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Barn Day Camp This is How We Do It!

Many folks wonder how we do social justice at the BDC with such young campers. The answer: “We roll it in everywhere.” Here, the work of social justice education is not a separate activity; it is incorporated into the fabric of everything we do. During staff training, I teach the importance of listening and observing: […]

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Barn Day Camp Free Time at the BDC

The summer is winding up. It has been a particularly hot summer so we’ve had the sprinklers out throughout the summer because of the heat.       Yesterday was Adventure Day and kids enjoyed their hiking and canoeing activities. One group went to visit Red Spruce Grove, where they were able to join in […]

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Barn Day Camp Overnights!

We sent everyone out of camp today! It was really fun to watch our 4 & 5-year-olds hike out towards their shelter with packs almost as big as they are. For the first time in a long time, we have beautiful weather for the overnights. Our oldest campers, the Hawks and Ravens, are out for […]

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Barn Day Camp Play

Play. It seems so simple and yet it is a disappearing feature of childhood, teen, and adult life.  According to many sources, play is important for healthy brain development.  Through play, children interact with their world and develop their imagination, creativity, and emotional strength.  Physical play also gives youngsters an opportunity to develop dexterity and […]

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Barn Day Camp Worm Grunting

Today, the kids participated in an activity that was brought from my childhood. It was offered by Grace Hsiang who did the activity at the Barn Day Camp as a camper. The activity is called “Worm Grunting.” When the staff asked the best spots, I told them near the kybos since we always did it […]

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Barn Day Camp A Day Camp That Does Overnights

The culmination of the Barn Day Camp 2-week session is a one-night overnight (2-nights for our 9 & 10-year-olds).  This past Thursday night, we put 75 kids ages 4-10 out on overnights. We are talking about shelters and tents, not cushy cabins! Many have outhouses but not all, and if there is running water it’s […]

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Barn Day Camp Woodward Reservoir and Lake Ninevah

Anyone who has spent time on any of our properties knows that our beautiful lakes —Woodward Reservoir and Lake Ninevah—are jewels to both look at, listen to, and swim in. Surrounded by verdant woods and mountain peaks, they both are home to numerous reptiles and waterfowl, especially loons (which have returned from near extinction in […]

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Barn Day Camp Plant Me a Garden

Our youngest campers from the Barn Day Camp sang “Gonna Plant Me A Garden” for our Interdependence Day celebration.  

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Barn Day Camp Lots of Fun

It’s been a hot week at the Barn Day Camp. The lake is beautiful and I finally got to go in and lifeguard. Lots of water activities including jumps & dives, water volleyball, PFD (personal flotation device) tours of the lakes. We are also doing a lot of gardening and playing with the animals. Today […]