The Education Center enjoyed its 7th successful summer exploring every inch of Fernbrook Farms. The Fiddlehead campers (6-11 yr olds) enjoyed the usual explorations and activities created by the superb new staff. The Young Steward campers (12-14 yr olds) experienced a rebirth to the program that included two different weeks of overnight camping!
Some of the usual activities included Tree ID guides, catching frogs in the pond, searching for unique birds, and building clay volcanoes down by the creek. Some of the featured new activities included creek clay art, archeological dig, spud & sardines, mural paintings, and fishing to name a few. Several campers were able to make fishing poles using bamboo from our bamboo forest and then headed to the creek and pond where they actually caught some fish! In another activity, a bottle piece was found that dated back to the late 19th century and originated in Ireland! But clearly, the camper favorite new activity was the game sardines and you would often have campers playing at every moment they could.
The Young Stewards of the summer 2011 will surely leave their mark in Fernbrook lore. First, there’s the impressive mural painted in the girl’s locker room that’s sure to last for years and there’s the countless day trips to all areas of New Jersey to talk about but clearly this past summer will be remembered for the launch of overnight tripping for Fernbrook campers. In July, 2 staff and 5 campers headed down to the Pine Barrens for 4 days and 3 nights of hiking. In August, 2 staff and 8 campers headed up to the Delaware Water Gap for 4 days and 3 night of canoeing. On all accounts, the trips were successful and we’re sure to do more overnight camping in the future!
As they say, all good things come to an end and the summer of 2011 came to a wet end with Hurricane Irene leaving its mark on the final week of camp. The campers and staff experienced some changes to the program but were greeted by new findings left behind by Irene.
Planning for summer 2012 at Fernbrook has already begun and we look forward to seeing campers return for another exciting summer. If you haven’t checked us out on Facebook, take a look at the photos section to see photos from this past summer.
I hope everyone has an enjoyable winter and I’m already looking forward to next summer!
Be Safe, Have Fun, and Help Each Other!