Please tell me that I’m not the only mother who asks “How was camp?” at the end of a full day at Camp Galileo and only get back a response of “It was good.” My son pours through the camp themes, begs to go every year, and then can only muster “It was good” when asked. Go figure. That’s why I love the Camp Galileo news that I receive as a parent that guides me on what questions to ask my son about his day. I don’t think he’s trying to be difficult on purpose. I think he just needs a way to trigger his brain, jog his memory, and focus on a few great experiences from the day. But I wanted to check out Camp G for myself.
Yesterday, I asked the Camp Director if I could tag along for an hour in the morning. Our Camp Director, Anthoney, was more than happy to let me see the camp in action.
I sat in during Day 2 of Art. The Art Leader was so excited to share the Supernova’s journey of making Greek vessels (aka vases) during this week’s Olympics theme. On Monday, the kids had created the structure for their vessel. It included creating a design. What type of base? Two handles or just one? What size cup to use on top? Even how large or small to blow up the balloon was carefully thought out by each child. My son decided on just one handle (It’s a pitcher, mom!) while my god daughter made to swirly handles.
This morning, the kids were going to paper mache their vessels. My OCD was starting to kick in. Paper mache with 16 nine year olds!?!? Has Camp Galileo totally lost their minds??? There is no way we’d be trying this at home! To my delight, the kids had an awesome time. While it did create a giant mess, the kids all helped clean it up. Camp G is also brilliantly planning ahead… the classrooms are pretty much covered head to toe in plastic. Note to self: consider doing the same in my own house?
When the kids were finished with the paper mache, they placed their vessels on a nearby table to dry. Celeste, the Art Leader (who I want to put in my pocket and take home with me for all future art projects) explained that while these dripping starch covered pieces looked like they would take weeks to dry; the vessels would be ready for painting by the next morning.
When I dropped off my son at camp this morning, I was so tempted to ask Anthoney if I could tag along again to see the project to completion. But I decided that good things come to those who wait… and that I’d just have to wait until the Closing Ceremonies on Friday to see how my son completed his Greek vessel.
One thing I know for sure is that this piece of art will be displayed on our mantle come Friday night.
Disclosure: Galileo Learning has sponsored my son for a week of camp in exchange for a series of posts. I have paid in the past, and will continue to pay in the future, for weeks at Camp Galileo. We honestly love the camp. I’ll continue to say that long after our free week is complete.