Can you believe we’ve made it through over a month of camp already? It seems like the weeks are flying by! Week 5 brought us lots of fun, learning, wind, waves, and sun. Our programs always inspire campers to gain confidence and develop teamwork and leadership skills, so you’ll be sure to know that we had a memorable week!
Baby shark doo doo doo doo doo doo! The Little Aquanauts studied local shark species, the shark life cycle, and more while swimming, kayaking, and more. They also dove deep into waves by creating models, practicing balance on boards, and perfected their paddling techniques. The Bay Bounders took a look at some of the most fascinating ocean predators and discovered our amazing local watersheds. Through these sessions, the campers learned about prey vs. predators, bird watched on nature walks, and even got to do a horseshoe crab tagging! The Bay Bounders ended the week with a geocache and trash clean up to explore the area in news ways while also keeping the Borough beautiful! Through studying natural selection, designing organisms with wild adaptations, and discovering how our dynamic coastlines were formed, the Ocean Explorers observed the changing earth and how it affects the organisms who live here. They even SUP-ed to a sunken ship! Marine Biologists became marine researchers and examined sea level rise this week. Many students chose to focus on microplastics for their research projects and made posters to demonstrate how sea level rise will affect cities.
Adventure Sport classes this week included Wiki Wiki Mikai, Adventure Clashes, Fishing, SUP Science, and Advanced Boating. Throughout these classes, campers boogie boarded, kayaked, SUPed, and snorkeled to local areas while assessing water quality, experimenting with air and hydrodynamics, and learned local history. The Advanced Powerboaters gained practical experience, practiced docking, and learned to use GPS to determine position. Over the course of the week, the fishers caught more than 60 fish! We also said a bittersweet goodbye to instructor Wookie (Evan McOmber) as he embarks on a new journey! Thank you so much for all you have done for NESS, Wookie! We appreciate it and best of luck with everything to come!
Between traveling to Hyannis for a regatta and brushing up on sailing skills, our sailors learned everything from the basics to advanced maneuvers. The Sailing Adventures class focused on improving techniques while sailing local waters on various boats, including O’pen Bics, Hartley 12s, 420s, and small keelboats. The Windsurfing and SUP class learned the basics of windsurfing, including proper stance, self-rescue, tacking and gybing, and basic sail theory.
Don’t worry, it’s not too late to sign up and join in on the fun! Sign up for camp today!