A Week at Neighborhood House’s Summer Camp

What an adventure! NH summer campers have been busy making friends, connecting with mentors, discovering the outdoors, and exploring new parts of Wisconsin! NH’s ten-week camp, themed Diversity in Bloom, focuses on exposure to nature, science, art and culture. Camp is offered at both our primary facility (2819 W. Richardson Place), and at our Safe Place location at Albert Story School.  Check out what a typical week looks like for our 100+ kids, from the eyes of a camper!

On Monday, we always go to the pool- the perfect way to cool off! We split up into swim lessons, and our instructors are so nice and fun… they even let us go on their huge water slide! Then it is time for lunch and free swim, where we can jump in and play with all our friends.

Dance lessons are the best way to start Tuesday mornings. We are practicing for our Summer Showcase, which is when our families will see every thing that we have done this summer! Sharp Literacy also leads us today, and we practice reading with these fun visitors. Last week they brought us leis to share and wear! Every Tuesday afternoon we also go golfing, which is a game I have never played before.

We usually do gardening on Wednesdays, but today a special group is coming to perform for us! They are traditional Mexican Folk dancers. I have never seen such bright and beautiful costumes. After they dance, my teacher says we will learn how to make music with conch shells… I didn’t even know you could do that!

Today was  the best Thursday ever- we went to the Nature Center! After we all ate lunch, we went on a nature hike with Ms. Christina. She taught us how to identify living and non-living things- did you know a mushroom is alive? You can tell because it needs water and oxygen to grow, and it can also make more of itself through reproduction. After our hike, we also made leaf rubbings and played football! I was so tired on the bus ride home.

It is the end of a fun week! My friends and I did so much, and today is the best day of all- we are going on a field trip! In the past few weeks, we have seen animals at the Madison Zoo, jumped around at Sky Zone, and learned about the Underground Railroad at Milton House, but today we are going to a wacky museum- the Kohler Art’s Center! My teacher says that every we will make crafts and see fun, colorful art… I can’t wait!

For more photos of our NH Summer Campers, check out our Facebook album!

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