Garden Club

How does gardening foster responsibility in young campers? It encourages
campers to use their hands to prepare the soil, apply fertilizer, sow seeds,
remove competing weeds, add water and harvest the crop.
These practices are necessary for a plant to grow to its full potential and
produce food.

The strategy of using a garden as a teaching tool benefits both the camper and the
counsellor. Children learn many of the basic life skills to help them prepare for
challenges later in life such as responsibility, self-confidence, communication and
the skills of observation. When campers accept these responsibilities,
we help them to become caring individuals.

Campers learn basic skills when they observe how weather
affects plants; how seeds sprout; how plants grow; how gardeners cope
with plant problems; how soil, water and sunshine interact; how butterflies
and other insects play a big role. Campers express their gardening experiences by talking,
writing and drawing. Evidence of their hard work unfolds before their eyes in the garden
and classroom.