Friday, June 13, 2008

Camping at Silver Lake

I was one of the lucky chosen parents (got my form in first) who got to attend the grade 4/5 camping overnighter. We had 12 parents, 2 teachers and about 60 kids. What a great time we had! It was so well organized which always impresses me, and left not a lot of time for craziness or unexpected incidents to happen. Don't get me wrong, I like craziness in good forms, but not wild and uncontrolled craziness with large groups of children. The kids rotated through different outdoorsy activities in their smaller groups. Our group did a pond study, looking at various bugs that live along the shore's edge, a crash course in canoeing before sending them off on the lake in partners, a forestry activity learning all about local trees, logger games which included using a long cross saw, hiking, and orienteering. I had lots of reminiscing moments of my months teaching Outdoor Ed. at Pioneer Lodge to school groups just like ours. Those were fun times! It was so similar and I was happy that Jacob could have the same experience.

Packed and ready to go!

Jacob's teacher gets intensely excited about bugs during the pond study

A little canoeing

Trying the cross cut logger's saw



Randi said...

How fun! I'm so glad you got to go!

"bigcanadiangirl" said...

That looks like fun. Is Jacob at the age where it's good or bad to have Mom along?