Friday, September 28, 2007

Camp Seymour: All About Water

We actually started this year attending a YMCA camp program for homeschoolers. I'd read about it last year, but I blew it off thinking it too involved, or whatever. Who knows what I was thinking then. This year, however, we're going and oh my stars, it's so fabulous. What a treat to look forward to a structured, socially engaging outing like this once a month--that Mom doesn't have to plan, to boot.

Our reminder email read as follows: "
The theme for the day focuses on water and how important it is for so many different reasons. We will start the day off with a tour of Camp Seymours alternative waste-water treatment center, theLiving Machine. For background information see Next we will go boating (rowboats, canoes, and kayaks for those 11 and older) rain or shine in beautiful Glen Cove. After lunch, were going swimming in our heated pool. PLEASE REMEMBER TO BRING A SWIM SUIT if you might go swimming. "

G heard that some Moms drop off and pick up,
and requested that I not do that. However, she blended into the "herd" and pretty much ignored me the whole time. Excellent! She really seemed to be enjoying herself full out, and found her own stride, and her own friends. The naturalists did a fabulous job, both professionally and personally. While the program is open to homeschoolers in second grade and above, the staff made true on their literature's promise that younger sibs were welcome. Both boys were fully included, active participants. I still am reeling by how inexpensive this program is for what they provide.

The lunchroom lodge

What a group! The kids had their choice of canoes, kayaks or rowboats.

Finishing up, stacking canoes

What do tired homeschoolers do after an hour of paddling? Spectator giant chess, of course!


  1. Awesome! That is where we used to live the picture of you stacking canoes is exactly what we used to watch each day from our living room windows. You can almost make out our old house (where Elle was born!) in the trees. *sigh* so beautiful. The program looks great. I'm happy for you guys!

  2. And this is where I saw my first Living Machine:

    I wonder if it's the same company?

  3. Very cool--glad G enjoyed her time!

  4. hehhehehe. I WANNA PLAY!!!

  5. I am always amazed at how huge our homeschool program is at our Y too - but I don't know if it does all those cool things like yours.