Friday, May 8, 2009

Animal Camp

During the last week of March Miriam attended 'Animal Camp' at Hauser Church which is put on by our local CEF (Child Evangelism Fellowship) missionaries. It is a super fun week for the kids with visits from all kinds of critters and visits to all kinds of critters. Some of the highlights from this year included: visiting Miss Valerie's chickens and having an egg hunt; reptile day, with a visit from several different kinds of reptiles; horseback riding at a nearby arena; and a pet show on the last day.

Other daily activities included games, singing, Bible and missionary stories and prizes.
Another highlight for many kids, including Miriam, was riding the Hauser Church bus from North Bend each day!

Here I am setting up to get a shot of Miriam getting off the bus. Unfortunately, even though I had my camera trained on the door I somehow missed Miriam's exit! Doh!

Miriam posing with her inflatable seahorse. Each kid that attends Animal Camp gets and inflatable animal at sometime during the week, a few each day. They call the kids names and they get to come up and stand by a screen and someone tosses the critter over from the other is definitely a highlight of the week for the kids!

And another picture of Miriam and her seahorse, not sure why I included both of these but since their both here...

This is Henessy and I's view as we wait for Miriam's turn in the Pet Show. You can't really see her but Miriam is way at the other end of that row of kids. It was pretty funny seeing all us parents cued up on the landing and the stairs with our various pets. There were many dogs but also rats (you can see one to the left, across from the German Shepherd), turtles, chickens, a baby quail, hamsters, a hermit crab, kitties and even a goldfish!

Here is my good dog patiently awaiting her turn!

Here is Miriam telling about her pet. I wasn't able to get it on camera but she was even able to get Henessy to play dead! She did such a good job!

After the presentation the animals get to walk along the row of kids to be petted - if the pet allows such things - or to let the kids get a closer look. The pet show is the perfect ending to a wonderful week. We are going to miss being able to attend Animal Camp next year
but I am very thankful Miriam was able to take part these last two years!

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