We loaded onto really nice tour buses for the two hour trip. The kids were excited to say the least! Bill Nye on video helped to keep the adults sane on the way.
|Ready to roll! Kendra and good pal, K.|
|Day 1 lunch--hamburgers, green beans, rice, and a cookie.|
Next was Animal Tracking. We had luck finding some raccoon tracks and what we thought were dog or coyote tracks. But unfortunately, city-kids plus trails equals stomping tracks into oblivion!
|Kendra with my co-chaperone, Amber, and her step-daughter M. This was the only pic of the inside of the cabin I took. :-(|
After breakfast we headed to our first class...Archery!
|Kendra and partner, S, found a termite and Rolly Poly. A friend in class found a "teenage" Black Widow. Yikes!|
The first one was a blind-folded walk--it had two parts. First they worked together with hands on each other's shoulders and had to walk blind. Then, they were placed on a wire path through the trees blind folded. At the de-briefing, Kendra was the only one who said she liked the walk with the class together more than the individual walk with the wire. She said she likes being able to count on her team. :-)
|Then finally they were paying attention!|
|Kendra's team had almost the entire skeleton of a shrew in their pellet. Amazing.|
|Here are the girls in my cabin...I had all but one in my class last year, and the one I didn't have is K's bestie, R, who I've known since we moved here. They were so great!|
|Kendra decided not to participate in this madness!|
Short day with only two classes, lunch, and then departure. The girls had to clean out the cabin, pack up and be ready to go by 8:00. They did awesome!
First class: Tree Cookies They learned all about different kinds of trees and how to tell their age.
Second class: Fossils. They got to explore the Fossil Garden and learn why there were fossils with shells in them (because North Texas was once under the ocean).
A few random pics:
|The girls found some very soft sandstone and had fun carving into it.|
|The whole class with their instructor, Andrew|
|Pretty much the only proof that I was there! :-)|
--The girls in my cabin were so sweet and did exactly what I asked.
--The weather was amazing. The first two days were in high 70's and sunny!
--We learned a ton of stuff!
--Kendra made some really great but hard choices. The girls from her class got together the second night to do a "show" in the common room of our cabin. I was inside the sleeping part of the cabin at the time, and apparently several of the girls were being inappropriate. Kendra and her friend K came into our cabin and told me that they were uncomfortable with the choices of the other girls, and friend R was soon to follow. Of course, I nipped that mess in the bud right away, and I was very proud of Kendra for standing up to what she knew was right and walking away from it.
--I was also proud of another thing Kendra did. We had a special needs kiddo with us, and Kendra made sure to include him, encourage him, and had him be with her groups when they broke off to do things. She has such an amazing heart. I love that girl!
--Our cabin won the ORT contest! It was a three way tie at the end, and it came down to a rock/paper/scissors challenge between us and two boys cabins. R went as our rep and won it all! Woo!
--Awesome parent volunteers who came too. I taught Amber's step-daughter last year, so I knew her well and we got along great as co-chaperones. There were also some way-cool dads there who helped so much AND kept me in stitches, too. :-) They were my voice at camp, and I was grateful (see first part of not-so-awesome parts of camp)
Not so awesome parts of camp:
--I lost my voice completely on the bus ride TO camp. Yep. On the way. I needed to be able to be my loud self to help with the class, and I couldn't. The laryngitis was due to a sinus infection, which reared its head on the trip, too. Lots of head gunk and coughing. Fantastic.
--Day three was windy and chilly. It wasn't horrible, but after two days of bliss we were freezing! The last pic of Kendra and I was taken that day (hence the winter coats and gloves!)
--I came home to find that I had brought home a stowaway with me. A gross one. A TICK!!!! It was on my stomach and I had to have it removed at a clinic. $150 later, I have no tick. YUCK!
Kendra and I had a fantastic time at camp...memories for a lifetime! :-)