I am Lucky.

“I am Lucky.”

I sometimes imagine kids saying this to me as they are covered in mud, running through the woods, or painting the chicken coop with their original art. Instead I get, “I just love this camp!” and “I’m coming back next year!” And most of these kids do…year after year after year. I’ve had mothers baffled by why their kids would possibly want to come back to the same camp over and over.

 

What these mothers might not realize is that something magical happens at a TimberNook camp. The woods truly come alive for these children. Imagination and creativity take over and the world becomes their playground. They are given the materials they need to further support their ideas and the children become empowered.

Not only does our curriculum change every year, the kids’ play evolves over time with maturity. Sometimes they’ll start playing something that they did the previous year – remembering how much fun they had. Oftentimes, this evolves into new play territory and new adventures. The children are constantly learning and adapting their play, based on their surroundings and new peer encounters. I’ve also observed that the children become more and more courageous, flexible, confident, and creative each time they come to camp.

In 2015, a few departments at University of New Hampshire are teaming up to research TimberNook camps and how they actually facilitate play and social skills in children. It will be fascinating to see the progression in even just one week. I personally see growth in children in just a short amount of time here. The children inspire each other. I’ve never seen anything like it anywhere else.

I never planned for any of this to happen. This camp started out as a favor to my local town, an experiment of sorts. Out of this one idea, came TimberNook. A brand that continues to get stronger and grow as more people learn about this unconventional and one-of-a-kind program. I’m so happy to be a part of something so much bigger than myself -- a program with the potential to help a lot of children. I can truly say:

“I am Lucky.”

- Angela (a.k.a. Angie)

                   
 

 

 

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