With summer ending it has been sad to see garden and walking club come to an end, but we are excited to start our new aquatic program this month to benefit children in the Woodbury area. We have had so much fun with our summer programs and camp kids we are looking forward to what the fall may bring.
When we set out to start these programs we weren’t sure how they would go over with our campers. We wanted them to enjoy themselves and learn different skills from these programs, but it ended up being so much more. The kids showed excitement everyday on how they could improve their garden, trying new foods and how they could include more steps within their day.
These two programs had a later start since our main focus was the fall aquatic program, but a lot of ideas were thrown around and we knew we just had to start something during the camp sessions for the kids. Some challenges that occurred were getting vegetables that would grow fast enough since we only had half the summer session left. In fact, we even purchased some of the vegetables we were growing so the campers could try them since they hadn’t fully developed during their camp session. For our walking club, they had to rack up a certain mileage in order to “walk their way to Wildwood” and with the inclement weather we had we had to continue the rest of the walking after the actual trip to the shore.
Although there were minor challenges, we were able to successfully run these programs for the campers this summer and we are thrilled to be running another program in just a few short weeks. This program will help accommodate students in the Woodbury School District with swim lessons and swimming safety at no cost to them.