Session 5 Day 4--Camp-Out Day!!!

By Sandy Schenck

“Win-de-ah-ho, win-de-ah-ho…” Campers and staff faced the morning sun and sang our greeting to the day before heading into breakfast this morning. After a hearty breakfast of sausage, biscuits, oatmeal, and fresh fruit (yogurt, cereal, and hard-boiled eggs are always available, too), campers headed out for their third morning of mentor hikes. Once again we had many “polarbears” and “salamanders” up at Uncle’s Falls. Another group hiked in the Green River. They found lots of interesting creatures, including crawfish, salamanders, frogs, and caddis flies. We had one group sticking closer to Base Camp, exploring our Tipi, which is a life-size replica of a Native American tipi that was created by campers and staff over a period of two summers, and Bob’s Cabin, a little cabin in the woods that was also built by one of our staff members with the help of campers. Lots to learn about and so little time to learn it!

After lunch, everyone returned to the cabins, but not for a rest hour. Instead, they packed personal belongings and sleeping bags into backpacks; after gathering group gear (camp stove, pots and pans, etc.) and food provisions, they set out for different camp-out spots around the Preserve. Camp-out … a little bit of hiking, a little bit of playing games, a little bit of cooking out, a little bit of toasting marshmallows for s’mores, a little bit of hanging out around the campfire, a little bit of gazing at the stars…. a lot of fun! We’ll report back with highlights tomorrow.