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Washington D.C. Bike Travel Camp taught youth about history, nature and bike riding

Posted by on Aug 13, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

The Washington D.C. Bike Travel Camp gave youth at The Patch a chance to experience history, nature and bike riding, and—like all of the Cabbage Patch summer camps—provided an opportunity to build relationships and skills that will help them outside of The Patch. During the week of July 29, campers ages 13-19, took their cycling talent to the trails and rode 100+ miles on the Great Allegany Pass and the C&O Canal Tow Path from Maryland to D.C. The week kicked off at the Mason-Dixon Line with bike riding, climbing a rock wall, and shooting some hoops. While staying at campgrounds throughout the week, youth became accustomed with nature seeing butterflies, frogs and turtles. “On the bike trip, we had a group of teens who have been biking and camping with us many times, and we had two 13-year-old first timers. The older kids were so sweet to them; they included them in their conversations and their activities throughout the week. The Patch is an all-inclusive place, and it is great to see the kids carry that with them outside of the building,” said Kate Holwerk, volunteer, at The Cabbage Patch. After their arrival in D.C., two tour guides guided the group in their sightseeing of the Capitol. Campers visited the Capitol Building and several memorials including the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial, WWII Memorial, FDR Memorial, and MLK Memorial. “I always like going into town, D.C. is such a cool place to go to and it is a reward for them after all of their hard work,” said, William (Raz) Rasinen, Manager of Recreation and Youth Development In addition, the youth took a trip to the Franciscan Monastery and Bartholdi Park Botanical Gardens, which is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the well-being of humans and to earth’s fragile ecosystems. At the end of the week the campers got the chance to rest by the Potomac River and see glimpse of the White House....

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Sugar and Spice Day Camp sparked campers’ creativity, built confidence and “everything nice”

Posted by on Aug 1, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

Sugar and Spice Day Camp was a week full of fun activities for young girls such as making crafts, getting pampered, shopping, along with “everything nice.” The week kicked off with the girls baking strawberry cupcakes and making bath balms and jewelry boxes. The cupcake jewelry boxes needed to be filled, so throughout the week the girls made necklaces and friendship bracelets.  Later, campers made tutus out of tulle fabric and had a dance party. The week’s activities included taking field trips to the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, The Little Loomhouse, the Root Cellar, the Paul Mitchell The School Louisville, 610 Magnolia and Mall St. Matthews. At the Kentucky Art and Craft Museum, campers made necklaces and learned about the museum’s many local and regional artists. The Little Loomhouse gave the children a day of basket weaving and sewing fabric into purses and wallets. Campers also had a health-focused day of yoga and shopping for fresh organic fruit and vegetables at the Root Cellar. They took these fruits and veggies back to the Patch for a tasting. The campers also had their hair, nails and makeup done at the Paul Mitchell and then enjoyed a fine dining experience at 610 Magnolia, courtesy of Edward Lee, where they were served a salad with cherries and goat cheese, chicken with mashed potatoes, and chocolate mousse. “Hands down, the girls’ favorite part of camp were the visits to Paul Mitchell, 610 Magnolia, and shopping day,” said Elizabeth Smith, Recreation & Youth Development Specialist for The Cabbage Patch. Sugar and Spice Day Camp sparked campers’ creativity, built their confidence, and taught them skills that will make their futures brighter than their sparkly nails. Through the annual support of donors, many children are able attend Summer Day Camps at The Cabbage Patch on scholarships, offering them a rare opportunity to step out and explore, learn, all in a safe environment. “It is a real treat for them,” Elizabeth...

