Survival Camp

Just like the previous week, this past week was filled with joy, slightly less frustration, and tons of food. For this round of camp, we had 22 7th-9th graders. What’s really cool was that through the outreach that I and another intern did, we were able to recruit 2 Hispanic children to attend the camp, which is remarkable seeing that it’s the first time that has happened since the beginning of camp 6 years ago. I lead a lot of team building and survival activities. I also taught some basic knots and ropes skills, how to stat a fire using flint and steel, and basic first aid like burns, bee stings, and sprained ankles. We camped on a property that has its own lake and which is 0.5 mile to the beach. Kids were able to make their own debris huts. One day we had a beach day where we just played at the beach and had a bonfire. My favorite part of the camp¬†was taking a night paddle with 4 campers. We attached glow sticks to our kayaks and paddled to the center of the lake to look up at the stars. I usually just work with elementary school kids so I wasn’t sure what to expect with this group. I was pleased when they turned out to be a good and curious group of kids. That same weekend I met and ¬†camped with some other EFTA interns who also work in Oregon. We stayed two days in Mt. Hood National Forest where we were lucky enough to have a camp site feet away from a creek. It was a real pleasure meeting and hanging out with them. I just wished we would’ve met earlier.

Brenda & Lily

Brenda & Lily

   

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