Thursday, July 31, 2014

Time for a little change

So mostly everyone got switched to different sites and I was moved to Community Boating and Courageous Sailing Center. It is very different from what I have been doing at Piers Park and McDonough but it's ok. At Community Boating I have already caught twelve fish in the past two days which is pretty awesome. I don't even have to use a fishing pole to catch fish there. I just put some corn on a hook on a short piece of line and leave it in the water for a few minutes and BAM I catch a little sunfish. It's so different from Piers Park because there are many more kids at Piers than Community Boating and all that is caught for the most part are little green crabs. So I like that I have finally caught something this summer and it was really exciting for me. 

One of the kids at Community Boating after catching a sunfish
Me casting off with live eel bait
At Courageous there are more kids then at Community Boating that get super excited when they see fish and go down to the dock to see what got caught in the traps. Also some get a bit too excited when we offer the idea of killing a crab for bait. At McDonough not too many kids want to kill the crabs for bait, same at Piers Park. They always question why we do it and some say that its mean and all this other stuff. Working at these two locations is definitely another new experience and very different from what I was used to doing since the beginning of the summer but so far it's ok. I am definitely looking forward to working at these two sites and am hoping for many stories that I can tell others just like I had many stories to tell when I was at my other two sites. 

Until my next blog, Esmeralda Mendez

See What's Under The River

In Save the Harbor / Save the Bay we were at Community Boating. the group and me caught an black eel with two small perch, which we put in the touch tank to use it as bait. At Charles river you are able to go on small boats. Also go down and fish on the deck. Also the fish that we've caught is different from the fish that my other group caught in the Children Museum.

Next the group and me start heading to Courageous were there we caught a lot of green crabs with three cool sea star. As I put the sea star onto my skin you can feel the sea star tiny legs attaching to your skin. At the site that I was at today the children seemed like they were enjoying fishing and touching the animals.

As bait we were using corn, bread and fish to try and catch anything that's in the harbor ocean. The children seem more interested in the  eel and the sea star and a baby green crab that we had in the touch tank.

bait time
                                                                                                              -Edward Calderon

Fishing For Fun

        Hello again fellow adventurers! Fishing at Courageous Sailing Center has been nothing but uneventful the past few weeks, but that doesn't mean that we're not having fun trying!


        Day in and day out, the kids and staff at Courageous are all smiles as they get the chance to experience things they have never seen before. I think we were all a little surprised at just how excited these kids were to even just cast the rods over the side of the pier in hopes of reeling in a monster catch. 

        So far we have tried just about every bait you could think of, from crabs to clams and even hot dogs. But perhaps the strangest and most interesting bait we have used so far is eels. Taken from the Charles river, these slimy American eels provide ample entertainment for those slow fishing days at Courageous. The kids thoroughly enjoy getting a chance to try and hold the eels, as they eventually wriggle their way out of everyone's grasp; then it's a screaming calamity as it slithers along the pier, with kids laughing and trying to stay clear of its unpredictable path. Once we finally get them on the hooks, there's a fight for who gets to toss the line over the side and fish with the eel.  
While it looks bleak right now, I believe that our fishing luck will soon turn at Courageous. This past week we have caught more fish than we can count at Community Boating, something that seemed too good to be true a week ago. Therefore, I think it's only a matter of time before we get that big break we've been waiting for. 

Until next time, keep on exploring!
     -Luke

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Haul Away Joe !



Haul Away Joe ! Haul Away Joe ! Haul Away Joe ! . The sailors chant
rung in my head soon after reciting my verse for the song . " It's

Some campers singing their verse
pretty catchy !" Tom added and I agreed . Haul away Joe , Haul Away
Joe ! I don't usually sing out like that , but man oh man was I proud
to say that I had accomplished my goal and sung In front of 300+
people on a boat that day . We then announced the Haul away Joe
competition in which any group of campers could sing their own verse
to Haul away Joe ! And the best singer gets FREE ice cream . At first
no one dared to stand up to the challenge of group did their verse ..
But what really caught my eye was this little girl with a soft
voice who asked if she could recite her version . She wasn't with a
group nor could i believe this , I had to ask twice to make sure what
I was seeing matched what I was hearing . She asked once more and I
turns on the mic and gave it to her . I could tell she was a bit
frightened and It reminded me of myself and without warning or second
thought I began to sing along with her . " Haul Away Joe ! " we sung
out together , and then the applause . I did not feel proud of myself
because I was too caught up in how brave and courageous she was . To
some it was just a song but to me it was more than that. It was a new
experience. I wanted to sing with her and follow in her foot steps .
It made me open up my mind to try other things to get me out of my
comfort zone . I was more ambitious and daring after that sing along
, and I appreciate her courage a lot more than she may ever realize .

