Camptown is such a great experience because the trip helps you get out of your comfort zone, work with others, and get to know each other. Maybe your unsure about something or you think you can’t do it, well at the end I ended jumping off the rock like twice and I’m afraid of heights and I kept on wanting to jump off again. It was so much fun. You also learn about survival skills and what pioneers went through. I also realized that you have so little on your back and some people don’t appreciate what they have and complain while others have nothing. Lead, believe, and appreciate what you have around. This is what I think this trip has taught me.
I have had the pleasure of teaching this group of middle schoolers for the past two years. In these two years, I’ve gone on two Camptown overnight field trips. The first being thier 7th grade 1-night trip to Shades State Park, an the final trip being the 8th grade 5 day backpacking trip through the Big South Fork. It is greatly due to these trips that my students are the cooperative, determined and respectful individuals that they are today, and it has been exciting to see how much our students have grown in their ability to compromise, work together, and challenge themselves. It is for these experiences with Camptown that our students are transforming into mature and dependable young adults.
Each year volunteers help us bring nature to hundreds of inner city youth. Our Natural Wonders Day Camps are designed to provide inner city elementary age children a one day nature experience. Campers get to try their hand at fishing, take a nature hike, paddle a canoe, and play outdoor teambuilding games. A Natural Wonders Day Camp provides for many of our students a once in a life time experience. For others, it opens the door to a whole new world – a world outside, one they have not even imagined before. One of our partners shared this last summer after their Natural Wonders Day Camp, “I truly believe that Camptown was the greatest experience the girls had.” We need volunteers to make this happen. No experience necessary. Camptown staff will train you and be there to support you during the day. We need station leaders, assistant leaders, and guides. For more information visit our Volunteer Page.
My trip to Camptown was very cool because I got to look at a map and figure out where we are and where we were going as a group. I got to see a lot of different types of nature that I usually wouldn’t see int he city like a deer running across the trail that my group was walking on. I loved hearing the birds and getting a chance to see one that was about to be released back into the wild. I loved all of the walking because it made me active and I got to feel proud that I was outside doing something instead of being inside playing video games. I really enjoyed the scavenger hunt because I got to find things outside and it made me think a lot. I really hope that I get to go back to Camptown and see what other things that I might get to do in the future.
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