Success Stories: Hands on History for Guysborough County Youth

Guysborough County’s Youth Coordinator and six Youth Interns enjoyed the” Hands On” history program at the Sherbrooke Village as a training/team building exercise on August 17, 2011. This took the youth back to the 1800’s for the day. The day started early with a nature hike and scavenger hunt.  They visited a logging camp along the way and when they returned they enjoyed the tour of the fully operational water powered sawmill.

After a group lunch all were anxious to begin the task of dressing for the afternoon in period costume.   A trip to the St. Mary’s Printery was next on the agenda.  Here they had an opportunity to use a hand printing press to make copies of recipes learning how much technology has changed.  Not only had technology changed for them but transportation did as well when they were taken on a horse drawn wagon ride through the village.

Dressed in period costume and it being a warm summer day the group were soon to learn what it was like to work without air conditioning when they visited the Cumminger House with a cozy wood fire burning to melt the wax for making candles.  Here the group made candles from a mixture of beeswax and beef tallow.

From there it was off to make ice cream.  Thoughts of something cold at this point was a welcome thought but the group were soon to find out that it took work to make ice cream.  They mixed ingredients and then started the task of cranking the machine to turn the mixture into ice cream.  Even with taking turns cranking the ice cream maker all found out just how tired the arms could get from cranking but it was time to sit down and enjoy the ice cream so tired arms were soon forgotten.

A visit to Greenwood Cottage for group pictures was next and a few decided to have their pictures done at the Ambrotype Photography Studio as well.  With only a short time left in the day the group changed back into their 21st Century clothing and each went to visit buildings they were interested in.  Shopping at the Company Store brought an end to a very interesting day.

This program was enjoyed by all and the interns were able to bring back stories and activities that they were able to use during fun days at the sites.  In the future GCCAN hopes to be able to provide a team building exercise such as this on a yearly basis for the youth at the beginning of the summer program as part of their orientation.

Submitted By:
Jackie Dort
Regional Coordinator

Guysborough County Community Access Network
985 Hwy 276, PO Box 44,
Goshen, NS B0H 1M0

 


Success Stories: Guysborough County Community Access Network C@P DAY 2010

C@P Day in Guysborough County provided the communities with a variety of activities.  The beautiful summer day brought all age groups to the sites.

 

In the Upper Big Tracadie C@P Site the youth from the community along with their families enjoyed activities such as craft making, painting ornaments, coloring contests, word search competitions, balloon rallies and painting a community tree.  The day was topped off with a barbeque and making your own sundae.
In the Larry’s River C@P Site the day was planned for children ages 4 – 12.  The theme for the day was an Ice Cream Party.  After learning everyone’s name along with their favourite kind of ice cream the day began with word scramble and word seach games related to ice cream and toppings.  Crafts were completed by the youth where they designed their own ice cream on paper with craft supplies which were judged on originality and uniqueness.  The party then moved outside for ice cube games and a screaming competition where the children were able to repeat the phase “I scream you scream, we all scream for ice cream” as loudly as they could.  With ears ringing the party moved back inside where the children got to make their own sundaes with various syrup and toppings.  Before going home, a discussion was held with the children on what C@P Sites do in our small communities.
Charlos Cove C@P Site held a spaghetti supper for C@P Day.  A good turnout and a chance for the residents to try something different not usually offered as a supper for a community event. The event was a success in bringing new people to the site, creating awareness and fundraising for new events in the future.
Goshen C@P Site chose to host a Science Day for the children.  The participants got to see the fun side of science and learning with various science experiments.  They were able to learn about suspension, polymers, exothermic reactions, carbon dioxide and the best part the children were having fun not realizing they were learning.  Highlights of the day according to the children were the diet coke experiments and the slime they made and were able to take home.  Refreshments and cookies finished off the day.

 

The Sunnyville C@P Site decided to go with a social event for all ages in which they held a pancake supper.  The supper went very smoothly and gave residents an opportunity to socialize and enjoy going out for a meal on a hot day.  Everyone seemed to have a good time and enjoyed the food.

