It's Camp-Out Time!! (Sessions 3 & 4, July 1)

By Sandy Schenck

Campers and staff are so excited—they leave today on Camp-Out!!  After we slept in this morning (an extra hour of sleep—they were pretty excited about that, too) and enjoyed a big breakfast—pancakes, bacon, turkey bacon, hard-boiled eggs, fresh fruit, and cereal—everyone gathered in the West Field for a reading of The Lorax.  (That Dr. Seuss knew a thing or two!)  Then cabin groups split off to go through “Leave No Trace/Low-Impact Camping” training—they were learning about the best practices for living in or traveling through wilderness and impacting it as little as possible.  Some of the topics they covered included hanging a bear-bag for food, purifying water, and how to go to the bathroom in the woods.

After a fortifying lunch, campers and staff have returned to their cabins for a bit of rest and to pack their individual belongings and their group gear.  They’ll set out shortly for their respective destinations on the Preserve.  We’ll be checking in on them over the next day or two, and we’ll have brief updates for you, and then we’ll have a full report on Camp-Out adventures when they return, on Saturday, July 3.  We know they will have tons of fun! (Here are a few photos from this afternoon.)