From Wednesday, May 22nd through the afternoon of Friday, May 24th, ILA’s elementary students stayed at OMSI’s Camp Namanu, nestled in the idyllic temperate rain forest by the Sandy River, While there, they participated in the camp’s Cascade Science Program, an excellent intensive educational program which had them hiking to the Sandy River, testing the river’s health and suitability for aquatic life, gathering, identifying and examining micro- and macro- life forms from the camp’s pond, and learning basic skills for emergency wilderness survival.
Evenings consisted of songs, skits, jokes, games, and other classic campfire silliness at the Blue Wing Lodge.
The high point for most came on Friday afternoon, when, while waiting for the bus home, they observed a doe giving birth in the high grass behind the lodge.
For many of our younger campers, this was their first trip away from home and family; they proved to be intrepid hikers and nature students, as well as mostly intrepid dormitory sleepers.
Our kids were praised by their instructor, Meng, and by other camp staff, as not only extremely intelligent, but also, an over-all blast to work with. We’re very proud of them too.
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