Session 5, Day 5 - Campout Returns!

By Sandy Schenck

Campers braved the elements for an evening, sleeping out under the stars (or in this case under a tarp) for the night and showcasing one of our woodcraft laws, “Fortitude,” since for many this was to be their first night sleeping without a roof over their heads. They packed out their own gear and their own food, and they learned how to survive for a night out in the wild! Stories returning from campout were positive and exciting. One group was able to catch and eat a fish for dinner, another group hiked up the bear trail and explored Joe’s Pool, while yet another group explored the Green River over by the Hemlock Field. For many, this experience was a first, and one that many campers wish to repeat in the future.

Upon returning, the campers helped put away their gear and clean up from their day outside. Quickly thereafter they were headed to some new activities for the day! Low Ropes Challenge taught campers how to work together to solve difficult problems, the Climbing Wall was conquered by a few persistent climbers, and the dream shot was hit during Archery class!

After a fun free time and a great dinner, the campers showcased their wide range of talents during the Variety Show! The violin and piano were played, songs were sung, and skits were performed. The wide range of abilities left many campers shouting for encores and talking about their favorite acts even as they were ushered back to their cabins for bed. Tomorrow marks the last full day of the session, and the campers know that they’ll need all their rest and positive energy for the last day.