Day 5 of the Eco Kids Summer Camp Focused on Land Conservation
With high spirits and energy, we’ve made it to day five at the 2019 Eco Kids Camp on the Macal River Camp grounds. The days have been lengthy, as you’ve been following along, with epic adventures giving the kids an opportunity to learn while having fun.
Well acquainted on the daily morning routines, the campers got up early, brushed their teeth, and gathered around for Mr Levi to explain the day’s activities. Under the huge Guanacaste trees in the main yard, they sat as a pair of lovely Keel-billed Toucans perched above singing aloud making sure all the kids were fully awake down below.
There after the kids had breakfast, and a bit of time to play out in the yard before their arts and craft period. During arts and crafts the campers took their time with needles and threads to knit a bean ball. The bean ball was made out of pieces of hand kerchief and black beans.
Break time came around and the campers collected their treats for the main adventure of the day. This adventure required a bus ride on Chaa Creek’s adventure bus to the Maya Farm.
The Maya Farm is a part of Chaa Creek and its daily activities are managed by the joyful Mr Mick Fleming, owner of Chaa Creek. Mr Mick gave a tour of the farm, the kids keenly listened, as he explained the importance of land conservation. Mr Mick showed them where the natural fertilizers are made out of chicken and sheep manure. This type of fertilizer is important to maintain a healthy soil to grow food organically, without the use of chemicals that harms both the plant and soil.
He proceeded to show the campers the green houses and why they are necessary to keep harmful insects like the White Fly, and how they avoid the use of insecticides. Ultimately Mr Mick’s greatest message was that to be strong and healthy, its necessary to eat healthy food that is grown on healthy soil. Highlighting that organic farming is the best form of farming for the plants, animals, soil and the consumer.
There after, the kids hopped back on the bus to have a delicious plate of baked bar-be-cue at the lodge’s restaurant.
After everyone had finished their cold cake dessert, they marched along to the eco pool. At the pool everyone jumped in splashing and laughing under the hot afternoon sun. Pool time is always good to refresh and to get to know each other a little better.
The little troopers got back to camp at around 3:30 p.m. to play some games and practice the group songs they were practicing the day before.
At around 6:00 p.m. everyone showered and met at the dining hall for supper. On the last meal of the day, the camp’s kitchen served spaghetti and meatballs, to which many kids suggested being their favorite meal of the day. I can’t blame them either, anytime spaghetti is served, it’s always something special.
Wen the sun went down and the birds went to sleep the campers gathered around the camp fire for a fun filled night of skits, games and jokes. The night went the usual smooth sailing until it was ready to go to bed. With day five over, the lamps went off and the eco kids dreamed away.
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Photos courtesy of Nadir Price Photography