Today we embraced the weather, the forest, and our friends with games, hikes and rain at camp Namanu, a place of enchantment and beauty near the Sandy River. This was a great opportunity for the children to spend quality kid-time enjoying freedom outside (jumping in ponds) and connecting with our natural world, their own self and each other. After an hour or so in the school bus, most of them enjoyed for the first time, we had our first adventure trying to get into the camp along an exciting drive through the thick green forest. The little ones then got to explore and hiked in the forest. They chose a leaf and drew its printing with colored pencils, feel and guess what animals’ fur are on a table. A beaver, a skunk, a squirrel, a raccoon or a wild cat?
After a lunch in the warm cabin in the wood, the children learned patience, teamwork and communication through team challenge games and could approach the notion of “getting lost and solving it” through their own experiences.
They were then asked to work together in small groups to quickly build shelters with sticks to develop their survival skills.
After these activities in the pouring Oregon rain, the children gathered on the bus and came back to normal life at school where their parents were happy to get them.
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