Letter: Join the Nature Camp community

CAMPERS AND COUNSELORS at the dam they built in the Hazel River at last year’s Rappahannock Nature Camp. Director Lyt Wood is at right. This year’s camp is June 18-29.Trista Grigsby
CAMPERS AND COUNSELORS at the dam they built in the Hazel River at last year’s Rappahannock Nature Camp. Director Lyt Wood is at right. This year’s camp is June 18-29.

Are you 8, 9, 10, 11 or 12 years old? If so, this article is for you. We would like you to join our community this summer at the Rappahannock Nature Camp!

Our camp is a day camp that will be June 18 to June 29. We meet every day at Singing Creek, three miles south of Sperryville, on the Hazel River.

Last year at camp, our theme was “Communities.” We studied many communities, such as:

o The Frog Pond right next to our camp barn. Many critters live there, such as newts, tadpoles and dragonflies.

o Hundreds of animals in the Hazel River.

o Thousands of workers, hundreds of drones, and one single queen, all of which live in a honeybee hive.

o Flowers, fields and forests that are the honeybees’ habitat.

o Moths, owls and other community members that are active only at night.

o Other animals that only come out at night and live in the sky, for example: Leo the lion, Taurus the bull, Cancer the crab, Capricorn the goat.

Most important, we studied our own camp community. This is a special community that was started 25 years ago. Some members of our camp community are: campers, counselors, turtles (every year we have a Turtle Race), possums (last year we caught two in traps, and then let them go), bouncing bugs, puckwudgies, camel crickets, dragon hunters and a magical White Horse.

You can read about all of these critters, and some of our activities at camp, in the 2011 News from Singing Creek. This is a 16-page newspaper produced by our campers.

Our theme for the 2012 camp will be “Explorations.” We will explore our surroundings and choose certain activities that we’d like to learn about: calling in wild animals, making yarn from wool, tasting wild plants, identifying some of those hundreds of critters in the river, making a dam . . . you choose!

Plus, as always, we will all camp out for one night at Azalea Rocks, and go on a nighttime exploration.

If you are interested in joining our camp community in June, please contact me and I will send you a copy of last year’s News from Singing Creek, along with an application for the 2012 camp. Or you can pick up an application from our sponsor, the Piedmont Environmental Council, above the old bank building in Washington. I will also leave some of the purple brochures at the kiosk in front of the Washington Post Office.

There’s also a good article about the Rappahannock Nature Camp at pecva.org/wildchild.

I can be reached at 540-987-9530 or singingcreek@earthlink.net.

See you at camp!

Lyt Wood
Sperryville

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