After we left the pool and campsite, faculty member Carolyn Bradley continued to show me the camp. I'm in the presence of an expert; it's Carolyn's 17th year supervising counselors here. "I love it," she says of her work and the camp.
We start with the sites where outdoor activities take place. Below is a tree where campers are hoisted up into the air with a harness, their weight carried by a row of campers and counselors down below. It's a fun activity for the person being lifted and a great team-building exercise for those still on the ground.
|A camper is hoisted into the air during one of the many outdoor activities available at camp.|
|The campers get to ride horses around this fence-enclosed area.|
|Disco, the small horse above, is for interacting with socially rather than riding.|
|A pond where campers and counselors practice catch-and-release fishing.|
|The arts and crafts room was buzzing with activity when we arrived.|
|Even in busier environments there are places where campers and counselors can step out of the action for a moment, like this quieter corner in the art building.|
|One of the projects that can be created during the art activity is a boat like the one above, which contains wishes (written on small pieces of paper) that the campers and counselors have made.|
Special thanks to Mt. Hood Kiwanis Camp and Carolyn Bradley.