          With green peppers, red peppers, mushrooms, and onions, our C@P Day participants were well on their way to making a delicious dinner, and to helping prevent the risk of heart attacks and strokes. In total, twenty-one young children went home with full bellies and educated minds. Their pizzas were fantastic and their pacing was well worth it. A C@P Site success indeed! 

                                                                                                                              Jessica Simms  
 


 

Success Stories: Hands on History for Guysborough County Youth

Guysborough County’s Youth Coordinator and six Youth Interns enjoyed the” Hands On” history program at the Sherbrooke Village as a training/team building exercise on August 17, 2011. This took the youth back to the 1800’s for the day. The day started early with a nature hike and scavenger hunt.  They visited a logging camp along the way and when they returned they enjoyed the tour of the fully operational water powered sawmill.

After a group lunch all were anxious to begin the task of dressing for the afternoon in period costume.   A trip to the St. Mary’s Printery was next on the agenda.  Here they had an opportunity to use a hand printing press to make copies of recipes learning how much technology has changed.  Not only had technology changed for them but transportation did as well when they were taken on a horse drawn wagon ride through the village.

Dressed in period costume and it being a warm summer day the group were soon to learn what it was like to work without air conditioning when they visited the Cumminger House with a cosy wood fire burning to melt the wax for making candles.  Here the group made candles from a mixture of beeswax and beef tallow.

From there it was off to make ice cream.  Thoughts of something cold at this point was a welcome thought but the group were soon to find out that it took work to make ice cream.  They mixed ingredients and then started the task of cranking the machine to turn the mixture into ice cream.  Even with taking turns cranking the ice cream maker all found out just how tired the arms could get from cranking but it was time to sit down and enjoy the ice cream so tired arms were soon forgotten.

A visit to Greenwood Cottage for group pictures was next and a few decided to have their pictures done at the Ambrotype Photography Studio as well.  With only a short time left in the day the group changed back into their 21st Century clothing and each went to visit buildings they were interested in.  Shopping at the Company Store brought an end to a very interesting day.

This program was enjoyed by all and the interns were able to bring back stories and activities that they were able to use during fun days at the sites.  In the future GCCAN hopes to be able to provide a team building exercise such as this on a yearly basis for the youth at the beginning of the summer program as part of their orientation.

Submitted By:
Jackie Dort
Regional Coordinator

Guysborough County Community Access Network
985 Hwy 276, PO Box 44,
Goshen, NS B0H 1M0

 


Success Stories: Guysborough County Community Access Network C@P DAY 2010

Lincolnville C@P Site will be holding their C@P Day at later date which will be a fun day with lots of activities for all ages.

At all the sites water bottles, lunch bags and flash drives were given out for competitions, contests and door prizes.  Everyone received a C@P tattoo to help celebrate the day.  Interns and the Youth Coordinator plan and organize C@P Day for their sites but when the day arrives they usually need volunteers to assist them.  The interns were very appreciative of the people who volunteered helping them make the day a total success.  These people are parents of the interns, board of director members from the individual sites and other community members.

 


Success Stories: Larry’s River C@P Site “Pacing For Pizza”

Children Learn About The Heart & Stroke Foundation While Designing Pizza’s!

This summer, during the official C@P Day Celebrations, the Larry’s River and Charlos Cove C@P locations teamed up to host an original event. Children aged 5-12 were invited to design their very own pizza. However, before creating their dinner, they were able to learn about health issues.

This year, C@P has focused on the Heart & Stoke Foundation’s Walkabout Program. The Walkabout program allows community members to keep track of their exercise with the help of a pedometer, provided by local C@P Sites. Members of the Walkabout program are able to borrow or purchase pedometer kits and log their steps online for a chance to win prizes and help prevent health risks such as heart attacks and strokes.
For the children who attended our joint C@P Day, the day was about learning to prevent health issues that relate to heart attack and or stroke. Prevention methods such as healthy eating, regular check-ups with your doctor, and exercise were discussed. On that note, children were then very willing to do their own part for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. They decided to walk laps around the hall, and made healthier choices when putting toppings onto their pizza creations. Many even thought enough to take brochures home to parents and grandparents regarding the Walkabout program.