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 in the form of a faucet. This is one way we embrace our value of Simplicity at Farm & Wilderness.
Campers returned at 10 am Friday morning (many still in their PJs) for our closing circle. The Raven’s group even wrote a song during their overnight (to the tune of Zodiac), which they performed at the circle.
The more amazing feat is my staff (ages 16 and up) who are out with the campers and return for the closing circle with families and then they have a 4-hour staff meeting. These staff members are amazing. No internship can compare to what these kids are accomplishing! Colleges and businesses need to wake up and honor camp counselors as much as they do folks who do internships.