Every grandparent wishes not just for more time, but more quality time with their grandchildren. This desire was the genesis of Camp Willow, which brings children, aged 7-12 to the Willow Valley campus for a week of activities and overnights.
The kids’ days are filled with fishing, art projects and shows, technology, music, bowling, hula hoops, chess, exploration of the stream behind Lakes, games, and swimming. This year they also enjoyed taking a full day trip to the National Aquarium in Baltimore.
And members of Willow Valley’s approximately 100 clubs are using their expertise to create educational sessions. For example the Camera Club developed “Creepy Captures”, an activity at the historic Mylin House complete with spooky Halloween-esque décor. A giant spider sits on a web in the stairway, dim lights, and test-tubes filled with eyeballs set the mood. Children are invited inside and spooky stories are shared. Children have the opportunity to have their photos taken as a witch or a ghost. Using the latest technology, a time exposed photo produces the most uncanny effect.
“It’s wonderful for us,” said one grandmother. And speaking for grandparents everywhere, she added, “Of course, we spoil them a little bit while they’re here!”