We enjoyed three days of fun in the sun at Whatcom Falls Park with our Wild Wanderers Camp this past week!
Our days began by playing big games in the meadow, followed by circle, story (and sometimes a puppet show!) and snack. While listening to fun engaging stories about raccoons, yellow jackets and a jumping mouse, the boys learned important lessons about nature awareness and community.
We adventured out and about through the park and explored Whatcom Creek and Derby Pond, playing awareness games and nibbling on delicious Huckleberries, Salmonberries, and Thimbleberries along the way! YUM!
We also took plenty of moments to release and channel that wild boy energy that seems to reach its peak in summertime! We spread out and safely whacked downed logs with sticks, jumped around like rabbits and deer, yipped and ran like coyotes, climbed boulders, played tug-a-war with a giant rope (Pat was holding on until all the boys worked together to take him down!), practiced “ninja scout training” and ran laps around a little circuit in the woods!
We encountered lots of animal sign, including the tracks of Muskrat, Deer, and Coyote, Otter scat, Beaver chews, and Owl pellets and feathers! We stumbled upon a fallen log that led to the middle of an amazing Cattail Swamp (which we named “Cattail Magic Land”), where we tasted Cattail pollen, found tons of animal tracks and played an epic game of Eagle Eye.
During our final afternoon together, while the kids were engaging in child-led games and imaginative play, Pat and I sat on the sidelines as we kept an eye and ear on the boys. We took this opportunity to use the strong, green, fibrous leaves of the Cattail (Typha latifolia), to weave a sun visor for each boy as a token of our appreciation.
We sure are grateful to have spent three days in the forest with such a sweet group of Wild Wanderers, and we look forward to future adventures with all of them!