Everyone seemed to have a fun day today. The students had great stories to tell at lunch about their morning discovery groups, and were excited to head back out for the afternoon. After a short downtime, the students met at their stakes for a themed cookout. The High Trails staff took the groups to nearby fire rings for a dinner of hotdogs, chips, apples, and brownies. While the staff prepared dinner, the high school students taught the students a shortened version of the discovery group and played related games. It was a beautiful night, and most of the groups admired the starts on their walks back in.
The High Trails staff went back to the cabins to debrief the day and talk about tomorrow. The students were able to share their highs from the day, any questions they had about the rest of the week, and spend time bonding as a group. The students have enjoyed their cabin time, and it is easy to see how close this group of sixth graders is. In the morning, students will have the opportunity to choose which hike they want to go on. It is a good chance for the students to go on a hike with students in different discovery groups and cabins.
Tags: Benefits of nature, Children in Nature, Community building, Discovery Canyon Campus, High Trails Outdoor Education Center, nature awareness, Outdoor Education, Outdoor Play, team development, Youth Development