- Chemar David

The Final Goodbye

This week was sadly my last week with the first group of kids at Camp Harbor View.  It was pretty sad to realize that the children I had become so accustomed to seeing everyday at fish in club were no longer going to be there anymore.  No more crab catching and fishing and occasional skate catches. I was no longer going to talk with Niya about Lacrosse and I was no longer to see Kendrick and listen to all of his rap jokes.  But I did realize the one positive and that is that these guys are growing up and we had a chance to have an impact on their life, which I consider to be a positive one.  

Towards the end of Thursday, which was our last day together, they had a talent show, which showcased all of the kid’s talents, which included singing, dancing and even some poetry.  I was proud to see some of the more shy children go up and still perform in front of such of a large group of people.  I remember when I was their age, and I know I didn’t have that sort of courage.

The fantastic talent show
Catching crabs with the kids

 
The occasional catching of the skate
Camp harbor view even made a slideshow of all of the children and all of the events and great memories they had shared over the past four weeks together.  Some of the girls began to cry and hug each other realizing that this was it, but as sad as it was, it was beautiful to know they had made friendships which will last them a lifetime.

- Maxwell Kennedy-Reid

The slideshow of the past four weeks at Camp Harbor View

Visitors at the Children's Muesum

Today at the Children's Museum, the people from the New England Aquarium brought a penguin to put on display. The penguin's name was "Roast Beef". It was a big African penguin, and it attracted a lot of visitors at the Children's Museum. I got take a picture of the penguin. Roast Beef and I had a lot in common, because we are both from similar places.

We also caught a lot of crabs and little choggies. The first day we tried to fish didn't really go well, because we used bread as bait. Today, we used squid, quahogs, and mackerel as bait, and it was much better. The fish and crabs liked to eat the bait we used. By lunch time, we caught 12 green crabs, 4 spider crabs, and 4 choggies. With the bait that we used, we even caught a big eel. I wonder what we'll catch tomorrow.

Children checking out the eel

Until next time,

Abdullahi Abdi

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

More Courageous Mysteries

Hello again fellow explorers!

Once again it seems as though the lobster traps at Courageous Sailing Center have provided something out of the ordinary. This time it seems as though we have caught a mouth-brooder! Mouth-brooding fish incubate the eggs of their young in their mouths to ensure that the majority of the offspring survive to hatch. While this behavior is rare among North-American fish species, it is possible that this fish is not native to North America. In the summertime, the currents bring warm, topical water up the coast and typically bring with them some very out-of-place organisms. This is also the reason almost every summer there is a great white sighting off the cape.


More research needs to be done before we can confirm that this was in-fact a mouth-brooder. The fleshy mass found on the mouth of this fish could possibly be a reaction to an infection of some kind that the fish was exposed to. This could have come from something as simple as a scratch sustained from the side of the lobster trap it was captured in, as it was in a deteriorating condition. Also, we have yet to identify the species of this fish. Once we do this, we will know if that species is typically a mouth brooder. For now, we can only hypothesize.

Until next time, keep on exploring!
      -Luke

Kids Concert!

On Saturday, Tom, Maxwell, and I went to the Friends of Lynn and Nahant Beach Children's Concert at Red Rock Park. It was a really fun way to spend part of my Saturday.

Hooray for Save the Harbor!

We had three monster-sized lobsters that we trapped in the harbor, so to get more animals for the younger kids to hold and learn about we went tide-pooling! Right at Red Rock Park we got about 20 hermit crabs, a handful or periwinkles, 2 green crabs, and seaweed aplenty.

Tide-Pooling!

We talked to tons of kids and their parents about the creatures we had, about the beach and the harbor, and how much fun they were having at this awesome event. There was face-painting, balloon animals, a really funny kids band called Toe Jam Puppet Band, and to top it off, it was a beautiful day.

Maxwell showing off a massive lobster

The event was very well organized and everyone, including the Save the Harbor staff had a great time!


