We arrived safely Wednesday afternoon, ate lunch and settled in. It was such a delight to see students working so well together to get their tents set up. Many groups even offered help to other groups who struggled in the process.
After everyone’s tents were up, we had some time to explore. Several groups took a short hike down to an amazing waterfall, while others explored around camp. A nice rain cloud paid us a visit just as we were preparing to start dinner. It was SO cool! We headed to our tents, but only for a little while, before we decided it would be fun to play in the rain. No thunder or lightening! Playing in the rain in a big group sure is something special. We felt like kids again. It was such a great feeling.Once the rain stopped, we settled in for a dinner of burgers and dogs with some yummy sides. Food prep and clean-up offers students many, many lessons on working together to accomplish a goal. Students learned how to cut watermelon, chop veggies, make slaw, cook burgers and dogs on a fire and MUCH more about working together. This came naturally to some groups, while others really had to struggle through to get it made. Let’s just say some ate earlier than others ; )
All students hiked to the top of the mountain, where we enjoyed our picnic lunch. Several groups continued on to complete the 4.5-mile hike through the woods, the homestead, to the waterfall and then back to camp. This was an extremely challenging hike, both physically as well as emotionally. Many of us faced challenges and relied on the group to help us through. It was truly amazing to witness everyone taking care of each other.