This spring we went to Outdoor Education at Snake River Adventure Center. It was a 2-hour bus ride and we had to pack the buses and truck with all of our clothes and other things. It was a blast on the bus ride we played on our iPods and talked a lot. When we got there the “girls” unload their stuff and the girls helped with the boys stuff too. After we put our stuff in our rooms/cabins, we headed to the big field and played group games. Then we had lunch and so on. In each of my paragraphs I explain each big class or activity, in order of my schedule.
In teams course we used are imagination and worked as a team. In my team/group there was Arch, Michael, JB, Danielle, Maya, Yesol, Carissa, Jagr, Chase, Noah, Jonathan, Joe, and moi. We were group 2. As a team we went to the Jungle. There obstacles in our way like, a giant spider web we had to get through without getting eaten, bomb stick we had to carry, Jump rope obstacle, low ropes were we had to walk on a tightrope without falling, slow hula-hoop game were we had set the hula-hoop without letting it fall, blindfold walk were one person (Chase) led us around while everyone else was blindfolded, lava platform were we had to get everyone one platform using wood planks and two other platforms, and other activities too. We got through all of these by communicating and helping each other. We tried many times at each course. My favorite course was the low ropes because it took a lot of work and I like challenges.
In orienteering we learned to use a compass. A compass works by magnets in the compass and around the earth like a force field. The magnetic forces pull the magnetic to tell were is north and south, and the west and east are figured out after we determine north and south. We used the compass to find letters in the forest and to find are pennies on the ground. It was hard because I could never find my penny by myself. When we were finding the letters in a specific place Danielle and I could never find it. So it was hard.
In survival we built shelters and learned how long you could live without necessities. If you didn’t have food you could only live for 3 weeks. If you didn’t have water you could live only 3 days. If you didn’t have shelter you can only live 3 hours. We talked about this around a campfire. My little group’s shelter was shaped like a tipi. Our shelter/house could fit 5 people in it. We used flat planks so everything would stay straight against are tree stump. Most interesting thing I learned was that without a shelter we could only live 3 hours.
During this class, we played fun games that we do in PE. The games we played were Ultimate Nerf, Keep-away Frisbee, and Elbow tag. The rules for Ultimate Nerf were that we had to pass the ball around and pass to a person through the goal. We went by point system. So who ever had the most points at the end was the winner. In keep-away Frisbee you have teammates and you pass to each other to earn points if you are defense and not throwing the Frisbee then you can intercept the Frisbee and earn points for your team. The last game we played was elbow tag and the rules to this game was that you had a partner and there was a person it and catcher. If you are it you run and try no to get caught if you tired then you link up with other pair and the person on the other side of the middle person is it. It was a really fun class and it was one of my favorites.
In archery class we learned how to set up a bow, what are the parts of the bow and arrow, and how to fire. We also had safety guide lines that we had to follow. We never pointed the bow and arrow at someone or something that was not a target. The parts of the arrow are the tip was the tip, there was feathers are the guiders (on opposite side of tip), and other parts. Some challenging things I faced was aiming and stance. I had good form and I could get it to the target, but I could get it to an exact place. Even though I can’t aim I loved archery!
During this class our teacher was Ms. Wright and she was really nice and fun to work with. In this class we used are senses in each activity. The activities we did were having no thumbs and acting like squirrels, being blind and having a partner have you every other sense to figure out where they took you, figuring out what type of rock was in your hand, and the peppermint hunt. I learned that when you don’t use one of your senses then the other ones are better than before, I that was really cool. The most difficult thing on the peppermint hike was actually smelling the peppermint. We got hints from Ms. Wright and so it was easy and fun, but you really can’t smell the peppermint on the trail.
In entomology we learned about insects. What makes an insect an insect is it has six legs, antennae, thorax, and abdomen. Something interesting about grasshopper is that they very threatening. Grasshoppers can cut down a field in less than 5 hours. It’s insane! I learned so many things about insects. My favorite activity was when created are own bugs and gave it characteristics. We built them out of candy it tasted delicious! It was a fun class.
Climbing Tower and High Ropes
We did this activity on our last day at Snake River Adventure Center. On the climbing tower I climbed on side of the rock wall. I didn’t want to zip-line down so I jump on the rock wall with a harness and slowly went down it was fun. I’m scared of heights so I didn’t want to stare at the ground from such a high height and I decided no to go on. While my group was at the high ropes course I didn’t want to risk me being scared so I didn’t go, but I saw people do and it looked fun and scary for me. In this activity I felt good and not scared because I didn’t give my self and hard-attack. It was fun watching and doing.
In conclusion I had a blast at Outdoor Ed. I had so many great memories. I loved all of the other things we did too. I played card games and in the big gym with the relay races and stuff. We got giant rice crispy treats and they were awesome. I had so many amazing memories. I loved having Outdoor Ed. Thanks so much for reading.
This is the map of the Camp
This is a picture of the triplets the girls cabins
This is a picture of my lunch group
This is a picture of the giant spider web and my group
This was my group journaling at the big field
This is the scores after we finished the relay races
This was my friends and I playing cancan
This is the fire we roasted marshmallows on
This was the climbing tower there is rock climbing and ropes and ladders
This is me on the climbing tower
This is a group picture of all of our grade