Keep on jammin,
Sej

Sunfish & Sunshine

Finally, at one of our sites, we have consistently and successfully caught fish. The sweet spot, as it turns out, is a public dock near Community Boating. Just tossing in a line with a kernel of corn in the water will usually hook you a fish in a matter of minutes! Patience is still important as it always is with fishing. Some of our explorers have yet to learn this. But when they do, they will definitely be able to hook some fish.

Happy camper with her sunfish!

The sunfish like to hang out right under the dock so we've been using our underwater camera to see them. We can often see about 4 or 5 at a time just waiting to steal our bait. It's so cool that we can show kids that with the right bait and attitude they can catch a fish. The sunfish are only about 6 inches long- not quite worth bringing home for dinner.

Viewing the fish hiding under the dock

Unfortunately, the little sunfishy mouths and our tiny, barbed hooks are sometimes not the best together, and we have to finagle the hooks out of the fish. When we get a fish that's hooked badly, we all assemble as a (very unqualified) surgical team. Luckily, we have a very high success rate!

Our first rate surgical team removing a hook

Now that we've found the best way to catch so many fish that we don't even know what to do with them all, I can't wait to see what else we can try and catch. Hopefully we will catch a carp or a catfish soon!


Keep on fishing,
Sej

Seafood Festival Fun

Hello,

On Sunday, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay attended the 3rd Annual Seafood Festival celebrating 100 years of food, culture, and economy on the Boston Fish Pier. When I arrived, it was raining. But the rain didn't dampen the festivities that ran underneath big white tents along the pier. Senior Harbor Educator, Sam, and our Junior Program Assistants set-up a table to create fish prints.

Senior Harbor Educator, Sam, leading a fish print at the Boston Seafood Festival
Sam showed us how to create a fish print. We used a few different types of fish including flounder. First, Sam cleaned the fish from any residue it had. Second, he put several drops of acrylic ink on the fish; he choose a base color and an accent. Third, he spread the ink over the fish to make sure it covered its head, gills, fins, and head. Then, he cut a piece of rice paper, and he placed the paper on the fish. We helped him pat down and smooth out any ink spots. When he lifted the paper, a wonderful fish print was created.


After my shift ended, I was able to explore the festival which had music, art, and vendors. I even had a cup of chowder from No Name Seafood. It was a rainy yet rewarding day.

See you on the pier,

Iris Ayala

Monday, July 28, 2014

Boston Seafood Festival Prevails Through Storm

Despite the unfortunate weather the Boston Seafood festival on the Historic Fish Pier was more than a success. I helped run  a tent where we offered the art of fish printing. Sure, kids could have just colored or painted sea themed pictures, but fish printing is a rare art form not many get to experience!


We were fortunate enough to get a donation from a local fish monger which included large whiting,  summer and winter flounder, all beautiful fresh specimens! The printing started immediately. I set up color stations of ink which would compliment each other, and kids would pick what schema they wanted. Purples, pinks and reds seemed to be the most popular!! After the kids inked the fish with what ever design they chose, we would help them lay the rice paper and imprint the fish! Some kids got attached to their artwork which was funny to see, so we let them carry their piece away with them.










When we were not fish printing, we were taking a look around the festival and trying the seafood cuisine! We even ran into Johnny Depp which was pretty cool to see! :)


Now that I have so many fish prints, I have the means to construct a mural! It will begin this week!


Sam

Fish Printing 101

In order to fish print, one must first have a fresh specimen, some cardboard, pins, rice paper and ink.
The printer must first lay out the fish on the cardboard, using pinks to hold its fins in place. (requiring the artist to pin the fish to the cardboard.) Next a color scheme must be established for the fish. This requires mixing inks to find the best color and consistency.  Once the artist is ready to ink the fish, they must pat it dry with paper towers to get rid of the fish's mucus membrane. Sometimes rubbing salt helps create a dry surface to work with.



The Fish is now inked, with what ever color the artist chooses. Excess ink is patted off, to deter blotting. Rice paper is than laid over the fish and pressed firmly to the flesh. The artist then rubs the paper with his hand to create the rubbing affect fish printing achieves. When the artist has thoroughly applied pressure to capture detail, they must slowly lif the paper off the fish in order to reveal the image. Be careful to avoid pooling liquid ink, or fragile areas where the paper may tear apart.

Once the paper has been removed from the fish it should be placed on the ground, anchored by weight, to dry off. Allow 20-30 minutes for the drying period as tacky ink will smudge and run.
Stop by the Seafood Festival this Sunday if you have any interest in viewing the process and  personally trying it!

