The first Co-Ed week in camp history is halfway through and going smoothly. The boys and girls are talking to each other and have the chance to mingle during classes and sit together at lunch. We plan to make it even better in the future with more special events for the 14 year olds that are aging out. Tonight we are going to a nearby planetarium run by Mr. Larry Berz, a senior instructor at camp. He has been here for all 21 camp seasons. When your little penguin gets home shout “Volcano” and see what happens. We are taking a bus for about 30 minutes to Easton Maine to get to the Francis Malcolm Science Center for a quick show. While the bus takes the first of two groups (of 45) the others will go downtown to buy some non-peanut products. Parents, please remember to not send peanut products since some campers have severe allergies.
Classes are moving along well. In the LEGO Robotics classes, they are working out the kinks and plan to have a competition on Thursday. In Creating Brave New Worlds the campers are making ceramics and horns. On Thursday, Mrs. Fernandez-Mitchell will be making a paper kiln and showing the students. I have no idea what a paper kiln means because my mind thinks paper burns, but we will see.
The class spotlight of the day is Geology. They made simple seismometers and tested by kicking the desks. Of course it doesn’t measure the desk kicks accurately, but it shows the process so they understand it more. I was in Japan during the 2011 Great Tohoku Earthquake and Tsunami and talked to them about that. Another instructor at camp, Mr. James Dochtermann, was also in Japan and closer to the epicenter AND on the 9th floor of a building. He wins that hands down.
In another class they learned about how soap will cause food coloring in milk to separate. It was interesting seeing the way it kept moving. I also stepped into the Reptile Garden class and saw how strong snake skin really is. The instructor, Tom Moore, was telling the kids to really scrape the inside of the skin hard, it was almost impossible to rip it.
One of the evening activities was rock climbing at the University of Maine, Presque Isle. The kids really challenged themselves to go as high as they could. One girl, Violet, virtually sprinted up the wall, then asked to do the 3rd most challenging section. She made it up, but it was hard to find footholds. Finally, back in the dorm some girls were playing with the Giant Jenga set and seeing how high they could get it. Then it turned into me filming them knock it over in slow motion.
Tomorrow we will be interviewed by WAGM TV and in the afternoon, if it warms up, we will bring out the mega waterslide.
Thanks and stay tuned.