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Sunflowers

Sunflowers
Sunflowers at Forks of the River. Photo by S.L.B.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Heat of Aquatic Adventure week brought out the Slip 'N Slide




Just before the Fourth of July holiday break, the Nature Day Camp kids had Aquatic Adventures week.

The youngsters, ages 5 and 6, learned what animals lurked beneath the surface ponds and streams and how they survived in their watery world. They explored the aquatic habitats of Ijams and the animals that live there. It was a wet and wild week. And because it was so hot—90 plus degrees—there were watery games to cool things off, like wet sponge races and the good old Wham-O Slip 'N Slide.

The first sequence of photos should be viewed while you hum the theme music from "Chariots of Fire."

- Photos by Jennifer Roder and Stephen Lyn Bales. 


Sponge Race. The winners are not always the fastest
but rather the ones that move the most water.





Cheer on your team!


Because the losers get dunked with the winner's water!



And the dunker counselor Cam gets hosed.

Then it was time for the Slip 'N Slide

The secret of the Slip 'N Slide is to get a good running start. 










Finally, a refreshing spray for every one. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Happy, eager campers return after holiday break: Week 5

 


After a week off to celebrate Independence Day. Ijams' Outdoor Adventure Camp welcomed a new group of campers. Most were from the Halls-Powell Boys & Girls Club.

Every week it's a new group of up to 20 kids. Most have never been to a summer camp and have no idea what to expect. Most are excited; some pretty nervous. But, it's our hope that all leave refreshed after a week of fun and adventure. 

For many of the urban youth, lakes, creeks and mountain climbing are just something you see on TV. 

Every week the activity schedule is consistent, each day different. Outdoor Adventure Camp is held outside, yet we always keep an eye on doppler radar, so we can dodge the showers.  

This is a new program for Ijams and it's all made possible with the help of these generous partners:

          • West Knoxville Sertoma Club 
          • Boys and Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley 
          • Grassroots Outdoor Alliance 
          • Horny Toad Activewear 
          • Pelican International 
          • River Sports Outfitters

Additional food and funding provided by:

          • South Knoxville Alliance  

Ijams offers camp scholarships for kids in traditionally under-served communities. After the first four weeks we've seen kids from Walter P. Taylor, Western Heights, Middlebrook, North Ridge Crossing and Haslam Boys and Girls Clubs.

Here's some highlights of week five:

- Story and photos by Stephen Lyn Bales































And a thank you to the South Knoxville Alliance