Play It Again: Camp Rewind
by Amy Bradford
Camp Elachee 2018: Week 9, July 23-27
In the spirit of reliving highlights from the previous eight Camp Elachee themed activities, Camp Director Mallory Pendleton and team brought back some old favorites for Pre-K and Elementary campers, as middle school campers had a creature care experience they’ll always remember!
This final week of camp, spirits were high at morning assemblies and competition rampant. With summer winding down, securing the Golden Hub Cap was at stake! And for Camp Elachee alums, they knew there is just one rule… be the loudest group. Previous campers showed newbies the tricks to maximizing their group’s volume. Mostly it’s about teamwork though; everyone must work together to break the Camp Elachee sound barrier! While this daily ritual may seem chaotic to the unknowing bystander, it is a sure way to solidify each respective camp group’s team spirit.
Archery hit the bulls-eye with campers this summer... so we brought it back! Elachee Naturalist Deb DeRoche led the older Eelementary campers through a safety lesson, followed by target practice. Campers let arrows fly as they tried to out-do one another, with a few demonstrating their skills with bulls-eye shots!
The Rewind Rave eclipsed the Space Rave from earlier in the summer. Campers and counselors got their groove on at this black-light dance party. Almost as much fun as dancing were the creative neon face paint designs campers sported glowing eerily under the lights.
As we all know, old-fashioned fun here at Camp Elachee is the name of the game. Camp groups decorated our sidewalks with chalk art, ran through sprinklers and made crafts galore. Nature tic-tac-toe boards, snake whirligigs and nature names are just a few of the masterpieces our campers created this week. Of course, campers relished the freedom of joining in pick-up games of Four Square, Night at the Museum and Mountain Lion Peak. Rounding out their summer break fun, campers took advantage of their last week of hikes and creek play.
Creature Care Extraordinaire
Earlier in the summer, younger campers enjoyed a Creature Feature camp. This week, middle school campers took this theme to the extreme!
They got down and dirty with hands-on lessons in animal care for residents in Elachee’s Live Animal Exhibit. Campers worked side-by-side with Elachee’s animal care curator and naturalists. They got a first-hand view of what it takes to ensure these creatures received proper nutrition and upkeep for their individual habitats. By the end of the week, they were even ready to feed mice to our snakes!
The middle school group also had two special visits to round out their camp experiences! Representatives from the Hall County Animal Shelter brought two dogs out to meet the campers. They learned the proper way of meeting strange animals for the first time. During the visit, campers got the 411 on how the shelter system works, the importance of adopting animals and ways they or others can get involved in the shelter’s work.
Still flying high from the dog’s visit, Thomson Raptors gave campers their very own Camp Elachee Raptor Fest getting the chance to visit with live birds of prey! Among the feathered friends were a barred owl, screech owl and red-tailed hawk. Campers learned about these fascinating creatures’ lifestyle, needs and habits. Just as fascinating as meeting these birds, campers had somewhat of a career day, too. They learned the difference between an animal rehabilitator and an expert who can ‘home’ birds who are unable to survive in the wild. Because the certifications and licenses differ depending on the goal of the organization, campers received a basic overview of what type of education and requirements they would need if wanting to one day join either of these fields.
Meet Our Camp Elachee 2018 Counselors!
In each blog, we highlight one or more of our awesome Camp Elachee 2018 counselors.
Meet Madelaine Clayton
Madelaine Clayton was born in Georgia but calls Arizona home! Her love for the outdoors flourished when she moved to Arizona. Throughout each traveling experience, her love for nature and children has exponentially grown.
After living in Nepal for six months, working with children and learning the culture, she moved back to the United States. It was clear to her that she was called to pursue a degree in Education. Madelaine is currently studying at Columbia International University in Columbia, S.C. Her goal is to open her own elementary school specifically to meet the educational needs of refugees in the United States.
She loves spending time with family and friends, especially at the lake, soaking up the summer sun! She is so excited to have spent her summer here at Elachee Nature Science Center, getting her hands dirty and exploring the environment with campers!
Ready for Camp Elachee 2019?
Registration for Camp Elachee 2019 Spring Break and Summer Day Camps will open February 1, 2019.
Check out these other Camp Elachee 2018 Blogs
Week One: Water Week Earned Its Name
Week Two: Campers Explore Animal Habitats
Week Three: Wilderness Wonder
Week Four: Limitless Exploration
Week Five: When Wet Meets Wild
Week Six: Space Camp
Week Seven: Mad Science Mayhem
Week Eight: Creature Feature Spectacular