Learning to make sisalOut here at Camp Kenya, we would like to think of our doors being open to all walks of life, young (some very, very young) and old. Sure we have our nutty gappers throughout the year (we love them dearly and would have them stay all year if they could!), and our new Life Program at Makongeni is seeing quite a few happy and hardworking adults who are taking a break for their urban grind. And of course we have the School Team expeditions with their insatiable appetite to work day and night. But that’s not all… It turns out that there are quite a few schools in Kenya that are also beginning to show interest in our programs. A couple of months ago, we received a call from Braeburn Garden Estate saying that they want to come for a school trip to Camp Tsavo for a few days and it went something like this: “How old are your students?” “Well we were thinking about bringing the whole school. The younger ones are…well…about eight years old…and the older ones are in their teens…” “Wow! That’s young! Wonderful! And how many students do you have?” “Eighty…”Lete tu!” (Swahili for, ‘Bring it on!’) And within weeks, two big yellow buses arrived at Camp Tsavo full to the brim with smelly teachers and smiling students! Over the next few days, the classes split up into different activities. Some went up Mount Kasigau: Did they really listen? And all did come down (eventually)! Others played with elephant poop (yes, believe it or not it actually makes great paper!) Playing with pooh... Three days and a bag full of elephant dung paper later, the two big yellow buses drifted back to the capital city, Nairobi. We had a great time having them with us and I hope they did too! Then the next phone call came; and this time it was from a lot closer to home: South Coast Academy (a.k.a where my daughter and Simon’s children go to school). So all systems go for these really little ones to spend a day out at Camp Muhaka. Needless to say, a Camp Kenya experience would not be complete without a ride in our trusted old bedford… This lot were on a mission to learn all about biofuels (given the average age was about six, we had to to talk about what mommy and daddy use to make chips and sausages and what goes into cars to make them go vroom vroom -åÊ I think they got the jist). And yes, one can’t leave Muhaka without planting some trees… Great day as we managed not to lose anyone in the forest and everyone went home with a handful of seeds to grow some trees for their easter holidays.. Alas, let the summer season begin…