KinPark Kid’s Camp

Camp Counselor and friends!

Our KinPark Kid’s Camp has now wrapped up for the summer of 2017. Please stay tuned for our next camp season in 2018!

KinPark Kid’s Camp is a great opportunity for children ages 6 – 12 to learn plenty about gardening, and farming while making long lasting memories and friendships at the KinPark Youth Urban Farm downtown Duncan. Each day highlights a theme that is reflected in the day’s activities, discussions, and games. Our goal is to teach children how to grow, harvest, and cook healthy food in a fun, hands-on, and engaging way, and how to live sustainably.

 

They also learn team building and leadership skills through activities and games at KinPark. Many of our activities and games promote group problem solving, and leadership taking for those who are older and wish to take on more responsibility at camp.

Aside from gardening, planting seeds, harvesting crops, and cooking, other activities at the urban farm include yoga, sports, games, and crafts, as well as swimming at the Cowichan Aquatic Centre.

Gardening

As KinPark Kid’s Summer Camp is located at KinPark Urban Farm, campers have full access to farm crops and a greenhouse. They learn about seeding, growing, and harvesting veggies, berries, and herbs. Each camper is also responsible for taking care of their own plants they seed and grow themselves throughout the camp week by using farming knowledge and skills they have learned.

Local Food and Cooking

Every Monday and Wednesday, campers have a cooking class at Cowichan Green Community’s commercial kitchen. Before cooking class they harvest ingredients from the farm at KinPark to use in their recipe. This facilitates a direct connection between where their food comes from and the food on their plate. They of course learn a variety of cooking skills during classes, such as safety, prepping ingredients, cooking, baking, and preserving.

Bugs and Bees

Campers also learn about the important roles bees and bugs have in our ecosystems, and what they mean to our food systems. They take part in identifying pollinator plants, building bee houses, and of course discussing what different bugs do. Local bee experts come to the park to pass their knowledge down to the campers and provide educational/engaging activities.

Recycling

Campers learn about recycling and upcycling through activities, games, and crafts. They learn what can be recycled and what cannot, and how our other waste systems work. We engage in many upcycled crafts to show what materials can be reused and repurposed instead of going to the garbage.

Details

Ages: Children 6-12

Rates: $150 per week
$120 per week that lands on a statutory holiday (Canada Day and August long weekend)
$35 per day

When: 9AM-4:30PM (specific dates TBA for 2018)

Where: KinPark (5789 Aldrelea Street, Duncan) &
Cowichan Green Community (360 Duncan Street, Duncan)

Registration: Contact Alyssa Krawchuk for more information, or visit our storefront, The Garden Pantry, on 360 Duncan Street. Payment and forms can be dropped off at 360 Duncan Street in our storefront, The Garden Pantry, or emailed to camp@cowichangreencommunity.org.

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KinPark Youth Urban Farm, Alderlea Street, Duncan

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Inside the camp building at KinPark Youth Urban Farm

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Camp cooking class at Cowichan Green Community’s commercial kitchen, 360 Duncan Street, Duncan

Hope to see you next summer!

For more information, contact Alyssa Loucks via email camp@cowichangreencommunity.org, or phone 250-748-8506.

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