Sleeping Bags, Knots, Emergency Shelters, and Bonfires for Endurance

The Endurance “campers” had an awesome day!  The weather was amazing: sunny and upper 60’s.  The campers first explored four very unique sleeping bags for their different qualities and learned why each was specialized for the type of camping and weather that they were made for.  They also learned about hiking backpacks, both internal and external frame, how backpacks should fit and why, and important features. Knots were the next item on the agenda, and each student mastered the four important knots that were taught, some more successfully than others.  Everyone had fun with their rope.  Next it was off to the woods to build emergency shelters to protect campers from three major elements: sun, wind, and rain.  What a wide variety of shelters constructed!  Some used only trees and fallen branches, while others used dead foliage and bark to help protect them from the weather.  One group even used the side of a hill to shelter them from the wind and rain on one side.  Very creative shelters!  Next campers tried their hand at building and maintaining bonfires.  After the successful ignition and fueling of two fires with fallen sticks, leaves, and branches, the campers enjoyed s’mores.  What a fun way to end the morning session!

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About bguzzetta

I am a middle school math and science teacher at Allendale Columbia School. Technology and the outdoors are integral parts of my curriculum. I love outdoor activities, which I enjoy with my family. I have always felt that students should be exposed to global research, and am very excited to be bringing this to my students with the support of school. Therefore, I have embarked on a journey that includes a collaboration between myself, the Seneca Park Zoo, the Smithsonian Institute, and National Geographic's photographer David Liittschwager. Sports have always been part of my life, and I am the current Girls Vice President for the Rochester District Youth Soccer League.
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