Ijams' Outdoor Adventure Camp heated up last week. Five days of temperatures in the 90s. Luckily, we had plenty of water-related activities planned.
Two buses pulled at the beginning of the week with kids from North Ridge Crossing and Haslam Boys and Girls Clubs. Each Monday the kids do not know quite what to expect; most have never been on such an adventure. Most rarely get to leave their neighborhoods all summer.
They arrive a bit nervous and leave at the end of day on Friday with hopefully wonderful memories of their week, and a bit tired after all the hiking, canoeing, paddle-boarding, biking, creek exploring, dip-netting, sweep netting and rock climbing. There's also animal presentations and scavenger hunts; a mix of education and recreation.
And yet, in the end, it's just kids getting a chance to be kids and have fun outdoors away from brick and asphalt.
This summer, Ijams has embarked on an exciting new program for East Tennessee children: Outdoor Adventure Camp 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
After the first three 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 three:
Outdoor Adventure Camp! A look back.