Sam

The Pains and Gains of Kickball

Public Service Announcement: When you chose to engage in kickball with David Coffin please make sure you are wearing proper attire. This includes helmet, mouth guard, knee pads and elbow pads.
Thank you

Hello all,
Respect the Kickball
Take it seriously
Today was interesting to say the least. Naturally with Spectacle Island comes kickball. Apparently with kickball comes David Coffin and with David Coffin comes a tide of unintentional airborne girls and boys, mainly myself. I recommend that if you are not Mike Tyson, Muhammad Ali or Achilles you should not try to stop David. He has the hilarious affect of sending me and a couple other Save the Harbor/Save the Bay staff flying in his wake. The effect can be best described as bowling pins. I wasn't expecting to fly that day but nevertheless it was nice to levitate for a few seconds. It's not everyday you get to feel weightless. Although I'd prefer zero gravity to being thrown, it's still a good way to feel as though you weigh literally nothing. The landing is not as pleasant but what can you do but roll over, laugh and get up again. Even though today's experience was not kept to Earth, it was just as grounded in Save the Harbor/Save the Bay rules as the trees on Spectacle Island. It was cloudy today but that didn't stop me from swimming. Even though Spectacle Island has a fantastic beach that I would recommend to the president it was not as as pleasant without any sun to warm you up. I've never known water to burn but as of today I have experience. I should probably extend my public service announcement to include ideal swimming conditions. Although I didn't stay on Earth for a little today and have felt the true feeling of numb toes, I still recommend Spectacle Island as one of my favorite harbor islands. Though I might just take up fishing, I think it has a higher rate of keeping all participates on the ground.
Swimming Anyone?

Be careful and stay safe,
Ruth Scott


Soundwaves 2014!!

Last Saturday I had the pleasure of attending Save the Harbor/ Save the Bay's Soundwaves 2014- a Blues Cruise to Spectacle Island! 



As soon as I boarded the boat I knew it was going to be great day- the sun was shining, the eager attendees were buzzing with excitement, and the bands were gearing up to preform on the New Boston- our vessel for the day. I was especially excited to work this event because I am a huge Blues fan, what could be better than spending a beautiful saturday on the Boston Harbor listening and dancing to some funky music??


With the help of the Soundwaves music director, John Hall, The Throwdown Blues Band, Toni Lynn Washington, Lydia Warren, Diane Blue, and Sugar Ray and the Bluetones performed their favorite Blues covers as well as original music. Everyone enjoyed a refreshment while we made our way out to Spectacle Island from Rowes Wharf. Once we docked at the pier the first band started to play, some people stayed on board while others decided to enjoy Spectacle Island while listening to the great music from afar. There were also concert goers docked in the slips at Spectacle waiting to listen to the music from the comfort of their own boats! 


It didn't take long for everyone to get up and start dancing- I even decided to join in! It was great to see such a large turnout for this fun event, many of the people attend Soundwaves year after year and are known for their line dancing and funny props (one man wore an astronaut suit for a few songs!) Everyone was so friendly and had a great time- what a fun way to spend the day! 




 -Kelly Randall-

Sunfishes!

Wow! Ever since our group discovered that corn would be good bait we have been using it non-stop at Community Boating because it has been terrific, especially for sunfishes. Also, the fact that we have been catching fish and showing them to the kids made them believe that it is possible to catch fish out of the river, which is why a few more kids have been joining us to go fishing. We have been catching so many that we began running out of room for them.

We also got a chance to use our underwater camera It was exciting. To be honest I thought that we wouldn't see anything from the underwater camera but we actually did! Guess what we saw? Sunfishes! I know right. What a surprise. Next week, maybe we can try going to a different location in the Charles River to see what else we will find with the underwater camera.

We have recently had a new goal; which is to catch a catfish from the Community Boating site. We still have not reached that goal yet but we will continue to try and are determined that we will catch one.


Using our underwater camera
















At Courageous Sailing Center we haven't been catching any fish. Yet, on the other hand, we have been catching a whole lot of crabs from our traps! A bunch of green crabs, some red rock crabs, and starfishes. Of course with the help from our little strong explores. The best part is the end of the day we always enjoy freeing our little friends back into the water.


