KAMP Hawaii News Letter
?Life Mentoring Programs?
KAMP Hawaii, ?Life Mentoring Programs? extended the day for 8 well deserving students, volunteers and teachers at Kaimuki High School. Normally these students leave school by special transportation before the rest of the student body. These students are from our Special Needs Outreach Program. And yes they are very special to KAMP Hawaii.
Mrs. Tatafu made a special request that we do a day camp after school hours so that her students would have a chance to experience having an extended stay at school. She was really excited for her students having the opportunity to experience this activity and KAMP Hawaii was just as excited for having this opportunity to serve. When the bell rang ending school for many, our students started to get excited about what was in store for them. The camp started off with the students reciting the KAMP Hawaii Promise. What a great way to get camp underway!
The students began to prepare their dinner by placing hamburger on foil with vegetables, topped with cream of mushroom soup and carefully sealing the foil to keep all of the delicious flavors in. The students then learned how to make a box oven for baking and a tin can for cooking. We cooked bacon and eggs on a tin can which the students ate with rice for an afternoon snack and baked some ono delicious cookies for dessert. The students learned how to boil an egg in a paper cup, and witnessed cooking rice in a paper cup. As part of our cooking demonstration, we also demonstrated cooking a whole chicken by hanging it over some charcoal, cooked rice in a can and stuffed an orange with hamburger to make our meatloaf. The cooking demonstration was filled with flavor and aromas that attracted the baseball team. The students had some time to interact with these curious onlookers and one of the baseball players gave a special needs student a ball. He was thrilled to have that ball. One of KAMP Hawaii?s program keys is community building, bringing students together, athletes, special needs, this was a sight to see.
Then it was off to an initiative game that challenged the student?s motor skills, to work together and to communicate with each other. This was a very fun time and the students were laughing with each other as they all participated. They tried their best to finish this activity. With time remaining before dinner the students experienced shooting a bow and arrow. For many it was their first time experiencing this. One of our students who is confined to a wheel chair had a chance to actually hold the bow and got to shoot several arrows. It was an amazing scene. Her mother was just filled with joy when she heard what had happened.
The bell rang and it was dinner time. Everyone ate their ono-delicious tin foil meal with rice and macaroni salad, and ate their cookies that they had baked earlier in the day. By this time it was already 7pm and with everyone helping to clean up came the end of our day camp. What a great time for all to remember and memories to share with family and friends. The extended day camp came to a close with the putting out of our fire. But the spirit of this event lives on!