Family Pathways Kids First, Circle of Friends and Mora Teen center participated in the “I Can Camp” program recently, sponsored by Wild River State Park. Nineteen students and six adults camped overnight in the park.
The “I Can Camp” staff taught camping skills such as setting up a tent, camp safety, building and starting a camp fire, fire safety, hiking safety, geocaching, water safety and simple camp cooking.
The kids were sent on a photo scavenger hunt where they used the provided digital cameras to take pictures of the items found, demonstrating the principle of take nothing but pictures.
Several of the students proved to be budding artists with their wonderful impromptu photographs of white caterpillars, green walking sticks and the flames of the fire.
For many of these teens this was their first real camping experience. They were awed by the sight of the stars in such a dark place and reveled in the joy of ‘smores fresh from the campfire.
The statement, “This is was the best camping trip ever” was heard repeatedly even as they were being asked to clean up the camp sight according to the principle of leave nothing but footprints.
The staff were delighted by the attitude the teens had toward the park and the creatures there. Everyone left enriched by the experience and asking for the opportunity to return again next year.
If you or your child are interested in attending events like this and various others, please contact them at 320-225-0252.
Family Pathways provides many opportunities for volunteering or mentoring and they are seeking individuals willing to make a difference in the lives of the youths of our community.
To learn more about this organization and their programs please see their website, www.familypathways.org, or call them at 320-225-0252.