Hi Ho Hi Ho, A Camping We Will Go!

Monday morning brought campers not only to Friendship Circle, in order to catch a bus, but also their sense of adventure. What adventure is that, you may ask? The great outdoor adventure. With the help of the Bear Hug Foundation, campers look forward to the four day, three night annual overnight camp every summer.

Climbing onto the bus, campers head off with cheery faces and excitement to Camp Tamarack. There, the kids are encouraged to “live the experience”, as they broaden their horizons and pick up a variety of skills with the help of their buddies.

Camping Fun

Overnight Camp 2014

With rock climbing, swimming and archery on the agenda, campers enjoyed all of the fun and experiences that came with not only spending time with their buddies, but also trying out new things at the overnight. One night, the kids put together and presented a camp talent show–from solos to group sing alongs, no one was left out. Everyone joined in and had a great time!

The kids also:

  • Tie-dyed t-shirts and pillowcases
  • Created new things in arts and crafts
  • Played Friendship Circle games
  • Played sports with staff

Outdoor learning

Overnight Camp 2014, 2

While a lot of fun can be enjoyed at camp, there is also a time to learn in order to help heighten the experiences gained. From the morning they arrived at Camp Tamarack, to the evening they left, all of the participants definitely learned new things about the great outdoors, camping and pioneer life.

Whether in the woods, on the trails or by the lake, campers were taught by Tamarack staff, through games and hands on learning, about the ecosystems that surrounded them, the different types of animals that lived in the wild, and also focused on the different living organisms that called water their home.

Overnight Camp 2014, 5

Tamarack staff also helped campers learn how to survive in the wild during their own camping adventures. Many fish were caught by campers and volunteers alike, and delicious food (like grilled cheese sandwiches and popcorn) was cooked over a campfire. Campers were also taught how to use a compass and follow directions to get where they needed to.

Campers spent time at the pioneer village, learning about that era of time by visiting different parts of town and role playing. At the tavern, campers dressed up in period clothing and enjoyed homemade treats. Campers and their buddies were also locked in a cell at the village jail after admitting to what they were caught for (stories creatively made up by the campers). In the general store, campers “oohed and aahed” over pioneer tools, sweets and life necessities, while learning about how those tools helps pioneers in their day-to-day lives.

Overnight Camp Camp 2014, 3

The campers, staff and volunteers all experienced a sense of peace so close, yet so far away from home. Beyond this story, memories were created, new friendships were formed, while some older friendship were ignited.

And of course, we couldn’t forget about the traditional roasting of s’mores!

Because a camping trip can never be without s’mores!

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