ve written their evaluations, and they’ve cleaned their cabins(sweeping, moping, etc.). We’ll have one more meal before we get on the road. We expect that the ride home will be much quieter than the ride down to Nature’s Classroom!  Be sure to ask us all about the field groups, about our classes, about seeing an osprey making its nest and flying through the air with a fish in its claws.  Don’t forget to ask about GaGa and volleyball too!  We’ll be pretty tired tonight, but happy, and full of fun camp memories.

Ryan, Cormac, and Mason

FullSizeRender (13) Kenny, Abby, Samantha, Emma, Mason, Anna, CarolineFullSizeRender (14) Who’s that bald 6th Grader?IMG_0158 Ellie, Kate, Caroline, Jasper, IanFullSizeRender (15) Thank you! Nature’s Classroom!

Thursday at Nature’s Classroom

The weather has been changeable, but as hardy New Englanders, we’re used to that. The kids make their fun wherever they are and whatever is going on.  They’re eating well, sleeping well, and are fully engaged in all the classes and activities.  Mr. Blakney and Mr. Malloy have been holding volleyball clinics, which are proving to be very popular!  Miss Sanborn and Señora Latusky have dance parties in Aspen with the girls! This afternoon, we had a mass activity: Predator v. Prey.  This is functionally a game of tag, but defined within the constraints of an ecosystem, with different groups on different levels of the food chain.  It ties in neatly to the material that we’re studying in Science right now. We wrote postcards home yesterday, and look forward to mail call in the afternoon. Mr. Barry puts our mail on our bunks during the last class of the day.  Tonight is “Thursday Night Live!” a series of skits written and put on by the kids.  The faculty may find a few things to laugh about, and they may have their own skits!

What did we ever do before the Selfie?

Fun Selfie Grady, JackB, and VinceGrady Jack Vince JackD and JacobSJack and Jacob Predators in action! Watch out for those teeth and claws!Predation in Action Prey figuring out their next steps in the game of survival!Predator Prey Prey in hiding: if I can’t see you, you can’t see me!Prey in Hiding

Rocketeers!

Some of us learned about Newton’s Third Law of Motion and then made rockets out of 2 litre bottles. When they are filled with compressed air and launched, it’s quite exciting!

Here’s another:

And yet another!

Hopefully, you can follow the flight of these rockets. The kids had a great time making and launching them!  Nothing like hands-on thinking, designing, making, and trying ‘em out! Kids: please try this at home!

Passel O’ Pix!

Wednesday started out very sunny and warm, so we took advantage of that by going down to the waterfront to investigate ecosystems and start fires learn survival skills by using natural materials to build and start fires.

Getting ready for Field Groups, it’s nice and warm out! Let’s go exploring!

Morning Field Groups You’d be surprised how many times we can run back and forth on this curved ramp! This is also the site of our new game.

SkateParkFun  Faculty/Student Vollyeball: lots of fun in the sand; it’s a real bonding experience!Faculty_Student_Volleyball Miss Sanborn’s Posse!Miss_Sanbornz_Posse I wonder what’s under this rock? How do they live under all this seaweed?WaterfrontEcology Luca plays the watersprinkler as we learn all the steps to bring us our tomato soup!Luca_Watersprinkler How do fish breathe? I could lie on this warm dock for hours!Idyllic_Youth Selfie with Miss Sanborn!Sanborn_and_Friends some glamorous girls outside of their cabin…NC_sillygirlspic Aidan is voted “Best Sanborn Face” Won’t Mom be so proud!?!!SanbornFaces more glam girlz outside of Aspen!NC_girls “you’ll never be cold again, Mom!”Firestarters What do we need to make a fire?B4_Fire This one’s going good!more_fire “Are you sure this is going to burn, Theo?”Will_it_burn All in all, a great morning. The sun is back out and we’ll have more shots of this afternoon’s classes!  Expect our postcards in the mail!

Tuesday, with lots more pix!

This morning, after a delicious breakfast of waffles and sausages, we had some “Transition Time” for cleaning the cabins, showers, and outdoor games.  Two hours of “Field Groups” had us out on the marsh, observing the local family of Osprey, who have nested here on the camp property, and investigating the ecology and geology of the shoreline.  Lunch was hot dogs, tater tots, and a full salad bar.  After lunch, we could choose between eight classes, ranging from Seaweed Art to Dissection to Evolutionary Adaptation.  We have a new game, with a rule set that would make Machiavelli green with envy, based on the skateboard park.  And yes, Mom, thank you VERY much for your cards and letters! xoxoxox

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Still More Quick Shots

We have some structured activities and some free time, and we’re putting it to good use! Everyone is showered, teeth are brushed, and water bottles are filled.  NC_Bandits Bandits spotted in Wakefield, Rhode Island!NC_Yoga If it’s good enough for Tom Brady, the greatest human being to ever live, then it’s good enough for any intrepid 6th Grader!

NC_girls2 The girls are having a great time in Miss Sanborn and Señora Latusky’s cabin, or should we say, “salon”?