With summer just around the corner, families–and especially the parents–are busy looking for activities and camps that can occupy childrens’ time. While there are many different options available, it can sometimes be hard to find “the right one” for your particular child. For those of you who have food lovers and chefs in the making, look no further than the YMCA in Waukee. They offer an “Incredible Edibles” camp, as well as a “Kids Cuisine” camp.
Joelle Kleihauer, the Child Care Program Executive Director at the Waukee YMCA, took part in an interview on these two day camps via email on Wednesday, April 20th. Below is part one of the interview. Check the links at the bottom for part two of the interview.
Examiner: What is the main focus of each camp?
Ms. Kleihauer: The main focus for all of our camp programs is to provide the child with a FUN experience. For Incredible Edibles, we try to explore the passion of cooking by educating children ages six through eleven years of age about kitchen tools/appliances, nutrition, and how to balance food with physical activity. In Kids Cuisine Camp, which focuses on the child from age three through five years of age, we focus on mixing and measuring and concocting different foods to make yummy nutritional snacks.
Examiner: What are the major differences between the camps?
Ms. Kleihauer: The major difference in the two camps is the audience. In preschool camp–Kids Cuisine–we focus on the child age three through those who have not yet completed kindergarten. And in Enrichment Camp–Incredible Edibles–we focus on the child who has completed kindergarten through those who have completed Fifth grade. The preschool camp is a half day program that runs from either 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., whereas Enrichment Camp runs from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the core hours of the camp beginning at 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. In the hours before or after the core hours of camp, other activities will be provided for the children to take part in.
Examiner: What are some of the types of activities that will be done with each camp?
Ms. Kleihauer: At Incredible Edibles Camp they will be doing several cooking/food related projects each day–including making lunch. They will be learning about different tools used in the kitchen. Each day they will have a time where they focus on learning about nutrition and healthy eating through games and/or projects. They will also have time each day for physical activity and discussion about why staying active is just as important as eating right!
At Kids Cuisine Camp, the children will have different opportunities to mix and measure and learn to follow simple directions in the art of preparing snacks. They will also use food in art activities and play group games that will have a food theme.
For more information, check out the Des Moines YMCA website and don’t forget to read part two of this interview!