The Ink Penn

Are you looking for a unique summer camp experience for your children? Sponsored by the Dunwoody Preservation Trust, Camp Flashback debuted in Dunwoody in 2018 and is not your typical summer camp. Staffed by experienced educators and put on by the DPT at the Donald-Bannister Farm on Chamblee-Dunwoody Road, Camp Flashback provides an opportunity for children to enjoy life as it was before technology.

Life before technology? What does that look like? Your children will discover the answer via hands-on activities. They’ll experience a bygone era when they participate in the same day-to-day activities as the original children on the farm would have, and they’ll get a feel for living in the past as they learn by doing.

Imagine them:

• In a camp environment with a 5 – 1 camper to instructor ratio

• Meeting friendly farm animals

• Milking and feeding goats, making and baking cookies, and hand-churning ice cream and butter

• Learning to weave, sew, and make a quilt

• Meeting musicians who play old-time instruments

• Gardening and planting herbs and sunflowers

• Meeting Lord Banjo, an easy-going 70-pound dog, giving him belly rubs and reading aloud from his book

• Making and playing board games

• Having scavenger hunts around the three-acre Donald-Bannister property

• Meeting members of the Dunwoody Police Department

•Learning about “Old Buck,” the train that ran up and down Chamblee Dunwoody Road 100 years ago

As a hybrid city/country girl, all this brings back fond memories for me. I lived in NYC as a child but visited my mom’s family on farms in Alabama and Georgia every summer. I remember meeting the cows and pigs and chickens, gathering eggs from the chicken house, and churning ice cream at family reunions. I didn’t pick peas on the farm, but I sat on the wide front porch and helped shell them. I can almost taste the fresh butter beans and peach ice cream as I write this. If you don’t have relatives who live on a farm, Camp Flashback is likely as close as your children can get to this experience.

These comments from parents and campers say it all:

• “A lovely camp in a beautiful setting, that teaches good values. It’s safe, and it’s fun!” — Parent

• “This camp is extraordinary, staffed by a team of compassionate, wise and generous people.” — Parent

• “Best camp ever!!! When I went, I didn’t know anyone, but everyone was so nice to me and I made friends with almost everyone in the first 15 minutes.” — Camper

Lord Banjo and I are looking forward to visiting camp again this year and meeting a new batch of campers. My boy loves kids, and they’re in short supply at the Penn household. Camp runs from 9 am – 3 pm with an optional early drop off time at 8 am plus an after-camp session from 3 – 5 pm. Four sessions are available this summer: June 17 – 21, June 24-28, July 8-12, and July 15-19. For more information, call 770-668-0401 or email shuff@dunwoodypt.org.

Register at CampFlashback. org. Sign up soon as slots will go fast!

Kathy is a Sandy Springs resident. Find her books, “Lord Banjo the Royal Pooch” and “The Ink Penn: Celebrating the Magic in the Everyday,” at the Enchanted Forest, Amy’s Hallmark at the Forum and Mansell Crossing, and on Amazon. Contact her at inkpenn119@gmail.com, and follow her on Facebook, www.facebook.com/KathyManosPennAuthor/.

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