Camptown participated again in the Hoosier Outdoor Experience September 17th and 18th. Last year over 18,000 people visited the HOE and this year looked like a record crowd. This is the third year of HOE and the third year Camptown participated. Camptown had a family camp set up were participants could practice setting up a tent, play a game of corn hole or ladder ball, observe cooking demonstrations or just share camping stories and get questions answered.
Going this trip helped me tremendously. I needed a transition before college. Getting to meet people from my college ahead of time and developing my skills has booted my confidence. I can’t wait to go to college and meet the rest of my fellow students. I can tell them about my trip instead of just saying I had a great summer. After this trip, I plan to show my leadership skills more and continue to speak up and be noticed. I am ready for any challenge Butler has to offer me.
The hike was very different from others. But I thought Eric was very cool, he was very laid back which made the hike very interesting. My very favorite part of the hike was to see the overlook at buzzard rock, it was so nice. Besides the wind, and the fact that it was super cold. Also the first day of hiking we hiked 11 miles. Wow! J That was a crazy day I thought would never end. I got so upset I started saying things I do normally say. I was also hungry which make it really bad. Then the hills seem like it would never end – longest 2 miles in history. I about died. LOL One more thing before I go, I thought this trip made me think about life, and how I can achieve my goals mentally in the future. I just was to say Thanks Eric! PS Your really amazing Can’t believe I hiked 22 mile!
Camptown was one of 52 organizations awarded a grant through The North Face Explore Fund. The North Face Explore Fund
grants will affect more than 30,000 young people across the nation. Camptown’s grant will help support our year long Camptown
Youth Leader Program. The Camptown Youth Leader program is a service and leadership program that includes monthly
meetings and at least one activity per month. Last year our Youth Leaders went canoeing, hiking, climbing, backpacking and put in 512 hours of service to the community.
“First-hand experience is essential to ignite a passion for the outdoors, and that shouldn’t be limited by gender, race or income level,” said Ann Krcik, director of outdoor participation at The North Face. “At The North Face, we’re dedicated to providing everyone with the access to our natural playgrounds and the resources they need to get outside.”
If you know of a student ages 12-18 that would be interested in joining the Camptown Youth Leader program, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“I was excited for Camptown. Hiking, camping, whitewater rafting. I’ve been hiking and camping since I was eight. When I was 12 we (me and my grandpa) was on a camping trip. My grandpa had a massive heart attack. I then vowed to never go camping gain. But then I went to Camptown. By going on this trip, it reminded me how good I am at camping and how fun it was. On Monday, I automatically got picked for leader. Everybody just wanted me to be their leader. So I was the leader. We started at the twin arches and ended at Jake’s Place. On the way there, I felt like I was hiking with my grandpa again. I moved throughout the line, front, back, middle, checking to make sure everyone was okay. On Tuesday, I was scout. I ran ahead of the group to check out any obstacles. If I did see any obstacles, I went back to the group and warned them to be careful. Even when I wasn’t leader or scout, I still solved problems. Such as there was one time where we came upon a huge trunk that blocked the trail. The whole group just stood there not knowing what to do because of Poison Ivy was there too. But, I figured if I climbed onto the trunk smashed down the poison ivy so we could get by. On Thursday, after rafting, Brandon told me about the youth group and I thought maybe this shouldn’t be my last time camping.”