Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Let Summer Camps Begin!

Well, there is a first time for everything, I suppose.
My canoe finally tipped over in Town Lake - with me and four kids in it! Of course, it didn't just happen to tip over - I hear there was a bounty out for who could get me the wettest, and we can presume someone has a nice prize this evening! :P
I did learn I am strong enough to swim a canoe filled with five inches of water and four children at a darn good clip - I guess those years on the swim team paid off. : )

We are two canoe nights and two carnival nights into the summer season of the Austin Sunshine Camps, where I volunteer. (I talked about it here last summer.) Everything is great so far. We spent a lot of time prepping beforehand making new games, like bean bag tosses and such. We made these out of wood (yes, I helped use a saw and a drill!) and then we painted them. I wanted to bring in an element of learning when possible so you'll see I added quite a bit of detail to the solar system game and some espanol to the sun one. The baseball player one I just stuck with good, ol' fun. It was a lot of work, but these will last for years, and it is wonderful to see the kids playing them!


El Jefe Maximo said...

Wow, you must be a strong swimmer....budging a swamped canoe is a chore, specially with the active and probably loud assistance of the peanut gallery !

I like the solar system. . .but as a founding member of the Bring Back Pluto Liberation Front (BBPLF) left off a planet. . . ;-)

Candidly Caroline said...

Oh, the kids loved it! I think they'd have fallen in again if they could.

Actually ... someone had to catch me. I drew Pluto on with pencil and then was like, "Whoops!"