Sunday, September 9, 2007

September 9, 2007 - Camp Jackson

I went to Camp Jackson on Thursday and Friday. My Dad came with me as a chaperone for the boys. It was a two-hour bus ride. As soon as we got there we got into our cabin groups and that’s also our activity groups. We had to go up a really, really big hill to get up to our cabins. I got to sleep on the bunk above Ms. Hanni.

After unpacking, all the grownups had to go into one room and all the kids had to go into another. Our leaders were Edd, Shane, Amy and Doug. They talked about their learning targets and how we should work together and that’s pretty much all. And then we did one group activity and went to lunch. If you put your elbows on the table then you had to run around the dining hall and everyone else sang, “Elbows, elbows on the table. This is not a horse’s stable. Back around the other way, other way, other way, back around the other way, you were naughty.”

After lunch we did some team building activities like standing on skinny pieces of logs and go to a big stick. We had one team but we split into two groups on separate logs. We started moving using Kaylee’s idea and that seemed to be working and the other team saw and that seemed to be working too. Another activity was in Jackson Lodge where we ran into a circle and we had the numbers 1 to 25 on paper plates in a circle. We had to run into the circle and step on one plate at a time and go in order from 1 to 25. But only one person was supposed to be in the circle at a time otherwise that would be a penalty. We were trying to do this as fast as possible. I had an idea to make a line outside of Jackson Lodge and then one person go in at a time and then everybody could get a turn if they wanted. My idea worked. We also did other team building activities.

We had a campfire at nighttime and everybody had to bring their flashlights so we could find our way back to our cabins. They played out stories and sang songs. You always know when a story or song is done because they sing “Rik. Tik. Rickety-Rik. Oompah. Oompah. Oy.” And then Edd says, “Louder!” And then all the kids sing it even louder. If he says louder again then lots of kids scream it.

We went on a hike through the woods. We stopped for two rests and we played two little games. The first game was asking our teachers questions about them. We were sitting in a circle and a teacher was in the middle and they each got 2 minutes for kids asking them questions about themselves. Then the second teacher got the same thing. The second game was we had to tell one lie and two true things about yourself and they had to raise their hands for which one they thought was a lie. My three were, “I ride a bus to school,” “I love baby dolls,” and “I like sports.” Riding a bus to school was a lie because my Mom works at my school now and I ride with her.

I like Camp Jackson.


Aunt Martha said...

Hi Abby:

Boy, Camp Jackson looks like a lot of fun! We never went to a camp like that when I was in school.

Learning team building activities will help you for the rest of your life.

How many people knew that riding the bus to school was your lie?

Did your Dad have fun too?

Durff said...

My parents never went to camp with me - gee you are lucky!

Linc. said...

Hey, Abby--

Your camping with your father reminded me of a time years ago when he and I went camping--just the two of us, when he was about eight or nine years old. On a Saturday, we drove from Ann Arbor to Grayling, Michigan, which is on the Au Sable River. At a canoe livery, we chose a camping site on a tiny island, where we put up our tent and cooked steaks for dinner. We were the only ones on the island. After dinner, we played a few games of cribbage and then got into our sleeping bags for the night. Before we fell asleep we listened to the Michigan football game on the radio (it was being played in California, where the time was three hours behind ours). In the morning, we "broke" camp and canoed down the river for several hours. Then the livery people picked us up and took us back to our car in Grayling, and we drove back to Ann Arbor, arriving late in the evening. It was a very memorable trip and a lot of fun.

Maybe sometime you and your father can take a canoe trip together. You might have to find a quiet river like the Au Sable--not rushing streams like many in Colorado.

YeYe F.

Anonymous said...

Hey Abby,
Camp Jackson looks like a lot of fun. It is a much nicer camp than those I went to when I was growing up. What a great experience for you, your classmates and your Dad.

I enjoy readung your blog, so keep at it.

Grandma F.

Ms. Lisa Harrison said...

Hi Abby,
I did show my second grade class your blog. They liked your stories and the pictures of Scruffy. We've just started our blog. The students haven't made their own posts yet, but we've talked a lot about comments. Right now we are studying about monarch butterfly migration and the apple tree life cycle. Maybe you'd like to leave a comment?

Ms. Harrison in Chicago

Abby F. said...

Aunt Martha – Yes, my Dad had fun.