Last week Nature Connect facilitators Emily Foubert and Karen Pedersen led a group of 3-5-year-old campers out into the wilds at Agraria Farm. They caught butterflies, splashed in Jacoby Creek, and played sensory awareness games that involve transforming into animals, listening, and sneaking. The little campers trotted with their backpacks through Osage Orange forests, fields lined with Queen Anne’s Lace, and to the creek with emerald damselflies. Each day brought an adventure to scout and test out a new climbing tree. For some, this was their first time spending extended time away from a building to eat, play, and wander.
Within this timelessness of the outdoors, each child was encouraged to try something new, push past boundaries with healthy risk-taking, and speak up for their needs and emotions as they navigated conflict within the group. One child was able to lead the hiking group, while at the same time checking back behind her to make sure all were safe and close. Another child became self-reliant in her tree-climbing abilities, while another grew to be comfortable touching a toad.
Nature Connect will hold one more camp this summer, Farm and Stream Camp, for 6-12-year-olds, Aug 5-9, 9am-2pm daily at Agraria. A few spots are still available. For more information, please contact Emily Foubert: 937-475-2759, or visit www.natureconnectohio.org/camps.