Wet, Wetter, Wettest!
Ice chalk, mud royalty, erosion in a bottle, the Jellyfish song and spray bottle hikes were among the AWESOME activities that campers loved during this damp and crazy week!
Camp Elachee 2019: Week 5, June 24-28
Splish, Splish Splash was the surprise favorite game of the week. Think Duck, Duck Goose but with a wet sponge as the ‘Goose.’ Campers of EVERY age loved this wet and wild running game of tag that also served to keep them cool. This game was one of many counselors had in store this week.
Campers learned about erosion and water’s impact on a landscape. To help them visualize the concept of erosion, Counselors put a rock in a bottle of water. Campers then took turns shaking the bottle as hard and as long as they could. As the campers shook with all their might, their counselors explained what erosion is and how it happens. For campers taking the time and expending the energy, eventually, the rock in their bottle got smaller and smaller from the weathering effects of water erosion. Ask your child if they can remember why it is important to protect our creeks from erosion and how planting trees, shrubs, and other plants helps to stop erosion.
Camp experiences sometimes introduce young children to elements of nature they may not otherwise have the chance to experience. A favorite at Elachee is to touch a snake. While not a favorite past-time of everyone, helping children grasp the role of various snake species that live in their yards and communities is a beneficial exercise. Some will become great fans of these slithery reptiles. Others will walk away with a greater appreciation and willingness to co-exist. Mark your calendar for Snake Day 2019, Saturday, September 14 from 10-3 at Elachee.
Camper creations were truly inspired this week! Several groups ventured into Bubble Art. This is a fun activity were campers blow bubbles mixed with food coloring, then catch the bubbles on a piece of white paper – abstract art at its finest!
To top that, Ice Chalk is a thing. Yep, you read that right… Ice. Chalk. This activity was art and an experiment. Campers made this art medium by mixing up corn starch, baking soda, food coloring and water. They then had to be patient and wait overnight (UGH! Children + Patience?) for the mixture to freeze. The wait was worth it, though! Campers decorated the sidewalk with designs using their hard-earned chalk!
Sounds like a fun home project! Want the recipe?
In case you are new to Camp Elachee traditions, International Mud Day is serious business. It’s the day we crown our Camp Elachee royalty… the MUD King and MUD Queen! Our camp groups went all out on this muddy competition. Each group chose a mud contestant, then spent their creek time working their mud magic to cover their chosen one in as much mud as possible. The contestants were completely unrecognizable by the time judging started! Then, everyone else got in on the fun. What child doesn’t love permission to get dirty?! Muddy campers were everywhere before rinsing off during sprinkler games.
This week campers got a first look at Elachee’s newly renovated and reopened Live Animal Exhibit. They met many of the resident teaching assistants as counselors eased these live animals out of their habitats for up-close encounters with campers. To build upon all they learned when visiting these animals, campers participated in a frog lifecycle craft. This activity taught campers about frogs and salamanders, commonly found in area creeks. Ask your camper how frogs grow up differently than humans or mammals. They learned the term ‘incomplete metamorphosis’ and how these creatures go through this process.
Sometimes a cold squirt is just what you need to cool off on a hot summer’s day. In keeping with the wet and wild theme, campers went on Spray Bottle Hikes. Getting a drenching mist kept them from overheating and boosted their energy, making these hikes highly entertaining.
During one of the Creek Days, campers enjoyed collecting macroinvertebrates. Some of their finds included crawfish, dragonfly nymphs, damselfly nymphs and more! Former Camp Elachee counselor, who is now interning with Chattahoochee Riverkeeper, led an activity showing campers how to sieve/siene and why scientists use these sampling techniques to check the health of the water.
If your camper sounds like a broken record singing the Jellyfish song, blame Camp Director, Ms. Mallory! She led campers in a ‘say as I say and do as I do’ song, that counselors reported campers sang incessantly.
It’s easy to see why Wet and Wild week at Camp Elachee is always a summer favorite.
Read Highlight BLOGS from previous Camp Elachee 2019 adventures.