Monday, July 5, 2010

First Day of Camp Wild Teasel

The weekend went by like a whirlwind, and before you know it, here it is on Monday, and the kids are beginning camp. The camp is called Camp Wild Teasel, and it is being run by our friend and neighbor, NT and JM's daughter, HM, and her boyfriend, A. They held it last year and it was a sort of survival camp for kids. They learned things like how to build a fire with sticks, build shelters, and make things with animal skins. It struck me as a really cool experience, and I tried to get our kids in, but it was too late. This year, I saw HM at one of the town fairs and she mentioned they were doing it again and if we were interested. Were we ever, though we had some reservations about N, since he's so young. It turns out, he wasn't the youngest. There are 14 kids altogether, so they have their hands full.

The camp is at their house and it's a beautiful grounds. They have trails all over the place, and there is a pond fed by a natural spring that JM converted into a fountain. The pond is a must during this heat spell, and N expressed a few reservations about swimming, but it turns out he didn't need his noodle at all. He just went for it, which what we were hoping for.

There are several of our kid's friends, so it was sure to be a good time. There will be a sleepover night on the final day, and they will make pizza and then build a shelter, which they will sleep under. How cool is that.

The camp is named after a type of plant that literally means thirst. I believe it has thistles. Thank you Google.

The camp is amazing, and I encourage anyone interested in giving your kids a really great experience learning about nature and being outside, check out Camp Teasel. I think it's too late this year, but there's always next year.

Until then, thanks for reading, and thanks to Stephen Eastop for the pic.

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