Our 4th day of camp was wonderful, and oh so full! We started the day off by gathering with Miss Sherry to go over the rules and proper field trip etiquette. After making sure everyone had everything essential for the day, we set off to catch the bus up to McCall. It was a full bus indeed, and we set off for our destination; once we got to McCall, we transferred to the Red Line, to make our way over to Ponderosa State Park. The rangers and “Scout”, the fox mascot, had set up a wonderful day of fish based events for the local and visiting youth in McCall. The kids learned to cast a fishing pole by playing “Bass in the Grass”, made fish prints using the Japanese art of gyotaku, and had a chance to work on earning their Junior Ranger badge.
After completing all of the events the staff had laid out, we chose a shaded spot to continue our reading of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. After Miss Abbie regaled us with more amazing details of Jules Verne’s novel, a true visionary of his time, we made our way to the beach, where pirates had buried their treasure! The kids had a great time digging for the treasure, and afterwards had the opportunity to turn in their “booty”, for additional brag tags to spend at the library store.
Next we ate a bountiful lunch packed by our librarian, Miss Sarah. We had tuna sandwiches, apples, and goldfish. After lunch concluded most of the kids took advantage of some well earned and very refreshing water play, while a few continued to search for scattered treasure.
As we wrapped up our time at the park, we waited for the arrival of the bus that would take us home, and continued reading our book. On our way back, we shared our bus once again with some very gracious and friendly people.
After returning to the library, the kids were allowed some free time to work on puzzles or play with hydrophobic sand. Miss Sherry also showed the kids what a sextant, one of the tools employed on the Nautilus, looked like by showing them a replica of one.
The kids had a blast today, while learning and playing hard. We can’t wait to see what our final day has in store!