This year’s Summer Adventure Camp featured a phenomenal addition to our staff, Jasmine Scott! Often referred to by the campers as “Captain Sprinkles”, Jasmine brought joy, energy, and pizzazz to the summer. She encouraged campers to have confidence in themselves and assisted them to try something new. Continue reading for Jasmine’s reflection on her summer as a camp counselor with the Alice Ferguson Foundation.
As a child, Jasmine roamed the Foundation property completing the challenge course, spending time with the farm animals, and creating nature crafts. As an adult, she guided 67 campers to make the same impactful memories.
Why did you want to be a camp counselor at the Alice Ferguson Foundation?
I wanted to be a counselor because I have participated in many memorable camps throughout my childhood. With all the activities, games, or crafts, my favorite part was having counselors who would listen to whatever I had to say, and genuine people willing to teach me about new things. I wanted to emulate that with the kids this year’s camp because even if the activities need a little bravery and courage, I could be there to help them accomplish their goals.
What part of summer camp did you enjoy the most?
I think the part I enjoyed the most was saying ‘Good Morning’ to each and every child who came to camp. My day was never complete without seeing 12-25 smiling children screaming ‘Good Morning’ in my face. The kids always came with the best energy in the morning, and I knew that they would be worn out by the end of each day.
What was your favorite summer camp activity?
My favorite camp activity was dip netting in our Max North Trail. I enjoyed the hike to the creek, but having the opportunity to see how excited the kids get is the best part. Once they start catching macros it is just a race to see what new thing has been caught. They all are splashing around in the creek and having the time of their lives.
Why do you think it is important for kids to be outdoors?
I think that being outdoors is important because it’s crucial to learn about the world around you in the natural sense. Whether it be teaching kids how to garden, fish, or teaching them about recycling, and compost. Showing children that they can utilize the world around them in sustainable ways empowers them to be able to contribute to a better environment – even something as basic as picking up trash on a walk around the neighborhood makes a big difference.
What do you hope this year’s campers took away from their time at camp?
I hope this years campers took away that its okay to be afraid to try something new, but that shouldn’t keep you from trying it. This past year was some kids first time milking a cow, or holding a bug. Those experiences can help them to see that while things might be scary, they can overcome their fears in order to gain new experiences.
Why would you recommend our summer camp?
I would recommend our summer camp because we aren’t just doing activity after activity. We give campers worthwhile experiences while teaching them about the plants, animals, and insects in this area. I would also recommend our camp because our educators are committed to giving the kids the most enjoyable experience possible. I spend my time getting to know the kids so I understand the different ways they learn, or have fun.
A few notable things Jasmine did for our campers this year that didn’t go unnoticed:
- Offered support and a listening ear to any camper that needed it
- Created awards to be given at the end of each week to the campers
- Always ready to race when the a camper challenged her (see below!)
There’s no doubt Jasmine was the perfect addition to our camp team this summer. She took initiative, led programs and crafts with confidence, and handled communication with parents like a seasoned staff member.
Thank you Jasmine for an unforgettable summer!