FC: Outdoor Ed.
1: As soon as the bus stopped at Outdoor Ed, everyone jumped off the bus and was ready for an amazing experience at Covenant Heights! That was only the beginning of an epic adventure in Estes Park. Before we got onto the bus to leave, I had some worries about the trip; would it just be a few cabins in the middle of the woods? Where my roommates going to be stuck- up and princessy? How safe are the activities, like the zip line? But my nervousness went away before the bus even went up into the mountains. There were many cabins in an opening near a road, my roommates weren't as girly as I thought, and the activities were fun, supervised, and had safe equipment. The academically entertaining classes, delectable food, and the energetic survival game made this trip a long lasting memory.
2: John was the camp counselor and taught some of the classes at Covenant Heights.
3: After we ate, we got to write about our day in our journals.
4: Teachers hid and stalked us as if they were literally hunting us during the survival game.
5: Classes at the Summit School didn't even seem like classes at all. When we were on the elongated hike at Rocky Mountain National Park, we had so much fun looking at the scenery and socializing with each other. I kept telling Sarah and Athena about Star Wars and how badly I wanted to see an Ewok while we were there. We didn't see any Ewoks, but we did see a herd or two of elk, and we got to stop and play by the cold river a few times. All of the classes I did with my day group, who made the trip extra enjoyable. Everything that we did in our classes was fun, even sitting on the mountain of dirt and rocks and socializing while watching other people go down the zip line. One thing I liked about our day group is that we mostly worked together. Sometimes, some people would try to be the leader and other people didn't participate a lot, but on most activities we acted like a team. We always supported each other, like if someone was afraid to go down the zip line we would give them words of encouragement, like, “It's not as bad as it seems.” All of the active classes involved a lot of hard work, so it was nice to sit, converse, and eat at mealtime in between some of the activities.
6: During the map and compass class, we learned how to read a compass and a map and then we went into the forest to navigate from tree to tree.
7: The zip line was probably everyone's favorite class.
8: In geology, we had to get with a partner and hold a board in between us to represent how the plates under the Earth's surface moved and formed mountains, canyons, etc.
9: Food is one of the many things from Outdoor Ed. that people can't stop talking about! When we went into the dining hall, we got to sit at a table with friends and drink a glass of water. After we finished the water and got dismissed by a teacher, everyone stampeded into line like wild buffalo! All of the food was absolutely delicious. On the first night we had chicken pot pie; the next day we had omelets, meatball subs, and burritos. The last day we had pancakes and pizza. They let us get seconds after a while, but there was a limit. The buffet had a salad/ fruit bar and the food was on the next tray. The counselor didn't want us to go hungry, but we had a limit to the food so that some people didn't go hungry and act like wild Banthas! I am glad we got to eat mostly like civilized people and didn't have to hunt for food like we did in our survival game.
10: One of my favorite of the six meals we had at Outdoor Ed. was the meatball sub we had for lunch on the second day.
11: The variety of pizzas we had for our last meal at Covenant Heights was was very fun for everyone to converse and enjoy their last few minutes in freedom.
12: Socializing and eating were the most common things that happened at meal time.
13: On our last day at Estes Park, everyone got to play the survival game. We ran around the forest and acted like elk while the teachers used super soakers to hunt us because they were our predators, the wolves. All of the students worked together, even if they weren't on the same team. We warned each other of oncoming predators, who were trying to sneak up on us. At one point I was alone in the forest surrounded by Mrs. Whitney, Mr. Martin, and I think Mrs. VanderVeen was also there. I got past them without getting squirted, then I got squirted about two minutes after I made my daring escape. But I don't think they noticed me because I was hiding behind a tree. The objective for the students during the game was to find “food” and “water” and not get “killed”. Two of the counselors at the camp hid and pretended to be food and water. I had so much amusement running away from my teachers (which normally in school, would get me in trouble) and everything else that we did at Outdoor Ed.
14: Teachers chased the students down with super soakers to represent wolves hunting elk.
15: During the survival game, we had to find food and water, which were just people dressed in blue and red.
16: We played the fun, energetic survival game in between lunch and breakfast on our last day in Estes Park.
17: “Never having played Chess before, it was most interesting to be playing the game with no pieces in front of me. But I still knew how to stroke my hair when I won.” said by the fabulous, original wookiee, Peter Mayhew. Outdoor Ed.’s classes were much more enjoyable and interactive than at school. I loved it, every time we raced to the cafeteria and scarfed down delicious meals. And of course, I had a blast running away from my teachers who were trying to “hunt” me and my fellow students. My time at Estes Park with my classmates, was probably the best camping trip I’ve had, so far, but it will be hard to beat.
18: On the second day, it started to rain a little bit; and afterwards, there was a beautiful rainbow stretching across the hazy sky.
19: During our hike through Rocky Mountain National Park, we stopped for a break at the river. Athena tried to do ninja poses on some rocks in the middle of the river.
20: In water ecology, we got to look for life in the river to experiment it it was safe to drink or not.