Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Second C.A.M.P of the Summer

Once again the clouds parted and the sun was out for our second CAMP session this past weekend on July 9-11. We hosted seven families at Cougar Rock Campground and a great turn of events was that most of the kids were in the same age range of four to seven years old. It was a lot of fun to see the kids get along so well and use their imagination to create their own world in the forest. Meanwhile the parents were gearing up for two days filled of adventure and new experiences. On the first day everyone went on an interpretive walk of the Trail of Shadows. Then it was back to the campsite for snacks and beginning the preparations for making chili. One of the best things about the CAMP experiences is how everyone pitches in and the meals become a real team effort. The night ended with roasting marshmallows and singing songs around the campfire.

The second day got off to a great start with scrambled eggs made by our talented cook Karalee. After breakfast, it was time to make lunches and pile into the van for the trip up to Paradise. Up at Paradise we went hiking along the Nisqually Vista Trail and the kids had so much fun playing in the snow. For the second time in a row at Reflection Lake an epic snowball fight took place. It was probably the last time we will be able to have a snowball fight there because the snow is melting fast. The last stop on our tour was the beautiful Narada Falls and the spray from the falls felt refreshing on a hot day. The last night of CAMP ended with roasting hot dogs and then marshmallows around the fire and being treated to a performance by our resident thespian Ranger Kevin Bacher. Seeing each family enjoy themselves so much at the park makes me appreciate this program even more.

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