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Grade 6 End of Year Camping Trip! (Pics)

Thursday, June 21, 2012

I went on a school 'camping' trip with my daughter who is in grade 6, on Monday and Tuesday.

We went to a YMCA camp and stayed in cabins, with the kids. I am really not sure what I was thinking when I signed up for that!! emoticon

My group consisted of 10 girls, 1 teacher, 1 EA and one parent...ME!
My daughter and her bestie for in the group as well. Apparently someone thought parents would WANT to be in the same group as their child....what were THEY smokin'??

We had 5 groups and 5 activities to rotate through over a day and a half. A total of 60 girls and boys in all.

We started off canoeing, and holy cow was it windy....I certainly got a workout there, as I was in the canoe with Payton and her friend. Leia has NEVER been in a canoe, so she was of no help. Payton is VERY good in the canoe, however she seemed to be in a state of panic with all the wind, which rendered her useless as well. My arms got a great workout!

here is a pic of Leia (front) and Payton (further) in our canoe.

We did what was referred to as the 'Low Ropes' activity. That was a lot of fun...you need a lot of core strength. I actually didn't do too poorly there.

Basically a lot of low balancing type activities.

We also did 'high ropes'. I was scared out of my mind but I did try it...made it about 3/4 of the way, so I can't really complain, I am quite happy with my results!

Seeing this picture, I remember why I LOATHE wearing shorts! Damn I have large, white legs! Even when I was skinny they were big! emoticon

I was actually starting to get scared here....

But I persevered!!!

And well...that was it...some of those girls just flew up that thing! I sat in my imaginary seat, and came back down!

I tried something new and that was a proud moment for me...my daughter was terrified and tried it as well...she got to the level just below me, i was pretty proud of her for trying!

Our meals consisted of carbs, carbs, and more carbs! They didn't have any veggies or fruit or meat for us. I wasn't too thrilled, not for myself but for the kids. Not sure how they expected the kids to be fueled properly on that diet.
Not to mention the camp forgot we were there, not sure how...so we didn't get supper until 7:30pm. The kids were starving and started to fall and trip and twist ankles, and get injured. Poor things.

The next day we went on a nature walk, which I actually didn't take any pictures of. As well we did the rock wall. I originally wanted to try it, however I was so tired from ZERO sleep the night before...chatting girls up all night!...that I decided I wasn't properly fueled or awake enough to attempt it.

Payton did and was a trooper. She didn't go far the first time, but on the second try she went a bit further, until she had a panic attack on the wall, and had to come down.

There she is in the light shirt, Leia is actually coming up behind her.

It was definitely an activity packed weekend, I burned crazy amounts of calories according to my BodyMedia Fit, and had a blast with the girls.

I am really glad I went to experience it with Payton. Well, I know if I didn't go, she wouldn't have gone. So this was a great experience for her too!!

Later Sparkers!
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    It looks like so much fun. Did you get in touch with your inner child while climbing?
    2896 days ago
    What a great memory for you and your daughter!
    2896 days ago
    Way to go Mom! Your daughter will remember this forever!
    2897 days ago
    I'm upset about the food they gave, too, without any proper freggies or protein, but even moreso that they forgot about your group and fed everyone late!! Awesome job on the canoeing in windy waters with a newbie paddler and a frightened one. You did great on the ropes courses!! And what do you mean, "when I was skinny"? I guess it's all perspective, because I see you as very fit and healthy now. I would love for my legs to look that good and someday they will - maybe.. but probably not because I'm going to have loose skin to deal with. Sigh. Anyhow,

    This all reminded me of when I was a 6th grade teacher and went on the week long camping trip and was one of two adults in the cabin of 16 girls. My first wedding anniversary (with my first husband) happened that week, too (October 28), and I missed him SO much! Cellphones were very rare then - it was like 1993, but one of the teachers let me use his phone to call home for a few minutes that night.

    Did you guys make a structure from long sticks tied with rope or cotton rags? That was one of the main things I remember from that week. I can't think of the name of it (though I'd recall it if someone said it), but it was easy to get together and strong enough for 30 kids to climb on at once when finished.

    Glad you went on this and that Payton had a good time. :)
    2898 days ago
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    That sounds like a nice change of pace for workouts emoticon and like you had a lot of fun. By the way your legs look just fine, think muscular not large. emoticon
    Thanks for sharing the pictures.
    2898 days ago
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    I remember doing a ropes course when I was Payton's age. They are definitely challenging, team building experiences. Glad you had the opportunity to create this memory with your daughter! emoticon
    2898 days ago
    I would have freaked out climbing those high ropes w/ boards things. Sheesh!
    And your legs are not large! BA, you are looking good.

    PS: I've never been in a canoe, either. I don't know how that has happened. I live in an area where float trips are a big revenue & draw big crowds. I've done rafts, but never a canoe.
    2898 days ago
    That is such an awesome activity to do with your daughter. I am sure she is pleased mom came along, just for her. Great job not giving up on that climb. Keep on sparking!! emoticon
    2898 days ago
    Very emoticon
    2898 days ago
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