September 2, 2002
Creatures And Kids, Inc. Thinks Summer Camp is G.R.E.A.T.
Vicky Adams went to summer camp and discovered how Creatures And Kids, Inc. could play a small, but important role in a G.R.E.A.T. (Gang Resistance Education and Training) program for kids. Adams is the Chair of Animal Assisted Education for Creatures and Kids, Inc., a non-profit organization that believes it is possible to re-direct today’s youth toward positive character qualities through controlled interaction with animals.
She felt the two organizations complimented each other since they share several common goals and decided to volunteer at this year’s G.R.E.A.T. summer camp in Elk City, Oklahoma. At the end of the week, she was both exhausted and exhilarated.
“It’s tough but I loved it.” Said Adams. “We start out at 7AM each morning, feed the kids breakfast, take roll and then the programs start.” The first day was spent at the Flyin-W Guest Ranch where the children rode horses, and enjoyed wagon and paddle boat rides. One of the high points was visiting a 1700 year old bison-kill site. Even a cowboy poet and a state representative spoke to the group.
Adams had the opportunity to introduce her trained dog, “Girly-Girl” to the campers. She demonstrated basic obedience and discussed the many things people and animals have in common. She also talked about how animals communicate in many different forms; words, tone of voice, facial expression and body language. Girly used her unique ability to charm and make friends with several of the young campers.
Creatures And Kids’ first partnership with G.R.E.A.T. proved a successful and rewarding way to spend a few weeks this summer. If you would like to know more about Creatures and Kids, Inc., please call 405.478.8550. Information about G.R.E.A.T. can be found at their website www.atf.treas.gov/great.