The constant rain did not deter the Endurance group from having a great time today. We started in the gym pitching tents, both 2-3 man and 3-4 man tents. Of course we did not use stakes, but their freestanding feature made this fact irrelevant. We then had a discussion on packing equipment and planning meals for hiking trips. Campers made a menu and equipment list for a four day hiking trip. They found out that hotdogs will not be very edible after a 4 day hike with no ice so they are Lucky that they are be able to buy dehydrated food if necessary. Next the campers learned about hiking stoves then boiled water on the hiking stove and made three dehydrated meals: chicken and rice, chili mac and beef, and raspberry cobbler. They were delicious! Finally, the campers learned how to use a sparker and flint with steel wool and bark to make fires. Due to the rain, we had to cook our last s’mores on camp stoves.
What an excellent week! Everyone learned a lot, developed nice teamwork skills, and will be better suited to survive in the wilderness.