Pictured (from left) are McCully’s Hill Farm Summer Day campers Rylee Nethercott, Julian Walsh, Sam Johnson, Jack McCotter, Declan McCotter, Jack Bullen, Trevor Aarts, Valentina Linares, Adrianna Black, Micki McDonald and Andrea Dingman.
By Dan Rankin
The first week of McCully’s Hill Farm summer day camp wraps up today, with two more weeks planned in the near future for young kids ages 5-10 to get a taste of life on the farm.
There were 22 kids out bright and early Wednesday morning, heading up the hill to the animal barn just after 9:00 am. Half the kids got to help out farm owner John Aarts as he fed the variety of animals housed in the barn, while the other half played with the shovels and buckets on the massive sand hill across from the barn.
“Look! An egg!” exclaims Declan McCotter, finding a surprise in the nests of one of the egg-laying hens. Elsewhere, Jack McCotter and Trevor Aarts are taking a closer look at some of the rabbits. Everyone laughs as the resident donkey gives a loud, hearty bray.
A squad of camp counsellors kept an eye on the kids on the hill, while some others made sure the kids in the barn weren’t shirking their duties of seeing to the animals; including three full grown horses, the 16-month-old horse Charlie, the one-week-old foal that still needs a name, one pony, one donkey, two pigs, four rabbits, about eight egg laying hens and a bunch of broiler chickens.
After a snack, the campers spend the rest of the day playing organized games, making crafts, taking trips to the nearby natural amenities including a creek and sugar bush. Lunch is provided, and the day winds down around 4:30 pm.
The farm returns for another week running July 27-31, and again in August from Aug. 10-14. Spots are still open. Visit McCullys.ca for more details and a registration form. The camp costs $190 for the week or $38 per day.