I just returned on Friday afternoon from 28 hrs with 77 5th graders in the woods. In today’s society our kids are so electronics focused but I must say I was surprised how well they did.
We arrived at camp which is located in our own town but you would have no idea (I didn’t) it was there. Kids had cabin assignments and we grabbed our gear and chose our bunks, yes bunk beds. This momma however grabbed a bottom bunk and settled in. We met at the Flag pole and started our stations. These stations allowed the kids to learn new skills not only in nature but in real life. For example we did an adaptations station. They hid 15 things along a path in the woods and we had to find them. Interesting thing is almost everyone missed the items that were behind them. They focused on in front and to the side. When we turned around and walked back the same path we saw the additional items. The kids enjoyed the exercise for sure. We did other stations such as team building, leading a friend that is blindfolded, and learning about what is important in survival as a group. In the evening they did a 2 mile hike at dusk and then the campfire with s’mores. To be honest the fire was great but it was so stinkin hot and the mosquitoes were having a field day on the legs and ankles I was ready to clean up and get to bed in the air conditioned cabin…… this was not glamping my any means but it beat sleeping in a tent.
The girls were having fun and enjoying the time talking and a couple even did make up. Lights out at 10:15, no talking at 10:30. Most were up and getting ready by 6:45 am. We cleaned the cabin and took our stuff to the front. Breakfast time with a cereal bar, and sausage, egg, cheese biscuit. Then back to the hot morning which by the way was the first day of fall and it was 94 out. After a morning of team building like working together to get across an area without falling off the blocks. the kids had truly ran out of gas. The heat was taking its toll on all of us no matter how much water we drank, well water at that. We gathered after a couple of exercises back at the front for a cleanest cabin award. I am proud to say our cabin WON!!!! The girls were so excited to have those bragging rights.
We loaded the buses up, I however drove myself and back to the school we went. After the kids were accounted for at the school she was released to me and off to get food, shower and me to return to work for about 5 hours.
I would not trade the memories for anything in the world and so thankful I have a FT job that I can take the time off to do those things with her. I would love nothing more than to grow my Network Marketing Business and the new business I will be launching in October to not worry about time off no matter what is needed for my family. I will get there just you watch and see!