So I’ve returned from my overnighter winter camp with the Girl Guides. The usual occurred such as fights, the odd child crying but all was swiftly remedied. Winter hit us hard on the bus ride there, temperature dropping to -20 degrees celsius and it began to blizzard. All of these girls are urban girls and for the younger ones, they’d never been on a camp in the wilderness so the close copses of trees and wild animals walking right up to your doorstep was a new experience. We played Night Eyes in the trees in the dark, went on a wilderness hike and scavenger hunt, did an owl pellet demonstration and played a card game involving mushrooms and a survival prey and predator game. The girls loved it, and they all had a healthy obsession with nature. One girl commented that her favourite part of camp was “seeing a dead fox”, in a way that only a 9 year old can. My solar charger performed its duties well, and so did the girls.
If all goes according to plan, I will be heading 8 hours to Northern Ontario for an Outdoor Activity Leadership course camping weekend. This one is for residential and I’m hoping to upgrade to the wilderness level. Tomorrow night we’re doing the Nedic Love Yourself challenge for valentines day, and the girls are going to make feel good valentines for themselves. I’m also all set to go to summer camp and we’ll be teaching them to set up their own tents beforehand. Thinking Day is coming up so that meets more outdoor adventures, a festival, skating, etc… All in all, it’s been pretty awesome.