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Episode 4: Roxy Peterson on Art Programs at Camp



*Please Note: We apologize for the poor quality of sound in this episode. We had some technical difficulties and promise to do better in the future… please don’t leave us! 😛 *

The talented Mr. Roxy Peterson talks to Patti and Curt about his passion for weaving art and camp together to teach campers about sharing culture, building community, and understanding the world.

They also talk about the books they’re currently reading; Curt is learning how to face his fears in 5 seconds, Roxy’s enjoying some discontinued treasures, and Patti is reading a fictional story narrated by music.

How it all came to be

Roxy fills us in on how he became involved in camping and the journey that took him from England to the US to Canada, then back to England where he is currently working on his MA in Youth and Community Development.

Curt and Roxy also bond over their shared Camp America London camp recruitment fair experience.

Art in Camp

With a degree in Design Studies from London Metropolitan University and a broad range of camp and youth work experience with different populations, the most recent being Ross Creek Centre for the Arts, Roxy has found a way to combine his two passions – art and camp to create scenarios where campers will learn about themselves and the world around them.

He has used art to help Canadian immigrants discover the wonderful and unique culture within camp:

“One thing that art can do a lot of the time is bring people together… the great thing about art is that no one necessarily has to understand language to get it… it’s a great way to share culture and it’s a great way to connect on a base level…”

He has also used art to teach children about the natural world, the science within art, and how to make art out of found objects:

“I think it’s important that kids understand how nature and art come together.”

Roxy and Curt bond some more over a shared love for Andy Goldsworthy. And Curt and Patti frantically Google what the word pedagogy means because neither of them want to admit that Roxy is talking a little over their heads for a few minutes – you don’t hear about it during the show because they played it cool – but it’s a total insider, behind the scenes moment.

We find out what the coolest thing Roxy has ever made at camp (it turned evil!), and the coolest thing Curt ever made (it involved hot tubs and glitter), and found out that Patti is pretty lame and needs to step up her arts and crafts game.

Roxy tells us what his art program would look like if he had his own camp AND we find out what he would do with an unlimited amount of Lego’s (his first answer sounds a little painful).

Things we’re grateful for

Curt is inspired by an old western to be grateful for modern medicine, Roxy is grateful for a sense of community no matter where he is in the world, and Patti is inspired by Roxy (and Curt, maybe?) to be grateful for the connections she’s made through camping.

Random questions of the week

What is one of your weird quirks?
Patti gives unsolicited advice to unsuspecting acquaintances, Roxy has a nervous British humour, and Curt likes to race himself doing mundane tasks.

What’s the last song you listened to?

Roxy – BB King, The Thrill is Gone
Curt – Justin Bieber, Sorry
Patti – Nahko and Medicine for the People, Black as Night

How to reach us

Curt: Summer Camp Pro

Patti: The Camp Nerd


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