Sophia, Maggie and I ran the QLF Ocean Adventure Camp here in Blanc-Sablon. After being back for 2 days from the south coast, there was very little opportunity for rest. It was time to dive right back into action. We were a little worried when the weather forecast called for rain all week, since a lot of the activities we had planned for the camp involved being outside, but the weather gods must have been on our side because when Monday rolled around we had beautiful weather – in fact we had great weather all week.
There were 13 kids that showed up altogether: 4 girls and 9 boys ranging from six years old to twelve. They were all very eager to learn about marine animals and environmental conservation, and surprisingly already knew quite a lot about these things. On the first day, we divided the campers into two groups and had each come up with a team name and design a flag. The purpose of this was to get the kids to work together towards a common goal, it was a good way to add friendly competition, and I think the kids really enjoyed it. Of course, it was also very good for us, the counselors, because we could just as easily penalize teams if they were misbehaving.
We had many fun activities planned for our campers throughout the week. We did a scavenger hunt along the beach, made ocean globes out of recycled jars, paid a visit to DFO where the kids got to check out the zodiac boat as well as take home some neat gifts, we played animal Pictionary, went on a hike up Mont Parent overlooking the harbour and town, played Pin the Tale on the Whale, made sailboats out of popsicle sticks and foam (which they later got to test out on the river), and played all sorts of other great games. But by far the most exciting part of the week was our trip to Greenly Island, which is a migratory bird sanctuary located a few kilometres offshore that normally no one is allowed to visit. QLF was given special permission to stay there in order to educate the kids on the importance of this sanctuary and its purpose in preserving the local wildlife. We spent one night on Greenly with all the campers, watching puffins fly around us, learning about the island’s history, toasting marshmallows, and of course telling scary ghost stories around the fire. It was a fun day for all!