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Live from Snake Pit
June 30, 2010

Its our one week and two day anniversary in the West Indies– hooray! There is a feeling of anticipation and excitement as we wait for the container to arrive, and for camp to begin. Already we have made good friends and experienced local food, lifestyle and festivities. From Fisherman’s Birthday Beach Celebration to Lonnie’s Lambi Waters (a local fish soup made with conch and veggies) our time here so far has been quite exciting. Today we visited two schools, L’Esterre and Hillsborough. The students were full of energy and just as excited to meet us as we were to meet them. Go Camp Kayak!

-Anna and Erika

Made of Magic Stuff
June 29, 2010

Well, we all made it to Grenada safe and sound!
Everyone is settling in nicely and Carriacou is beginning to feel like home to our American team!

The last weeks have been truly amazing – what has been accomplished and where we have been. In the past 10 days our counselors arrived at Maurice Bishop Airport in Grenada, and we have received our first palette of goods…we bought additional equipment in Grenada, and started the installation of electrical fans into the studios at the stadium. We have our little red mail box out front of the camp entrance, and organization of our artist spaces is beginning now.

Snake Pit had come alive with the addition of the Camp Kayak Team – and having a vibrant place to hang is great! Richard Barcley and Christopher Bartholomew have been amazing, arranging all the little conveniences of home to make the team feel welcome. Lonnie Wyse has been cooking like a champ – teaching us all about Lambi waters and Oil Down. Laura Smith is the den mother extraordinaire. CPR certification class is on Friday, and we will work hard to get 10 of us tested and ready for the next three years!

This past Saturday was Fisherman’s Birthday on Carriacou and is a most wonderful day of music and cooking all along the beach. A day when the local fisherman give back to the nation by serving eats and drinks for free, to the people that support them all year long. We enjoyed watching Anna and Erika roll cou cou and sticky rice into yummy baked balls of delicious matter – so tasty! All sorts of kids tumbled into the sea and played with us – and many people are beginning to know us by face at Paradise bay.

Sunday, another outing took us to Point Cistern – the future site of Camp Kayak for a neighborly BBQ on the beach – volunteers and counselors alike joined us to relax and enjoy the last free weekend before the big push to open July 12th! A fantastic day was had by all – and everyone chipped into make it work.

We are so pleased to have enthusiastic local volunteers signing up to work and play at Camp Kayak – this summer seems to be made of magic stuff.
More details as it all unfolds, I am overwhelmed and so excited by what is coming together down here!

See you at Camp Kayak very soon!

Victoria Armentrout
Camp Director/Founder

20 Days Til I Fly!
June 3, 2010

It’s June 1st, which means only 20 days til I fly away to Carriacou! Thoughts of the island bring to mind scenic beach imagery and a fresh ocean breeze, but back to reality. Now that the container has been shipped, its time to get serious and start preparing my curriculum. Testing out craft projects and printing techniques should make for a very fun and interesting week! Over this beautiful holiday weekend I got super inspired by all the great textures at the beach– sand, rocks, seaweed, shells etc. Hmm, definitely sounds like a project for some beginner printmakers to me, be back soon with the results!