Today was the last day of Camp. There's usually a lot of wrap-up activities for the campers, but this year's group really did stay on top the the activities. They focused on the tasks at hand and got a lot done. We hope that their focused efforts indicate that they really did enjoy what they were doing.
The campers checked in and signed thank you cards for their Team Leaders and Camp Assistants. Charlie then gave an overview for the day. All of the campers went down to the largest Garry Oak tree about 50 yards out on the Service Road from the EE Shelter. There, our Naturalist Gary Fawver told the story of Garry Oaker, the oldest of the three trees beside the road. The Garry Oak is estimated to be as much as 350 years old.
The campers then went back toward the EE Shelter for the all-camp photograph. The teams then went out onto the trails for a final walk, sit-spot, and reflections on what they did during the week. During the time that the teams were out, other volunteers set up the Riparian Room in the Visitors Services Building.
Upon their return, the campers framed one of their two favorite photos from Photography Day. Tom Shreve and Don Nelson, Friends Photographers, helped them frame the pictures.The other of the campers' two favorite shots were printed as 8 x 10s and mounted on the wall of the Riparian Room. They will remain on display for a couple of months.
We have Tom Shreve to thank for his masterful job of printing and mounting the pictures. Each year, we are amazed at the quality of the pictures that these kids take. It's hard to believe that they are 3rd through 6th graders!
Charlie instructed each team on how to assemble their Journal covers and contents. You'll have to agree that the journals are well done. Your children did some great journaling.
The Team Leads and Camp Assistants took all of each camper's 'artifacts' to the Riparian Room to be on display when the families arrived.
The campers were entertained by the Friends stringed trio: Ginny (violin), Sandy (viola) and Gloria (mandolin), who played for them in the EE Shelter. Quite a nice performance! Ask your camper to tell you the differences among these instruments (This is a hard question.)
The trio then led the campers over to the Plaza for some dancing.
It was great to have such a strong representation of families arrive for the camp closing celebration. We were thrilled to see how proud the campers were of the projects that they finished.
Please accept the gratitude of the Camp Staff for having your children participate in this year's camp. They are each a wonderful person. We hope to see them again at camp next year, and all of you at the Refuge in the interim.