“We’re going to take hot metal, and we’re going to bend it to our will!” That is the motto for the Blacksmith class at AstroCamp summer mission. We take rods of iron; heat them up in our very own forge to a scalding temperature of well over 1000 degrees Fahrenheit, and pound them into a shape of our choosing. Dragon’s breath is the name of the scorching air escaping the heat of the forge and it is truly powerful. As we pound and twist the metal, see the impurities in the iron flake off and flutter down to the ground. At the completion of your project, dowse your masterpiece in the cold water and see the steam sizzling off of your completed project. We create items both practical and decorative. For those that are musically inclined, Max made a treble clef. Zack made a belt buckle that was both beautiful and useful. Your imagination can help you make amazing things, you just have to follow it. At the end of camp, take your work home with you to show your family and friends your newfound skill in blacksmithing. Now that you are a Blacksmith and you can bend metal what will your next project be?
The Value of Camp
Kids benefit from the independence and adventure that comes with going off to summer camp. But did you know that summer camps actually help prepare children for adulthood?
It’s true. American Camp Association studies show that the growth in self-confidence, independence, making friends, and learning new things that campers experience when away at camp are skills that are beneficial all the way through adulthood.
According to the ACA, 96% of campers surveyed said camp helped them make new friends, 93% said camp helped them get to know kids different from themselves, and 92% said the people at camp helped them feel good about themselves.
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