Honor Counselor Bernadette’s Camp Journal: Olympic Triathlon

Camp Sunny Patch Honor Counselor Olympic Triathlon
Camp Sunny Patch honor counselor Bernadette puts a cool twist on our Zina’s Session 9 activity, with her version of a kids’ Olympic Triathlon!

Hello there! I am Bernadette from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas and right now at my house the Olympics have taken center stage. My girls (age 6 and 5) have been watching the Olympics for the first time this summer and they are really enjoying the swimming, gymnastics and bicycle races. I wanted to tap into the Olympic frenzy and set up a kid friendly Olympic triathlon inspired by the Camp Sunny Patch Triathlon during Session 9.  You can download the printable directions here for the original version of this activity.

We tailored our triathlon to suit what the girls wanted to do – race each other in the pool, on bikes and finally on foot. So we grabbed our Melissa & Doug Spark Shark Kickboards and headed to the pool for Part 1 of our Olympic triathlon.

Part 1: Olympic triathlon water competition
The swimmers got into the pool, loosened up and got ready to race! It was an exciting race, you can see the determination on their little faces. This was serious stuff!
Using the kickboards the girls swam the length of the pool.  Our victor was overjoyed at having beat out her big sister, that doesn’t happen often. What a great Olympic story!
Part 2 of our Olympic triathlon took us back on land for the bicycle and foot races. We combined them for an action pack finish to our triathlon. The girls started the bicycle race at our starting line, which was clearly marked with our Melissa & Doug Activity Cones. The cones also marked the halfway point, where the girls had to quickly dump their bikes and set off immediately on the foot race to the finish.
Once on their bikes, the girls were off. It was a fast paced race but our victor pulled ahead in the last few seconds.
Part 3 of our Olympic triathlon began and it was a close foot race to the finish line. But our victor was incredibly proud to even out the score with her little sister, who had beat her in the pool.

What a fun and action packed triathlon! It was such a wonderful (and interactive) way to expose my girls to the Olympic games. This activity has certainly made them even more excited about the Olympics. We are looking forward to watching the rest of the summer games together.

Who knows, I might even have my very own future Olympian.

Bernadette is an elementary school teacher currently on hiatus as a SAHM to her two daughters (ages 6 and 5) who are the inspiration behind her blog, Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.  Bernadette is a firm believer of the fact that learning begins at home and doesn’t end with the afternoon school bell. Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas showcases Bernadette’s learning adventures with her daughters. She emphasizes playful learning and discovery with the hope of instilling her daughters with a genuine lifetime love of learning. Bernadette tweets as @Momto2PoshDivas and can also be found on Facebook and Pinterest.


  1. Reblogged this on My Little Birds Love Reading and commented:
    My family is loving the Camp Sunny Patch activities! I hope that your little birds are as well!