Kids Carpet

ADCSwing2015Soften the blow when kids fall down. $10 buys a pick-up truck load of sawdust, delivered to Los Domos. $15 buys sawdust and placement. The “carpet” is placed around camp paths, activity stations, tables and benches.


“Eyes” for Kids

Imagine a world without birds. No whippoorwills calling the morning to life in the predawn darkness. No nightingales pouring out their souls in the hearts of forests. No great blue herons flying low over marshlands while the world is cloaked in mist. With no birds, silence and stillness would replace the joy and majesty surrounding us.

But thankfully, there are birds, many different types of birds. And yet, in spite of the awesome beauty that is warbling and flying all around us, so few people really see these birds much less know their habitat. How often do we go about our daily lives, hearing chirps and seeing aeriel movement, without really noting the diversity of color and habit? Often times, its not a lack of interest, but rather a lack of teaching, that brings about this unawareness of birds and their ways. And so, here at Los Domos, we desire to change this and instill a greater knowledge of nature and God.

As one of our many character-building activities, we will train counselors to be bird-savvy and so able to teach the kids about these wonderful creatures. But teachers need tools. As any bird-watcher will tell you, binoculars are critical for the art. So, if we at Los Domos had four pairs of quality binoculars that could be used to find and identify the birds, the children could begin the adventure that is birding. Consider the possibility of hundreds of kids moving from absolute ignorance of birds to being avid birders, loving to spend time in God’s creation watching God’s creatures! The alertness, exercise, fresh air, and sunlight that the children can get from birding are exhilarating and deeply healthy.

The most active bird watcher in Michoacán visited Los Domos recently. He recommended a 7×35 set of binoculars for the birdwatching activity. Binocular sizes are measured with two numbers; the first represents the magnification, or the number of times the image is enlarged, while the second indicates the diameter of the light-gathering lens in millimeters. According to the remarkable bird-watcher, 7×35 binoculars have the perfect range and magnification for birding.

Birding is a very affordable skill for us in Mexico. We have the birds, we have the trees, we have the lakes. All that remains is the tools to observe, identify, and record. This is where you can join us. We would like to offer you the chance to donate $45 to bless and enrich these children with binoculars.

Camps at Los Domos follow a program model that has five kids, two counselors, and one facilitator per cabin. Therefore, if we are able to buy four pairs of binoculars, a birdbook, and notebooks, each cabin would have just enough to take turns watching the birds. We are now looking for bird-lovers to stand up and help propagate their interest by donating toward these tools. Is $45 too much to invest toward a child’s education? As always, here at Los Domos, we seek to instill character values, Scripture, and godly principles with each activity. Kids are naturally curious and lively, and so, given the proper tools, they can open up doors full of wonder and knowledge that will never stop inspiring them.

Will you join us? You can help these children experience the world of birds. Once they learn birding here at camp, they will be able to take it with them and use it for the rest of their lives. Imagine a world without birds, and then imagine a camp full of bright-eyed kids, who are not only seeing nature but also its Creator.

Donations can be made here, or you can make checks payable to “Camps International”.
Camps International
P. O. Box 1006
Cicero, NY 13039


Archery is a classic sports activity for camp because kids love it! They learn a skill and the discipline of using an instrument that is more than a toy. Give an experience that they won’t get at home in the city.


Archery, a classic camp activity, was chosen to be added to the program for the 2013 season. We wanted to increase the skill development aspect of camp at Los Domos. This activity can be used to teach a rich skill set to children (learn rules, procedures, technique, use strength, practice). However, the equipment we found here in Mexico, if it was even here, was overly expensive.

archeryDebbie Jorgenson got excited about making the activity available for the kids here. (This is Debbie’s third successful assist to get different activities going at Los Domos.) After a few disappointments in not being able to buy equipment because it was out of season, she found small compound bows with arrows. Nathan Caldwell followed up by contacting an archery provider and with the help of the CI treasurers got non-profit discount rates for the equipment he ordered. The result was that we ended up with the wide range of bows (+/- 24 lbs. to 50 lbs.) that were needed for the 8-17 year old kids that attended camp. Carrying proper documentation, Karen Caldwell transported the equipment by car from NY to Mexico.

David Caldwell designed and fabricated arrow and bow holders from 2” PVC pipe, heavy wire and 3/8” rebar. The same holders act as the storage containers for the arrows.


In training counselors, we introduced the idea of skill activities at two camps. With Richard Johnson’s consent, Nathan Caldwell took re-curved bows and equipment to the camp in Oaxaca. Nathan also taught/demonstrated the future possibility for Camp Caotepec counselors.

At Los Domos we wanted to incorporate the discipline of following commands and showing respect to the others on the range. To reinforce the concepts we used blowpipes as a pre-requisite activity. The one meter long pipes were made up at Los Domos of CPVC and use orange wire nuts for a projectile. The same safety, lineup, shooting and retrieving commands were used for both activities.

At Los Domos, using what she learned at camp Tapawingo in 2012, Rose Caldwell taught archery with the counselors and their cabin group. Also, the camp theme and evening devotions were related to the archery activity.


  • Kids loved the activity.
  • The procedure of introducing blowpipe during an activity period first worked very well and reduced the risk of enthusiastic young kids running out in front of arrows being shot by their companions.
  • Arrows lost in woods took a long time to be found by the kids. Two arrows are still missing.
  • Los Domos had a dedicated staff person, Rose, teaching archery. It is our goal that counselors work directly as possible with their campers. However, for this activity, it will require a greater investment of time to train counselors to a proper level of proficiency.

Ideas for 2016 at Los Domos

  • Signage: Make plywood signs in the shape of arrows for directing the kids to the archery range. The range location is on the next property in the woods and is a bit hard to find.
  • Use tarp to cover the corn stalk bales to protect from them from the rain.
  • Make better use of the concept of a target by teaching precision verses accuracy.
  • Buy more baled corn stalks for the target area.
  • Use a tarp to cover equipment in case of rain during activity when at the range.
  • Procure better storage containers such as buckets for arrows/holders and a barrel for bows.
  • Develop a half-sheet notebook for training counselors and for their review. The manual should show equipment terminology and diagrams. It should have the vocabulary for signaling line up, shooting, retrieving, etc.
  • Purchase little arrows for the compound bows (one set of six arrows).
  • Consider a background net.
  • Use a rake for grooming the range.
  • Purchase four more larger bows for counselor training.


Approximately $490 were spent on equipment and range beyond the cost of the donated compound bows.


Archery, though not inexpensive, teaches a challenging set of skills and disciplines that engage users in ways not typically found in playground pastime. The smaller footprint style of three piece re-curved bows and compound bows have great advantages for transport. It allows them to be brought to Los Domos and shared around to other camps. Not only is the activity an attraction to children but the counselors want to be trained thereby encouraging the training process during the year that prepares them for relationship building and discipleship opportunities to be found in camp, church and community.


18 meters of 1″ rope for cabin groups to pull on. Each rope goes to a camp location for keeps.