Caring for animals is part of the Lakewood Lodge experience. One of the reasons Lakewood Lodge was set up was to give city children the chance to experience animals in a farm environment. All our animals are “hands-on”, meaning campers get to be up-close and interact with them face-to-face.
Many of our sheep are pets, having previously been hand raised for Calf-club or school pet days. They are all very friendly and love to have a pat and a scratch. Our sheep live near the Climbing Wall and often like to check out what’s happening during this activity. One activity during camp is Animal Feeding, and the sheep are one of the animals we feed at this time.
We have a mixed flock of chickens including four roosters at camp. Yes, the roosters will wake you up in the morning… Welcome to farm life! Come and collect the eggs and feed our chooks each day during camp at Animal Feeding time! A couple of our chickens are able to be petted… a truly different experience indeed! Kevin is our one-eyed rooster who lost his eye in a fight with another rooster. As the obvious looser of the fight, he moved out from the chook house, and found himself another place to live… straight outside the Lodge! Kevin loves to visit the Lodge and is up for any free snacks. He has also worked out the time the horses get fed and arrived very promptly at the stables to be in on the free food that the horses drop as they eat.