Kamp for Kids

kampkids.pngHello Kamp for Kids friends and families,

Welcome to the Kamp for Kids virtual summer camp experience 2020! As we all know 2020 has been an interesting and challenging year. We at BHN Kamp for Kids have carefully reviewed the requirements and guidelines put in place by the MA Department of Public Health for summer camps in 2020. The decision to provide a virtual Kamp for Kids experience was based on this careful review. 

Our first activity packet theme is In My Backyard. This theme includes the plants, insects, and items that are found in our neighborhoods. Adventure and exploration through scavenger hunts and art creations, information about lightning bugs and social distancing, relaxation and mindfulness activities, and fun coloring and word search pages are all part of this activity packet. 

The second activity packet theme will be Only in New England and will feature facts and activities that are all about Massachusetts and the other New England States. The third activity packet theme will be All Around the World and will contain activities and information about other countries and their traditions.

We are looking forward to hosting a few Zoom gatherings when campers can reconnect with each other, meet new people, and chat with some of the counselors from last summer. Thank you for joining us on this new virtual adventure and please feel free to contact me via email with ideas or comments. If you have not yet registered to receive camp packets, please register below.

Virtual Kamp Registration

Sincerely,
Anne Benoit
Director, Kamp for Kids
Anne.Benoit@bhninc.org


Activity Packet 1 - In My Backyard

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Recreational Activities
Recreational Activities

Insect Charades Directions
2 or more players

  • Cut out the insect cards
  • Shuffle them or place in a bowl
  • Draw one card Act out the motion on the card
  • The other players try to guess which bug you are pretending to be
  • There are blank cards for you to create your own charade cards

Back Yard Scavenger Hunt

Supplies:

Additional Scavenger Hunt Links

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Nature Activities
Nature Activities
Bears in My Back Yard 

bear.jpgLast month Ms. Anne was leaving the Kamp for Kids office. When she walked out the door directly across from her was a Black Bear walking up the hill between Kamp and Westfield State University.  Because the bear was on the other side of the fence and was focusing on walking up the hill, Ms. Anne stayed still and quiet and just let her be. Watching the bear walk on the hill was interesting, she was a reminder of how Kamp and nature are connected. Ms. Anne was very happy to have seen her from a distance. 

According to the humane society:

“If you see a black bear in your yard, don’t fear the worst. A youngster may simply be passing through in search of a home of his own. Or an adult may be checking out an enticing smell or interesting sound. Usually, when he finds out there are people around, he’ll head for the hills, never to be seen again.

If you do encounter a bear, remain calm and remember that the bear is likely more scared of you than you are of him. Attacks by black bears on people are very rare and most black bears can be easily scared away.”

For more information on Black Bears in Massachusetts check out the following links:

Birds of Western Massachusetts

birds.jpgAt Kamp for Kids there are many types of birds all year long. We are lucky to have the Nature Trail and wetlands which provide a home for crows, Canada geese, blue jays, swallows, nuthatches, and more.  With Route 20 and the Westfield River just outside the fence, there are buzzards and wild turkeys as well. Best of all, Kamp for Kids is home to a Broad Winged Hawk and occasionally her chicks (called eyas). 

Western MA is home to many types of birds. Everything from cardinals to pigeons to seagulls makes this area their home. You may have seen pigeons in city centers, playgrounds, and parking lots. Pigeons are related to doves and are not native to America – they were brought here by settlers in the 1600’s as a food source. Since they originally had no natural predators they multiplied and adapted. Today Pigeons have few predators in cities, other birds, such as hawks and falcons will hunt pigeons. Pigeons are very good at navigating and returning to their nests. They can find their homes from up to 1300 miles away. According to metalfloss.com:

pigeon.jpgPigeons' homing talents continued to shape history during the 20th century. In both World Wars, rival nations had huge flocks of pigeon messengers. (America alone had 200,000 at its disposal in WWII.) By delivering critical updates, the avians saved thousands of human lives. One racing bird named Cher Ami completed a mission that led to the rescue of 194 stranded U.S. soldiers on October 4, 1918.

Pigeons and doves have a unique and interesting way of walking.  They move their heads and wings while stepping in a marching motion.  Can you walk like a pigeon?

Check out these videos :

For more information on birds in Massachusetts:                           

feeder.jpgMake a Bird Feeder!

Directions:

  1. Punch holes on either side of a plastic soda bottle.
  2. Stick twigs, dowels, or wooden spoons all the way through with its ends sticking out for perches; poke more holes nearby for the birds to pull the seeds out.
  3. Hang the bottle by tying a string around its neck. (Finches really like these.)

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