The kids spent the latter half of the trip working hard keeping order at the campsite, in order to earn beads that staff rewarded for exemplary behavior and effort. Everyone pitched in to ensure that their outdoor living quarters were a safe, clean, and happy place.
Thursday, June 7th, brought the Challenge Hike at West Fork Trail. Everyone was apprehensive and excited about the hike, and all brought extra water and snacks to keep up their energy during the multiple-mile hike. Although it was quite the test, the participants rose to the challenge and kept positive attitudes throughout the morning. After lunch, they explored the local creeks through species identification and some even tried to catch some fish! After making their way back on the trail, the kids headed to Crescent Moon State Park for a swim, then back to camp to help prepare their “Breakfast for Dinner” meal. That night, all kids received Happy Camper and Explorer/Hiker beads for their hard work!
The last day went incredibly fast for both staff and the participants. The morning was filled with eating breakfast, preparing lunch, and packing up camp for the final time. After the once bustling camp was quieted and the remaining things were put away, the group came together in a group hug for their last time at the campsite. However, the nostalgic mood did not last as they were soon at Slide Rock State Park for a fun-filled day in the water before heading back home to Tucson.
Once again, we would like to thank Western National Parks Association, Summit Hut, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), and DayMen Inc. (Lowepro & Joby), for all their efforts in helping sustain this program. This trip would not have been possible without your support, so thank you!
Throughout the week the campers learned a verse each day of the campfire song, Linger. Just as one of the lines goes, we also say to northern Arizona, “This is good night, but not good bye.” See you soon for the second of our Immersion Trips!