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Native American Day Camp Teaches Patchers New Cultures

Posted by on Jul 31, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

This summer’s Native American Day Camp explored the crafts, games, food and outdoor skills of several Native American tribes including: Hopi, Cheyenne, Iroquois and Cherokee. The Cabbage Patch chose to bring this camp to children because it allows them to learn about other cultures and study history that they might not have had time to study in school. “The purpose of Native American Day Camp is to teach Patch children the history of America, the art and culture of Native Americans and the folklore behind it,” said Elizabeth Smith, Recreation & Youth Development Specialist for The Cabbage Patch. During the week, children took a field trip to the Falls of the Ohio, where an archaeologist showed tools that Native Americans used to survive, and explained that they were made from animals. They also visited Otter Creek, where they learned how to do archery and went fishing. Crafts included making dream catchers, kachina dolls and headdresses. The children learned that dream catchers were created to catch bad dreams while the good dreams would know how to pass through. They also learned that kachina dolls represent the spirits of natural elements, animals or deceased ancestors. Meanwhile, headdresses were created to show importance and honor, and some even thought they would protect a warrior during battle. “One camper got very creative with the headdress and dream catcher by asking to put pink, purple and jewels on it,” Elizabeth said. Campers left the week with a greater understanding of the Native American culture, history and creative crafts that represent their own creativity and...

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Science Day Camp Made Science a Blast

Posted by on Jul 24, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

Science builds a foundation for a child’s education by advancing critical thinking, creativity and the ability to problem solve. The Cabbage Patch started the summer Science Day Camp two years ago to help engage students in a fun creative way to introduce these concepts to our members. “It is important to teach them to be creators,” Kanisha Ford, Educational Opportunities Specialist for The Cabbage Patch, said. At the beginning of the week campers were assigned a project and a partner according to their area of interest.  Slime, ice cream, volcanoes and the beach were a few of the experiments presented at the end of the week at a Science Fair held in Holladay Hall. Each child received a certificate for participating and three groups then received a prize for first, second, or third place. First place went to “Craters and Meteorites,” followed by “Chemistry of Ice Cream” and “Weather/Climate in Your Neighborhood.” Throughout the week, campers also experienced science through field trips to the Louisville Science Center (where they learned about chemical mixtures), the Louisville Zoo (where they saw reptiles and amphibians), and U of L’s planetarium. Kanisha said the character Ms. Frizzle from The Magic School Bus inspires her to make science “fun, creative and wacky” but a learning experience for the children and youth enrolled in Science Camp In addition to learning about science, the week included improving social skills by working with a partner. “Young humans take longer than a week to get to know someone. At first, some partners collided but then eventually came together,” Kanisha said. At the end of the week, one parent told Kanisha, “My child did not like science, but now he wants to sign up for Science Camp every year.” When camp was over, students looked at a chart from the first day and saw how much they improved and learned. Campers walked away with awards, memories and a greater understanding of the world around...

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Bike Day Campers Took Their Talents to the Trails

Posted by on Jul 17, 2013 in Stories from The Patch | 0 comments

Learning how to ride a bicycle is an important milestone in a child’s life. Riding a bike is fun, social and a healthy pastime. There are basic skills a child needs to know before taking their bike on the road which is why The Cabbage Patch hosts a Bike Day Camp each summer. The camp begins with Traffic Skills 101, giving youth a thorough understanding of how to be on the road and part of traffic. The course is taught by a League Cycling Instructor certified by the League of American Bicyclists. William (Raz) Rasinen, Manager of Recreation and Youth Development is a LCI along with Kate Holwerk, a volunteer. Kate also provides this for other public community centers in the area. Campers come to Bike Camp with different experience levels, some have never ridden a bike before, but most are familiar with a bike. “Most have ridden a bike, but do not know the basic things, such as measuring results, helmets, how to check tires or change them,” Raz said. The camp includes parking lot drills before campers move on to the trails. Then the campers visit some of the big parks with bike lane trails, including Shawnee and Iroquois Park. No matter where the campers are riding, they are having a blast. “They could ride around in circles and have fun,” Raz said. Campers’ bike skills and personalities shine through on the trails, which is Raz’s favorite part of the camp. “I enjoy the personalities of the kids, we always have characters, and we enjoy seeing how they interact with each other,” he said. One child had a cast on during this year’s camp and they were afraid he was not going to get to participate, but he continued with the camp. “He has been able to come into his own. He has really done well and he has gotten his confidence,” Raz said. Bike riding is important; it helps the environment and is healthy. Bike Day Camp improves development, discipline and the importance of safety. The campers were able to ride away with new skills and memories from the...

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