Catch you later,
Nhu


The Fan Pier Fishing Tournament

Hello,

On Thursday, Save the Harbor/Save the Bay attended the annual Fan Pier Fishing Tournament. I woke up early with the hopes of reeling in the winning catch. I met the SHEs, LHEs, and JPAs at the Courthouse stop off the Silver Line, and we headed to Fan Pier. After we set-up the banners, unloaded water and snacks on the pier, and put on our official Fan Pier t-shirts, we had breakfast sandwiches, coffee, and juice. We were fueled by J. Pace's and were ready to start our journey on the sea.

We split up into teams and boarded the boats mixed with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay Summer Staff and kids from the Boys & Girls Club. Each boat was equipped with rods, hooks, bait, water, and pretzels. Sam and I were the two Senior Harbor Educators aboard the boat. Sam was the first mate to the wonderful Captain Charlie, and I helped teach the kids how to fish and put the blood worms on their hook when they were too squeamish.

(left to right) Candido, Myself, and Sam putting bait on lines

We were able to cruise on the water towards Spectacle Island, Long Island, and around the Boston Harbor. Capt. Charlie tried to find us the best spots to catch flounder, stripers, and other types of fish. I was so excited when every person on our boat was able to catch a fish. I caught an 11 inch flounder, but it was to small. We threw it back in the water and wished it safe travels.

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay at the Fan Pier Fishing Tournament
We headed back to the dock around noon and met up with the other boats. We gathered around to see who caught the biggest fish. There were also guests from the Red Sox that were able to join us. After we took a group photo with our fish, we had lunch and cleaned up. All in all, it was a wonderful day.
                                   
See you on the water,

Iris Ayala


Sunday, July 27, 2014

A Very Dichotomous Day

This past Thursday, was the last day of the first session at Camp Harbor View. Far from the normal schedule, the day was filled with fun events to culminate the session, and send the kids off into the rest of summer.

Our time there today started at the lunchtime barbecue. All the tables from the great hall were pulled out into the fields out front. Hotdogs, hamburgers, ice cream and snow cones were all made available by the staff. Music was playing, leading to a whole lot of lively dancing and fun. While this type of cookout happens every Friday at the camp, the significance of the last one could be felt, and everyone danced and sang just a little bit harder. As the rest of the day would be filled with activity, lunch hour provided us the last real opportunity to say our goodbyes to all of the campers that we had come to know over the session.

Me and one of my friends from the last two years.
Being an individual in a camp of over 500 likely doesn't leave a whole lot of room for personal recognition, but the days next event would give any willing kids the opportunity to show their skills. From singing and dancing, to Capoeira and miming, this talent show had it all. It was not only fantastic to see what talents the campers had to offer, but also to witness the massive outpouring of support for everyone who put them on display.

The crowd at the talent show.
After the exceptional showing of talent the camp headed down to the great hall for the days last event, a slide show of photos from the session. Despite the upbeat nature of the slide show, an air of sadness hung in the air. You could tell that campers and councilors alike did not want to part ways. Still it was great to see all of the awesome stuff that the campers had done over the course of four weeks.

As the slideshow drew to a close campers began saying their final goodbyes to the friends and councilors that they had shared so much fun with. Tears came to more than one set of eyes at the thought that this chapter of the summer was closing. The friendships forged at CHV will last a lifetime, and I am sure that the kids will find ways to keep in contact throughout the year despite going to different schools and living in different areas of Boston and its surrounding cities.

I know that I have said this before in some of my previous blogs, but I feel it prudent to reiterate that Camp Harbor View truly is a special place. The opportunity to form such deep and meaningful friendships in such a perfect setting, located in the heart of Boston Harbor is unique. The love and appreciation for this opportunity can be seen on the faces of each camper as they say farewell, at least until next summer.

- To life long friendships,
                     Tom Rebula

Crab Stand


It's 9:00am on the dot and all I could think about is the rest of my day at Blacks Creek . I haven't been to the creek in a while seeing how we had so many field trips and what not . I really missed the place. The bumpiness of the road and the smell of the creek brought back a bunch of memories and boy was I ready to come back . At first there was only about two kids . The greyness of the sky gave a few parents a scare I suppose . I took a quick jog to the rest rooms all the way across the entire field . After coming back there was about 12 kids there . "Hey Man , wassup ?" And high fives were every were everywhere around me . Kids were splashing and playing in the water . Some in the sand making a castle or two , but they were all smiling . Nets were moving left in right in the water . Crab after grab after grab after crab . Crabs were popping up every where as if staged by the kids . It was fairly odd but they were catching em . Kids were engaged with the activity . We had held a crab up to the bucket and it clipped on with its claws . It was doing a hand stand , or what we decided to call it , a claw stand . It was a pretty cool sight to see and it was funny too. We all had a few laughs and kept doing it with numerous crabs . It was definently the highlight of the day .


