Beginner Cookie Baking and Decorating plus Nailed It!
June 1st-3rd 2020, recommended ages 5-8 years old.
9am-12pm, $160 ($155 if by cash or check)
Pairs with Beginner Beyond the Kitchen afternoon camp
Summer 2020 Update from BMK
If you have read this once, you can skip down to the info on the specific camp. This summer’s theme is supporting other women in business and I’m excited to feature some fantastic local business women in the arts, food and construction world. I strive to always listen to parents on how I can make your life easier when it comes to summer camps. Here are some new changes:
REMINDER: BMK IS LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE DRIVEWAY IN THE WHITE HOUSE. THERE IS A PATH THAT LEADS TO THE BACK OF THE HOUSE AND ENTRANCE TO BMK. DROP OFF KIDS AT THE LARGE SIGN AND CIRCLE AROUND THE DRIVE TO EXIT- THERE IS ROOM FOR TWO CARS. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK OUR AWESOME NEIGHBOR’S DRIVEWAY AND REMIND YOUR KIDDOS THAT THE PLAYGROUND IN THE GRASS IS THEIRS AND NOT PART OF BMK. PHEW- THANKS FOR READING.
Early Drop Off: I understand that driving out this way can put a burden on those who need to get to work early in the morning which is why early drop off is available starting at 7:30am. However, because I have kids of my own to get up and going and set up for the camps takes about 2 hours each morning, I cannot offer entertainment for your kiddos. You may drop them off at the path and they can go into BMK and play in the game room, read books or play on tablets from home until camp starts. They cannot play outside as there won’t be anyone to supervise. I would like to offer early drop off for free and will continue to do so as long as it doesn’t create more work for me as I am hustling to get ready for camp start at 9am. If you plan on dropping off early- please contact me the week before. Normal drop off starts at 8:45am- but if you are here before 8:45am, please just drop your child off, there is no reason to worry about being a bit early and not having signed up for early drop off.
Late Pick Up: It is important to me that no one ever stresses out about getting here exactly at 12pm or 4pm for pick up. Life happens and we have to worry about being late to plenty of other kid activities- so let me take this one off your plate. Pick up is extended 15 minutes past the end of camp. If you are on the later side and are picking up a younger kid, please come down to BMK as I may be setting up for the next camp and I don’t feel comfortable leaving kids alone out front. I do have cameras set up, so if they see you arrive, don’t be surprise if they meet you on the path. I avoid being on my phone during camps except to take pictures but I do leave the ringer on in case you need to get a hold of me. If you are running late- just text me and let me know- it’s no big deal. If you need a regular late pick up- please contact me before signing up for the camp as I cannot always accommodate pick ups later than 4:30pm.
Morning & Afternoon camp options: This year I am offering both morning and afternoon camp sessions, you can sign your child up for both sessions and send a lunch for them to eat during the turnover between camps. There is no additional charge for them to stay for both camp sessions. The camps have been designed so that the morning and afternoon camps do not overlap in what the kids make and work well as a full day of activities. There are 2 full day camps for high school age kids. The rest work as two half day camps.
NATURE PLAY: We have expanded the adventure playground and hope to have a treehouse, extended ninja obstacle course and more added by this summer. There may also be opportunity for kids to play in the creek too depending on weather (I spent many hours this fall removing all thorny bushes from the creeks). Because of that- I recommend sending your child with a pair of shoes that can get muddy and potentially an extra set of clothes. These can be left here during the camp so that you don’t have to bring them each day. Please always check your child for ticks.
Waitlist: Contact me to be added to the waitlist for camps or to check if spots are available even if the website says otherwise.
Beginner Intro to Baking, Cookie Decorating Class Plus Nailed It!
New this year: The “M” in BMK: all camps will include fun mindfulness exercises that are taught within the context of food and eating. Kids will learn new practices to then take home and share with their family!
This is a great class for your beginner baker as we will cover measurements, recipe reading, kitchen safety and understanding how different ingredients work. Cookies, bread, biscuits, crackers- nothing is out of reach for these beginner bakers. Along with baking cookies, kids will also will be making their own icings, color mixing and learning how to use piping tips to decorate cookies. We will end the camp with a Nailed It! competition and cookie decorating competition. Kids work in teams and a large emphasis is put on the importance of respect, kindness and that making mistakes is totally okay! It’s in BMK’s kitchen that mistakes are celebrated and we learn how to learn from those mistakes and how to work with them to fix the problem. I promote independence in the kitchen and encourage kids to solve their problems on their own before giving them the solution. Empowering kids to think outside the box and feel safe to fail has been a part of BMK’s philosophy for many years. Each young baker will go home on Wednesday with undecorated cookies and a piping bag to show off their new skills to their family with the condition that one cookie is gifted to a friend or neighbor as part of BMK’s pay it forward kindness initiative.