There's something very special about Kortright Kids. They all seem to share a love for adventure, and it was because of this love that I put my campers in new, exciting, and sometimes ridiculous situations this summer...situations they tackled with unbridled enthusiasm, and then asked for more! Like the time I let my campers lead our hike, and we trekked all the way to Earth Rangers just in time to 'spy' on their staff (Spy Week). It was a hot day, and there were no complaints - just giggles, songs, and cheers...we got back to the Kortright property and they asked to go out and spy again! Or there was the time during Art and Music week when we ventured out to find the most peaceful spot where we could to pause and make our own music. We made a bunch of different, beautiful melodies (including some beatboxing a camper started!), and none of my campers wanted to break for lunch! They were so in tune with the sounds of nature around them, and so excited about adding and experimenting with their own unique noises.
Despite how peaceful that sounds, the majority of our summer was spent taking Mrs. Frizzle's advice and taking chances, making mistakes, and getting messy! There were a couple weeks where my groups spent most of our days covered in charcoal, regardless of whether or not we had made a fire (sorry, parents!). We had failed experiments that made our successes even more exciting. We faced fears (mostly in Coyote Ally at night, but also in insects, water, and dirt) and came out stronger! My campers took charge of their camp weeks, and because of them I have so many amazing memories of rolling down hills, racing to destinations, stomping in puddles, and looking at Kortright with new wonder. Our campers are fantastic, and Kortright is the perfect place for their curious minds...I can't wait until next summer!