- Chemar David

Friday, July 25, 2014

Back to Basics

Hello again!

This week at McDonough Sailing Center we had a HUGE amount of kids hanging out with us! While that is a fantastic treat for us Save the Bay Staff, it leaves us with a lack of equipment for the masses. Today, some bright youngsters came up with their own method to catch crabs and fish when they weren't able to get a hold of a fishing rod- and it WORKED!!

It started with two boys deciding they would take it upon themselves to MacGyver a basic fishing rod using scraps of dock line, hooks, and bait! They simply tied a hook to the bottom of the line using a trusty knot they learned in sailing camp, then placed the bait on the hook. While they weren't able to cast their make-shift line out, they did a fine job just dropping the line to the bottom right next to the dock. The bay is extremely muddy and a great place for crabs to live so we are always catching Green Crabs and Spider Crabs. Today, the boys were able to catch mostly green crabs on their lines. Another group of boys then tried the same thing, only minus the hook. They simply tied a piece of a mussel to their line, and dropped that to the bottom. They found that the hook wasn't necessary because the hungry crabs simply pinch onto the bait and don't let go! It was a lot of fun to chat with them about their different methods, then to watch them try it out and succeed!

The boys with their basic fishing rods!
Using their line to catch crabs off the dock


We also caught three lobsters in the lobster trap today! While we were packing up our things to go, I called over to the few kids that were left to help me measure the lobsters to be sure we could take them home (one of our staffers wanted to use them for a touch tank at an event we will be having this weekend!) I taught them how to measure the thorax of the lobster, and instructed them that it had to be no smaller than 3 1/4" and no bigger than 5". They all helped me lay down the measuring tape and counted the inches one by one to make sure it was in the keep range. Turns out they all were, which is exciting for us, but not so exciting for the lobsters!  

me and my helpers measuring the lobsters!


-Kelly Randall-

New Experiences


had a pretty interesting past two days. Although yesterday there was some ugly weather, we made the best of it. At McDonough there were very few kids to fish with so as Kelly took some of the kids on a beach walk we took turns kayaking. I've never gone kayaking before so it was really exciting and a bit scary. I can't swim too well so I was a little scared of falling into the water even though I was wearing a life jacket. Jazeel made me feel a bit better when he said he'd save me if I fell in. After a few minutes I got the hang of it and was going pretty fast and could control where I was going. I hope I get to go kayaking again some time in the near future!

Me and Jazeel on the kayaks! 



Today I was at a different site in the morning which was pretty cool. Instead of being at Piers Park I was at Constitution Beach which just so happens to be right next to my house. It was really different from Piers Park; I went in very curious about what I was going to be doing and wondering if we'd be catching anything and how that would happen. We didn't do any fishing or anything remotely related to what I do at Piers Park. Most of the kids from the YMCA went for a swim, the boys who didn't want to swim played soccer with Carlos and the girls who didn't want to do that did some sand art and walked on the beaching looking for shells. They were very calm and cute, it was definitely a nice change of what I am used to and it was great to see what is done at other sites, I wouldn't mind being placed at other locations so I can experience more new things! 

Esmeralda Mendez

Good Week, Blacks Creek

It was a fun week this week at Blacks Creek.  Even though we weren't able to be there for the whole week because of other events, the days we were there were very fun. When we got there we pulled out the crab trap and seen that we caught almost 30 crabs. This made all the kids so excited that we started to build a little fort for the crabs to live. Everyone started by digging out a big hole.  After that was don,e the kids started to put rocks around the fort and there was one kid who found a big rock to put in the middle of the fort. Then we filled it up with water and placed the crabs inside the fort. Some crabs were comfortable with it but some of the crabs tried to escape.
 
 After a while of just looking at the crabs and there new home, we went up to the field to play some kick ball. The kick ball game was very fun. The score was tied and each kid kept kicking the ball making home runs here and there. Then we decided to play a game of Uncle Sam and it was a fun game. There is usually a winner but this time the Uncle Sams were the winner but by that point everyone was an Uncle so everyone won. After we went back down to go look at the crab castle and we were glad to see that there were still crabs in there. As long as there are  crabs, sand and sun we can have lots of fun there.

-Richard Marrero